Mountain Bikes

January 1, 2020

How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps

A person stands on a rock overlooking Lake Tahoe near a mountain bike trail

Chris McNamara has ideas—big ones. A professional climber and writer based in South Lake Tahoe, California, he also has experience acting on them. Like in 1999, when he needed more beta on big wall climbs, he founded the forum SuperTopo and proceeded to write 10 guidebooks on the subject. The idea he’s working on now […]

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January 1, 2020

How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps

A person stands on a rock overlooking Lake Tahoe near a mountain bike trail

Chris McNamara has ideas—big ones. A professional climber and writer based in South Lake Tahoe, California, he also has experience acting on them. Like in 1999, when he needed more beta on big wall climbs, he founded the forum SuperTopo and proceeded to write 10 guidebooks on the subject. The idea he’s working on now […]

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December 30, 2019

How to Cycle Indoors this Winter

A little rain or snow doesn’t have to put the kibosh on outdoor bike rides. In fact, cyclists often discover that with the right gear (and attitude), wintertime riding can be plenty safe and enjoyable. But some days, even diehards decide they’d rather not brave the elements—and that’s when indoor cycling offers a fun alternative. […]

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December 27, 2019

How to Start Cycling Indoors—And Make It Fun

A little rain or snow doesn’t have to put the kibosh on outdoor bike rides. In fact, cyclists often discover that with the right gear (and attitude), wintertime riding can be plenty safe and enjoyable. But some days, even diehards decide they’d rather not brave the elements—and that’s when indoor cycling offers a fun alternative. […]

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December 19, 2019

The Case for Renting Ski Gear

Winter sports can feel downright difficult to pull off smoothly. You’ve got tough winter weather and heaps of gear to transport from one place to the next. (Have you ever tried stuffing a giant ski bag into a too-small rental car before? It’s not recommended.) Want a solution that makes that commute a little bit […]

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November 26, 2019

More Women Than Ever Are Winning Endurance Cycling Events

In early August, 10 days, two hours and 48 minutes after setting out from the start line in Burgas, Bulgaria, 24-year-old German Fiona Kolbinger rolled into Brest, France, to win the seventh edition of the Transcontinental Race, one of the world’s premier self-supported, ultra-endurance cycling competitions. Kolbinger didn’t just top the women’s category. She won […]

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November 18, 2019

Winter’s Arrival Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stop Riding 

The air is colder, the days are shorter and the leaves are changing colors. Take the cue and do some routine maintenance on your bike so you can keep riding through the winter. Slop, snow, frost, dirt and general dampness will do a lot more to your rig than make it dirty. Ignore them and […]

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November 12, 2019

Welcome to the Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia

It’s breakfast time at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway and the final day of the third annual Bikepacking Summit, a three-day grassroots event that’s equal parts summer camp and bikepacking seminar. Mulberry Gap co-owners Kate and Andrew Gates stand behind a counter flipping pancakes while greeting a steady stream of cyclists. “This is my dream […]

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November 4, 2019

Mountain Biking Vermont’s Kingdom Trails

Riding past a red barn in Vermont's bucolic Northeast Kingdom

Up in the far northeastern corner of Vermont, there are more dirt roads than paved. The hills are rugged, and the houses far apart. The people who live in this 2,000-square-mile stretch of the Green Mountain State—dubbed “the Northeast Kingdom”—are tough, even by Vermont standards. It’s colder and rougher, and amenities are few and far […]

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