How To Guides


Meditation basics with Sonya Looney

Sit down on a chair or the floor with eyes closed, do a scan of your body from head to toe including the contact points of your body, and simply focus on your breath for 10 minutes. You’ll be surprised how much it can benefit you on the bike.

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How to choose a mountain bike pump

Ideally, every mountain biker should have at least two pumps: a floor pump for home use and a hand pump to take on rides. Here is what you need to know about each one.

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How To: Basics of bicycle pumps

Tires are perhaps the most important component on your bike, and keeping them properly inflated is a must. Ideally, you want a floor pump to do this before each ride, and a hand pump to repair flat tires out on the trail or road. Click through to find out what else you need to know.

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How To: Fix a flat tire

Even with the widespread adoption of tubeless tires, flats are still a fact of cycling life. For those new to the game, changing a flat can be a frustrating affair, but it’s actually very simple. Watch this video to learn more.

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How To: Get your stolen bike back

There are few things that feel worse than discovering your bike has been stolen. Rather than wallowing in self-pity, here’s how to take action and get it back.

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Video: How to ride slippery trails

After a summer of riding dry hardpack, it’s time to refresh those winter riding skills.

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Top 10 stretches for mountain bikers

Proper stretching can enhance recovery and prevent injury. Here are 10 simple stretches to help get you started on the way to better health.

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How to: Proper bolt tightening patterns

When installing a new chainring (or other critical component) there’s a specific pattern you should use when tightening the bolts. Simply reefing them down one-by-one just wont do.

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5 core exercises guaranteed to improve your cycling

Pro racer Sonya Looney details the workout routine that helps her stay race ready.

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Get faster with Leigh Donovan’s new intermediate skills video series

Leigh Donovan is one of the most accomplished racers on two wheels and she wants to share that knowledge.

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Top tips for wet winter riding

Riding in the winter can be rough. It’s cold, the trails are slippery, and you’re gonna get wet. To help prepare yourself, follow these five great tips.

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Top seven suspension mistakes

Setting up your suspension costs nothing, but can drastically improve your riding experience.

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How to prepare your mountain bike for winter

Help keep your bike running smooth all winter with this tutorial on cleaning and regreasing your bearings.

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10 free life hacks for mountain bikers

Bike are expensive, but these simple hacks are free. Check out this video to learn more.

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Top 5 skills you can practice on the streets

Winter is coming. If your trails are unrideable due to inclement weather, here are five skills you can practice in the concrete jungle.

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Jeff Lenosky Trail Boss Series takes on Gravitron

Check out the latest video from Jeff Lenosky’s Trail Boss Series, this time coming to you from Lithia, Florida, just outside Tampa Bay. In this episode the ride zone is Gravitron, a newer trail located at Alafia River State Park.

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How To: Replace a Broken Spoke

So you broke a spoke and you don’t know what to do? Check out this video from Art’s Cyclery to learn how to get back on the road or trail.

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Breaking down the art of the scrub with Bryn Atkinson

Mountain bike films often highlight big whips and scrubs. Of the two, the scrub is the trickier technique to master — unless you have Bryn Atkinson in your corner. Click through for a video tutorial of this speed enhancing technique.

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Carbon frames versus aluminum: Which is better?

Should you be wary of when buying a carbon frame? And do they last as long and are they as strong as aluminum frames? These are questions we hear all the time. Get the answers here.

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How to install a KS LEV Integra dropper post

As you’ve probably guessed, installing an internally routed post is a bit more involved than dealing with an external version. But as internally-routed frames become the standard, this is a process we all need to know.

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Video: Jeff Lenosky Trail Boss series heads to Arizona

Check out the second video in the Trail Boss Series from South Mountain near Phoenix, Arizona. In this episode Jeff Lenosky tackles some notoriously difficult trails, including “The Waterfall.”

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How to cuttie with Bryn Atkinson

What the hell is a cuttie?

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5 tips for smashing rock gardens from DH pro Neko Mulally

Neko Mulally is one of America’s fastest World Cup DH racers. As a result, he approaches things a little differently than your average rider. No matter what your speed, his trips for riding through rock gardens will help make you faster.

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How to keep your bike quiet

A quiet bike is a happy bike. Here are several tips to help keep eliminate or prevent annoying creaks.

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10 ways to make better mountain bike videos

GoPros are cool to use but the output from them is barely watchable even for the rider who shot the footage. Here’s 10 tips for creating mtb videos that don’t suck.

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