“Recreation Not Red Tape Act” Seeks to Streamline Recreational Activities in Our Public Lands

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the recognition of the part outdoor recreation plays in our economy, especially in areas now depressed due to the loss of high impact public land usages like mining and logging. The loss of these traditional industries weighs especially heavy in states with a strong environmental ethos, but …

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In Praise of Our State Parks

Where do you ride? I don’t mean which trails, but on what land do you ride? Who owns the land and maintains the trails? Unless you live in a state blessed with large tracts of open land, national forests, or BLM land, chances are you spend a good chunk of your riding time in a …

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Podcast: We Get the Scoop on the Future of IMBA from Executive Director, Dave Wiens

With radical changes taking place within IMBA, many people are wondering: where does IMBA go from here? What’s IMBA’s current stance on controversial topics like ebikes and Wilderness? What will IMBA do to remain relevant? We decided to get some answers so we went to the source: Dave Wiens, IMBA’s new Executive Director. Scroll to the bottom …

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Why Are Some Chapters Leaving IMBA?

We’ve been hearing rumblings from all corners of the United States of significant IMBA Chapters leaving the Chapter Program, and others considering leaving. In short our question is, “why?” We reached out to representatives from several Chapters who have left, including the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC), Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA), and …

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New Bike Legal Singletrack in Marin: Is It Enough?

Ah, Marin. “The birthplace of mountain biking,” they say. And they speak the truth. The legends of the sport hail from here and can still be spotted on the slopes of Mt. Tam. This place is a cornucopia of landscapes and ecotones.  Dry, stubby chaparral clutches rare serpentine rock, gnarled mahogany fingers around sage-green earth. …

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6 Ways Mountain Bikes Are Winning Big and Changing the World

I admit, I was a little scared. “That fella over there bought you this beer,” the bartender said matter-of-factly. My friend, Damon, smiled, wrapped his hand around the cold beer, and nodded. I wasn’t sure what was going on. We were in small town Missouri, a place not unlike where I grew up, and we …

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Why Mountain Biking Is Good for Our Youth

With nearly two-thirds of kids in the US overweight, it is more important than ever for parents to instill good lifestyle habits in their children’s day-to-day routines.  Many people incorrectly assume chronic conditions are adult-only problems, yet insulin resistance and the development of arterial plaque starts in childhood, leading to diabetes and cardiovascular disease later on. We discussed the …

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Why You Should Keep Singletrack Single

Dirt church is built upon a singular entity: the trails we ride. To the mindful many, desecration of the very substance that keeps us engaged with the present and motivated to improve in life is sacrilege. It goes back to why we choose to mountain bike in the first place: the challenge, the freedom, the personal …

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Is the IMBA Chapter Program Right for Your Club? Analyzing the Pros and Cons

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has been evaluating all aspects of its chapter program since losing its Subaru sponsorship last May. Chapters have been involved in the process through discussions, surveys, and conference calls since November’s World Summit. Recently IMBA announced changes to the program, “Chapter 3.0 Elements,” and hopes to have the new …

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