February 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm #234927
What do you love about Singletracks? I mean the website & online community, not the trail type. I was thinking this morning (morning here in Mongolia) about Maureen’s article, and thankful that she shared her pain with us. How cool and important it is that she so openly shared such a truly personal moment of her life. IMO, Singletracks is that way, and that’s one of the many many things I appreciate about the site. There are lots of personal experiences shared — in the context of mountain biking of course — but still, there is a personal, human side to Singletracks that I don’t see on other bike sites.
So what elements of Singletracks do you love? It could be community oriented or a technical feature … anything. Jeff, Greg and the team do such a great job. Let’s take a moment, give them some Kuddos, and let them know that we don’t take them for granted. And no, neither Jeff nor Greg, put me up to this. =)February 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm #234937
I’d have to say the people. I could ask just about any mountain bike-related question here and I would get an answer from somebody. I haven’t been here for very long but I’m impressed with how friendly people are here, and that’s a rare thing on the internet. I’ve seen nothing but positivity and encouragement to beginners, which is also something I’ve seen from mountain bikers in general; just about everyone I’ve talked to on the trail has been happy to be out riding.
We all love mountain biking, and even though many of us like different aspects of it and enjoy it in different ways we’re all partaking in the same sport, which gives us some common ground, and I think that’s a good thing.
Also the trail database is pretty darn useful.February 13, 2018 at 10:40 pm #234939
I find the SINGLETRACKS Mtb trails section real useful when searching out new places to travel to and ride , also usually up to date trail conditions .
I also like the fact it tracks where you’ve been, photos,etc…and posts the info and pics you’ve added
I guess also the quick stories and reviews
I used to visit race car sites everyday ……things have changed
Its now biking and single tracksFebruary 14, 2018 at 4:19 am #234940
Like lhzawd, for me it has to be the trail listing section; fantastic resource. ST has by far the best trail reviews and photos by users of any site on the net. Plus, I love posting up new trails. It’s been a blast, posting up all the trails I have had the privilege of exploring in Mongolia. I also like how no one slams other posters on ST.February 14, 2018 at 5:54 am #234941
In my experience this is the best MTB forum I’ve found on the Internet. I’ve received good advice on many of the stupid questions I’ve asked. It’s usually to-the-point and isn’t infested with trolls. I’ve made a habit of checking the forum once a day at times.February 14, 2018 at 7:19 am #234942
I found this site simply by doing web searches for trails in my area. At the time, I was getting back into the sport and eager to ride the best trails in my region. Having a site that has maps, reviews, photos, etc helped me find new trails and progress as a rider (and probably as human).February 14, 2018 at 9:15 am #234955
For me it’s all about the articles. I like the personal feel of the articles, where other sites feel much more commercialized and corporate. This site is much more relatable. As others have said, I like how everyone here seems to be congenial. I’ll differ from the others, however, when it comes to the maps. I’m a cheap-skate and have not shelled out the $25 per year to see the maps on this site. I can see the trails that are in the database and can read the reviews and look at the pictures, but I don’t have access to the actual topo maps of each trail. Honestly, I haven’t felt like I’ve been missing anything with other great resources freely available on the web, like mtbproject and trailforks. Now granted, I’ve contributed a great deal to the mtbproject database, but I feel that its map is more complete at least in my area.February 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm #235028
The articles and the forum are a great resource for info and entertainment. The database of trails are also one of my favorites. Wish the app had a better mapping / navigation feature like mtb or trail forks.February 14, 2018 at 6:43 pm #235032
I like the podcast, articles, trail descriptions, videos and the weekly Roll Call.February 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm #235093
Like most others have commented I was drawn to the site when I first started MTB’ing several years ago and began looking for additional trails to ride. Going through the trail reviews was very helpful and really enabled me to determine where I would ride especially when traveling. That got me interested in the site and after that I pretty much accessed most of other content pretty routinely. I love that fact that rides/races are listed. I find the videos, articles, podcasts and product reviews of interest (to varying degrees), and the forums can be a very valuable resource. With all that said, it would be nice to get input from other members as I thought I heard Jeff or Aaron say the 150th podcast was downloaded 1 million (???) times so there must be a sh!tload of MTB’ers out there that aren’t as active in these forums as they may be on other sites. I would urge more users to post up trail reviews, trail conditions, product reviews and contribute to forum posts as it adds value for the entire community.February 16, 2018 at 7:28 am #235100
For me, Singletracks has a nice balance of trail listing, reviews, articles, and forums. Singletracks is my one stop shop for trail listing!February 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm #235202
Here’s the things I like:
– the vibe that we’re all just digging the fact we get to go out and play in the dirt.
– when every page greets me with a magnificent photo or rocking video, rather than a barrage of ads.
– that it feels like a bunch of good folks sharing the big buzz they get riding.
– that Greg didn’t mince words when TWO pairs of shoes fell apart on his feet during a product review.
– knowing that no matter where I go, I can find some great riding!February 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm #235203
I forgot to add that through Singletracks I get a chance to meet amazing people from all over the world. Case in point – Mongwolf, the originator of this thread.
Brother, I have to know: what the riding’s like in freakin’ Mongolia??!! And I’m probably not the only one who’d like to hear how you ended up there!February 19, 2018 at 6:50 am #235244
I came across this site when I started riding after getting a stern lecture from the doctor. It was part of a complete lifestyle overhaul. The mix of introductory materials, troll-free forums and trail descriptions were a perfect resource for this newbie. This site even helped me in a career decision. I ended up taking a job involving some travel and setting a personal goal to go exploring new trails. Knowing there were good trails all around the area I would travel took away some of the apprehension.
The Singletracks trail lists are much more complete in the Midwest than some of the other resources. I use the maps sometimes, but the directions to the trailhead are the most important tool.
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