The Mountain Bike Cure: Exercise, Fresh Air and Fellowship

And there’s no need to dive in headfirst. Hannah Finchamp, a member of the 2020 U.S. Olympic mountain biking team, recommends starting slow and working up to more challenging trails.

“You don’t want to spend your whole ride afraid! Start with the fire roads and smoother trails; you can increase the difficulty as you feel comfortable.”

Finding places to ride near where you live is a good way to get into mountain biking. But once you’ve gotten a taste, it’s a great reason to travel. Moab, Utah, Crested Butte, Colo., and Whistler, Canada are beloved, highly-trafficked

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A Handlebar Bag Is the Most Underrated Bike Upgrade

In the past year, more people than ever jumped on bikes. According to our reporting, fitness bike sales were up 125 percent after the pandemic first hit. Gravel bike sales were up 144 percent in June 2020 compared to 2019, and electric-assist bike sales were up 190 percent, year over year, in June 2020. Many analysts predict this trend will continue through 2021.

For those of you who bought a new bike or jumped on an old one, welcome—or welcome back—to the team. I’ve relied on bicycles for stress relief for more than two decades and found cycling to be

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After Jahn death, bike advocates say cyclists must be careful and infrastructure must help

In the wake of the bicycle crash Saturday in Campton Hills that killed world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn, area bicycle safety activists said more work can be done to design intersections and roads to better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians, even in rural and exurban areas.

According to Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Millar, witnesses said Jahn was riding his bicycle on Old LaFox Road, a side street, and was struck by a car after he rolled through a stop sign while attempting to turn left onto Burlington Road. After Jahn was struck by the first car, which was heading south on

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Raised bike lanes to be installed in Chicago to better protect cyclists

If Copenhagen can install raised bike lanes to prevent motorists from invading space reserved for cyclists, why can’t Chicago try it?

Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi asked essentially that question on Tuesday during a virtual address to the Rotary Club of Chicago, then answered it in a way that delighted her fellow cyclists.

Biagi noted Chicago’s cycling plan is “a decade old.” It’s high-time to “update the technology, think differently about it and get some of those measures and policies in place where we can do the carrot and the stick at the same time,” she said.

“Our curb management planning

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Brevard, North Carolina is a Mountain Biker’s Paradise

Joe Driver, Megan Hutton, and Dan Ennis ride Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. All photos courtesy

There was a time not so long ago when running into a couple of mountain bikers from Vancouver along a trail in Brevard’s DuPont State Recreational Forest would have seemed quite beyond the ordinary. These days, running into cyclists from all around the world is hardly even unusual. Though a longtime favorite spot for mountain biking and road cycling, Brevard and Transylvania spent decades as a best kept secret among those already in the know. The cat, however, is out of the

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In mountain biking, Richmond’s Angelo Washington discovered a new world, one he’ll share during Riverrock’s return this weekend | Local

Washington will be helping to lead group bike rides each of the three days.

“I really developed a passion for being able to coach people how to properly mountain bike,” Washington said.

Biking began to take baseball’s place for Washington in 2015. He had played baseball — second baseman and shortstop — for two years at VSU and later for teams in the National Adult Baseball Association and the Virginia Commonwealth Baseball League. But following shoulder, quad and facial injuries, it just wasn’t the same for him anymore.

A couple of months after nabbing a starter ride off Craigslist, Washington

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Van der Poel: I’ll continue mountain biking even if I win gold in Tokyo Olympics

Alpecin-Fenix star Mathieu van der Poel has confirmed that he will continue to race across multiple disciplines to the next Olympic Games in 2024, regardless of whether he wins gold in Tokyo this year.

Following a successful spring on the road, the Dutchman is back racing on the mountain bike, winning the short circuit cross-country race at the Albstadt World Cup on Saturday before going on to finish seventh at the main race later in the day.

He’s set to take part in this weekend’s World Cup round at Nove Mesto as he takes aim at the cross-country race at

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If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up Lanes Increased Cycling During Pandemic

Adding bike lanes to urban streets can increase the number of cyclists across an entire city, not just on the streets with new bike lanes, according to a new study. The finding adds to a growing body of research indicating that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage more people to commute by bike, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve health.

“It’s the first piece of evidence we have trying to, at a larger scale, link the bikeway infrastructure — these pop-up bike lanes and things that were built — to cycling levels during Covid,” said Ralph Buehler, chairman

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What I Learned Biking the 10,000-Mile Migration Route of Monarch Butterflies | Travel

April 14, 2021, 8:30 a.m.

The idea to bike from Mexico to Canada and back with the migrating monarch butterflies arose from a simple wish to visit them. In 2013, crossing Mexico by bike for the first time, a friend and I entertained the idea of visiting the monarchs at their overwintering sites. Because it was April and the monarchs had already begun migrating north, we decided to forego the side trip.

I spent the next few years idly daydreaming about returning. Over time, my plan morphed and grew—until I no longer wanted to just visit the migrants,

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Can electric bikes help you get fit?

E-bikes make cycling more accessible. 

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Many bikers — whether road cyclists or mountain bikers — see electric bikes as a way to cheat. From my experience, this is especially true in the mountain biking community, at least where I live: When I started mountain biking, I quickly learned that many bikres view electric bikes as a way to cheat the trails. 

I’ve never used an e-bike and I don’t know personally know anyone who does, but I felt disgusted by this community-wide conversation about how electric bikes are useless, dumb and reserved for people who don’t want to

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