May Valley and Hurkey Creek Trails Epic

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  My first attempt to ride the "24 hour loop" went a bit pear shaped, and I missed the turn off to Rage through the Sage and Tunnel of Love. While getting my steed fixed up, I got a lot of useful trail intel from the shop owner. The trails he marked for me on a very basic map were some local secrets, and there is no way I would have been able to ride them without this inside intel. The good thing was, I managed to map a loop that included the Rage through the Sage and Tunnel of Love.. I … [Read more...]

Giant Trance X4

Yesterday I went to Owenhouse Bike Shop in Bozeman for a $12 spare derailleur hanger and left the shop with a brand new bike.. a bit impulsive? maybe!... a necessity?... No!.. But it sure feels good. So now my big problem is I have to decide which bike to take on which trail!!... man, life is a b1tch!! About the Giant Trance X4 2009 . Frame Technology Trance X is cutting-edge superiority with features like a hyper-engineered main triangle, absolutely dialed geometry and 5 inches … [Read more...]

The Bangtail Divide Trail Bozeman Montana

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My first time riding in the Bozeman & Big Sky area. Arrived on another glorious sunny day, set up camp and headed straight to the bike shop for a map and advice. There are plenty of trails to choose from in this area, but I quickly opted for the Bangtail Divide Trail. So, did this first Bozeman trail impress me? or was it a big disappointment? Trail Stats & Information Nearby City: Bozeman Length: 23.8 miles Trail Type: Point to Point with shuttle or loop [ for loop add 8 … [Read more...]

Single Tracks Bike Shop Mountain Bikers Favorite Fruita Bike Shop

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Walk into Single Tracks in the heart of Fruita, and you will immediately notice how well stocked the shop is, not just with some really niffty looking bikes, but a huge selection of everything you will need and more. Single Tracks is the kind of shop, that once you are in there, you just don't want to leave. Usually I ask for peoples recommendations about bike shops on various Mtb forums, but I had not got around to doing this for Fruita. In this case, I approached actuall riders on the … [Read more...]

Tsali North Carolina Left Loop and Right Loop

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The first time I started on the Tsali Loops was the "perfect storm" for a mountain biker's nightmare, within 15 min. I got stung just above the knee by a hornet that got caught under my shorts, stung like hell, but I pushed on. I just passed the 6 mile marker, when on a slight downhill I got a bit carried away, and on a minor jump, I blew both my inner-tubes and had to walk 5 miles back to the trail head, I always carry 2 spare tubes on a trail, but 2 weeks ago i gave one away to a fellow biker … [Read more...]

Big Rock, Cedar Rock, Little River and Burnt Mountain Mayhem

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Yesterday, I picked up my bike, that has had a new crank set, chain and cogs fitted, a big thanks to the Guys at bike shop  The Hub, they did an excellent job. I had planned to do the "Black Mountain" Trail in the Pisgah State Forest. I set the alarm for 6 o clock to get an early start, on the way to the Trail, just as I entered Brevard it started pissing down. I hate turning my back on a trail, especially when I'm actually at the trail head, so I waited another 20 minutes, and decided that … [Read more...]