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Mountain Biking: Most Popular Articles

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What Is the Proper Mountain Bike Tire Pressure?
Setting your mountain bike tire pressure to the correct level for your riding style and terrain. How to determine what tire pressure to use in your mountain bike tires. Preventing pinch flats while maintaining optimal control of your mountain bike through proper tire pressure.
Which Wheel Size Is The Best Wheel Size?
Learn the merits and shortcomings of each mountain bike wheel size to determine which is right for you.
How to Decide if Tubeless Tires Are Right for...
A comparison of tubeless tires vs. standard mountain bike tires. A look at why you might want to switch from your standard system to a tubeless tire system or why you might want to stay with what you have.
650B Mountain Bikes: What Are They and Why Do...
A quick look at the 650B mountain bike movement. Why you might want a 650B mountain bike and how they are different.
Do You Really Want or Need a 29 Inch Mountain...
A quick look at 29 inch mountain bikes. Why someone may or may not want a 29 inch mountain bike. The positives and negatives of 29 inch mountain bikes. Why some manufacturers are making bikes with 29 inch wheels.
5 Things to Upgrade First On Your Mountain Bike
Learn what to upgrade first on your mountain bike.
How to Buy the Right Mountain Bike for You
A mountain bike buyers guide to lead you to a satisfying mountain bike purchase. This mountain bike buyers guide will help you put some thought into it before you lay down the cash. It will make the mountain bike buying process go a bit smoother.
What to Wear Winter Mountain Biking
Don’t let frosty weather keep you from hitting the trails. Learn how to dress for winter mountain biking.
What Type of Mountain Bike Is Right for You?
A quick guide to choosing the right type of mountain bike for you. How to decide what type of mountain bike will fit your needs best. Choosing between cross Country, all mountain (trailbike), freeride, and downhill mountain bikes.
How to Change a Bicycle Pedal
Learn how to change a bicycle pedal with this step-by-step guide!
How much mountain bike suspension travel do I...
How much suspension travel do you need on your mountain bike? Are you riding a mountain bike with the right amount of suspension travel for your riding style and terrain?
What Type of Pedals Should You Get for Your...
Descriptions, performance and guidelines to choosing bike pedals. What type of bike pedals you should be using. What makes some bike pedals better than others. Clipless, platform, and cages, why what type of bike pedals you use makes a diffference.
29er Mountain Bikes: Who Needs One?
A 29er is the name for a mountain bike that has 29-inch wheels. Should you be riding one?
Disc or Rim Brakes: Which Is Better for Your...
Who should have disk brakes or rim brakes on their mountain bikes. A weight comparison of disc brakes and rim brakes. What it takes to switch from rim brakes to disc brakes or from disc brakes to rim brakes and why you might want to make a switch.
Definition of All Mountain- The Mountain Bike...
A quick definition of an all-mountain mountain bike. Description of the mountain bike category known as all-mountain. What makes a mountain bike an all-mountain mountain bike.
What Mountain Bikers Should Eat
Find out what to eat to improve your performance on the bike.
Mountain Bike Anatomy Basics
We break down mountain bike anatomy basics for you here.
What Is Tubeless & Why You Need It - Part 1
In Part 1 of this interview, Rich O'Neil of Stan's NoTubes discusses the benefits and downsides of tubeless technology.
What is the Proper Position of My Bike Seat -...
Proper bike seat position for better comfort, joint health, and pedaling efficiency. A quick guide to setting proper seat angle and horizontal position.
Mountain Bike Accessories You Will Need
The beginner mountain biker can get a little overwhelmed when they first walk into a bike store to buy their first mountain bike and all of the mountain bike accessories they will need to start riding. Find a list of all the mountain bike accessories one needs to get started.
Do You Need a Full Suspension Mountain Bike?
Full suspension mountain bikes are everywhere these days. Find out if a full suspension or a hardtail mountain bike is for you.
How To Quick Lube a Mountain Bike
A good mountain bike lube job is essential to a smooth running mountain bike. If you want to get out and ride but don't have time to do a thorough mountain bike lube there are just a few points you should pay attention to before you hit the trails.
What Should My Bike Seat Height Be? - Setting...
Setting proper bike seat height for your size. Ensuring joint health, pedaling efficiency, and comfort while riding your bike or mountain bike with the proper seat height position. Advice for mountain bikes and other bikes.
How to Tune Up a Mountain Bike
Learn some basic skills to keep your mountain bike in tip-top shape.
Hardtail - Definition of a Mountain Bike Hardtail
What is a hartail mountain bike? It's simple, check out our quick difinition of a mountain b ike hardtail.
Cold Weather Cycling Tips (From A USA Cycling...
Learn how to ride in cold weather--tips from a USA Cycling Coach.
How to Clean a Mountain Bike
Learn how to clean your bike and what items you’ll need for the job!
Mountain Bike Safety Tips
Improve mountain biking safety by wearing a helmet and riding in control.
6 Mountain Biking Mistakes to Avoid
Avoid these mountain biking mistakes.
What's a frame? It's simple, check out this definition of a mountain bike frame.
8 Reasons Mountain Biking is Good For Your...
Learn how mountain biking benefits you physically, emotionally and socially.
Types of Mountain Bike Frame Materials
Understanding the different frame materials for a mountain bike.
A "Before You Ride" Basic Beginner Mountain...
A step by step guide to beginner mountain Biking skills to help make the riders first rides easier. A basic set of beginner mountain bike skills to master before heading out on the mountain bike trails.
Best Places to Mountain Bike in the United States
A list of the top places to mountain bike in the US.
Introducing 27.5+ Tires (Part 1)
You may have just gotten behind the 27.5 movement, but don’t get too comfortable because there’s a new size arriving in 2016: 27.5+.
Proper Nutrition for Mountain Bikers
Learn what to eat before, during and after a mountain bike ride.
No Gym, No Problem – Mountain Bike...
A two day, no gym required, strength training program for mountain bikers from MTB Strength Training System creator James Wilson. A serious at home or on the road mountain bike strength training program.
Olympic Mountain Biking Basics
Olympic mountain biking is one of the youngest Olympic sports. Relatively speeking, the sport itself hasn't really been around that long either, but it's popularity and physical endurance requirements make it a perfect Olympic sport.
K2 Lithium 4.0 Bike Review
Bike review of the K2 Lithium 4.0. A look at the components and ride of the K2 Lithium 4.0. Results of a long term test on the K2 Lithium 4.0.
How to Mountain Bike Downhill
Learn how to mountain bike downhill with this step-by-step guide!
Why Did My Rear Derailleur Go Into My Spokes?
The common causes of your derailleur going into your rear wheel spokes and how to prevent the problem. Its not uncommon to run your derailleur into the spokes of your rear wheel. When your derailleur goes into your spokes it can have disastrous consequences.
Mountain Bike in Winter
The best spots to mountain bike during cold winter months.
How To Repair a Torn Mountain Bike Tire
A torn mountain bike tire on the trail can spell disaster for the rest of your ride, but there is hope if you know what to do, and if you have the right supplies.
Bring These Items on Your Next Mountain Bike Ride
Learn which essential items you need to bring with you on the mountain bike trail.
What is Fat Biking?
What are fat bikes for? How do they work? How much do they weigh? Is there anything they can't do?
7 Reasons You Need A Fat Bike Now
Haven't swung a leg over a fat bike yet? Here's why you need to change that.
Mountain Biking Rules of the Trail
The official mountain biking rules of the trail straight from the people who created them.
There's More Than One Type of Mountain Biking
Curious what the most common types of mountain biking are? Look no further.
The Breezer Thunder Comp Mountain Bike: Reviewed
Light and lively, the Breezer Thunder Comp won't break the bank and is worth a test ride of your own.
5 Ways To Celebrate National Bike Month
Join the masses and celebrate the bicycle’s impact on your life. Don’t know where to start? We’ve devised a list of ways to honor your favorite two-wheeled machine.
Buff Headband and Original Buff Review
About.com reviews the Buff Headband and Original Buff.
Trek Bikes Fuel EX 7 Review
Mountain bike review of the Fuel EX from Trek Bikes. Our impression of the performance, feel and component spec of the Trek Bikes Fuel EX 7. Introduced for the Trek Bikes 2006 season, the Fuel EX is an XC bike with a little extra squish.
How to Fix a Flat Tire - Fix Your Own Flat...
A step by step guide on how to fix a flat tire. Its easy to learn how to fix a flat tire, it just takes a few minutes and a few tools.
Specialized Stumpjumper Review
Ride, feel, and performance of the Specialized Stumpjumper. What to expect before riding the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR.
Pinch Flat - A Quick Definition of a Pinch Flat
What is a pinch flat? It's simple, check out this definition of a mountain bike pinch flat.
How to Mount Cleats on Your Bike Shoes
Learn how to mount cleats on your bike shoes with this step-by-step guide!
Trailbike - Definition of trailbike category of...
A quick definition of a trailbike mountain bike. Description of the mountain bike category known as trailbikes. What makes a mountain bike a trailbike.
650B Mountain Bikes
A quick look at 650B mountain bikes and 650B wheel sizes.
Hardpack - A Definition of Hardpack Soil...
A quick look at hardpack soil conditions for mountain biking. What hardpack soil is like and what it will mean to the rider when riding in those conditions.
Mountain Bike Racing Basics
Learn how to prepare for your first mountain bike race.
Learn to Mountain Bike - Beginner, Intermediate...
Mountain bike tutorials to help you become the mountain biker you want to be. Quick lessons on improving your own mountain bike skills as well as learning some new ones.
What does freeride mean? It's simple, check out this definition of the mountain bike category known as freeride.
SRAM or Shimano? - Is One Drivetrain Better...
A quick look at the two main drivetrain systems available to the mountain bike industry.
Top 10 Mountain Bike Gifts - 10 Easy Mountain...
A quick guide to our top ten mountain bike gifts. Great mountain bike gifts for your mountain biking friends and family.
How To Travel With Your Bike
How to Travel with Your Bike. Mountain Biking.
Do You Need a Women's Specific Mountain Bike?
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Full Suspension
What does full Suspension mean? It's simple, check out this definition of a full suspension mountain bike.
A Cold Weather Guide to Mountain Biking
A Cold Weather Guide to Mountain Biking
Do I need a women's bicycle seat?
A look at why some women's bicycle seats can cause so much pain and discomfort and what solutions there are to the problem. Women's bicycle seats and other options for women with serious bike seat comfort issues.
What is an Endo?
: Short for “end over end,” an endo is when the front end of a bike stays fixed while the rear rotates
Shimano MW80 Mountain Bike Shoe: Rewiewed
The comfy and cozy Shimano MW80 makes riding enjoyable in the coldest of months.
Most Common Mountain Biking Maladies
Identify and prevent causes of cycling pain and injuries.
Giant Cypher 1 Mountain Bike: Reviewed
With a plush five inches of travel and a lightweight setup, the Giant Cypher mountain bike will put you at ease on even the gnarliest trails.
Pearl Izumi Women’s Journey Short
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Mountain Biking In Moab, Utah
Once you know what trails to visit, mountain biking in Moab Utah is possible no matter how skilled a rider you are.
Surly Pugsley
Extra wide rims and larger-than-normal tires make the Pugsley the ultimate adventure bike.
How To Identify & Prevent Poison Oak, Ivy...
Learn more about these plants, where they grow, how to avoid them and how to treat a reaction to ensure your next foray into the forest is itch-free.
Olympic Mountain Biking Rules and Regulations
Find explanations of the rules and regulations that govern the Olympic mountain bike races.
How To Set Up Your Bike Cockpit
When is the last time you paid attention to your cockpit? No, we’re not talking about airplanes here. Learn how to set up your bike's cockpit.
BOB Ibex Bicycle Trailer
BOB’s Ibex bicycle trailer is the ideal option for mountain bikers looking to get “lost” in the woods for a little bit.
Injury Prevention: Ulnar Neuropathy
How mountain bikers can prevent Ulnar Neuropathy.
Performance Enhancing Drugs in Professional...
The role of performance enhancing drugs in professional cycling.
Lust-worthy & Lightweight: Mavic Crossmax...
In the market for cross-country wheels? You won't be disappointed by the super lightweight and well-performing Mavic Crossmax SL Disc wheelset - except maybe by the price.
Revelate Designs Ranger Frame Bag Review
Mounted within the main triangle of my bike, the Ranger was an ideal storage spot for heavy items, as the bag keeps the weight centered and lower to the ground.
What is a Super D race?
A quick explanation of the Super D mountain bike race. What makes a Super D mountain bike race different from other mountaiin bike races.
Introducing 27.5+ Tires (Part 2)
Not quite as big as a fat bike tire and not as small as a traditional all-mountain tire, 27.5+ tires are nestled in the middle.
Light & Motion Urban 400: Reviewed
The Light & Motion Urban 400 is an ideal light for relatively short mountain bike rides after dark.
How to Ride Over a Log
Learn how to mountain bike over a log with this step-by-step guide!
Off Road Bike Touring 101
Learn what to bring on an off-road bike tour.
What to Bring on a Summer Ride
Essential Summer Mountain Biking Gear
Ibex W2 Sport T Review
Made of 87% Merino and 13% nylon, this garment is Ibex’s lightest Merino tee--and the perfect piece of clothing to wear on steamy summer days.
How to Choose the Right Saddle
Learn how to choose the right saddle for your mountain bike.
What is a Rear Derailleur?
Find our what a rear derailleur is here!
What You Need to Start Mountain Biking
What You Need to Start Mountain Biking
Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park Is A Vegas...
Just a short drive from The Strip, Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park is worth the trip when visiting Vegas!
What You Need To Know About Bikepacking
Learn the basics of a fast-growing trend in mountain biking: bikepacking.
Father's Day Gift Ideas
Find the perfect Father's Day gift for dads who have been bitten by the bicycling bug.
Holiday Gift Guide
Find the perfect gift for the mountain biker in your life!
What Is Tubeless & Why You Need It - Part 2
In Part 2 of this interview with Rich O'Neil of Stan's NoTubes, we take a look at the latest innovations and future expectations of tubeless mountain bike tire technology.
Revelate Designs Viscacha Seat Bag Review
The Viscacha is the “go-to seat bag for big adventures.” I put this claim to the test on a three-month bikepacking trip in Central Asia this past spring and was more than pleased with the results.
Quick Fixes to Repair Common Bike Problems
Save time and money by learning some basic mountain bike maintenance to repair common bike problems yourself.
How to Avoid Mountain Biking Injuries
Experts reveal how to avoid mountain biking injuries.
How to Prevent Hypothermia
How to Prevent Hypothermia While Mountain Biking
What does singletrack mean? It's simple, check out this definition of mountain bike singletrack.
5 Best Pilates Exercises for Mountain Bikers
5 Best Pilates Exercises for Mountain Bikers
24 Hour Mountain Bike Race - 24 Hour Mountain...
A quick description of a 24 hour mountain bike race.
5 Best Yoga Poses For Cyclists
Here they are! The 5 best yoga poses for cyclists.
5 Foods To Fuel Your Body
Turn to these five, nutritious foods to fuel your body.
The Worst Foods to Eat When You Ride
We talked to a few nutrition experts to find out the worst foods a mountain biker can eat.
Raystown Lake: Worth the Wait
The Allegrippis Trail System is 30-plus miles of singletrack designed by mountain bikers and built by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
A History Of Mountain Biking
An illustrated look at the history of mountain biking. An unbiased look at where mountain biking started, how it developed, and what it is today.
Mountain Biking Gifts For \$10 & Under
Don't break the bank. Here's a list of the best mountain biking buys for $10 and under.
Rear Derailleur
What's a Rear Derailleur? It's simple, check out this definition of a mountain bike Rear Derailleur.
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo
The 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race course in Tucson, Ariz., showcases the state’s stunning desert scenery.
5 Tips To Avoid Ticks
Five Tips to Avoid Tick Bites
What does XC or cross-country mean? It's simple, check out this mountain bike definition of XC and cross-country.
29er - A Definition of the 29er mountain bike
Quick explanation of what a 29er mountain bike is.
Get The Most Out Of Your Gym Workouts
Five exercises you can pass over at the gym and the five best ones to replace them with.
How To Have Good Biking Energy - Bike Zen
Getting your mind and body ready for a mountain bike ride. Exercises and good habits that lead to better, more enjoyable mountain bike rides. Increasing your energy level for bike rides.
5 Apps for Mountain Bikers
If you like to mountain bike, and own a smartphone, here's a list of apps that can help you navigate trails, fix your bike, track your workout and more.
Eurobike 2015 Trends: Electric, Adventure &...
In 2016, expect to see the following in your local bike shops: electric mountain bikes, 27.5-plus wheels and adventure bikes/gear.
Revelate Designs Sweetroll Handlebar Bag Review
With the proper carrying system and equipment, you’re next bikepacking adventure will be here faster than you can say “sweetroll.”
What is a Top Tube?
: The top tube runs parallel to the ground and connects the top of the head tube to the top of the seat
What is an Allen Key?
: An Allen key, also called a hex key or an Allen wrench, is a hexagonal L-shaped bar that drives in
How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet
Learn how to choose the mountain bike helmet that's right for you!
8 Mountain Biking Mistakes We've Made--So You...
Don't make these eight mountain biking mistakes!
Eat More Plants, Improve Your Mountain Biking...
An interview with Vega formulator, Brendan Brazier, about the misconceptions of a plant-based diet and its advantages to mountain bikers.
Eat Like A Pro: Adrienne Schneider
Adrienne Schneider, pro mountain bike racer, shares how eating right affects her performance.
It's TIme. Replace Your Helmet With The Giro...
The Giro Aspect helmet gets the job done on any terrain--without calling attention to itself.
Top 10 Mountain Bike Gifts Around & Under...
A quick list of $25 mountain bike gifts. Our top picks of mountain bike gifts around or under $25 US. What every mountain biker would want that costs around or under $25 US.
SockGuy Wooligan Corsica Cycling Socks Review
Seriously comfy and wooly warm, they have earned a top spot in my winter sock rotation.
Darn Tough Light Cushion Bike Socks
Manufacturer's Site After wearing this sock non-stop for, oh, about six months or so, I can confidently
Why Kauai Should Be Your Next Mountain Biking...
Mountain bike in Kauai. Mountain Biking.
Top Five Elements of a Great Group Ride
Follow these tips to ensure a great group mountain biking experience!
Helly Hansen W Pace SS Review
Helly Hansen W Pace SS Review. Mountain Biking.
Seattle Sports Fast Pack Pannier Review
A budget-friendly, take-anywhere pannier that's as comfortable on your next bikepacking adventure as it is on your commute to work.
Mount Washington Valley: Something for Everyone
Where to mountain bike in New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley.
Women's Symphony Short Review
I have been wearing the Pearl Izumi Symphony Shorts for the past couple months on a mostly off-road bikepacking trip, providing me with plenty of time to put them through the paces.
How To Start A Strength Training Program
How To Start A Strength Training Program In The Off-Season
How to Stay Cool on Your Bike This Summer
How to Stay Cool on Your Bike This Summer
How to Build a Mountain Bike Trail
Learn the basics of building a mountain bike trail.
Biking in Bear Territory
What you need to know about bear safety.
Ibex Seree Short Review
A review of the Ibex Seree Short.
How To Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses
Learn how to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Q&A With Chase Dickens
An exclusive interview with pro mountain biker Chase Dickens.
Injury Prevention: Patellar Tendinitis
Injury Prevention: Patellar Tendinitis
What is Bikepacking?
: Bikepacking is a combination of backpacking and mountain biking. Riders are self-supported, carrying
Trail Reviews by Region
Find new mountain bike trails in your region.
Hungry? Reach For These Foods Before Your Next...
We wanted to know what mountain bikers should be eating before a ride. So we asked nutrition experts to weigh in on their favorite pre-ride foods.
Ibex Women's Indie S/S Jersey Review
Ibex Women's Indie S/S Jersey Review

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