8 Reasons to Ditch the Trainer and Ride Outside This Winter


As we recently witnessed the first snow of the season here in Pennsylvania, my mountain biking friends and acquaintances seem to be dividing into two camps–those that love winter and embrace the white stuff with open arms, and those that relegate themselves to indoor workouts on the trainer until spring, claiming that below-freezing temperatures are no …

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How To Prevent Saddle Sores


The perineum. Among other terms of endearment you and your circle of friends have dubbed it, one thing the surface separating the back door from the bits hasn’t been called is comfortable on a bike. In every other activity of daily living where cheek meets seat we’re in constant search of the plushest arrangement, yet aboard a bike the only …

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Rocking Beyond Retirement: Ned Overend’s Top 5 Tips for Staying Strong on the Bike


A few years ago younger riders started saying “hi, old man,” when I’d show up at rides. At first I didn’t think anything about it. I was, after all, senior to them but was still riding – a lot – and could hold my own. Then one day I looked in the mirror and locked …

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MTB vs. Road: How Much More Effort Does Mountain Biking Take, Really?


Obstacles on the trail. The number and size of trail obstacles can vary wildly, and generally come in the form of rocks and roots. Paved roads, by comparison, are generally smooth and obstacle-free. Trail obstacles slow riders down and increase the amount of physical effort required. The trail surface itself. Dirt and vegetation slow riders down compared to solid, high-traction pavement. …

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