September 28, 2018

How One Designer Makes Mountain Bike Clothing for Women That Actually Fits

When I zipped up my mountain bike jersey earlier this year, I felt an all-too-familiar sense of disappointment. It was tight in the shoulders and too short. When I leaned over, parts of my skin on my lower back were exposed. When I raised my hands over my head, my midriff showed. The size was […]

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September 26, 2018

Learning How to Mountain Bike As a 30-Something, An Illustrated Story

After a long climb, I watched my friends disappear, one by one, down the trail. My turn. I gripped the handlebar, stood up on my pedals and accelerated. My bike careened forward, awkwardly wobbling over rocks and roots. A steep rollover sent my fingers slamming against the breaks and my body nearly over the handlebars. […]

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September 19, 2018

Here’s How the Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S. Earned Their Rank

A cyclist biking alongside a highway

Whether I’m running to the local co-op market to buy groceries, checking out a book from the library or meeting up with friends at the wine bar, chances are I’m going to ride my bike. That’s because I am fortunate to live in a centrally located neighborhood within a network of bike trails and bike-friendly […]

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August 31, 2018

Here’s How the Popular Itusi Trail is Getting an Overhaul

Tarheel Trailblazers

One of North Carolina’s most iconic mountain bike trails is getting a face-lift. The Itusi Trail, in Lake Norman State Park outside of Charlotte, was one of the first mountain bike-specific trails built in North Carolina’s state park system. In 2003, the Tarheel Trailblazers built Hawk Loop, a 3-mile loop on the shore of Lake […]

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August 30, 2018

Bikepackers Chase Adventure First, Glory Last

On September 14, a dozen mountain bikers will assemble before dawn at Waterfront Park in Northville, New York, a village of 1,000 people in the Adirondack Mountain foothills. Michael Intrabartola, a carpenter who lives in the High Peaks region 90 miles north, will check in with each rider as they secure soft-sided bags to their […]

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August 28, 2018

The Lady Shred Spirit is Alive and Growing in Wydaho

Devin Dwyer’s path to women’s advocacy started with a tough day in the snow. In 2011 she showed up to a level II avalanche class in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains as the lone woman in a room of men. On the first day of ski touring, her guide and group left her behind. After that Dwyer […]

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August 23, 2018

The Best Mountain Bike Rides Near Chicago

To the unfamiliar, the sprawling metropolis of Chicago may not seem like a hub of outdoor recreation; however, there are numerous riding opportunities if you know where to look. Whether you want to take the kids on a family outing, improve your skills, enjoy some flow or escape for the weekend, the trail systems around […]

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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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