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Five Things I’ve Learned From Mountain Bike Forums

For each and every topic that humans have an interest in, from astrology to zombies, there is an online discussion forum. In mountain biking they range from locally based boards that focus on particular riding areas to expansive discussions with participants joining from every corner of the globe.

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Partnering With Motorized Users

Photo: Dr. Jeremy Wimpey, of Applied Trails Research, rides a dirt bike to explore the terrain near Caliente, NV, for mountain bike trail development possibilities while working with IMBA's Trail Solutions staff. Photo by Joey Klein.

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How to Stop Mountain Biking From Eating Itself

Photo: Alison Littlefield and Ryan Littlefield mountain biking on a trail with Mount Timpanogos in the background in Provo Canyon, Utah. Courtesy Scott Markewitz Photography.

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Advanced Trail Building School in Arkansas

IMBA Trail Solutions team of Alex Harrington and Jesse Livingston recently visited Mt. Kessler, near Fayetteville, Arkansas, to teach advanced trail building techniques October 24-26th. Chapters from across IMBA's South Central Region were on hand, with the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC) and Region Director Steve Schneider serving as hosts.

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Go Take a Hike

A kerfuffle broke out this week when the American Hiking Society posted an online petition urging the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service to "protect the hiking experience on National Scenic Trails and sections of these trails that were built to be used only by hikers."

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Rocky Mountain Highs (and Lows) at the Silver Rush 50 MTB

Last weekend, IMBA communications director Mark Eller joined development director Rich Cook and many other members of the IMBA family to race the Silver Rush 50 MTB event in Leadville, Colorado. The Silver Rush is part of the Leadville 100 Qualifier Series.

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A cyclist's guide to getting hit by a truck

Photo: Author Mark Eller, IMBA's communication director, getting treated at the scene of his road biking accident.

First, I'm under no illusion that getting hit by a pickup truck while riding my bicycle has made me an expert on traffic safety. I've had close calls with cars before, but this is the first time I've been walloped. Maybe a bit of reflection will reveal a few insights for both cyclists and motorists.

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Advanced Trail Building: Introducing the 'Switchberm'

Joey Klein is a long-time member of IMBA's trail building team. In this entry he gives an overview of an advanced construction technique — meet the "switchberm."

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Reaching out to U.S. Military Families for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Before joining the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, Jesse Livingston served with the U.S. Marine Corps as a Hospital Corpsman in Iraq.

Watch a short video where he helps spread the word about the 2012 IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event, and the emphasis we are putting on reaching out to U.S. military families.

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Confessions of a Strava Addict

After reading some recent online discussions about (here and here), I'm feeling compelled to fess up — I fear becoming a Strava addict myself.

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