Mountain bike trails.

New trails in unlikely spot: NYC

The New York City Mountain Bike Association has advocated and won 3 miles of mountain bike trails in Highbridge Park and the new trails are set to open this Saturday. Highbridge Park is in the Washington Heights area and park officials decided it was time to add some “official” bike trails after seeing BMX and …

Legend Park is legendary

Yesterday was a rare “trail day” here at singletracks and despite the overcast and cool weather I managed to get out to two new trails in a single afternoon. One of the trails, Garner Recreation Park, wasn’t even listed on singletracks yet – shame on us! The other trail at Legend Park in Clayton, NC …

New MTB trails in downtown Seattle

Seattle area riders have found an overlooked urban location for new mountain bike trails: under the interstate. Collonade Park is located under I-5 and boasts trails built using thousands of volunteer hours over the last couple years. Read the full article and check out the amazing photos of what has been done in a clearly …

Douthat trip not all that

I added Douthat State Park in Virginia to my trail wishlist about two years ago when a friend said the trails there were better than Tsali. The Mountain Bike Virginia Falconguide seemed to confirm it and I even heard people refer to Douthat as “Mountain Bike Disneyland.” After almost a week of rain, wind, and …

MTB trail access: Illegal trails

Trail users often use the phrase “illegal trail” to describe a number of mountain bike trail situations, some more illegal than others. Some trails are located in designated wilderness or Federally managed areas and violations of trail rules can result in felony convictions. Other trails constructed without permission from land managers are often considered illegal …

Voice your opinions in Oregon

Good chance for Oregon mountain bikers to advocate for some new and improved mountain bike trails in Silver Falls State Park. The park recently added about 350 acres and park managers are soliciting public input on how to best use the new space. You can send your comments via mail, email, or phone – specifics …

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 …