Good article. BTW, there are many wild 'trail snacks' available out there if you know where and what to look for especially in the spring time. It just adds one more adventure to mountain biking. Your local library should have several books on wild edibles in your area.
I have been searching for some new tires. I believe I am going to get the Maxxis Ardent based upon this review. I am currently on WTB Velociraptors which are great for the wet South Carolina clay but, I would like a faster rolling tire. Thanks Matt
You should also be able to fine some vacant lots, gravel or potholed filled roads close to home to practice on when travel funds are low. It may not be as exciting but, it will improve your confidence and skills for the next road trip.
One thing not mentioned for flat pedals is that you can move your foot around on the pedal and you can't on clipless. I prefer to be able to move my foot slightly up to down and side to side or take my inside foot off the pedal for drifting tight corners depending on what…