The East Coaster’s Guide to Mountain Biking in the Desert

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting up in Fruita with the amazing Mtbikerchick and Delphinide for a great weekend of camaraderie and sweet singletrack. After hitting the trails, we gathered the spouses and chitlins to share mountain biking stories over local Colorado beer and pizza. Many of my stories were comprised from my husband …

How to Break Your Mountain Bike

One morning while enjoying a cup ‘o joe before both sun and baby arose, I stumbled across Greg Heil’s article from 2013, “How to Brake Your Mountain Bike.” Perhaps due to lack of sleep, ineffectiveness of the caffeine from only 5 cups of coffee, or a momentary flash of dislexia, I incorrectly read the title as “How …

The Single Speed Addiction

Road biking can effectively be broken into two groups: racing and non-racing. Sure, roadies will argue that subtle differences are significant, but show your grandma a Tarmac and a Roubaix, and she’ll likely tell you they’re the same bike… unless, of course, you show her a pink and blue bike. Mountain biking, on the other …

Ready to Ride? 3 Trail Selection Tips for Beginners

You have the bike and the gear, and you’re itching to get out and ride! But before you do, there are a few things you should know when it comes to selecting the right trails. You may think you’re in shape since you’re a pretty active person. I was always outside hiking, running, or horseback …

10 Ways to Make Group Rides Fun for Everyone

Riding alone or with one or two close friends is fun, and definitely a valid way to enjoy our sport, but group rides are also a great option. Group rides provide a potentially larger pool of “better” riders against whom you can hone your own skills, and getting to see a bunch of different bikes …

9 Ways to Climb Better on Your Mountain Bike

If you are gassing out too quickly when climbing, here are 9 things you can do to help you climb better on your mountain bike: 1. Pace your breathing. Race horses breathe in and out with every gallop. Focus on keeping your inhaling and exhaling at a good pace when you are exerting yourself during …

Bike Park: Eagle Bike Park, Idaho

At over 250 acres, Eagle Bike Park is one of the largest around. Located in the town of Eagle, Idaho, a suburb of Boise, the park is packed with technical features and regular trails, the most prominent of which is the Stormin’ Mormon freeride line, measuring in at 8/10 of a mile long with about …

Bike Parks: Plainfield, IL, Elkridge, MD, and Manhattan, NY

Check out the series pilot for more information about bike parks in general. Plainfield Bike Park, Plainfield, Illinois Designed, built, and funded by volunteers, the Plainfield Bike Park has jump lines for all skill levels, as well as a pump track and a technical skills area. Gathering 20-40 riders a day, the progressive design allows beginners to …

Bike Parks: I-5 Colonnade and Duthie Hill, Seattle, WA

Check out the series pilot for more information about bike parks in general. I-5 Colonnade Bike Park, Seattle, Washington The I-5 Colonnade bike park in Seattle was the first of a new breed of urban mountain bike skills parks that has been gaining traction across the nation. In urban areas where space can be hard to come …

Bike Parks: Fresno, Elk Grove, and Albuquerque

Check out the series pilot for more information about bike parks in general. Woodward Mountain Bike Skills Progression Park, Fresno, California This 10-acre progression park in Fresno helped pioneer bike park building in California and across the continent. Expertly designed and constructed by Nat Lopes of Hilride, the foresight and planning that went into the …