Buy my Garmin Edge 205 GPS & get free membership

I’m selling my beloved (and gently used) Garmin Edge 205 GPS on eBay and I’m throwing in a free 1-year full access singletracks membership to the winning bidder. If you’ve read my review of the Edge 205 you know I love the Edge but you’ll also know I already upgraded to the more expensive 305. …

Garmin Edge 305 review: Sweet but spendy

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll remember that just 2 weeks ago I posted a glowing review of the Garmin Edge 205. I was so smitten, in fact, that I immediately decided I needed to buy the Garmin Edge 305 so I could experience the best of the best. This weekend I …

Kids learn to build their own bike frames

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent had an interesting article (registration required) last week about high school students from Carbondale learning to build bike frames from master frame builder Koichi Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi has built thousands of bike frames including frames used by Lance Armstrong and Bobby Julich. The article says that even today’s “custom” bike frames …

Garmin Forerunner 201 review: So-so for biking

Editor’s note: This review was first posted in August of 2005 on our sister blog at TripleBlaze.com and has been updated with mountain bike specific information. I purchased a Garmin Forerunner 201 in 2005 to use for running and to possibly use on my bike. I had been using a Garmin eTrex for mountain biking …

National Geographic TOPO! – Expensive and sucky

I was all set to write a thoughtful review of National Geographic’s TOPO! software for mapping GPS data but after much frustration, I give up. Okay, I don’t completely give up, but suffice it to say this won’t be helpful if you’re seriously considering buying this piece of junk. (oops, I may have spoiled the …

Who watches MTB races anyway?

For years mountain bike manufacturers have been sponsoring elite level riders as a way of promoting their brands. Everyone knows Lance rode a Trek so that makes Trek bikes cool. But does this really work? I mean, who is out there watching mountain bike races (on TV or otherwise)? I honestly couldn’t tell you what …

4-wheel mountain bikes

What has four mountain bike tires, disc brakes, no gears, and no pedals? Nope, it’s not the pile of cannibalized bikes in your tool shed, it’s the R-one 4×4 – the raddest way to ride downhill on four wheels. The Rough Riderz club in the UK is working hard to increase awareness of this (new?) …

Automatic transmission for bikes

It seems like there was something like this available before but apparently Shimano’s “Coasting” technology is news worthy enough for CNET this week. The technology uses a computer chip to control automatic shifting between one of three gears. The article specifically says the tech isn’t meant for road or mountain bikes and doesn’t even perform …

GPS software review: Delorme Topo 6.0

Over the past several years I’ve tried out a number of topographic software programs for mapping mountain bike trails and GPS data and they’ve all been seriously flawed in one way or another: National Geographic Topo! (crashes often, expensive), Mac GPS Pro (techy, no built-in maps), Google Earth (limited topo support), Trails.com (slow, limited interface), …

The Stair Cycle

The Stair Cycle is a bike you “pedal” by stepping up and down and based on the videos it looks fun as hell. There doesn’t appear to be a mountain-specific version of the bike (yet) but I can just imagine cruising down a gnarly trail on one of these. The standing position would definitely add …

What to do with a broken Garmin eTrex Vista?

Well after a couple years of faithful service, my eTrex Vista GPS finally recorded its last waypoint. I called Garmin to see about a repair (out of warranty of course) and they quoted me a flate rate of $125, about $25 less than a new one on Amazon. Naturally I didn’t take the offer but …

Spring is great time for GPS mapping bike trails

Spring is in the air here this week and I’ve been having great luck mapping some of the local mountain bike trails with my GPS (Lake Crabtree, Harris Lake, and Southern Village all in the last 5 days). This really is the best time of year to get out and map the trails with your …