Mountain Biking In Park City Utah

Mountain bike in Park City Utah

By Bart Spiegel

Mountain Biking in Park City, Utah

If you’re into mountain biking, you couldn’t pick a better venue than Park City, Utah. If that sounds like an extravagant claim, consider that Park City is the only place in the world to have been designated a Gold Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. That means you can expect a world class experience in all the areas that really matter to a mountain biker. There are of course fantastic trails for all skill levels, but also numerous high quality bars, restaurants, hotels, bike shops, public transportation, and entertainment opportunities after the ride.
Here are descriptions of just a sampling of the available mountain bike tours being offered in and around the Park City area.

 

BEAVER CREEK TRAIL

This is a 4.5 mile path situated in the western Uinta Mountains that is mostly flat terrain, so it is perfect for novice mountain bikers and families with children looking for a manageable ride. The trail consists of hard-packed dirt, perfect for biking, and includes only one real hill to climb, which is right at the beginning of the trail. It passes between the mountains and a beautiful valley where Forest Service campgrounds abound, ideal for a picnic and sightseeing interlude. With no stops included, this tour can be accomplished in an hour or so.

 

THE RAIL TRAIL
This is another tour which is considered to be easy riding and is ideal for beginning bikers, although it does include 30 miles of ground one way. It extends from the Prospector Area of Park City down to Echo Junction, and as its name suggests, it follows an old railroad route through farmlands and canyons. It also meanders alongside the Weber River for part of its length and passes by the Echo Reservoir. Elevation changes along this route are gentle and easily manageable for all levels of ability.
DEER VALLEY RESORT
This trail is nestled in a valley just north of majestic Bald Eagle Mountain, and features a ski lift for positioning bikers at the top of a mountain where the trail begins. From that point, a wide variety of trail options can be chosen, but all have single pathways and are of variable duration, owing mostly to the fact that the terrain’s character is considered to be more difficult to navigate.
GLENWILD LOOP
This is another of the more difficult tours to navigate, and is aimed at bikers who are becoming comfortable with the more technical and challenging aspects of mountain biking. It has a single pathway running about 8.5 miles in length, and features some fairly steep climbs. The trail begins in the Glenwild area, and entails about 800 feet of elevation changes.
MID-MOUNTAIN TRAIL
For those bikers who really want to be challenged, this is a tour that fits the bill. Consisting of 22 miles worth of sometimes rocky terrain, this path features 1,500 feet of changes in elevation and is not for the faint of heart. Depending on which sections you include in your tour, the trail may pass through forests and canyons as well as the mountains, but most of the biking is rugged until finishing up on the highway which leads back to Park City.
SHADOW LAKE LOOP
This tour is categorized in the ‘most difficult’ level of mountain biking, due to its rugged terrain and elevation changes. It is nevertheless quite popular with advanced bikers and can be customized to be mostly uphill or downhill. The shortest route (via Spiro) is 12 miles long, but the easier route (along Crescent Mine Grade) is 15 miles long. From lowest elevation to highest there will be a heart-pounding 1,500 foot difference.

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Small Group Tours

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Small Group Mountain Biking Tours within the United States

By Bart Spiegel

Mountain biking is an exhilarating sport not for the weak at heart. Mountain biking can be done almost anywhere, but is especially popular in the western United States. There are several mountain biking touring companies that cater to small group tours for beginner and intermediate riders. Here is a brief summary of the small group tours available in the US.

Solfun Mountain Bike Tours
The tours available from Solfun are based in the Moab Desert of southern Utah. They offer small group tours for half-day and full-day. The cost does include the rental of mountain bikes.

Solfun prides itself on having a flexible itinerary that can accommodate their customer’s needs from a beginner level to the more advanced. Along with the bikes, the touring company supplies helmets and water bottles.

To book a mountain bike tour with Solfun call (800) 940-8292.

San Juan Hut Systems
This is the only hut system in the United States. There are two different trails, one originating in Telluride, Colorado and the other more difficult trail starting in Durango, Colorado. Both 215 mile long trails end in Moab, Utah.

Durango Colorado Mountain Bike Riding

Durango Colorado

The manmade wooden huts sleep up to eight people comfortable. The huts contain padded bunks, sleeping bags, propane cook stoves and there is also composting toilets available.

There are two mountain biking packages to choose from in a 7 day package or a 5 day package.

A reservation can be made by calling (970) 626-3033 or emailing info@sanjuanhuts.com.

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours
This touring company is based in central Oregon with trails that start in Bend and Sunriver going through the Cascade Mountains and ending up in the high desert. Cog Wild has trips available for single people, but there is a 2-4 person minimum so riders are paired up with others at the same experience level.

There are dozens of vacation packages available from Cog Wild. A 50% deposit is due at the time of reservation with the balance due 60 days before the first day of the tour.

For more information contact Cog Wild at (866) 610-4822.

Escape Adventures
This is a large bike touring company with multiple trails in 14 different states. Escape Adventures prides itself on being eco-friendly and being the first carbon neutral outfitter in the world. The company offers guided and self-guided tours. Within the guided tours there are three subcategories: Mountain Bike Trips, Road Cycling and Ultra-Cross Tours.

The self-guided tours are a cheaper alternative to the guided tours. The riders are given a detailed trail map and directions, but have the freedom to go at their own pace. The riders must be able to fix their own bikes while on the trail. Escape does provide extra gear, cooking supplies, tools and a first-aid kit at the riders designated campsites.

Escape Adventures can be contacted at (800) 596-2953.

Utah Mountain Bike Tours
This bike touring company offers group tours from 2 to 6 people. The trails cover the St. George area of Utah and expand to northern Arizona. Utah Mountain Bike Tours prides itself on providing a unique experience for couples, friends and coworkers. They guarantee customers will not be paired with strangers.

Utah Mountain Bike Tours offer a 2 week tour (15 days). The tours are for intermediate riders looking for a fun vacation while also improving their riding skills. For a couple, the tour cost is approximately $3,600. For a 4 to 6 person group the cost is about $3,500.

For more information about Utah Mountain Bike Tours call (435) 635-7878.

This is just a handful of the biking tours available. Any bike tour should be well researched and planed several months in advance. Happy biking!

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Moab Mountain Biking

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Moab Mountain Biking

By Bart Spiegel

Moab mountain biking spans the full spectrum of biking from smooth beginner trails to advanced complicated and obstacle strewn paths. Moab, Utah’s mountain biking trails offer miles and miles of easily accessible mountain bike trails over terrain as varied as the

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Moab Mountains, Utah

area itself. The Moab Mountains are in eastern Utah at an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level near the Arches and the Canyon Lands National Parks.

Mountain Biking Trail Regions

• Amasa Back Area
• Dead Horse Point State Park
• Gemini Bridges Road
• Hurrah Pass
• Klondike Bluff
• Klonzo
• Moab Brands
• Monitor and Merrimac
• Sovereign Single Track
• Spanish Valley and Sand Flats
• Whole Enchilada

Each of these regions has one to 14 trails of varying difficulty. There are guided tours offered by Dreamride,LLC., Dual Sport Utah and Magpie Cycling as well as trails to be braved on your own. All tour dates follow seasonal schedules which are available upon request.

Easy Trails for the Beginning Mountain Biker

Moab mountain biking is offered according to the difficulty level of each trail. The easy Hurrah Pass is a 33 mile trail that is part paved road, part dirt road offering scenic views of the Colorado River and the canyon. The lower Monitor and Merrimac trail is a 7.5 mile loop composed of graded road and slick rock mixed with some sandy sections. It’s a trail that a whole family of intermediate bikers would enjoy, but only the really adventurous should try this route in the mid-summer heat. Moab Brands has a trail called the Bar-M Loop, a 7.9 mile dirt and rocky road. It’s a climb of 625 feet at an average grade of 3% with grades ranging from moderate to steep.

Moderate Trails for the Intermediate Mountain Biker

The Amasa Back Area offers the Pothole Arch Trail, a 1.9 mile climb up 230 feet from the Cliff Hanger and it’s a 500 foot climb going the opposite direction on a grade of 7%. The trail covers sandstone and dirt on a flat mesa ending at the slick rock hills out to the arches. Gemini Bridges Road has 7-Up Trail, 9.5 miles of broken sandstone littered with pinyons and junipers on a grade of 5%. Another intermediate trail that’s worth experiencing is the Wahoo Trail in the Klonzo Region. This 1.6 mile trail demands some technical skill as the biker moves over sandstone and red siltstone to the highest point in the Klonzo region 325 feet up and then descends into the valley between two buttes and now traveling at much faster speeds because of the descent has to navigate quickly around large boulders.

Advanced Trails for the Excellent Mountain Biker

Captain Ahab is a 4.3 mile trail that asks the rider to climb at an 11% grade, 1000 feet only to descend 1600 feet over a trail that moves over cliff ledges and slick rock. This Amasa Back trail offers great views of Behind the Rocks and the La Sal Mountains. The Gemini Bridges Road trail called the Portal is a 2.6 mile trail descending down a 23% grade a full 1050 feet. This trail is very steep and very rough, so it will challenge the expert rider. Moab Brands Killer-B trail is a .7 mile connector trail that descends 500 feet at a grade of 13% over a steep rocky slope. With 3 switchbacks, this trail is a true “Wahoo!”

Moab Mountain can be fun for the whole family or a group of thrill-seeking friends. There are relaxing trails completely devoid of technical challenges offering great views for children and adults to enjoy. And then there’s the fast paced uphill or downhill trails covering rough difficult terrain, sharp cliff edges and riddled with switchbacks that are only for the intermediate and expert mountain biker. Moab, Utah has it all and there’s no better time like the present to go and have a Moab mountain biking adventure on one or several of those trails.

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Touring Bicycle

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Touring Bicycle

By Bart Spiegel

There are many types of bicycles on the market today, each with their own specific purpose. A touring bicycle is one that is specifically designed with touring and adventuring in mind. Touring bikes have been modified to handle the challenges and adventures that come along with long rides over various terrains.

A touring bicycle has been designed with certain characteristics to ensure that the rider can embark on any journey with the utmost of comfort and performance. They are made to be specifically hearty and firm in their frame to tolerate various and changing terrains.

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Touring Italy

They typically have a longer wheel base to offer more stability and comfort for the rider. In addition, they are built to be able to carry heavier loads and to avoid any interaction between the pedals, the rider, and the luggage. There are several mounting points for the luggage as well, enabling riders to find the best position for their bags. The frames on touring bikes are typically made of more flexible material to allow shock absorption, and again, increase comfort for the rider, especially over long distances. The wheels on touring bikes are also of the heavy duty variety and capable of handling the most difficult of landscapes.

Although it is common to consider touring bikes and mountain bikes to be similar, if not the same, there are several characteristics that differentiate the two types of bicycles. While touring bikes are made for long distances, over various terrains, they are mostly used on pathways already forged, such as roads and trails. Mountain bikes cross all terrains and have big tires to accommodate any terrain, managed or unmanaged. Of course, any bike, as long as it fits the rider can be used for touring and enjoyment, the different uses of these two types of bicycles has afforded them subtle differences in design. For example, touring bikes have curved, drop handle bars like those that are on racing bikes. Mountain bikes, in contrast have handle bars that stretch strait out. Drop handle bars, while being excellent for comfort and position over long trips, do not always provide the precision handling those straight out as on the mountain bikes. Wheels are another difference in the two bikes. Touring bikes, while having heavy duty frames on the wheels, do not usually have as big of wheels or as knobby of tires as mountain bikes have as they are usually kept on managed surfaces. Another difference is when using both bikes for touring; mountain bikes will often feel slower than touring bikes due to their heavier suspension, big tires, and the ability to lock the suspension over managed roadways and trails.

Each type of bicycle, touring and mountain, have pluses and minuses that make them appealing for riders. Touring bikes are usually lighter in frame, yet able to carry additional loads, fitted to various mounts, for rider comfort. Their frame, while longer and leaner provides more stability over long rides. In addition they have tires that have heavy build, but are also smoother and able to roll easily over roadways and trails. They are not, however, ideal for off road adventures and lack the added handling offered by the straightened handle bars of the mountain bike. Mountain bikes are excellent for off road treks. They are built with heavy frames and suspension to absorb trails that are managed and those that are not. They have large knobby tires to take the wildest of terrains and handle bars to offer the best in handling and steering. These bikes, while being capable of also being used for touring, often can feel slower than a touring bike on the road and don’t usually offer the mounts for additional luggage.

A touring bicycle is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to embark on a long, adventurous ride. They are built for the journey, with long, lightweight frames and mounts for luggage. Mountain bikes, on the other hand, are built for the wilderness with big tires, heavy suspension, and shock absorbers. A rider has many choices to help ensure they find the perfect bike for their dreams, passions, and adventures.

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Maui Bike Tours

Biking In Haleakala Volcano National Park

Mountain Biking In Maui

By Bart Spiegel

Ever growing in popularity, mountain biking is a great way to view scenery in your area of choice, while getting a great workout. In this article you will be reading about bike tours that are available on Hawaii’s second largest

Explore Haleakala Volcano National Park via Mountain Bike

Haleakala Volcano National Park

island in its chain, the lush Maui. The different selection of Maui bike tours can offer you a once in a lifetime experience as you coast throughout the island on your biking adventure. Check out all of the separate mountain biking companies, there is plenty to choose from, check costs, locations, and checklist so that you can be fully prepared to start mountain biking in Maui!

Location

When one decides to start researching Maui Bike tours, it is a good idea to find out exactly where the location of your tour is going to take place. On the island of Maui, mountain bike touring is very popular with both residential bikers, and visiting people who travel abroad for the purpose of experiencing mountain biking in different lands. Maui is known for its rolling mountain views, and its many differing experience levels of biking trails. A few of the very popularly known mountain biking trails that exist in Maui are located in Haleakala Volcano National Park. The trails in Haleakala Volcano National Park are known for their grandeur views, and of course the massive volcano that the park is named for.

Length Of The Trails

In Maui there are many separate mountain biking trails, all with different levels of endurance. Some of the trails may be relatively easy for someone who may just be beginning to get into mountain biking, while other trails are seriously intense, and are not for inexperienced mountain bikers. A good length for experienced mountain bikers is about twenty-six miles. In fact, most of the mountain biking trails in Maui are based around that typical length. However, if you prefer to go at your own pace without a guide there are several tours that offer that option. You even have the option of beginning your mountain biking tour at the break of dawn, giving you the opportunity to experience the island from the very first light of day.

Cost

Although you would expect a mountain biking trip on the island of Maui to be very expensive, there is a plethora of different packages existing that are offered by many separate mountain biking companies. Depending on your area of expertise, you may end up paying more, or less for your mountain biking package. Most mountain biking packages tend to cost anywhere between around $50.00 to up around $200.00. Again, pricing all depends on what gear you may need to rent, the length of your selected mountain biking tour, and the area that you intend on mountain biking in.

Checklist

When practicing high endurance mountain biking on certain Maui bike tours, it is important to make sure that you have a promptly prepared checklist. You never know when emergency will arise, and with the right gear you can be prepared for just about any situation. Below you will find two checklists, one for all the appropriate gear that you may need, and another checklist for making sure that your gear is properly intact.

Suggested Items:

  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Appropriate Clothing
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid
  • Sunglasses
  • Matches/Firestarter
  • Extra Tube
  • Headlight
  • Patch Kit
  • Cellular Phone

Tools:

  • Duct Tape
  • Chain Tool
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Combination Tool
  • 6, 8, 10 Hex Wrench Set

Check Your Gear Before Beginning Your Ride!

  • Check Quick Releases
  • Check Headset
  • Check Brakes
  • Check Peddles
  • Check Wheels
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Top 5 Mountain Bike Tours in Canada

Top 5 Mountain Bike Tours in Canada

By Bart Spiegel

Canada’s diverse terrain, magnificent scenery, historical sites and cultural influences offer some of the world’s most memorable touring opportunities for cycling enthusiasts of all levels. From the east coast to the west, Canadian bicycle tours promise an exhilarating journey through beautiful countryside and majestic mountains. Many routes include traveling through charming historical villages as well as visiting exciting metropolitan areas. To begin planning the bicycle touring vacation of a lifetime, consider the following top 5 mountain bike tours in Canada.

Splendid mountain vistas and unspoiled wilderness trails make the Canadian Rockies one of the top 5 mountain bike tours in Canada. Trek Travel offers an incredible, fun-filled Canadian Rockies tour package that combines outdoor adventure with relaxing luxury. This six day and five night tour begins at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. Cyclists can enjoy hiking, canoeing or a quiet ride to take advantage of some awesome photographic opportunities along the lakeside roads. Private balconies and breathtaking views at Moraine Lake Lodge provide a perfect mountain retreat. Cyclists ride to Bow Lake by way of the Icefield Parkway to spend the third night of the tour at the rustic Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park. After enjoying seasonal cuisine and local specialties in the lodge dining room, tour members can relax in front of a private wood burning fieldstone fireplace. The fourth day, travelers will venture to Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park. The historic city of Banff offers plenty of shopping and sites for vacationers. The Legacy Bike Trail and the “local’s loop” await energetic riders. Fine dining, deluxe outdoor hot tubs and luxurious guest rooms provide a splendid ending to a fabulous bicycle tour.

Top 5 Mountain Bike Tours in CanadaTour TransCanada is a 73 day, cross-nation, bicycle tour for dedicated cyclists is available through Cycle Canada. This life-changing expedition begins in Vancouver, British Columbia and ends in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Participants will travel through all ten Canadian provinces enjoying an unforgettable touring experience. Accommodations include 42 nights of camping and 30 indoor stays. This amazing journey for outdoor enthusiasts covers 4630 miles, or about 7500 kilometers.

The Tour Arctic package is another impressive touring vacation from Cycle Canada. Cyclists begin the tour in Vancouver traveling north to Inuvik, near the Arctic Ocean. This 25 day tour through the coastal mountains, the Yukon and the Arctic Circle includes 18 nights of camping, six indoor stays and two overnight ferry trips. Cyclists travel parallel to the Trail of ’98 blazed by prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush and follow the Dempster Highway through untamed wilderness. The tour ends with a celebration dinner in Inuvik.

The By-Cycle Ride is a birthday party on wheels. This “themed” bicycle tour, available through Cycle Canada, celebrates Canada’s birthday with a six day tour from Toronto to Ottawa. Ottawa, Canada’s capital was originally named Bytown after Lieutenant-Colonel John By who oversaw the construction of Rideau Canal. This educational, sight-seeing tour is named in honor of Lt.-Col. By and ends at Parliament Hill, on Canada Day, with festivities and fireworks.

The Niagara Vineyards bicycle tour is another terrific option from Cycle Canada. This six day excursion is perfect for cyclists looking for a modest tour loaded with historical and scenic sights. The route, along cliff-top roads, provides beautiful views of area vineyards and wineries. Participants will travel along the Niagara Escarpment, also. The tour includes an overnight stay at Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the Shaw Festival Theatre and concludes at Niagara Falls. In addition to the falls, the area offers many other sights and tourists activities.

Planning a successful, enjoyable bicycle touring vacation requires some preparation. There are a number of important elements to consider. Inclusions, exclusions, itineraries, accommodations, road support, fees, extra expenses and refunds are some of the most important factors to consider before choosing one of the listed top 5 mountain bike tours in Canada.

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Top European Destinations for Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking In Europe

By Bart Spiegel

One of the best places in the world to enjoy a mountain biking adventure is in Europe. The continent has stunning landscapes, beautiful mountain ranges and loads of mountain biking trails. There are so many great spots to go for a mountain biking holiday in Europe that it can be difficult to choose just one. Here is a guide to five of the top European destinations for mountain bike riders who want to experience a great biking vacation adventure.

1. Morzine, France

This is one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world. Set high up in the Alps near the border with Switzerland, Morzine is a ski resort during the winter. During the summer, it offers some of the most challenging and amazing mountain biking runs found

Mountain Biking Europe

Mountain Biking Europe

anywhere. Its ski lifts come in handy for taking mountain bike riders to the top of the runs without wasting any energy. This allows them to spend all their efforts tackling these awesome routes that range all the way up to double black ratings.

2. Saalbach, Austria

Visitors to Saalbach can purchase one lift ticket that will give them access to five mountains that encompass hundreds of miles of trails to ride. There is no end to the fun riders will have at Saalbach. With so much space to spread out, this Alpine resort never feels crowded. This is a real bonus in Europe where the crowds can sometimes be a nuisance at resorts. The difficulty level here ranges from moderate to extreme, and there are some routes here that will challenge the best riders in the world.

3. Les Deux Alps, France

This is the spot for visitors to Europe who want to experience the best mountain biking alongside some of the best living. Visitors to Les Deux Alps will enjoy exploring the more than 60 miles of marked trails that are found in the area, including both downhill and cross-country rides. However, they will also enjoy some of the best food and delicious wine in the world when they are done riding for the day. This is the place to come for someone who wants to enjoy the luxuries of a vacation experience alongside the thrills of a mountain biking adventure.

4. Val di Sole, Italy

Mountain bike riders who want to experience all the many flavors of mountain bike riding on one vacation should head to the Val di Sole in Italy. This amazing destination has every possible type of mountain bike riding that anyone could hope for. Set in the Alps just south of Austria and Switzerland, Val di Sole features some very challenging downhill trails that will test the skills of the best riders. However, it also has plenty of four-cross riding trails to enjoy. As an added bonus, the resort also features a stunning freeride trail that will be a very enjoyable alternative when riders want to take break from charging hard on the downhill trails.

5. Alpe d’Huez, France

Mountain Biking In France

Mountain Biking in France

Yet another of the dozens of world-class mountain biking destinations in France is Alpe d’Huez. The highlight of this awesome resort is the Megavalanche. This 30-kilometer course plays host annually to the biggest and most exciting enduro race in the world. The course is open for riders who come for a vacation, and this alone makes it well worth the trip. However, there are also loads of other routes that riders can enjoy while they are at Alpe d’Huez. There is a central lift that goes up the heart of the mountain, and riders can take routes that range from green to black from the central lift. This convenience allows a trip to Alpe d’Huez to give riders as much time possible enjoying mountain biking instead of waiting to get to the trail.

These are five of the best mountain biking destinations in Europe, but there are hundreds more spread out all over the continent. This is truly one of the best places in the world for riders to visit on their next vacation.

 

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Top 5 Mountain Bike Tours In The United States

Top Five Mountain Bike Tours in the US

By Bart Spiegel

Top 5 Mountain Bike Tours in United States

Here’s a list of the best bike tours in the United States. We’ve included favorites for three different skill levels: challenging, moderate and easy. The Challenging tours are all guided tours that span from 6-11 days. The moderate and easy trails work best as self-guided tours. Those can easily be done as day trips or extended as long as you wish. Each of the easy trails has plenty of bed and breakfasts within a reasonable distance of the trail-head areas and feature nearby accommodations for camping.

Challenging Tours:

Wheeler Peak Single Track

Located in the New Mexico Rockies, this track is for serious mountain bikers only. The trails wind through largely undiscovered areas, offering a view of pure nature at its finest. Just across the border is Durango, Colorado. This almost isolated single track takes you

Wheeler Peak New Mexico

Bike Wheeler Peak New Mexico

10,000 feet above sea level and back again. The track is seriously challenging, going all the way up to Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest summit. The South Boundary Trail, a favorite among local cyclers, takes you to Taos. The Escape Adventures Tour lasts for 6 days, takes you through 128 miles of back-country and features 5 nights of camping. A true test of skill even for the most experience rider, this tour is for those serious about mountain biking.

Southwest Single Track

USA Bike Tours package starts in St. George, Utah. From there, you take the Bear Claw Trail. Along the way, you’ll see the Three Fingers of Death along with Clavicle Hill. This unbelievable tour takes 11 days and covers 250 kilometers, going at a pace of about 20-40 km a day. Gooseberry features slick rock and a single track. Then, the trek extends to Little Creek Mesa and Gould’s Rim, featuring mesa top trails, isolated pine forests intermittently mixed with slick rock. Hurricane Rim trail leads to cliffs that overlook the Virgin River near Hurricane, Utah, where you encounter more slick rock, and a challenging technical romp highlighting exquisite views. The finale begins with Porcupine Rim. It starts with a 1,000 foot climb and then follows that up with a technical downhill that descends 2700 feet, dropping off multiple small ledges and edging high cliffs on the way down.

Moderate Tours: 

Black Hills to Mount Rushmore

Visiting some of Americas greatest treasures on a mountain bike takes you through some of the best scenery the Midwest has to offer. Another USA Bike Tours package option, this one features rugged mountains juxtaposed with rolling prairies. Perfect in summer or

Black Hills To Mount Rushmore Mountain Bike Tour

Black Hills to Mount Rushmore Tour

fall, this trek starts in the Black Hills and finishes off after visits to some of America’s most visited landmarks. A good mix of challenging and easy riding, the Black Hills themselves are a cyclist’s heaven with 6000 miles of trails and logging roads, including 111-mile Centennial trail, 16.1 mile Bear Mountain Trail, and the 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail. The USA bike tours package makes stops at Historical Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, and then Crazy Horse Monument.

Whitefish Trails

This self-guided tour is not to be missed. Whitefish Bike Retreat is located just 8 miles of Whitefish, and provide provisions, accommodations and access to trailheads. It features 19 acres of wilderness, and provides immediate access to the Whitefish Trail. Close by are local cross-country and downhill biking trails, including the Great Northern Historical Trail that has an intermediate level single track. Currently there are three completed sections: the Lupfer Loop, the Skyles Connection and the Lion Mountain section.

Easy Tours:

Easy Breezy Buffalo

This self-guided tour offers a leisurely way to tour the true wild west. The cycling trip starts on Main Street in Buffalo, Wyoming. There’s a route that takes you along the river and boasts beautiful views of the Big Horn Mountains. Then, another trail follows

Ride from Buffalo Wyoming to the Big Horn Mountains

Buffalo, Wyoming to Big Horn Mountains Ride

alongside Highway 16 toward the mountains for about 3 miles. Its all-asphalt bike path is separate from the highway, offering beginners reassurance, and providing a breathtaking view of the Big Horn Mountains. It’s an easy ride, but offers a challenging workout. The Bighorn Forest Service on Hart Street and the Chamber of Commerce are both happy to provide detailed maps of local trails that are open to mountain biking for those who want to explore the area on their own.

Getting out on a mountain bike is one of the best ways to recharge and reconnect with nature. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to take it easy and drink in the scenery, or an experienced cyclist who loves the thrill of steep down slopes and jumps, or a moderation junkie who prefers a more balanced approach that doesn’t require quite so much exertion, these tours represent some of the best cycling tours in the U.S. Whether you opt for a group tour or a self-guided one, you’re sure to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country on any of these tours.

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Mountain Biking For Beginners

Mountain Biking

By Bart Spiegel

Mountain Biking for Beginners

Mountain biking may be an extreme sport for some but it can also a great recreational activity as well. Not only is it good exercise, but it’s also a nice way to see the outdoors and get some fresh, exhilarating air. Read on for all you need to know about this fun and rewarding hobby.

The first thing to know is that mountain biking is different from road biking. Mountain biking is done off road and meant for rougher terrain. You’ll see most road bikes have smooth, thin tires for use on pavement and very light frames. Mountain bikes are built differently, with thick tires and a sturdier build in order to handle all those dirt roads and rocky hills.

Safety is first when it comes to any type of biking, so make sure you have the right gear when you start to bike. The number one

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Beginner Guide To Mountain Biking

accessory to buy is definitely a helmet. This is highly important. Remember that you’re in motion and the possibility of being thrown off your bike is always real. A helmet can help prevent serious head injuries.
Gloves can help protect your hands. Constant grip on your mountain bike’s handlebars can really rough your palms and hands up. And if you fall off your bike, your hands, which will most likely help break your fall, will be protected.

Mountain bike specific shoes are also a good accessory to invest in. It all depends on the type of pedals on your bike, but overall a correct shoe would be comfortable and durable and have either cleats (for pedals without clips) or stiff soles for the best kind of pedaling. Also be sure your shoes can stand up to the environment and terrain you’ll be riding in.

Safety also means knowing when to brake. A biker needs to know just how much pressure to put on the handle in order to brake correctly without being thrown off. The heavier a tire, the more braking power it has. So when biking downhill, be sure to brake with the front brake, which will help keep you in control of the bike. Your front wheel carries more weight than the rear tire. Also be sure to shift your weight towards the rear tire so that helps out with you rear braking power. This helps balance out your brakes. Knowing all this and applying it correctly will help you avoid going into a skid or over your handlebars.

When going up and down hills, there are a few rules to remember. First, when you’re biking uphill, shift into a lower gear. If you’re going over dirt be sure to stay in your seat so that you don’t spin out, and lean forward to add more weight to the front wheel. When going downhill you’ll want to shift into the big chain ring to help keep your chain intact. Use your elbows to bend with the bumps and absorb shock while keeping a firm grip on the handlebars. Don’t over steer – when going downhill your bike will have the tendency to follow the shifting of your body. And keep your pedals parallel to the ground so they don’t catch on rocks or protruding objects from the ground.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, we’ll move onto one of the big questions – which brand of mountain bike is best? Here are five of the top manufacturers in 2013:

Giant bikes – Comfortable, easy to ride, sturdy and well made.
Trek bikes – Strong and durable, Treks are built to last.
Specialized – Many Olympic bikers favor this brand.
Santa Cruz – Known for their superlight bikes and smooth ride.
Merida – High quality, great ride, built durable.

Mountain biking is great for all levels, advanced and beginner. As long as general safety rules are followed as well as these simple tips, you’ll be a pro in no time.

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