For those of us who love to spend our summers ripping singletrack until the sun goes down, now’s a great time to support those who make that all possible: our local trailbuilders. As much as we take it for granted, those perfectly sculpted jumps and berms don’t just take care of themselves, and our trailbuilders could always use a little help to fund the awesome projects they are working on. Whether you live in the Tetons, the PNW, or anywhere with riding, a donation to your local crews goes a long way. That can come in many forms – signing up for a dig day to help move dirt, voting for legislation that funds projects, or directly donating yourself.
Here’s a shortlist of organizations you can help that are doing amazing work on trails all across the country, but find more here:
TFR is in charge of maintaining our legendary local freeride trails on Teton Pass. Thanks to their hard work, we have access to after-work shuttle laps on some of the most unique trails in the country.
MBT completes the microcosm of the mountain bike world around the Tetons, maintaining trails in Idaho and Wyoming that provide endless miles of adventure all summer long.
Our friends at CBMBA maintain one of the largest and most interconnected networks of trail in the country, and are bringing the long and storied history of mountain biking into its modern form.
VMBA is turning the Green Mountains of Vermont into a one-of-a-kind destination for all kinds of riders, making the most of the incredibly varied terrain the state has to offer.
Home to some of the most iconic trail systems in the PNW, Evergreen’s mission is to make some of the best riding in the world accessible to everyone.
Galbraith Mountain, need we say more? WMBC is all about the loam, and keeping mountain biking alive and well around the community of Bellingham.
Northwest Arkansas might as well be the next great destination of the mountain bike world, with arguably the fastest-growing network of professionally-built trails anywhere.
A clean bike is a happy bike. Max Ritter photo. There’s just something about a clean bike that makes you want to ride faster and push harder on the trail. Maybe it’s a placebo, or maybe it’s the fact that a clean bike typically means everything is working well, your drivetrain isn’t creaking, and your suspension is as active as it can be. Even if you only ride in dry conditions, cleaning your bike frequently will keep it happy and make all those expensive parts work better and last
While one of mountain biking’s most infamous races – the legendary MegaAvalanche – did not take place this summer, organizers couldn’t resist giving racers a chance to bomb down the mountainside at Alpe D’Huez in a mass-start race. Things were a little different this year, but looked just as rowdy as ever, with lots of carnage and pile-up crashes throughout the day. I mean, come on, what’s there not to like about blasting euro techno at the start line while you and 50 other riders all-out
I get it. Mountain biking is expensive. Like really, really, expensive. And in all honesty, unless you have the money, it’s really not worth buying a brand-new bike. Like a car, it’ll lose a good bunch of its value immediately (not that it matters, since the value truly comes from the fun times you and the bike get out on the trail). That being said, if you look in the right places, you’re more than likely to find a fully-capable used bike for a good bit less than a new one. Or better yet,