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Funny Video Tutorial on How to Make a Sick Mountain Bike Edit

Filmmaker Matt Dennison of the NSMB mountain bike editorial has created a funny video tutorial that shows how to make a sick mountain bike edit. Matt …

Beginner mountain bike setup and maintenance tips

Budget mountain bikes are better than ever these days, but there are a number of setup adjustments that you can make to ensure you're getting the …

Trail Tech: Mountain bike tyre pressure - all you need to know

<b>Question:</b> <i>I’m relatively new to mountain biking, so forgive me if this seems silly, but how important is it to follow the recommended tyre pressure</i> …

Banish the pre-ride faff

Don’t waste time looking for your cycling socks when you could be out riding! Instead, follow these tips from former pro rider Ben Greenwood (Rapha …

How to Use Your Google Maps — Offline

To access one of Google Maps' best hidden features, you have to know the magic word. Well, it's a phrase, really, and that phrase is: "OK Maps." …

MTB Frame Geometry Part 1: How It Fits

Finding a bike that fits is crucial to enjoying the sport of mountain biking. A well-fitting bike will handle better on the trail, and of course be …

Giant Bicycles

Friday Five: Simple Suspension Setup with Arthur Gaillot of Suspension Therapy

The Simple Setup Guide<p>This week we have enlisted the help of suspension guru Arthur Gaillot of Suspension Therapy in North Vancouver. Arthur offers …

The Climb

Lush Shore climbs are good for the heart, good for the soul.<p>"<i>Be fit and ready for battle.</i>"<p>I read those words while travelling in Norway. They’re part …

Friday Five: How To Tackle The Big Obstacles

Tips to make the scary bits less so<p>I think I see kittens down there… PHOTO: Anthony Smith<p>Mountain biking will often present us each with a series of …

Friday Five: Technical Climbs

How to get down with the tricky ups<p>Learning to clean technical climbs requires proper balance and finesse. Photo: Garrett Grove<p>It's about as easy to …

Tech Spotlight - Identifying and Correcting Rear End Creaks

*Please Note the Following - <i>Clutch tension cannot be reset or adjusted on the type 2 systems which were released after this write up. While the outer</i> …

Threading

Friday Five: When not to pedal

Five reasons why turning the cranks won't always help you<p><b>Photos: Anthony Smith</b><p>Pumping through the trail can help generate speed and momentum, and …

How to Change a Bike Tire When Its Flat

01<p>of 07<p>Fix a Flat Tire<p>The first and most basic bike repair you need to know is how to fix a flat tire. It's quite simple and all you'll need are tire …

How to Fit Yourself on a Mountain Bike Like a PRO

So, you’re planning on purchasing or assembling your dream bike for the upcoming MTB season. What size should you choose? How long of a stem do you …

Mountain Biking

The Nitpicker's Perfect Restaurant

The Nitpicker's Perfect Restaurant: a curmudgeon's utopia where everything runs smoothly and there's nothing to complain about.<p>If you're a regular reader of this column, you know that I spend a lot of time thinking about how restaurants <i>should</i> run. I do this by complaining about the things that …

InterAct

Hearst Magazines

Food Network<br>Magazine<p>SAVE 73%<p>O, The Oprah<br>Magazine<p>SAVE 72%<p>The Pioneer<br>Woman Magazine<p>NEW<p>Good Housekeeping<p>SAVE 82%<p>Popular Mechanics<p>SAVE 80%

Bike Repair: Fasteners

Your bike's fasteners are the glue that holds it together. Neglect them, and your bike will retaliate by creaking unbearably and maybe even coming apart at the seams midride. Follow these tips to ensure a safe, sturdy, trouble-free ride.<p>1. Your fasteners can loosen over time, so check them …

Bike Repairs With Duct Tape

Seven ways that duct tape can save your ride.<p>At some point in my formative years, I heard someone say, "If you have duct tape, it ain't broke."<p>It's true. The supersticky gray-cloth tape is a proven, if temporary, solution to problems ranging from drafty windows to Apollo mission emergencies. (Look …

Stay Safe All Fall

Stay upright through hidden hazards with these 5 tactics.<p>It happens every autumn in most places. Just when the trails hit their peak—dry, fast and packed from a season's use—leaves drop, obscuring obstacles, hiding mudholes and making corners slick. Improve your ability to shred through lurking …

The Great Mechanic Within

Why learning to fix your bike makes riding it a richer experience--and why you should never, ever carpet-tape your tire to your rim<p>We should leave many projects in our lives to professionals. For example, relatively few people are qualified to cut their own hair or perform their own surgery, and …

How To Brake Your Mountain Bike

When most mountain bikers think of skills they need to learn and practice, braking isn’t usually one of them. I mean, how tough can it be: pull the …

Friday Five: Setup

Five minutes of your time could save you time on the trails<p>Some suspension units come with handy markings for sag. Others require the user to use a …

Women's Cycling

5-Minute Bike Maintenance

With this five-minute bike maintenance routine and wheel truing video, you'll be off without a hitch on your next bike ride.<p>Most cyclists, if they do bike maintenance at all, wait to do it five minutes before the group is about to start rolling. What's the point? No one's going to wait for you to …

101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know

Your guide to a longer cycling life—for your bicycle, your gear, even a few friendships<p>Your bicycle doesn’t run on leg power alone. It also needs a little lube, a lotta­ love, and a good ­listen. You may not know every remedy your bike needs to live a long life, but you can gain enough wisdom along …

The Perfectly Packed Pack

14 essentials you need for every ride<p>When was the last time you checked the contents of your hydration pack? Take 10 minutes to clean house and replenish your supplies—chances are you've accumulated unnecessary items, or used up your mountain biking essentials. For a two-hour ride in predictable …