Pickin’ your lines

Ron Rash had a great piece in the Aspen Times a couple weeks ago about mountain bike performance anxiety. Really, Ron is talking about the mental part of mountain biking – you know, the part where you use your brain to make rapid fire decisions about where to point your wheel on the trail. It’s …

MTB trail access: Do bikes damage trails?

Let’s be honest: Mountain bikes cause erosion – but then again, so do hikers, horses (big time), and certainly ATVs. Heck, even wild animals like deer are known to leave trails in the woods that become channels for rain and runoff water. Erosion is a natural process, though extreme overuse of trail systems by ANY …

MTB Trail access: Share the trail

Hikers and equestrians offer a number of reasons for why mountain bikers shouldn’t be allowed to use certain trails but perhaps their most compelling arguments center around safety concerns. I’m sure most of us have been, at one time or another, a hiker on a singletrack trail and been startled by a mountain biker appearing …

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 …

Wait for the mountain bike trails to dry before you ride

Edward McIlvain posted a convincing column yesterday over at YourHub.com about riding on wet mountain bike trails in the Golden/Denver area. I’m certainly guilty of trying to get out too early after a rain storm (we don’t have much snow down here) but the short term enjoyment quickly fades as the long term consequences become …

Singletrack MINDS mountain biking documentary

Poison Oak Productions has produced an excellent documentary called Singletrack MINDS that takes a look at trail access issues in Marin County, California, the birthplace of mountain biking. I had a chance to watch the film last night and I have to admit, it left me feeling frustrated and a little sad. Trail access often …

MTB park coming to midtown Cleveland

The Presidents of the USA song “Cleveland Rocks” was once just a sarcastic jab at the Forest City but it now looks like Cleveland may actually rock some midtown mountain bike trails in the near future. A million dollar bike trail is being planned in town and the organizers are in line for a $100K …

MTB: in the Grand Canyon?

If you haven’t heard, there are some guys that are attempting to ride their mountain bikes from Alaska to the tip of South America and according to the blog they’re down in Arizona taking a break as we speak. Calling this an epic ride is a a bit of an understatement and they’ve certainly had …

The Fruita of the Front Range … In Pueblo?

The Colorado Spring Gazette had a great article two weeks ago about the South Shore mountain bike trails down in Pueblo, Colorado. The trails are being compared to Fruita and apparently alot of Front Range riders are flocking to take advantage of the 48 miles of dry trails this winter. JJonas went down there recently …

Epic ride: What happened to Gabi?

“I don’t care. Whatever you guys want to do.‚” Joey took off his helmet and ran his fingers through his long, curly hair. “If you guys want to go on, Joey and I will just go back to the car and wait,” said Uri, the youngest of our group. “Ok. That’s cool. We shouldn’t be …

Top 10 mountain bike trails

I’ve ridden a few mountain bike trails over the years (129 trails over 13 years to be exact) and in that time I’ve formed an opinion or two about what makes a good MTB trail. Spectacular scenery, fast descents, great flow, and challenging terrain are just a few of the factors that make a mountain …

Guide to building better MTB trails

For most of us mountain bike trails just seem to exist. It’s not that we’re lazy or ungrateful, it’s just that we don’t put much thought into the sacrifices that are often made to build a world-class mountain bike trail. Beyond the physical work that goes into building a great trail system the political, social, …

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