How To Guides


How To: Buy your first mountain bike

Ready for a little dirt filled fun? Then you need to understand the various bike types and which components matter most. Here’s a primer to get you started on the path to making an informed mountain bike buying decision.

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How To: Select tire compounds, casings and beads

Tires are your contact point with the ground and make a significant difference in your bike’s handling performance. But it can be hard to choose a tire if you don’t understand construction methods, rubber compounds, and rating systems.

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Video: Leigh Donovan offers 10 videos to improve skills

Are you self-taught like most mountain bikers? Leigh Donovan believes there is a much better way to learn and here is a video sampling of her advice.

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Tech Talk: Front and rear MTB tire combinations

Tires are a critical ingredient in your bike’s performance recipe, ranking just below suspension design and components in terms of impact. So how do you pick the best tires for your bike and needs?

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Tech: Deep dive on 1×10 narrow/wide conversion gearing

The growing popularity of extended cogs is a result of 11-speed 1x drivetrains by SRAM and Shimano. There are mechanical and weight advantages to ditching the front derailleur in favor of a wider range cassette that can do the job of a double or triple chainring system.

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How To: Top tips from Sho-Air/Cannondale XC racers

In part 2 of this series, riders reveal tips for winter training, racing in muddy conditions, and doing your first race.

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How To: Top tips from Sho-Air/Cannondale XC racers

In part 1 of this series, iders reveal tips on technical trail skill building, on-the-bike fueling, and their favorite (and least favorite) workouts.

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Take the Ryan Leech 30-day wheelie challenge

Some say you either have the wheelie gene or you don’t. Ryan Leech believes otherwise and he can show you why.

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Bike vacation? Travel tips to save money and have fun

Sonya travels all over the globe for events, races and appearances. Learn from her on how to keep sane and productive when traveling with bike to remote destinations.

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Poison Oak: Photos and Remedies

Poison oak shoots are already exploding in their red, juicy glory. This is a good time to brush up on your poison oak knowledge as identification and prevention is key.

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How To: Rotating Endo’s and Yoga Balance Challenge by Ryan Leech

Ever ridden with someone who can flip the direction of their bike on that impossible switchback? Well you may be surprised to learn that this feat is achievable for you as well.

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How To: Stretching for cyclists

What are 4 stretches you can do in about 15 minutes that will address cycling specific muscle tightness?  Try this for 2 weeks and do it 3-4 times a week.  Feel the difference?  I bet you will.

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How-to: Taking mountain bike selfies like a boss

Trials ace and media maven Jeff Lenosky lets us in on his tips for taking better trail selfies.

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How-to: Jeff Lenosky shows us how to ride up steep inclines

Jeff Lenosky’s monthly how-to column focuses on proper technique for conquering steep inclines.

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Video: How the sun is thrashing your face and what to do about it

Video: New edit shows how damaging riding your bike in the sunshine can be to your skin as well as what you can do about it.

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How-to: The skinny on riding skinnies according to Jeff Lenosky

In this month’s episode, mountain bike legend Jeff Lenosky gives us some tips on how to keep our balance and ride skinnies.

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How-to: Trials ace Jeff Lenosky shows you how to ‘punch’ trail obstacles

In his first Mtbr column, mountain bike legend Jeff Lenosky shows us how to the “front touch” or “punch”—a move that makes riding over trail obstacles faster and more fun.

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Workbench: How to un-suck your chainsuck

Nothing sucks quite like chainsuck—it can halt your ride in an instant and cause costly damage to your frame and componentry. Find out how to prevent it.

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Video: GoPro how-to tips from Cannondale rider Aaron Chase

GoPro athlete Aaron Chase rides Whistler and shares some tips on camera setup and mounting, including what resolution and frame rate to use, as well as offering some cool mounting options.

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Five easy maintenance tips for the non-mechanic

Pro endurance racer Sonya Looney takes us inside her toolbox and gives us five easy tips to help keep our mountain bikes rolling smoothly.

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Project Bike: Danish man builds son coolest balance bike ever

When Kasper Albrekt decided to get a bike for his young son Jakob, he had trouble finding one that got him excited. So the Danish bike shop guy turned a Specialized Hotwalk into the “S-Walk”—quite possibly the world’s coolest kickbike.

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How To: Building strength for mountain biking

Professional mountain bike skills instructor Lindsey Voreis shares 8 great moves to get you ready to ROCK on your mountain bike this summer.

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How To: Protect your bike when you stop on a ride

You’re out on a ride and have to drop in a store to get some supplies, coffee or lunch. You don’t have your heavy duty lock and you can’t bring your bike inside. Here’s some really cool tips on how to protect your bike from thieves.

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How To: Make a Perfect Espresso and Capuccino

The espresso shot is the most perfect expression of coffee. And a great espresso is a cyclist’s friend as it wakes up the mind and the body and gets it ready for the cycling adventure ahead.

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How To: Gravel Grinding – Taming the Road Less Paved

You pass that fire road every day, wishing you had a cyclocross bike on which to ride it. But you don’t need a new rig to get off the beaten path–the one you’ve got will do just fine along with a little practice and our handy tips on navigating the dirt on skinny tires.

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