10 essential items every mountain biker should carry and 8 non-essential favorites

10 things you shouldn’t mountain bike without, plus a few of my favorites

Here are 10 essential items every mountain biker should carry on a ride. I also included 8 non-essential favorites for longer rides. Now to be fair, the complete list of things that I carry varies on where I’m riding, and how long I will be out for. But the 10 products listed below are always … Continue reading 10 things you shouldn’t mountain bike without, plus a few of my favorites

Nextie’s premium carbon mountain bike rims

Nextie’s premium carbon mountain bike rims are strong, light, and affordable

If you are looking for an affordable carbon mountain bike rim that is durable and lightweight, check out Nextie’s lineup of premium rims. https://youtu.be/tBl3EXhbsmA To put these carbon rims to the ultimate test I installed them on my hardtail singlespeed. Not only are hardtails rougher on parts, but singlespeeding involves a lot of serious torque, … Continue reading Nextie’s premium carbon mountain bike rims are strong, light, and affordable

belt drive on a single-speed mountain bike

Are belt drives better then chains on a singlespeed MTB?

A belt drive on a single-speed mountain bike sounds awesome, but what are they actually like? And are they worth the added cost? I’ve been riding single speeds for over 10 years, and in that time had the pleasure of riding both a chain and belt. I’ve gotten a good handle on both drive trains … Continue reading Are belt drives better then chains on a singlespeed MTB?

Specialized Phenom Comp Saddle

Specialized Phenom Comp MTB saddle “Your butt will thank you!”

The Specialized Phenom is durable, sleek and comfortable mountain biking saddle, making it ideal for many disciplines from xc to enduro riding.  I've been using mine for over a year now and I absolutely love it, but I realize saddles are a sensitive subject for many of you.  You might already have a personal preference … Continue reading Specialized Phenom Comp MTB saddle “Your butt will thank you!”

Top 5 Skinnies at Mt Penn in Reading PA

Top 5 expert level skinnies at Mt Penn in Reading, PA

A lot of folks think big jumps, drops, slabs and technical lines when you mention Mt Penn, but there are several great skinnies there too. And while there are plenty of beginner/intermediate level skinnies, this video will focus on 5 of the most difficult ones. https://youtu.be/dc-PgGWzcZY 1) Teeter Totter Skinny Located just 5 mins from … Continue reading Top 5 expert level skinnies at Mt Penn in Reading, PA

Schwalbe Jumbo Jim

Schwalbe Jumbo Jim “Jack of all terrains, master of none”

The Jumbo Jim is a fast, durable, light tire that can be used all-year, in all conditions.  It doesn’t do one thing great, but it does many things well. For me, I wanted a tire that I could rely on to get the job done no matter where, or what I was riding.   And because … Continue reading Schwalbe Jumbo Jim “Jack of all terrains, master of none”

Bar Mitts

Save your fingers from freezing with some Bar Mitts – Winter riding gear

As a cyclist getting motivated to ride when it’s cold is hard if you don’t have the right gear. Bar Mitts are designed well, easy to install and work amazingly. With winter rolling in these are an absolute must if you ride outside all year round. If the temps are around the freezing mark I … Continue reading Save your fingers from freezing with some Bar Mitts – Winter riding gear

Stan’s NoTubes DART “Dual Action Repair for Tubeless”

Stan’s DART is not sticky, seals fast and lasts forever!

These DART tire plugs aren’t sticky like traditional bacon strips, and when they go in they don’t pull out. I’ve wanted to review this magic puncture fix for months because I’ve been so stoked on it, but I wanted to give a full trial run on two different bikes before giving it my endorsement.  So … Continue reading Stan’s DART is not sticky, seals fast and lasts forever!

Continental Der Baron: Enduro tires that deliver at a high level on a consistent bases!

As my skill level progressed and my riding style improved the types of trails I began seeking out also changed.  And while the trail kings were great for cross-country style trails and intermediate tech, I found they weren’t able to keep up in the heavy gnar and bigger features.  So I made the switch to … Continue reading Continental Der Baron: Enduro tires that deliver at a high level on a consistent bases!

Shimano AM902

Shimano AM9: The Best Enduro MTB Shoes You Never Heard Of!

The Shimano AM9 is a lightweight, comfortable, enduro style mountain bike shoe, that will take on anything you throw at it. If you liked the original Shimano AM901 I am happy to report they have not changed much in the new Shimano AM902.  The updates include a few design tweaks to the toe box, lace … Continue reading Shimano AM9: The Best Enduro MTB Shoes You Never Heard Of!