Little Rippers: MTB Kids

One of the coolest (and frankly cutest) things you can see is a two year old kid with an over-sized helmet and tiny knee and elbow pads pushing around his little pedal cart or plastic trike. I’ve been noticing a ton of kids at Joyride 150 this winter learning how to ride in the safety …

Sometimes The Only Thing Left To Do Is Cyclocross

Yup, it feels that way sometimes. When Jeff sent me the email informing me I was picked to be on the Singletracks blog team, I almost turned him down. At the time I sent in my application I was living in Philadelphia, a 15 minute ride from the sweetest trails imaginable in Fairmount Park and …

Bike Commuting Steps Up Your MTB Game

With all the responsibilities we have, finding enough time to ride can be difficult. Commuting to work or school by bike can be a great way to spend more time in the saddle, especially considering that part of that time would be spent commuting anyway. I started bike commuting several years ago after my first …

Keeping Your Feet Dry: MTB Stream Crossings

Bull Mountain photo by K2K. It’s day seven of my 29 Trails in 29 Days challenge and things aren’t going so well. I’ve only ridden 2 trails so far and while the roads are better here in Atlanta today, the trails are still shellacked with a thick coating of ice on top of snow. The …

CycleOps Joule 2.0 Review

A little while back I did a write up on the CycleOps Powertap SL+ for mountain bikes. At the time I raved about how well it worked and how useful the data was when downloaded to the PC. At the time someone mentioned that the Cervo display unit wasn’t the greatest, especially given the cost …

Fall Mountain Biking Tips

The changing seasons can bring a new dimension to mountain biking and for many of us, fall is one of the best times of the year to hit the trail. If this is your first fall riding season (or even your tenth), here are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe and …

FRS Health Energy Review

By now you’ve probably seen the ads for FRS Healthy Energy products featuring top riders like Lance Armstrong and Travis Brown but you may be wondering, does this stuff actually work? I wondered the same thing myself so I decided to put FRS to the test. At the age of 40 I have been having …

Clif Shots Get New Formula

Here’s a quick item for those of you who like your nutrition in gel form: Clif Shots just got a new formula for 2011. Previously, Clif Shots used organic brown rice syrup for the base which some noted was a little thicker than other brands. The new product builds off an organic maltodextrin base and …

Old School Mountain Biker Goes Back to Class

Sixteen years ago I took a mountain biking class at Boy Scout camp and I still remember almost every detail. We learned about full attack position, how to climb, and how to perform minor bike maintenance – all on a (then new) fleet of fully rigid Trek Antelope mountain bikes. After that summer, though, I …

CycleOps PowerTap SL+ (Mountain Bike)

Now this is probably the ultimate in bike computer electronics: The PowerTap SL+. I really love this thing and I’m going to have a great time introducing this to everyone. Now to get the bad part out of the way: the MSRP on the PowerTap SL+ for MTB is $1699. Yes. that’s a steep price …