MTB News Round Up: October 9, 2008

Several mountain bike news items this week: Trek opens larger R&D facility in California – It seems like the boys and girls from Wisconsin are finally getting hip to the biking scene out west and realize the need for a test facility near rad dirt. Hopefully the new facility will end Trek’s recent lack of …

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Breckenridge, CO mountain bike stage race

The word on the street (er, trail) is that Mick McCormack is planning a multi-stage mountain bike race in Breckenridge, CO next July called “Breck Epic.” The 5-day race will be configured to start and finish in the same location each day rather than go point-to-point like most stage races. This means logistics are easier …

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New mountain bike deals page

We added a new monthly mountain bike deals page to singletracks to help you find the best prices on mountain bikes and accessories. If you find a great deal on cheap mountain bike gear online, send us an email and we’ll consider adding it to the deals page. Viva la bargain!

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Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bikes

I got a chance to demo a few women’s bikes at Interbike and I was impressed with the selection of high-performance cross-country mountain bikes available. Actually, let me correct myself, many manufacturers these days don’t necessarily make womens specific bikes, just smaller frames. With smaller frames, naturally, a more compact geometry follows (for males and …

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Reserve Sea Otter Campsite on Nov. 1

Just a quick shout to those who might be planning on attending Sea Otter in 2009: Online registration for campsites opens Nov 1 at 9am PST through seaotterclassic.com. You can select up to 5 campsites but all reservations require a 3 night minimum stay. Last year the resale market for campsites was pretty robust so …

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Mountain biking dental injuries

In case you don’t keep up with the latest Injury Prevention Literature Updates, a recent article may be of interest: Mountain biking is considered an extreme sport, causing not only head and neck injuries, but also injuries to every part of the body. Using standardised interview, the aim of this work was to survey the …

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Red Bull Rampage Qualifying Rounds

Yesterday the Red Bull Rampage qualifying rounds took place after a weather delay earlier in the weekend. The freeride / downhill MTB competition is being held near Virgin, UT just outside St. George – the first Red Bull Rampage since 2004. The singletracks crew was in the vicinity just a couple weeks ago and from …

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Road Apple Rally this weekend

Photos from City of Farmington The Road Apple Rally in Farmington, New Mexico is the oldest continuous running mountain bike race in the country (and perhaps the world) and this year is the 28th anniversary. In the early days of the race the competition was actually between equestrians and mountain bikers (seriously!) but today you’ll …

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Yahoo! Purple Bike Project

Photo from Lifehacker Yahoo has built a fleet of 20 custom painted Electra Townie 8 bikes equipped with solar powered cameras and GPS devices to let folks document their cities. No, this isn’t some poor man’s version of Google’s Street View or Amazon’s A9 – the idea is to focus “on innovative ways to celebrate …

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Lance Armstrong buys stake in SRAM

Lance Armstrong is buying a stake in SRAM along with Lehman Brothers, according to SportsOneSource. The total Lehman investment is $200 million for 40% of the company but there’s no word on exactly how much Lance is putting up himself. Lance’s new cycling team, team Astana, uses SRAM components so it seems like a pretty …

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IMBA/SORBA Happenings

Man, if you’re a mountain biker in the southeast and you’re not on the IMBA/SORBA email list you gotta get on it. Last month’s newsletter was chock full of news and events: Want to be a full-time mountain bike trail care guru? IMBA is taking applications through October 3 to fill two positions in the …

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MTB DiY

Over the past week I’ve seen a couple do-it-yourself solutions to common mountain bike delimmas that I wanted to share here. Both of these ideas almost certainly came from young mountain bikers since rich old riders rarely come up with such creative, chedda saving solutions. Take the first one for example – how much did …

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