Magellan eXplorist 400 review: Good

After a less than spectacular experience with the Magellan eXplorist 200 I decided to upgrade and give the eXplorist 400 a try. I purchased the GPS unit as part of the “Wilderness Bundle” which included the Magellan MapSend Topo USA software, an extra memory card, and a carrying case for a little under $250. When …

Sideways bicycle?

Somehow I missed this one back in February but apparently a software engineer in Dublin, Ireland invented a bicycle that can be ridden sideways. The BBC News did a good write up about the bike and the article even includes video of a rider demonstrating the bike. The chief advantage of a sideways bicycle seems …

GPS tips for mountain biking

I’ve been collecting mountain bike trail data on my GPS for a few years now and I thought it would be helpful to share some tips for those just getting started. Collecting GPS data can be a great way to build trail maps to share with friends but unfortunately most consumer GPS units don’t make …

Trek Concept Store: Not clear

Mudhunny spotted an ad in Endurance magazine for North Carolina’s first Trek concept store in Raleigh and since the trails were wet Saturday we decided to check it out. Before heading out we searched the Google for directions and came across the store website which left us a bit underwhelmed. The site looked like some …

Mirror for a mountain bike?

Picture this: You’re riding your mountain bike down a remote section of trail when suddenly, out of nowhere, a mountain lion starts to chase you. You pedal faster and faster but the powerful cat stays just inches behind you. You swerve from side to side but you have no idea if it’s working. If only …

Magellan eXplorist 200: Not for bikers

I’ve been a Garmin guy ever since I got my first GPS for Christmas in 2000. I’m on my fifth Garmin GPS now (the latest: Garmin Edge 305 which is sweet by the way) but I decided it was time to try out another GPS brand for comparison sake. Magellan’s eXplorist series seemed like a …

GPS software review: TopoFusion

Over the past year we’ve looked at a ton of GPS mountain bike trail data from all over the country and we started noticing a pattern: many of you are using TopoFusion to manage your GPS data. Since singletracks users are perhaps the smartest mountain bikers on the planet, we decided to check out TopoFusion …

Mac GPS Pro review: Solid but…

If you’re a GPS mountain biker and you use an Apple Computer, you’ve been left out in the cold by many of the popular GPS software programs. Fortunately Google Earth for Mac came along last year but up until that point, most of us relied on shareware programs and National Geo-crap-tic TOPO! software to view …

Topo maps in Google Earth: Map your bike trails

A little known feature of Google Earth is the ability to use custom map overalays. Several people have found ways to use topographic maps as Google Earth overlays and the Google Earth Blog has a good post with links to the more popular solutions. Google Earth is great for viewing mountain bike trail map data …

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 …