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 …

I will change my name for a new mountain bike

To whom it may concern: My name is Jeff and I’ve been riding the same Trek 7000 mountain bike (hardtail) for the past 7 years. The bike has been everywhere as my wife mudhunny and I have explored the singletrack from Georgia to California and from Colorado to Vermont (and plenty in between). All told …

MTB Review – Bikes & more

A couple weeks ago I talked about our (sucky) mountain bike gear review pages on singletracks and now we’ve done something about it. The new mountain bike review pages are now online and we already have several reviews for you to check out. The singletracks mountain bike review site is a little different from others …

Folding mountain bike

The Get Outdoors blog had a short post about the Fuego, a foldable mountain bike from Dahon. I personally haven’t seen too many foldable mountain bikes and this thing pretty much blew me away (but then again I’m still riding a hardtail from 1999). The Fuego has a 7005 aluminum frame and the 17″ version …

MacGuyver bike tricks

The guys over at Blue Collar Mountain Biking always seem to come up with gnarly quick fix ideas and the latest one I read about, using quick release levers to change a bike tire, seems like a great trick. They also have about a dozen uses for duct tape, definitely check out their blog if …