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 …

Bike Parks: Hinton, AB and Burnaby, BC

Check out the series pilot for more information about bike parks in general. Hinton Skills Park, Hinton, Alberta One of the first municipally owned bike parks, the Hinton Skills Park was donated by the Town of Hinton (TOH) to the Hinton Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) in 2008. After two years of construction, the 37-acre park …

Bike Park Spotlight Series

Freeride mountain biking has exploded over the last 10-15 years. What started out as a few renegade downhillers dodging trees close to becoming (shock!) mainstream today. While in times past dirt jumping and freeriding used to require the construction of illicit trails far from the prying eyes of big brother, there has been a push …

News: Dominion Riverrock Festival a Family-Friendly Event

Here’s a dilemma many mountain bikers face: Joe Schmo wants to take a vacation and get some dirt under his tires, but the wife and the kids aren’t really all that interested in this painful sport we call mountain biking. Most of the time, Joe the mountain-biking dad thinks it’s a loss: either the vacation …

5 Reasons to Get a Professional Bike Fit

When I decided to train for a dirty century, I wanted to make sure my bike fit was completely dialed for long hours in the saddle. I’ve done live social media coverage of a few races for Eddie O’Dea, the most sought-after bike fitter in the state of Georgia, so I decided to give him …

Mountain Biking 101: Read the Path Ahead

How do you conquer those trail loops in one shot without having to stop over and over again to correct mistakes and catch your breath? You start out all excited to hit the singletrack today. After a bit of riding you are dodging tree trunks, going over bumps, and going around some curves. You slam …

How to Conquer MTB Trail Obstacles: 5 Tips

Sometimes I wish I’d started mountain biking technical terrain in my 20s, or even my teens.  If I had, by now the obstacles that scare me would seem easy.  Most of my friends in their 20s don’t ever seem to fall victim to thoughts about “the penalty for failure.”  I, however, am always assessing the …

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails, Western Edition: Part 2

This is the second part of my exploration of novice-friendly western trails that are actually great fun for riders of all levels. Click here for Part 1. Blue Diamond Trails, Las Vegas, NV Here’s another great option close to a large population center.  When I go to Vegas, I spend a whole lot less time …