My Downieville Downfall

Who among us doesn’t have a story, about ourselves or a friend—that badass guy or gal who flings themselves over gap jumps, nose wheelies this or that, then breaks their femur tripping on their PJ’s falling down the stairs? Fractures their foot taking out the recycling? Well I don’t gap jump, and most wouldn’t label …

276 SHARES | 2 COMMENTS | Continue reading »

The Top 10 Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Camps to Attend in 2017

Keen Rippin Chix

Get out your calendars ladies; it’s time to schedule a mountain bike camp for this summer or fall.  And you’re in luck, because there are plenty of options to choose from.  With more and more women flocking to the sport, the number of female-only skills-building and coaching clinics has grown.  From jump-practice at Whistler bike …

1,602 SHARES | 2 COMMENTS | Continue reading »

Riding With Dudes (Or Anyone Faster Than You): A Lady’s Guide to Getting Dropped

Let’s face it. More guys ride than gals. For ladies who love mountain biking, this means you’re gonna ride with guys unless you contort yourself into some kind of masochistic pretzel to avoid it. And why would you? Guys are fun, and they make up almost half of the planet’s population. But for some women, …

1,199 SHARES | 16 COMMENTS | Continue reading »

The New Bell Super 3R Full Face Mountain Bike Helmet – Reviewed

Mountain bike helmets may not be all that exciting, but we all know they’re important–arguably the most important article of riding apparel. All full face mountain bike helmets must meet certain safety standards, but some lids certainly stand out in terms of their comfort, versatility, and added safety benefits. The Bell Super 3R is an …

717 SHARES | 5 COMMENTS | Continue reading »

Endura Women’s Singletrack Rain Jacket Review

The Endura Women’s Singletrack jacket is a nylon, fully seam-sealed 2.5-layer waterproof, “breathable fabric” rain jacket with under arm zipped vents, and a hood. I put the “breathable” in quotes because everyone says their rain coat is breathable, and then you end up just as wet from your own internal combustion as you’d be if you just …

28 SHARES | 0 COMMENTS | Continue reading »

Pactimo Women’s Apex Mountain Bike Shorts Review

While Pactimo has mainly focused on road-oriented cycling clothing, as well as custom and made-to-order kits, they clearly know what they’re doing when it comes to designing more casual, baggy, mountain bike clothing as well, as I discovered with the new Apex kit. The Apex MTB Shorts are new in the Pactimo lineup for 2016 and, …

90 SHARES | 0 COMMENTS | Continue reading »

Women’s Mountain Bike Clothing: Pactimo Apex Jersey Review

Pactimo Clothing has traditionally focused on custom cycling attire, such as team kits. They also offer a variety of cool jerseys made-to-order, including their state series and Jerseys for a Cause, which benefits a particular organization or cause each time someone buys a jersey. But Pactimo also offers a catalog of standard apparel, and now, …

1 SHARES | 0 COMMENTS | Continue reading »

Keep Your Eye on the Prize: One Mountain Biker’s Race Against MS

Grace Ragland is an avid mountain bike racer, coach, IMBA-certified instructor, NICA league board member, Liv Ambassador, motivational speaker, and professional seamstress. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama, but spends an extended period of time in Colorado each summer to hang out and race her bike. She’s raced the Leadville 100 four times, the Breck Epic three …

0 SHARES | 1 COMMENTS | Continue reading »

Platypus W’s B-line 8.0 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

Built for long cross-country rides, the Platypus W’s B-line hydration pack, “designed for women,” according to Platypus, is lightweight at 691 grams and fits well. I particularly appreciated the “RidgeAir” back panel–a mesh feature separating your back from the pack, thus providing some good airflow. The pack was roomy enough for a spare tube, pump, …

36 SHARES | 0 COMMENTS | Continue reading »