Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking GearReviews and Roundups

FAT BIKES

WINTER APPAREL

TRAINERS


How To Guides


How to pump the trail — and go faster on your bike

Knowing how to pump rollers is a skill that opens up numerous possibilities on just about any trail. By strategically weighting and unweighting your wheels, you can pump over rollers and through low spots in the trail to help you maintain speed without pedaling.

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How to train indoors without going nuts

Training indoors doesn’t have to suck. Here are some helpful tips on how to stay sane while spinning inside from an enduro racing world champ, BMX Olympic medalist, and a former supercross racer.

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How To: Pick the right indoor trainer for you

Whether you live in a cold climate or just want to squeeze in a quick workout, sometimes the best option is an indoor bicycle trainer.

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How to stop your bike from creaking

Persistent creaking is just about the most annoying mechanical you can have on a ride. Find out how to hunt them down — and shut them up!

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3 MTB Skills Drills That Will Make You a Better Rider

Here’s three practice drills to set you off on the right foot this riding season. From the mental side of setting goals and drills, we move on to a riding skills video to develop a reliable way for clearing logs. Finally, working on a solid core is key to having a good riding season.

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7 best stretches for cyclists

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our decades of riding, it’s the importance of stretching. It’s the one tool that can help alleviate your pain and tightness throughout the year. Let Sonya Looney show you her favorite stretches.

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Video: Top ten pro mountain bike hacks

Ranging from the inexpensive to hand built, this video documents ten of the best hacks employed by the world’s fastest racers.

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How To: Essential stretching for cyclists

Few off-bike measures provide relief and prevent injury as much a proper, regular stretching. Former top-level pro racer Ben Jacques-Maynes shares his best tips with us.

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Video: How to make any glove smartphone friendly

A quick and cheap DIY guide to make your favorite pair of gloves smartphone friendly.

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Four skills every mountain biker should learn

The first step to increasing speed is improving your on-bike skills. Whether it’s climbing or descending, refining your balance, precision and control will make you faster and more efficient mountain biker. Watch this video to find out more.

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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: The basics of jumping your mountain bike

Jumping is a skill that requires finesse. It’s all about subtle, controlled movements, and this takes time to develop. But it’s worth it. You’ll be safer on the trail and have a lot more fun.

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How To: Top 5 tips for setting up your mountain bike

Bike setup depends heavily on personal preference, but these basic tips will provide a starting point to find out what works best for you.

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How To: Stop creaks, squeaks, slaps and knocks on your mountain bike

After spending thousands of dollars on a mountain bike, the last thing you want is to hear are creaks, squeaks, slaps, and knocks while you’re riding down the trail. In some cases, the fix can be as easy as tightening a bolt or lubing your chain. Other noise issues may require you to be a bit more crafty and creative.

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Video: Top 10 mountain biking mistakes

Bad habits are easy to learn and hard to cure. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes most mountain bikers make.

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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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