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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 Need A 29er Mountain Bike?
These days, you'd be hard-pressed not to see a 29er mountain bike on your local trails, but should you switch to bigger wheels yourself?
5 Things to Upgrade First On Your Mountain Bike
Learn what to upgrade first on your mountain bike.
What Type of Pedals Should You Get for Your...
Clipless, platform or cages: how to choose the right pedals for 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 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.
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.
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?
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.
How to Change a Bicycle Pedal
Learn how to change a bicycle pedal with this step-by-step guide!
8 Healthy Benefits of Mountain Biking
Mountain biking benefits you physically, emotionally and socially. That's right, your favorite sport is also very good for your health.
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.
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.
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.
7 Essentials For Every Mountain Biker
Overwhelmed by all the gear options for mountain bikers? We've narrowed down the top seven pieces of gear for hitting the trail. Don't leave home without them!
How To Clean Your Mountain Bike
Cleaning your mountain bike isn't as hard as it sounds. Learn where to wash and what tools are needed for the job.
6 Mountain Biking Mistakes to Avoid
Avoid these mountain biking mistakes.
4 Things To Take on Every Mountain Bike Ride
Carry these essential items with you while mountain biking. Every time.
How To Modify Your Exercise Routine In The...
Temporarily switching the type of exercise you do to running or weight lifting will have a positive effect by giving cycling muscles a break and training others.
Nutrition Tips for Cyclists
Proper cycling nutrition will improve your performance on the bike.
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.
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's a frame? It's simple, check out this definition of a mountain bike frame.
Mountain Bike Anatomy Basics
We break down mountain bike anatomy basics for you here.
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+.
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.
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.
3 Steps To Tune Up Your Bike
Follow these three easy steps and you'll have your bike tuned up in no time.
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.
There's More Than One Type of Mountain Biking
Curious what the most common types of mountain biking are? Look no further.
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.
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.
Types of Mountain Bike Frame Materials
Understanding the different frame materials for a mountain bike.
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 Safety Tips
Improve mountain biking safety by wearing a helmet and riding in control.
How to Mountain Bike Downhill
Learn how to mountain bike downhill with this step-by-step guide!
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.
Mountain Biking Rules of the Trail
The official mountain biking rules of the trail straight from the people who created them.
Mountain Bike Racing Basics
Learn how to prepare for your first mountain bike race.
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?
Proper Nutrition for Mountain Bikers
Learn what to eat before, during and after a mountain bike ride.
Specialized Stumpjumper Review
Ride, feel, and performance of the Specialized Stumpjumper. What to expect before riding the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR.
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.
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.
SRAM or Shimano? - Is One Drivetrain Better...
A quick look at the two main drivetrain systems available to the mountain bike industry.
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.
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.
Do You Need a Women's Specific Mountain Bike?
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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.
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.
Best Places to Mountain Bike in the United States
A list of the top places to mountain bike in the US.
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.
The Future of E-Mountain Bikes
Many in the industry feel that electric bikes are going to be the hottest trend in the next few years.
What You Need to Start Mountain Biking
What You Need to Start Mountain Biking
Performance Enhancing Drugs in Professional...
The role of performance enhancing drugs in professional cycling.
How To Travel With Your Bike
How to Travel with Your Bike. Mountain Biking.
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.
Quick Fixes to Repair Common Bike Problems
Save time and money by learning some basic mountain bike maintenance to repair common bike problems yourself.
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.”
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.
650B Mountain Bikes
A quick look at 650B mountain bikes and 650B wheel sizes.
Off Road Bike Touring 101
Learn what to bring on an off-road bike tour.
What does freeride mean? It's simple, check out this definition of the mountain bike category known as freeride.
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.
Cold Weather Cycling Tips (From A USA Cycling...
Learn how to ride in cold weather--tips from a USA Cycling Coach.
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.
The CrossFit Study: How Effective Is the Latest...
A new CrossFit study looks at whether the strength and conditioning program works and offers injury prevention tips.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
CamelBak Magic Hydration Pack Review
The CamelBak Magic hydration pack is idea for the woman mountain biker.
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!
How to Choose the Right Saddle
Learn how to choose the right saddle for your mountain bike.
5 Common CrossFit Injuries
Common CrossFit Injuries. Mountain Biking.
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.
What does XC or cross-country mean? It's simple, check out this mountain bike definition of XC and cross-country.
5 Great Cycling Apps for Mountain Bikers
Five mountain biking apps you won't want to leave home without. Navigate trails, track your workout, stay safe and more from the palm of your hand.
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.
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.
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.
Full Suspension
What does full Suspension mean? It's simple, check out this definition of a full suspension mountain bike.
How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet
Learn how to choose the mountain bike helmet that's right for you!
How to Ride Over a Log
Learn how to mountain bike over a log with this step-by-step guide!
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.
Surly Pugsley
Extra wide rims and larger-than-normal tires make the Pugsley the ultimate adventure bike.
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.
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 Facts About Sun Exposure & What You Can...
Fayne L. Frey, MD, shares five facts about the sun and recommends how mountain bikers can shield themselves from its harmful rays.
Shimano MW80 Mountain Bike Shoe: Rewiewed
The comfy and cozy Shimano MW80 makes riding enjoyable in the coldest of months.
All About CrossFit
All you need to know about CrossFit.
Light & Motion Urban 400: Reviewed
The Light & Motion Urban 400 is an ideal light for relatively short mountain bike rides after dark.
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.
Buff Headband and Original Buff Review
About.com reviews the Buff Headband and Original Buff.
New Mountain Biking Terminology
Master the definition of these terms and you’re halfway to a successful mountain biking season.
Why Kauai Should Be Your Next Mountain Biking...
Mountain bike in Kauai. Mountain Biking.
Pearl Izumi Women’s Journey Short
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How to Mount Cleats on Your Bike Shoes
Learn how to mount cleats on your bike shoes with this step-by-step guide!
What to Bring on a Summer Ride
Essential Summer Mountain Biking Gear
8 Mountain Biking Mistakes We've Made--So You...
Don't make these eight mountain biking mistakes!
Injury Prevention: Ulnar Neuropathy
How mountain bikers can prevent Ulnar Neuropathy.
What is Dual Slalom mountain bike racing?
A definition of Dual Slalom mountain bike racing. What Dual Slalom racing is all about. Dual Slalom mountain bike racing rules and course description.
Mountain Biking in Ketchikan Alaska
Where to mountain bike in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Olympic Mountain Biking Rules and Regulations
Find explanations of the rules and regulations that govern the Olympic mountain bike races.
What You Need To Know About Bikepacking
Learn the basics of a fast-growing trend in mountain biking: bikepacking.
5 Foods To Fuel Your Body
Turn to these five, nutritious foods to fuel your body.
13 Ways To Make Exercise A Priority
Thirteen tips to maintain your fitness while juggling the commitments of the holiday season.
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
Raleigh XXIX
Riding the Raleigh XXIX is a full-body workout--one that will ultimately make you a better mountain biker.
Most Common Mountain Biking Maladies
Identify and prevent causes of cycling pain and injuries.
Top Five Elements of a Great Group Ride
Follow these tips to ensure a great group mountain biking experience!
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.
Ergon BD2
The Ergon BD2 strays from the tried-and-true hydration pack pattern—for good reason.
Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack Review
When setting off on a multi-month bikepacking trip this past spring, I needed a hydration pack that would not only hold enough water to quench my thirst on long days in the saddle, but also one that could transport plenty of accessories and gear. Enter Osprey’s Mira 26 hydration pack.
Mountain Bike This Winter
If mountain biking in winter makes you want to hibernate, try migrating to one of these warmer spots instead.
5 Great Strength Training Exercises For Cyclists
Five good strength training exercises for cyclists to perform during the less-than-motivating winter months.
Seat Post
What's a seat post? It's simple, check out this definition of a mountain bike seat post.
Should I Mountain Bike on a Wet Trail? - Riding...
Mountain biking on wet trails can be very damaging to the trail, especially in certain soil types. Riding and damaging a wet trail can not only lead to erosion but can lead to trail closures.
Injury Prevention: Patellofemoral Syndrome
How to treat and prevent Patellofemoral Syndrome in cyclists.
Raystown Lake Mountain Biking - Trail Review of...
The Allegrippis Trail System is 30-plus miles of singletrack designed by mountain bikers and built by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Giro Reveille Bike Touring Shoe Review
Billed as a “women’s cycle touring shoe,” I brought these with me on a bike tour that has spanned 10 months and counting. While I can no longer profess my love for the Giro Reveille, I do still really like them, as evidenced by my decision to continue wearing them all this time.
Spin Class Basics
Join a spin clas to stay strong on your bike
What is a Bottom Bracket?
Learn the definition of a bottom bracket as it relates to mountain biking!
Holiday Gift Guide for Mountain Bikers - Best...
Find the perfect gift for the mountain biker in your life!
How To Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses
Learn how to prevent heat-related illnesses.
What does singletrack mean? It's simple, check out this definition of mountain bike singletrack.
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.
Biking in Bear Territory
What you need to know about bear safety.
5 Ways To Stay Fit During An Injury
While recovering from a sports injury can set your fitness back a bit, you don’t have to stop exercise completely. Maintain your fitness level by keeping active with a modified exercise routine.
What is a Rear Derailleur?
Find our what a rear derailleur is here!
4 Easy Strategies For A Healthy Holiday Season
It's easy to slip away from your healthy routines during the holiday season. Fortunately, there are easy strategies to prevent that from happening.
Injury Prevention: Osteoarthritis of the Knee
How mountain bikers can prevent Osteoarthritis of the Knee.
Todd Wells' Guide to Mountain Biking Resolution...
Todd Wells breaks down mountain biking resolution-making.
29er - A Definition of the 29er mountain bike
Quick explanation of what a 29er mountain bike is.
6 Healthy Strategies For Surviving The Holidays
These strategies for a healthy holiday season will keep you from hiding in the corner eating carrot sticks and drinking water.
Ryders Hijack Photochromatic Sunglasses Review
Ryders Hijack Photochromatic Sunglasses Review
Injury Prevention: Patellar Tendinitis
Injury Prevention: Patellar Tendinitis
Plan It: An Off-Road Idaho Bike Tour
Adventure Cycling Association releases Idaho off road bike route.
Stay Motivated This Winter. Here’s How.
Think outside the box. Tips to keep your head in the fitness game during the long, cold winter months.
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.
Injury Prevention: IT Band Syndrome
Injury Prevention: IT Band Syndrome
The Edge Loop: Fruita's Famed Epic
The Edge Loop in Fruita, Colorado, is the location of the very first International IMBA Epic Ride!
Rear Derailleur
What's a Rear Derailleur? It's simple, check out this definition of a mountain bike Rear Derailleur.
A List of Prestigious Award Winners at OutDoor
A look at the Outdoor Industry Award winners from OutDoor 2014 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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