Alaska snow bike racing

Here’s a mountain biking niche you may not have heard of: Snow biking. Of course folks have been riding their mountain bikes in snow and ice since the beginning but today you can actually buy a purpose-built snow bike from Surly with wide tires and rims designed to “float” on top of the snow. The …

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New Jersey seeks to outlaw the quick-release axle

This is perhaps the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard: Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering banning the sale of mountain bikes with quick release axles due to reported injuries to children. The bill would require a secondary safety mechanism and the “fork tips” on most forks don’t seem to satsify the bill’s proponents. Meanwhile …

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singletracks.com: The origin story

In honor of singletracks.com’s 10th anniversary this year I’m starting a series of posts looking back at the history of the website. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years already- did they even have the internet 10 years ago? Today I’ll fill you in on the singletracks origin story where it all started …

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10 great MTB trails in South Africa

If you’re tired of the same old mountain bike trails on your continent, why not head south – waaaay south – to South Africa where the MTB scene is really heating up. Over on iAfrica.com they have a good article detailing 10 of the best mountain bike trails in South Africa including the “Wild Coast” …

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Kona to donate 1,000 bikes to AfricaBike

Kona is doubling the number of bikes it expects to donate to healthcare workers in Africa through its ongoing 2-for-1 sales program from 500 to 1,000. Under the program Kona donates one bike for every two bikes that are purchased, though I’m guessing they aren’t giving away Stab Supremes ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I couldn’t find anything …

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IMBA needs support for fresh Kentucky singletrack

Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is considering approving 6 miles of new singletrack open to hiking and mountain biking and you can help! The message from IMBA is pasted below, click the “Take Action” link below to submit your comments to the NPS! IMBA urges all mountain bikers to support new singletrack at Kentucky’s …

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Pearl Izumi being sold to Shimano

Shimano is ramping up their move into cycling apparel with the purchase of Pearl Izumi, the popular bike clothing and shoe company. Does this mean we’ll be seeing SPD-compatible jerseys? XTR bike shorts? We’ll see. The word is that Pearl Izumi will continue to operate as an independent company and the facilities in Broomfield, CO …

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Toronto Parks Department to develop city-wide mountain biking strategy

The City of Toronto is concerned about the miles of informal mountain bike trails that exist in city parks and is asking for public input through next month. I’ve pasted part of the document thatร‚ย  the Strategic Services Branch of Parks, Forestry and Recreation is distributing regarding this issue, mountain bikers in Toronto should get …

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Cannondale 29er 4 Test Ride

Yesterday I got my first chance to ride a 29er mountain bike over at Roswell Bikes and I thought I’d share what I learned from my (brief) test drive. The bike was a hard tail Cannondale 29er 4 and despite the awkward name it seemed well constructed, especially compared by my 1999 model Trek ๐Ÿ˜‰ …

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