Are you old school too?

The other weekend we were riding down at FATS in South Carolina when we stopped to chat with a group of guys out on the trail. Here’s a rough transcript of our conversation: Me: Is the Brown Wave trail pretty sweet? We’re thinking about heading down that way. Kid on single speed: Yeah, it’s got …

A wooden mountain bike?

Okay so this prototype wooden bike certainly isn’t meant for the trails but what if it were? You can’t get much closer to nature than riding through the trees on a piece of wood 😉 Seriously though, wood seems like an interesting choice for a bike frame since it is (according to the designer) 10 …

Ever had a GPS freeze up on a ride?

I’ve never seen this happen before: On a ride today, my Garmin Edge 305 completely locked up. It was toward the end of a 30 mile ride and I noticed the map seemed a little off – we were coming up on a turn we had made earlier but according to the map screen we …

MapSend Topo 3D USA: Does the job

I purchased the Magellan eXplorist 400 “Wilderness bundle” a couple weeks back and I’ve been using the included MapSend Topo 3D USA software for sending detailed maps to my GPS receiver. I was quickly amazed at the improved utility of my eXplorist 400 yet somewhat frustrated with the whole process. The information contained in the …

Refurbished, custom bikes in UK: Flip this bike

Want a one-of-a-kind bike without having to do alot of work? Specialbike can hook you up with a refurbished ride sporting brand-spanking new components and a fresh paint job. Looking for that cherry 1968 Schwinn with a banana seat? How about a Trek Antelope like all the rich kids were riding back in the 1990s? …

Motionbased Review: Take 1

After reading a glowing review of the Garmin Motionbased online service from an Edge 305 owner I was stoked to see what the hype was about. After wading through system errors and software downloads I have to say I just don’t get it. Motionbased accounts are free and they allow you to do advanced visualization …

How baggy are your bike shorts?

Apparently I’m still stuck in the 1990s when it comes to the mountain bike gear I own – I ride a 1999 hardtail Trek 7000, I rock fingerless gloves, and I still wear lycra bike shorts on trail rides. Gross, I know but I guess I wasn’t paying attention when mountain bikers decided to go …

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 …