How To Guides


How To: Find the right tire pressure

Correct tire inflation creates maximum ground contact while limiting tire deflection. But what’s the right amount of air for you?

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I’m taking the 30-day wheelie challenge

I’ve always wanted to learn how to wheelie but have never put in the time or effort. To force myself to learn, I’m taking Ryan Leech’s 30 Day Wheelie Challenge and documenting the process.

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Here’s how to cruise your neighborhood to build skills and have fun

Riding around the streets looking for lines and practicing tricks may not come naturally to those who didn’t grow up riding BMX, but it’s a great skill builder and a fun way to mix things.

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How to ride a tight switchback

Ever come up to a really tight switchback and been forced to dismount? Click through to learn a simple technique that may help you clear those tricky spots in the future.

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How To: Prevent a rash from poison oak or ivy

It’s summer in Santa Cruz and the poison twins (oak and ivy) are out in full force. If you’re susceptible, we recommend you watch this tutorial video for tips on how to protect yourself.

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7 easy DIY hacks for riding in the rain

It’s summer, which means sunny skies… usually. Here are seven helpful DIY hacks for the next time you get caught in a downpour.

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How To: Choose the right pair of mountain bike shorts

A good pair of cycling shorts is essential for getting the most out of your rides. Features to consider when selecting shorts include fit, storage, durability, and whether or not they have a liner. Check out this video to learn more.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to choose a saddle

When riding a bike one of the most important things is to have a comfortable saddle. To facilitate this Selle Italia has created a fit system called the IDMATCH that can help any cyclist find the right saddle for their body type and needs.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to bunny hop

Bunny hopping is among the most important skills a mountain biker can have in their skills arsenal. Master the art of popping your bike up in the air and you can go over, not around, trail obstacles, which will mean a smoother — and faster — ride.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to choose an MTB tire

Talk all you want about frame geometry or suspension set-up, but choosing the right tire is arguably one of the biggest factors in assuring a great ride — or race. So how do you get your rubber right? Check out this episode of the Vittoria How-To Series.

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7 tips on training with a slower partner (or significant other)

Don’t let mountain biking ruin your relationships. Instead heed this advice from pro racer Sonya Looney on how to deal with being the faster (or slower) rider the next time you head out with a partner or your significant other.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to descend

Descending on your mountain bike can be extremely intimidating, especially when it involves technical terrain. But once you master a few of the finer points, going downhill will quickly become the best part of your ride experience.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to do a wheelie

Whether it’s showing off in the neighborhood or popping your front wheel off the ground to negotiate a big drop, the art of the wheelie is a great skill to add to your mountain biking arsenal.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to put a tube in a tire

One of the most elemental skills all mountain bikers need to learn is how to put a tube in a tire. Whether setting up a new wheel or dealing with a flat on the side of the trail, this video in the Vittoria How-To Series is a must watch.

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Does adding glitter to tire sealant really work?

Does putting glitter in tire sealant really make it work better? Head past the break to see if this myth gets busted or not.

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How to choose mountain bike tires

When it comes to mountain bike tires, there are several factors to understand which will enable you to make an informed buying decision. These include construction, tread design, and compound.

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Road trip tips from the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew

After more than a year on the road, these guys have learned a lot about being efficient road warriors. Here are eight tips and tricks to help you prepare for your next mountain bike excursion.

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How to get your city to build a public bike park

Building a Bike Park may seem like a huge task in the beginning, but in the end when you get to session the park every evening with your friends that park becomes your legacy.

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Top five beginner mountain biker mistakes

Mountain biking has a steep learning curve, but here are some tips to help make things easier.

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Top 10 ways to improve your confidence on the bike

The number one way to improve your confidence is to get out and ride more, but if you’re pressed for time, here are 10 proven tricks to help you ride faster.

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Hunt For Glory: Hitting the gym with Nino Schurter part 2

World Champion uses unique exercises to develop the coordination and balance required to compete at on the highest level.

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Five most common MTB jumping mistakes

Clearing a jump smoothly can be a hugely rewarding, but the learning curve can be painful. Here are the five most common jumping mistakes and some tips to help you avoid them.

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Ibis Mojo HD3 Plus sized rear end retrofit – How To

Have an existing Mojo HD3 and want to swap in a new boost compatible rear end? Here’s how.

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Top 10 affordable (or free) mountain bike upgrades

Mountain biking equipment often costs a fortune, but here are 10 simple hacks that will cost you virtually nothing — and can make you faster.

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Top enduro racing tips from the experts

Improve your odds of winning your local enduro race series with these key tips from an Enduro World Series champ, expert nutritionist, and Aaron Gwin’s former coach.

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