Mountain Bike Photography: 10 Techniques for Beginners

The Basics: A Short Primer This article is meant to provide you with some quick tips on taking photos while on the trail. Certainly, volumes can be written about photography, covering topics such as shutter speed, lighting, color temperature, depth of field, etc. Most non-professional SLR cameras don’t allow much control over these anyway. Instead, …

Video: How To Fix Your MTB Gear Shifting

The Trail Doctor is IN, and he’s writing you a prescription for getting your bike’s gear shifting working again. Bad shifts can ruin a ride or even snap a chain, so knowing how to fix your shifting on the trail is essential. Delving into 30+ years of mountain bike experience – from shop mechanic to …

Race Report: It Hurt Like Hell… And I Loved It!

I took part in my first XC race over the weekend: the 6th Round of the Ontario Cup at Mountainview in Midland. It nearly broke me, and I loved every lung-burning, testicle-crushing, breakfast-losing second of it! Right from the start line, even the speed of my fellow competitors in the lowest male division blew me …

Think You’re a Mountain Biking Expert? Think Again.

Picture this: You’re renting a mountain bike for a trip to Whistler or Park City and on the rental form, they ask you to rate your riding ability: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert.  It turns out that plenty of people end up checking “expert,” despite the fact that most, if not all, the guys and …

Mountain Biking Basics: Trail Etiquette

We live on an increasingly crowded planet and trails, whether we hike or ride them, are a refuge from the daily grind. And while these wonderful strips of bare ground in our open spaces help us escape from civilization, it often seems like the rest of civilization is escaping on them at the same time, …

How To: Basic Bike Maintenance for Beginners

In the last few years, bikes have evolved from a mere tool of recreation into a true investment. You no longer have to be a hardcore cyclist to fit the caricaturist joke that your bike is worth more than your car: high end mountain bikes are consistently topping the $10,000 range. Unfortunately, purchasing the bike …

Beti AllRide Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic: Part 2

Be sure to check out Part 1 of this feature. There are a whole host of reasons to take a mountain biking clinic. Heck, Greg Heil’s previous article, “why everyone should take mountain biking lessons”, is enough to convince even the most seasoned veterans amongst us to sign up. The primary reason for taking a lesson or …