MTB trail access: Illegal trails

Trail users often use the phrase “illegal trail” to describe a number of mountain bike trail situations, some more illegal than others. Some trails are located in designated wilderness or Federally managed areas and violations of trail rules can result in felony convictions. Other trails constructed without permission from land managers are often considered illegal …

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GPS software review: TopoFusion

Over the past year we’ve looked at a ton of GPS mountain bike trail data from all over the country and we started noticing a pattern: many of you are using TopoFusion to manage your GPS data. Since singletracks users are perhaps the smartest mountain bikers on the planet, we decided to check out TopoFusion …

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Indoor mountain biking

Nope, this isn’t about Ray’s MTB Indoor Park in Cleveland – it’s the Red Bull Ride the Sky 2007 from St. Paul, MN. If you haven’t heard St. Paul has this crazy system of indoor skyways and covered walkways to keep people out of the cold in winter and Red Bull put together an awesome …

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Voice your opinions in Oregon

Good chance for Oregon mountain bikers to advocate for some new and improved mountain bike trails in Silver Falls State Park. The park recently added about 350 acres and park managers are soliciting public input on how to best use the new space. You can send your comments via mail, email, or phone – specifics …

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Pickin’ your lines

Ron Rash had a great piece in the Aspen Times a couple weeks ago about mountain bike performance anxiety. Really, Ron is talking about the mental part of mountain biking – you know, the part where you use your brain to make rapid fire decisions about where to point your wheel on the trail. It’s …

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MTB trail access: Do bikes damage trails?

Let’s be honest: Mountain bikes cause erosion – but then again, so do hikers, horses (big time), and certainly ATVs. Heck, even wild animals like deer are known to leave trails in the woods that become channels for rain and runoff water. Erosion is a natural process, though extreme overuse of trail systems by ANY …

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Mac GPS Pro review: Solid but…

If you’re a GPS mountain biker and you use an Apple Computer, you’ve been left out in the cold by many of the popular GPS software programs. Fortunately Google Earth for Mac came along last year but up until that point, most of us relied on shareware programs and National Geo-crap-tic TOPO! software to view …

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MTB Trail access: Share the trail

Hikers and equestrians offer a number of reasons for why mountain bikers shouldn’t be allowed to use certain trails but perhaps their most compelling arguments center around safety concerns. I’m sure most of us have been, at one time or another, a hiker on a singletrack trail and been startled by a mountain biker appearing …

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MTB trails: Good and bad news

I have some good news and bad news to report regarding mountain bike trails – which do you want first? Bad news? Okay, let’s get it out of the way. Hikers and bikers are up in arms in Marin County (again/still) over illegal mountain bike trails. This time some bikers accidentally found themselves on an …

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