The long tail of mountain biking

I just read a blog post by Doug Walsh that was talking about how divisions exist within the mountain biking community along the lines of gear and equipment. Doug pointed to an article from Outside online where the author described feeling like he didn’t fit in with “hard tailers” at the local mountain bike trail. …

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Redesign roundup

We’ve been quietly introducing some changes to the look and feel of Singletracks over the past few weeks and it’s time to show you what we’ve done (if you haven’t already noticed). The idea is to make the site easier to use and to give it a 2007 look and feel. Some of the big …

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Anyone play mountain bike video games?

Since it is cold in some parts of the country right now, does anyone use mountain bike video games to get their off-road fix during the winter? I haven’t personally played any mountain bike games but I recently saw a demo of a game called Mountain Bike Challenge that looked pretty sweet. I’m not sure …

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New cycling rollers

I just got some rollers for my road bike and I’m scared to death of them. I was so excited when Leah brought them home Friday that I immediately jumped on the bike to give it a try. First, though, a little background. I read on a number of forums that riding a carbon frame …

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Women’s Mountain Bike Racing Petition

Ladies & Gents, i hope you will consider signing this online petition that supports reinstatment of age classes in Women’s mountain bike racing (from pinkmtb.com) Recently, USA Cycling, and the National Mountain Bike Series, eliminated many of the age classes for women in the National Mountain Bike Series. No women‚Äôs age categories for Beginner and …

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Mountain bikers seeking sponsorship

Action Profiles is a (relatively) new website that helps action sports riders (surfers, skaters, mountain bikers, etc.) promote themselves and find sponsors. Right now there are just over 200 mountain bikers with profiles (like MySpace) which is pretty cool. Singletracks has a profile and we’re considering sponsoring riders with t-shirts, free premium memberships, etc. This …

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Growing the sport

Tim Jackson had an interesting post on his blog last week about targeting certain consumer groups to grow the sport of mountain biking. Tim identified a couple groups (those who already own inexpensive bikes and those who currently participate in other adventure sports) that might be receptive to increased marketing from the bike industry, and …

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Bike Church and other cycling non-profits

Paul‘s brother Dan is really into tinkering with mountain bikes (and road bikes too, pretty much anything with two wheels he can get his hands on) and he recently told me about a “Bike Church” operating in downtown Philly. Apparently the place is run out of St. Mary’s Church on UPenn’s campus and has free …

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Mountain bike teeter totter assembly

now you’re probably wondering what to do with all this wood. let’s start by building the base. lay the two 4x4x2 pieces side-by-side and nail on a 2x4x7-1/4″ horizontally against the 4x4s at opposite ends (looking at a side view). do this on both sides of the 4x4s. you will want to place the last …

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Jackass Number 2: Bike stunts

If you saw Jackass Number 2 you no doubt remember the rocket bike stunt first attempted by Johnny Knoxville (photo below) and subsequently perfected by BMX superstar Matt Hoffman. But to me, the funniest bike stunt actually involved old fashioned high wheel bicycles (aka penny farthing bikes). These old bikes have always fascinated me and …

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Klunkerz mountain bike movie

Have you heard about this mountain bike documentary? The film is being screened in Park City, UT this week and is set to play in Santa Barbara, CA and Durango, CO later this year. Klunkerz follows the history of mountain biking and has interviews with all the big guys: Breeze, Richey, Fisher, et al. The …

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Mountain bike as weapon

Apparently a homeless guy near Alexandria, VA was using his mountain bike as a weapon to attack cyclists near National airport. The short article says the guy “swung his bike by the handlebars and seat near National Airport on July 10, knocking at least one other rider off his bike.” Up to 15 other riders …

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