Buyers Guide to Mountain Bike: Components and Accessories

Getting home your first mountain bike can be an incredible feeling. However, if you are going to get it the first time, it’s a tough job to do. Though you will hear a lot about getting so and so brand from your friends, but until and unless you have an idea about the basics of mountain bike, it’s difficult to have it. The only way is to sit, relax and work out your need and… Read More »

Mountain Biking: Tips for Beginners

Introduction Mountain biking is an exciting and exhilarating sport enjoyed by many people across the world. It is an interesting sport because you can enjoy cycling on different kinds of difficult terrains. If not done properly, it can be dangerous too. If you want to become a mountain biker, you have to consider various things to be safe and improve your performance. The best way to learn more about the sport, is to go through… Read More »

Are You Confused About ‘What Size Bike Do I Need?

Make sure that you judge the right mountain bike sizing before purchasing a bike for you. Follow certain ageless techniques to determine the sizing and make mountain bike riding the most effortless sport for you. Deciding what size of mountain bike will be the perfect one considering your body size is perhaps the hardest thing to decide when buying a bike. Stop fretting about the kind of metal with which the frame is made or… Read More »

Chiropractic: The Athletes Advantage

Chiropractic is the essential compliment to the athlete who is striving for optimum performance or even the couch potato who gets out on their bike only once a month. An increasing number of Americans are seeking chiropractic care as an effective alternative to traditional prescription-based treatment. Developed in 1895, chiropractic’s goal is to enable the body to reach an optimum level of functioning, without the use of drugs or surgery. First things first, what exactly… Read More »

24-Hour Endurance Specialist Nat Ross Interview

© copyright June, 03 Stephen W. Medcroft (all rights reserved) Freak Skier turned Mountain Bike Pro — Nat Ross shows us how he succeeds in the world of 24-hour solo racing… I was blessed to be able to interview 24-hour endurance racer Nat Ross of the Gary Fisher / Subaru Mountain Bike Racing Team In March of this year for a piece in July’s Mountain Bike magazine. The focus of the Mountain Bike piece was… Read More »

The Addiction

© May, 2003 Scott Reading (all rights reserved) The author hammering the trail at Sea Otter Cycling poetry from Scott Reading Gravity provides Both the challenge and the fun Relaxation comes from Blue sky, cactus and the sun. Exertion and sweat Are invested in the climb But after going up Comes a descent so sublime! Twists and turns Rocks and rills Cliffs and jumps Mountains and hills. No problems and deadlines Customers totally mad No… Read More »

Mary Grigson Interview

© April, 2003 Stephen W. Medcroft (all rights reserved) This article first appeared on in 2003. On Recovery from Overtraining Five-time Australian national champion two-time American national series champion, Mary Grigson, also happens to be an accomplished nurse. Last year though, she failed to see the warning signs of fatigue that later snowballed into a spate of poor form and bouts of depression, where she seriously considered throwing the sport away. But as Stephen… Read More »

Night Riding

© copyright July, 01 Stephen W. Medcroft (all rights reserved) A version of this article first appeared in Silent Sports Magazine (published and distributed in Wisconsin) in 2001. At night, on my mountain bike, I live in a twenty-foot bubble of light. The world disappears into blackness at its border. The trails are empty except for me. How far the next hill climbs is of no immediate relevance. Nothing exists beyond the reach of my… Read More »

Jeremy Horgan Kobelski Interview

© April, 2003 Stephen W. Medcroft (all rights reserved) This article first appeared on in 2003. On the menatlity of racing and what it takes to be a champion With pork-chop sideburns and a deep cycling tan, U.S. Cross Country National Champion mountain bike racer Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski carries his lithe frame with a laid-back demeanor that betrays his Colorado roots. A Denver native from a family with three children (one brother one sister), everyone… Read More »

Jimena Florit Interview

© March, 2003 Stephen W. Medcroft (all rights reserved) Striving for Perfection Jimena Florit says her goal is to progress year over year and attain perfection at the art of her chosen sport, cross-country mountain bike racing. She almost got there in 2002, winning four out of five US National Championship series races. This represented a breakout year for the eight-year veteran mountain bike racer and former Olympian. But there’s more to come. With World… Read More »