Earn a $500 Grant for Your MTB Club

To say thanks to the local clubs that work so hard to build and maintain incredible mountain bike trails all around the US and Canada, Singletracks is stoked to announce two new $500 trail grants. We’ve been IMBA Corporate Sponsors for several years now and it’s time for us to give back to the local …

Are Unauthorized MTB Trails Growing in the US?

Unlike the trend analysis articles we’ve been posting recently, I have no hard data on this trend but it’s one that appears to be growing in my area: unauthorized mountain bike trail construction. For example, in one local park / open space area, there were two separate groups of unofficial trail builders working different areas …

Innovative Trail Conflict Solution: Bell Boxes

photos: San Diego Mountain Bike Association. A friend recently returned from a trip to California with an interesting discovery: bell boxes for mountain bikers. If you ride in California you already know about these but for east coasters, the concept may be new. At many shared-use trailheads, mountain bike clubs have installed signed boxes containing …

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 …

Advocacy Alert: Three GA State Parks to Target Mountain Bikers with a Trail Fee

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GaDNR) is currently proposing a new fee toride mountain bikes on trails in three state parks: Unicoi, Fort Yargo, and Hard Labor Creek (which will have brand new mountain biking trails opening in the next few months). Fort Mountain State Park has had a trail fee in place for …

MTB Movie Review: Pedal Driven

10 Reasons to watch Pedal Driven, a BIKEumentary: 1. You saw the earlier Singletracks blog post by trek7k about the fundraising efforts to complete the movie. If you pledged, you’re part of the effort. 2. There are secret/illegal/pirate trails in your area and you want to watch the story of how a group of passionate, …

Pro Mountain Biker Sentenced to 3 Days in Jail for Riding Illegal Boulder Trail

Professional mountain biker Mike West was caught riding in an area around Flagstaff Mountain back in March that’s closed to protect golden eagles. After pleading guilty to “driving a vehicle in violation of the regulations,” he was sentenced to 60 hours of community service, three days in jail, and slapped with a $500 fine. His …

IMBA Southern Regional MTB Summit: Summary

This is my third and final post covering the first everSouthern Mountain Bike Summit. In case you missed the first two posts, part one can be found here and part two can be found here. The Take Away I’ve been involved in MTB advocacy on the local level pretty much since I started riding a …

IMBA Southern Regional MTB Summit: Day 2

This is the second part of my coverage on the Southern Mountain Bike Summit that was held in Brevard, NC recently. In case you missed it, find the first part here. Okay, let’s get on with it. Building Partnerships to Get Things Done Day two started with a really good presentation by Sig Hutchinson, the …