Mountain Biking Stories

Carl Zoch
Becoming Ruby
Becoming Ruby
Becoming Ruby

A Mountain Bike film about inclusion, identity and hand-drawn heroes.

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18:13
A Swamp and 60 Feet
A Swamp and 60 Feet
A Swamp and 60 Feet
Sakeus Bankson

An unlikely community, in the most unlikely location, has become an even more unlikely force for public lands conservation.

10 min Read
All Trails Belong to Mother Earth
All Trails Belong to Mother Earth
All Trails Belong to Mother Earth
Renee Hutchens

Following in Indigenous Footsteps on the Ute Pass Trail.

7 min Read
A Leadership Supreme
A Leadership Supreme
A Leadership Supreme
Brooklyn Bell

The mountain-biking star of Becoming Ruby seeks out some of skiing's most powerful females.

3 min Read
Moving the Needle
Moving the Needle
Moving the Needle
Matt Coté

As editor of the world’s largest mountain bike magazine, Nicole Formosa showed her audience the world’s largest issues—and revealed the sport’s resistance to confronting them.

6 min Read
At the River’s Edge
At the River’s Edge
At the River’s Edge
Julie Huang Tucker

How one suburban mountain biker’s vision for a trail system reshaped a former industrial town—and turned trail building into a family tradition.

6 min Read
Best of Home, Volume 2: Cougar Ridge
Best of Home, Volume 2: Cougar Ridge
Best of Home, Volume 2: Cougar Ridge
Colin Wiseman

In the second installment of our “Best of Home” series, photographer, writer and editor Colin Wiseman takes us to Washington State’s gloomy, fern-filled Whatcom County for a signature Pacific Northwest ride.

3 min Read
Best of Home, Volume 1 – Backbone Trail
Best of Home, Volume 1 – Backbone Trail
Best of Home, Volume 1 – Backbone Trail
Kyle Sparks

Photo editor Kyle Sparks kicks off our new social media series, “Best of Home,” documenting the everyday, out-the-back-door trails that mountain biking depends on.

3 min Read
The Myth of the Great Bike Savior
The Myth of the Great Bike Savior
The Myth of the Great Bike Savior
Patrick Lucas

Outdoor recreation can be a lifeline for local economies, but the industry has also benefited from the erasure of Indigenous peoples from their lands.

9 min Read
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You
Why Wilderness Matters More Than You
Michael Ferrentino

BIKE Magazine contributing editor Michael Ferrentino on our perceived right to ride wherever we want.

6 min Read
Amidst the Mustard
Amidst the Mustard
Amidst the Mustard
Dillon Osleger

Battling invasive species through better trailbuilding.

5 min Read
A Pedal Through the Prairie
A Pedal Through the Prairie
A Pedal Through the Prairie
Joel Caldwell

A bikepacking expedition inspired by one of North America’s most iconic landscapes, and the American Prairie Reserve’s audacious effort to restore it.

15 min Read
On Trail and Off the Map
On Trail and Off the Map
On Trail and Off the Map
Max Wittenberg

In Coyhaique, Chile, the ghosts of resource extraction may offer a path toward a new recreation-based future.

6 min Read
New Roads in the Ancient Kingdom of Zanskar
New Roads in the Ancient Kingdom of Zanskar
New Roads in the Ancient Kingdom of Zanskar
Mary McIntyre

Perched in the Himalaya and once accessible only by trail, India’s Zanskar region has remained largely free of Western influences for over 2,000 years. That could all change as a new highway brings a wave of instant globalization.

4 min Read
Right Where I Belong
Right Where I Belong
Right Where I Belong
Eric Arce

“That comfort, the ability to feel like you’re not stepping outside of some boundary; It’s not like, ‘Do I belong here?’ No, this is where I’m supposed to be.”

9 min Read
Vince Anderson Q&A
Vince Anderson Q&A
Vince Anderson Q&A
Jesse Selwyn

When Vince Anderson took a break from alpine climbing, his mountaineering attitude manifested itself in a single-speed hardtail, on which he’s won some of the sport’s most grueling races.

13 min Read
Saving Slickrock
Saving Slickrock
Saving Slickrock
Sakeus Bankson

The Slickrock Trail, in Moab, Utah, is one of the most popular mountain bike rides in the world. Now, under a recent BLM decision, it could also be opening to oil and gas drilling.

6 min Read
It Takes All Kinds: Horses and Bikes in the Washington Backcountry
It Takes All Kinds: Horses and Bikes in the Washington Backcountry
It Takes All Kinds: Horses and Bikes in the Washington Backcountry
Danielle Baker

The Trans-Cascadia has become one of the Pacific Northwest’s most notorious races. This past August, the Back Country Horsemen of Washington joined the Trans-Cascadia team—a first for all involved.

6 min Read
What Good Neighbors Do
What Good Neighbors Do
What Good Neighbors Do
Sakeus Bankson

In the 1980s, a group of cyclists in Washington banded together to protect their local trails from illicit activities; 30 years later, that momentum has reshaped the city and preserved a watershed.

13 min Read
Making Dirt Magic: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Making Dirt Magic: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Making Dirt Magic: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Sakeus Bankson

Downieville, California was once one of the richest towns in the state, but by the mid-1990s it had gone full bust—until a few local mountain bikers’ began using the local trails to breathe new life into the town, turning the former ghost town into a recreation mecca.

20 min Read
“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A
“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A
“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A
Katie Klingsporn

In a fossil-rich corner of western Colorado, set against lush agricultural fields, the big-box stores of Grand Junction and the sandstone formations of the Colorado National Monument, you’ll find Fruita. These days, the town is an international mountain-biking destination known for its ribbony, high-desert trails, technical routes overlooking the Colorado River and funky downtown where…

7 min Read
Life of Pie
Life of Pie
Life of Pie

Uniting a community through advocacy, inclusivity and damn good pizza.

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Life of Pie: How Hot Tomato Pizza Unites a Mountain Biking Paradise
Life of Pie: How Hot Tomato Pizza Unites a Mountain Biking Paradise
Life of Pie: How Hot Tomato Pizza Unites a Mountain Biking Paradise
Diane French

Friday night at the Hot Tomato is not for those in a hurry. Hungry customers grip pints of beer and compare notes on the day’s rides in lines that spill into the parking lot. Music pumps and the staff whirls behind the counter, tossing floury dough, yelling requests to the kitchen, giving each other shit.…

4 min Read
Mud, Sheep, Fish, Trail
Mud, Sheep, Fish, Trail
Mud, Sheep, Fish, Trail
Mary McIntyre

The raw potential of mountain biking in Iceland’s Westfjords.

6 min Read
The Fun/Suffer Divide
Chris Shalbot races the weather above Big Hole Pass as foreboding clouds gather in the distance. Photo: Scott Rinckenberger
The Fun/Suffer Divide
Chris Shalbot

The Continental Divide Trail is not often traveled, and rarely by bike. The sheer remoteness makes access tricky. With this in mind, Scott Rinckenberger, Justin Olsen and I set out for 11 days on our bikes, pedaling northeast from Chief Joseph Pass. We wanted to shed some light on this beautiful area. The second night…

3 min Read
The Abbiest Place on Earth
Photo: Laura Winberry
The Abbiest Place on Earth
Laura Winberry

I can’t help but say or think or feel it: this is Abbey Land. Despite the various crusts that have formed over the years since Abbey was alive and well in the Moab area, this is still his place. Of course, it is the earth first, shifting and sliding and tectonically galloping—and not giving a…

5 min Read
Your Rad Dad Stories – Hip Mountain Biker
Your Rad Dad Stories – Hip Mountain Biker
Your Rad Dad Stories – Hip Mountain Biker
Dan Moore

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Dan Moore, down in southern Utah. Dan sent us this story in response to our request to “Tell Us About Your Rad Dad.” Last week’s featured submission was from a young lady whose discovery of herself and the outdoors is still unfolding. This week’s feature offers a look back…

3 min Read
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