How To Choose Your First Mountain Bike

Soon after getting bitten by the mountain biking bug, you will be ready to purchase your first “real” mountain bike. The myriad of prices, models and types of mountain bikes available makes the process not unlike buying a car. This guide will give you the info you need to be an informed buyer with realistic …

5 Benefits of Youth Mountain Biking Programs

Sometimes adults get so giddy over the fact that they are riding a bike, you’ll hear them exclaim “I feel like a kid again!” That’s a good thing. Riding a bike is fun. Kids like to have fun… and they love to ride bikes. It’s no wonder youth mountain biking programs have been sprouting up …

6 Reasons Why You Should Ride a Singlespeed

I have to admit, when I first started riding mountain bikes, the concept of a singlespeed was a little odd. Gears seemed natural. We had come up with the idea to use different gear ratios to make going uphill easier and to maximize speed on the downhills. Why throw away this technology? Why make anything …

How To Be a Mountain Bike Dad

It is no secret to most of you that frequent the pages of Singletracks.com that mountain bikers can be, at times, “overwhelmingly enthusiastic” about their sport.  I recently turned 37 years old.  I am a husband of almost 15 years, a dad to 7 1/2-year-old twin girls, and I have been a veterinarian for almost 10 …

How to Choose a Mountain Bike Trail to Ride

“Ahhhh, the weekend approaches. Where shall I ride tomorrow?” For some people, this is not often a question of note as we have limited options next to the house, so we simply ride wherever is convenient.  But for most, there is a wide variety of choices within a day trip of home, and certainly when …

An Introduction to Cyclocross

Disclaimer: This may come as a shock to most of our reader base, but this story covers races involving skinny-tired bikes. If you can’t stand to see a bike with anything less than a 2-inch tire, click “back” now, as you may not be able to handle the words written below. Somehow, I had not …