Mountain Biker Pushing Back on Bike Ban

photo: ANNIKA ENDERBORG, Manly Daily. Here’s an example of what not to do if you want increased mountain bike trail access: get quoted in the local paper saying you’ll continue to ride trails closed to bikes. As if that’s not enough, get a photo of yourself inserted in the article so officials can ID you …

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Look Quartz Pedal Reviewed

Here’s a bit of bike pedal history for you: back in 1983, Jean Bernard & Michel Mercier patented the Look clipless pedal, the first commercially successful pedal of its type. Three years later, in 1986, the pedals were actually introduced to the consumer market (Hinnault won the TDF on a set of prototype pedals in …

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Ice Biking with Mountain Bikes

photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd, WickedLocal.com. I feel like this is something we’ve written about before but a recent article about ice biking got us thinking about this extreme form of MTB once again. Last week the Ipswich (MA) Chronicle wrote about members of the New England Mountain Bike Patrol who are into “ice biking” …

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Sneak Peek: 2010 WTB Products

WTB has come out swinging in 2010 with a new and much improved product line for downhill bikes. Three items in particular stand out as products with excellent value: WTB Laserdisc DH Wheels, Dissent tires and Aviator saddle. LaserDisc DH Wheels WTB designed the LaserDisc DH Wheelset for downhill racers and performance-minded riders looking to …

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Susitna (Alaska) 100 Mile MTB Race Starts Tomorrow

photo from Jill Valerius / Susitna 100. Is that a mountain bike or a motorcycle? If you’re still making excuses about mountain biking this winter, this should make you feel really bad: The Susitna 100 race starts tomorrow at 9am north of Anchorage, AK. Although it’s technically a “dirty century,” a more accurate title might …

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First Tracks: Siberian Mountain Bike Epic

photo courtesy Wikipedia. It’s snowing here in Atlanta today but that’s nothing compared to what a team of adventurers will encounter when they attempt to bike around Lake Baikal in Russia later this month. Five riders hope to be the first to circumnavigate the largest freshwater lake in the world using only human power in …

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Spokeless Wheels & Other Interesting Bike Concepts

image courtesy The Daily Mail. This week we came across an article showcasing some interesting bike concepts and as always it got us thinking about the future of mountain bikes. Of course the article is chock-full of folding/collapsible bikes and all-weather rigs which aren’t really cutting edge anymore – there are actually several production models …

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New from Sportourer: Touch Beat HR Watch

The Sportourer Touch Beat is a watch that neatly conceals a heart rate monitor into the face of the watch which means you don’t have to use a chest strap sensor to measure your heart rate. Although the Sportourer Touch Beat won’t hit the stores until late February or early March, I was fortunate to …

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WTB Aviator Saddle Review

New for 2010 is the WTB Aviator, a saddle so tough it flies through the air wearing Carhartts! WTB built this saddle to withstand the abuses of a downhiller or freerider, meaning it will be able to handle multiple crashes, heavy riders, and jarring impacts. The WTB Aviator saddle is covered by the same material …

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Idaho License Plates to Support MTB Trails

An Idaho legislator is seeking approval for a special vehicle license plate to benefit mountain bike trails. While many states (including our home state, GA) offer cycling-themed plates, as far as we know this would be the first mountain bike specific plate in the US. Those who choose the MTB plates would pay a $35 …

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