Thinking of getting lost for a while? I have an idea for you: Take a bikepacking vacation. A cross between backpacking and mountain biking, bikepacking is an exhilarating adventure that allows you to escape from reality--even if it's only for a night.
Before you set out, read this list to brush up on the basics of bikepacking.
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Whether your're new to the sport or not, chances are you're making a mistake or two. Its OK. We all do it. Read this list and learn from my mistakes--so you don't make the same ones!
- Passing Up On Group Rides
- Not Bringing The Essentials
- Dressing Inappropriately
- Focusing On Your Strengths
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Have you found yourself away from the trails for a while? Don't let a pedal-free stretch hurt your fitness. Stay in top mountain biking shape with these off-the-bike activities:
- Self Massage For Cyclists
- 5 Best Yoga Poses For Cyclists
- Building Bone Strength
- How To Use A Foam Roller
- All About Weight Training
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I don't know about you, but the more I mountain bike, the more aches and pains I develop. In particular: knee pain.
I know I'm not alone.
Researchers surveying seven professional road cycling teams on overuse injuries they had experienced in the previous 12 months found that 36% of all cyclists had experienced anterior knee pain. The study also concluded that knee injuries were most likely to cause time loss from cycling.
Want to be one step closer to pain-free pedaling? Read this list of articles about treating and preventing knee pain!
Does your bike need some love before your next ride?
I hear ya.
But bringing your bike to the shop for simple maintenance can add up. That's why once you learn to perform some simple maintenance yourself, you'll wonder why you haven't always spent the minimal extra time to keep your prized possession in tip-top shape.
Read this article to learn how to do the following DIYs:
- Set Up Your Bike Cockpit
- Fix Your Flat Tire
- Clean Your Mountain Bike
- How To Change A Bicycle Pedal
- Un-Stick Your Seized Seatpost
Need a reason to buy the mountain biker in your life a gift? No, you don't. But in case you're skeptical, I'll give you a great one: National Bike Month. It's taking place the entire month of May.
Need some ideas for that perfect gift? I thought you might! Check out this list of must-have spring/summer mountain biking gear.
Need a mountain biker to give a gift to? Oh, you already have that one covered? Oh well.
Happy Trails--and Happy Bike Month to you all!
I'll be the first to admit that sometimes a brand new jersey, shoes--or bike!--is a great motivator to saddle up and search out some singletrack.
Why not celebrate National Bike Month, taking place right now during the month of May, by updating your mountain biking style?
Use this list of ideas to pick out some spankin' new gear and accessories for you or your lady friend. Then hop on your bike and go for a ride.
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As I type this my wood stove is cranking, but these days the mercury is rising outside my house too. That means just one thing: more time in the saddle! Before you and I pedal to the nearest sun-soaked singletrack, we need to take care of some business first.
- Set Up Your Bike Cockpit: On a mountain bike, the cockpit is where the handlebars, stem, brake levers, shifters and grips rest. Taking just a few minutes (literally less than a half hour) to adjust your handlebar controls properly can drastically improve the way you ride.
- Build a Mountain Bike Trail the Right Way: This time of year especially, many mountain bikers find themselves itching to build their very own trail, or contribute their services to existing singletrack that needs some work. Move beyond simply riding your local mountain bike trails--learn to build them with these basic steps.
- Bring These Items on Your Next Ride: Carrying the necessary supplies will make your next journey into the woods both safe and fun. These are the items you should have with you on your bike at all times.
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AJ Zelinski, DC, ART, has treated world-class athletes from all over the country and specializes in triathletes, cyclists and runners. Dr. Zelinski is a mountain biker himself, and says the most common cycling injuries and types of pain he sees in his practice are knee pain, lower back pain and neck pain.
In this article, the treating doctor at the Ironman World Triathlon Championships suggests five stretches to help cyclists avoid these common complaints of pain.
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Did you know that there is a debate surrounding good old-fashioned stretching?
It's true. Recent studies have produced mixed findings, but there are still plenty of believers. We spoke to one--Donald Rourke, PT, physical therapist and certified myofascial stretch therapist--and asked him to shares five benefits of stretching.
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