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07
February
2018

Choosing the Right Tire Width for your Mountain Bike

Choosing the Right Tire Width for your Mountain Bike

As mountain biking progresses it seems like you need a degree in bikes to be able to figure out what combination of components you need to have on your bike to make it ride the way you want it to ride. The name of the game is to have fun rather than worrying about things like head tube angles, axle sizes, handlebar width and brake pad materials etc.

It's hard enough deciding what brand of tire you want to put on your bike because there are so many different tread patterns, weights and compounds to choose from. But even after you figure that out you still need to decide on what size will be best suited for your style or riding and the terrain you will be riding on. Should you go skinny or should you go fat tire style. Well it all depends on your riding style and the trails you like to ride.

02
January
2018

Let Trailforks Help You Find Your Way on the Trail

Let Trailforks Help You Find Your Way on the Trail

Most mountain bikers have their "go to" trails that they do on a regular basis and many people are fine with doing the same trails over and over. But if you are like us you are always looking for something new and exciting and usually head over to YouTube or Google Maps to try and see what else is out there.

One great resource that you might want to try to find some new trails is called TrailForks and it's from the people who run Pinkbike and if you don't know what Pinkbike is you need to go to their website right now and check it out. TrailForks is a mountain bike website designed to help you find trails as well as trail conditions, photos, videos and more. It kind of sounds a little like this site! There is also an app for it as well so you can actually use your smartphone and GPS on the trail to see where you are in relation to the trails on their site you are looking for.

Once you log into the TrailForks site you can enter the area you are looking for or let it find you based on your location. You can see a map of the area with all the known trails listed along with their skill level based on colors.

Categories: General

23
December
2017

3 Parts Interchangeable Between a Mountain Bike and a Spin Bike

3 Parts Interchangeable Between a Mountain Bike and a Spin Bike

If you're an avid rider, then you most likely bike both indoors and outdoors. After all, you need to stay in shape even when weather and environmental conditions aren't cyclist-friendly. If you want to get to elite level, training all the time is a must.

There are many ways to update your mountain bike. However, if you own a spinner as well, you might need to consider getting some gadgets and accessories that are universal. This will not only save you a lot of money, but you will also be able to track your progress in a more accurate manner by doing it on the same devices across the board.

Interchangeable Accessories
Buying separate accessories for your outdoor bike and its indoors sibling can get quite costly. This is why finding some that work for both of them is an amazing opportunity to save some money. Here are three parts interchangeable between your MTB and your spinner.

Categories: General

13
December
2017

Top 10 Upgrades for your New Mountain Bike

Top 10 Upgrades for your New Mountain Bike

So you finally took the plunge and decided to get that new bike or at least a newer used bike to replace the relic you were previously riding. But now that you have the new bike you start to think to yourself "what can I do to make it better"? It's just like guys and cars where stock is never good enough and there is always room for improvement to make it lighter, faster or look better.

So assuming you have any money left, what upgrades should you do to get the most bang for your buck? Well it's not always about the money but rather what you get for the money because the good upgrades are not always cheap! So we have come up with our top 10 bike upgrades for your new bike and when making this list we assume that money is no object. Because it isn't when it comes to your bike right?

Categories: General

01
November
2017

Buying a Used Mountain Bike

Buying a Used Mountain Bike

So it's finally time to upgrade your "ride" or maybe it's time to get your first mountain bike and you aren't sure if you want to (or are able to) buy a new one off the showroom floor. Plus there are so many makes, models and styles to choose from that you don't want to spend thousands of dollars on something that you don't know will really be the bike for you.

This is where buying a used bike comes in handy. When you buy a used bike you can save a ton of money and still get something relatively recent with the latest and greatest features. Bikes are like cars and when you drive them off the lot or ride them out of the bike shop they depreciate right away. And as the next generation of bikes come out with even more advanced features they lose even more value. It almost seems like people replace their bikes about every 3 years budget permitting.

But just like buying a used car you have to be careful when buying a used bike and you need to look for issues and components that may need to be replaced. Fixing up a used bike can start to cost as much as a new one if you let it get out of hand. If you don't know what to look for it might even be a good idea to see if you can take it to a bike shop for an inspection.

Categories: General

01
October
2017

5 Highly Desirable Health Benefits of Practicing Mountain Biking

5 Highly Desirable Health Benefits of Practicing Mountain Biking

Everyone knows about the many benefits of exercise; you lose weight, shed stress and have an overall healthier body and mind. If you know you should be working out more, but fluorescent-lit gyms or running on treadmills aren't for you, it's time to check out the great outdoors. Mountain biking is fast becoming the go-to sport for celebrities, entrepreneurs, and people who just want to realize their personal best.

The benefits of biking are vast and unique. Best of all, you don't need to be a super athlete to get started! How can biking outdoors enrich your life?

1.You'll Sleep Like a Baby

All exercise will help you get those elusive 8 hours of good sleep, but outdoor biking is unique because you're riding out in the sun. Getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D is only one of the benefits to soaking in the daylight. Your body is much more intuitive than you think and being exposed to natural light will dramatically increase your quality and quantity of sleep. The sun helps reset your internal clock to maximize sleep time and make you more tired when the sun sets!

Add the cortisol reducing and stress-busting benefits of a hard workout and you have a potent sleep elixir that will have you falling asleep, and staying asleep, all night long. Who wouldn't want to wake up refreshed and ready for anything the day has to bring? When you hit the trails, you'll be able to hit the hay a lot better!

2.Anyone Can Do It!

All you need is the proper bike, your own two feet and it's time to hit to open trails! Mountain biking is for everyone, regardless of physical aptitude or the size of your pocketbook. You just need to decide what kind of riding you'll be doing (trails or mountains), what kind of budget you're willing to spend and what kind of bike you'd like to purchase.

There's plenty of resources online to help you select the bike that's right for you. You can join internet forums, Facebook groups or read reviews. Check out the Schwinn Protocol 1.0 review for some excellent information on a highly adaptable bike.

Once you've chosen the perfect ride, it's time to map out your route. If you're a beginner, start small and work your way up to more challenging trails. You can always increase your outdoor time as your strength and skill improve. Make sure you prepare appropriately for a long, calorie burning ride with the right fuel. Eating right will keep you focused and full of energy.

Categories: General

20
September
2017

How Many Bikes Should You Have?

How Many Bikes Should You Have?

Back in the old days when you went to buy a mountain bike you simply bought a mountain bike and enjoyed your 40 pound, 21 speed, v-brake equipped mountain bike with no suspension out on the trails. Nowadays there are so many types of bikes to choose from with so many categories of riding it's hard to figure out how many bikes you need to make sure you are covered. Are you going to be hitting bike parks for downhill runs? Taking on 50 mile cross country rides? Gearing up for an enduro race? How about a gravel bike that you can ride on the road and the dirt?

Sure you can have one bike and attempt to do everything with it but you won’t get the same results as if you had a bike that was made for that type of riding or particular types of trails. And sure you can combine a couple types of riding with only one type of bike and probably be ok but it depends on how serious you are about getting the most out of riding. But if you want to get the best results and have the most fun (and best Strava times) it's better to have a bike made for the specific kind of riding. Sure you can take an XC bike to the bike park and probably live but it sure won't be any fun!

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