If I have ever ridden in an area that is less friendly to mountain
bikes than the East Bay, I don’t remember it. I’ve been to places where
there just isn’t any green space or hills, or there just aren’t really
any trails in those hills to ride. But neither of those is the case in
the East Bay. And it’s not like the trails that are there would
be too difficult for mountain bikes to ride–many of them looked
immaculately groomed and butter-smooth. Finally, it’s not like these
areas are even designated Wilderness or National Parks, two areas that
have been historically closed to mountain bikes

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I have written about both the downhill mountain biking and some of the cross country riding available at Big Bear Lake,
but no mountain bike destination is truly complete without comfortable
places to stay (or at least pitch a tent), unique restaurants to satisfy
that post-ride hunger, and establishments to serve some delicious adult

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I knew the ride was going to be a long one when, seeing me loading my
gear in the truck, Gavin rolled up to our rental cabin and said, “oh,
we’re just going to ride from here.” I assumed we’d have a ways to drive
to get to the trails all the way on the other side of the lake, but it
was only a couple of miles of paved pedaling until we turned off into a
church parking lot and started climbing up the side of the ridge on the
unmarked Don’t Shoot Me trail.

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We are pleased to announce that we are rolling out a new feature on Tripleblaze that we have been running on Singletracks.com (Tripleblaze’s sister site) for a little over a year now with great success: trail system pages.

Have you ever been hiking at a place that has a large, interconnected network of trails, many of which have their own names, or have you ever backpacked on a long distance trail that has many distinct sections? When trying to add trails like those to the website, it can be really difficult, if not down-right impossible, to fully describe such a trail in one simple trail listing.

This is where the new trail system pages come in: with a trail system, you can start by writing a description that sums up the entire trail system or long distance trail as a whole. Then, to add more detail, you can create additional trail listings that give more specifics about each individual trail or section of trail.

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Located less than 100 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake
and Snow Summit Mountain Resort are well within day-trip distance of
about 18 million people, thousands of which are passionate mountain
bikers. Those lucky dogs!

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I have had the chance to put Gravity Dropper’s Turbo seatpost to the
test over the past several months. I have used it heavily on several
different bikes, putting on hundreds of miles and countless drops and
climbs. One thing is certain: this is one bomber piece of machinery!

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The Big Sur really is the big brother of the Selva: it can do
everything the Selva can do, only more. With three liters of water
capacity and much more storage room, the Big Sur is ready for some big
rides! I’ve taken the Big Sur out on numerous 20-30 mile adventures into
the backcountry and have been using it as my main hydration pack for
several months now, and it has held up admirably!

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