Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance 101

We’ve seen a recent surge of interest in trail building here on Singletracks and we just started a new forum for discussions about building mountain bike trails. But building the trail is only half of the equation; maintaining the trails is a long-term task that will never completely go away. I’ve been dedicating more of …

Trail Tuesday: IMBA Ride Centers

Years ago, IMBA’s only designation for truly excellent singletrack was the term “Epic.” Over the last several years that has slowly been changing, with new designations including “Gateway Trails,” “Flow Trails,” and “Ride Centers” being added to the vocabulary. “Ride Centers” are areas that are truly mountain biking destinations in every sense of the word. …

Trail Tuesday: Bear Creek & Pinhoti Trail

It took me nearly two months but I finally finished it: my Santa Cruz Tallboy FS 29er was ready to ride! After dialing in the suspension, checking every cable, and adjusting brake pads and levers, I chose the Bear Creek – Pinhoti Trail (P1, P2) loop outside Ellijay, GA for the maiden voyage. It turned …

Trail Tuesday: Strand Hill, Crested Butte, CO

This is the final installment in my series of ride reports from my vacation to Colorado during the first week of August, 2011. By the time this blog post goes live, it will probably be December. Man, how time flies. In case you’ve missed them, you can check out my other ride reports here: Foothills …

Go With the Flow: Flow Country Trails

IMBA recently partnered with Hans Rey and trail designer Diddie Schneider to certify Flow Country Trails around the world and so far five trails have made the cut. We first wrote about the concept during the 2010 IMBA World Summit where Hans Rey spoke about his vision for mountain bike trails that anyone, from beginners …

Trail Tuesday: 2011 IMBA Epics

IMBA announced their list of 2011 Epic rides late last month and in case you missed it, here are the trails that made the cut. Two of the five new Epics are outside the US and, as IMBA’s Mark Eller notes, the new crop includes several backcountry trails. “For many years, the term ‘Epic’ was …

Mountain Biking Pisgah: Bent Creek

A couple weeks ago mudhunny and I spent the weekend camping and riding at Bent Creek in Pisgah National Forest just outside Asheville, NC and we had a blast! Although we had ridden other Pisgah trails like Dupont State Forest and Thrift Cove, neither of us had ever ridden Bent Creek and we were stoked …