August 21, 2018

Thirty Years of Trails and Counting

Mountain bikers on a trail

There’s a new trail in a spot I like to ride that winds up switchbacks through tall Jeffrey pines to a lookout. It replaces a steep, eroded elevator shaft that was a nemesis to all mountain bikers and hikers. Now, on the new trail, the dirt is fresh and smooth. The berms are perfectly elevated […]

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August 17, 2018

The Best Mountain Bike Rides Near Atlanta

With the diverse terrain and well-developed trail systems, the region around Atlanta, Georgia has some unexpectedly amazing rides. Whether you’re looking for a mellow day out with the kids or hoping to get in a workout, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for within driving distance of the capital city. With an abundance […]

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August 8, 2018

What’s the Difference Between Women’s and Men’s Bikes?

What's the difference between women's and men's bikes?

Where once women’s bikes were simply smaller, “prettier” (whatever that means) and, sadly, more poorly spec’d than men’s models, thankfully those troglodyte days are behind us. Aside from aesthetic nuances, quality women’s bikes today offer the same performance and components as comparable men’s models. The big difference between women’s and men’s bikes is the fit: […]

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July 26, 2018

Navigating a Caribbean Island on Bikes

We were halfway through our weeklong bike tour of western Cuba’s tobacco country when we stopped at Julio’s fruit stand on our way to the town of Viñales, lured by the prospect of fresh coconut water. We parked our bikes on the side of the road, and Julio led us to a splintered bench and […]

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July 23, 2018

A New Documentary Shows How Bicycles Are a Tool For Women’s Empowerment in Afghanistan

Relatively affordable, safe and efficient, bicycles have long played a key role in movements for women’s equality, starting with the American suffragettes in the late 19th century. “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling,” said Susan B. Anthony, the famous women’s rights activist, in 1896. “I think it has done more to emancipate […]

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July 12, 2018

One Woman’s Story on Becoming an Adaptive Athlete

It wasn’t Lindsey Runkel’s first fall. There had been the fractured hand riding singletrack around Arizona. Then there was the broken collarbone at Phoenix’s South Mountain and the excruciating 5-mile hike out, bike in tow. But this one felt different. More specifically, it felt like—nothing. After tumbling through the landing of a 15-foot drop at […]

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July 6, 2018

Vermont Plans the East Coast’s First Purpose-Built, Hut-Supported Mountain Bike Route

Just outside Matt Baatz’s house in Pittsfield, Vermont, a 25-mile network of mountain bike trails climbs about 1,000 vertical feet. Baatz is the trail manager for Green Mountain Trails (GMT), a community group that built the mix of flowy singletrack and narrow, rugged routes. And he rides them daily—unless he drives either way along Vermont's […]

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June 29, 2018

Putting the Colorado Trail on the Map

Jerry Brown was a 39-year-old Coloradan living in Texas when he read a newspaper article in 1989 about a multi-use trail that traversed 486 miles across his home state, from Denver to Durango. The Colorado Trail (CT) had just been dedicated with ceremonies at its northern and southern terminuses and immediately following its opening, 13 […]

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June 25, 2018

The Humble Beginnings of Mountain Bike Racing

I wasn’t prepared for the shaved legs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above the luxuries of smooth skin and streamlined wound care. It’s just the sea of well-defined calf muscles and correlating vasculature taunted me as we waited for the starting gun. The air was thick with humorless ambition, offset by my own self-deprecation […]

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