Becoming a pro MTB guide

Admit it: you’ve thought about it at least once or twice. Many of us imagine giving up our commute-and-cubicle lifestyle and making a living out on the mountain bike trail, guiding out-of-state riders with money to spend through scenic and challenging terrain. But what does it actually take to become a professional mountain bike guide? …

MTB Safety & Broken Bones

Timothy Jones posted a good article on the Made to Order Bikes blog about mountain bike safety earlier this week that’s worth checking out. Beyond wearing a helmet, Jones reminds us of the importance of eye protection, gloves, and even MTB body armor for downhill / urban rides. It’s interesting to see how safety gear …

Learning how to land big mountain bike jumps

A few weeks back a friend and I were discussing big mountain bike jumps and how people learn to land them. I mean, we’ve all seen skills areas with progressively larger jumps but how do you go from a 4 foot jump to a 50 foot drop like the one at Santos? (pictured below) I …

Comparing mountain bike trails

With the ongoing intersection of technology and mountain biking there have been some recent efforts to quantify and compare mountain bike trails. While the idea may sounds strange, some interesting progress has been made. The International Bike Parameters Index (IBP Index) “is an index that values the difficulty of a mountain bike route or a …

Training tips for racing in 2008

The Ride-Strong.com blog has a great post about getting in shape for racing in 2008. While this blog mostly focuses on road riding the training info is really applicable to anyone who rides on two wheels. My personal favorite tip – rest and recovery are important so get lots of sleep before racing season! No …

Setting goals: Epic rides in 2008

Looking for a way to stick to your mountain bike resolutions in 2008? Here’s one way: Commit to riding in an epic mountain bike event this year. (Notice I didn’t say you should commit to racing an epic event – I’d be happy just to finish most of these.) Bicycle Frenzy has a quick list …

New Years Resolution: More Mountain biking in 2008

Love ’em or hate ’em, New Year’s resolutions can often give you the kick in the pants you need to improve your health and happiness in the coming year. Of course it’s really tough if your resolution is to ride your mountain bike three times a week when it’s 20 degrees outside and the trails …

Mountain biking for fitness in 2008

Around this time of year many folks start considering their health and fitness goals for the new year so I thought I’d share some thoughts on mountain biking for fitness. If you’ve never tried mountain biking and you’re looking for a fun way to stay in shape, perhaps this post will inspire you to take …

Using your GPS for mountain bike training

Believe it or not, cycling specific GPS devices like the Garmin Edge weren’t designed for navigation (trail or otherwise). And although the Edge does a good job plotting your route for you, it’s actually part of Garmin’s fitness line and packs some great features to help you track and achieve your training goals. All GPS …

Mountain bike skills training

A couple weeks back I wrote about public high schools offering mountain biking courses. Now it’s time to talk about what adults can do to learn about mountain biking or improve existing singletrack skills. Gene Hamilton is a mountain bike coach who runs a company dedicated to mountain bike instruction. His company, BetterRide, puts on …