Jay Robinson is the founder and editor of GEAR.ONE. A veteran mountain biker with about twenty years of experience, he founded GEAR.ONE to share and grow the sport, especially among beginner to intermediate riders. His current ride is a Yeti SB5C and loving it!

Sure, Mountain Biking is Fun, but for me this Word Describes it Better

A friend of mine was asking about mountain biking. She knew how involved I was in the sport and seemed genuinely interested. I had a few well framed photos of mountain biking in Arizona and Colorado, so I showed her a few. I purposefully chose the photos with great scenic views and a few action shots. To me, these photos told the story of the sport...
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Endurance and Recovery Products, Tested and Reviewed

On a recent mountain biking trip to Arizona and Colorado, we biked 7 days in a row at one point in Arizona, took a couple of days off to sight-see around the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, and then biked 6 more days in a row in Colorado. Summer heat. Rocky, technical terrain. Elevation. We knew we were going to need to take extra care of our bod...
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Baggie vs Compression Shorts, Explained

​Mountain bikers tend to have pretty strong opinions about the style of biking shorts that they wear. It's an argument between baggie shorts versus compression shorts. (Mountain bikers often refer to compression shorts as "lycra" or "spandex" shorts and sometimes "roadie" shorts, but we think the term "compression" is a better description.) The dif...
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Top 5 Mountain Bike Upgrades: #4 Tubeless Tires

You've probably used an inner tube (or at least a device designed like an old inner tube) to float around in the water. Once upon a time, these inner tubes were inside your car tires. Not anymore. Automobile and motorcycle tires have been running tubeless for decades. Mountain bike tires have been gradually adopting the tubeless trend, but the stan...
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Top 5 Bike Upgrades: #3 Ergonomic Seat

Sella Italia Flite Gel Flow Saddle When we think about sitting down—on a couch or a chair—we tend to think about comfort first. We tend to gravitate toward seats that are soft, wide, and cushy. Makes sense. We want to be comfortable when we are sitting. If we apply that same thinking to a mountain bike seat, we would naturally think that a large pa...
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Top 5 Bike Upgrades: #1 Clipless Pedals

In my experience, the number 1 best upgrade for your bike that will also make the greatest change to your riding experience is riding with clipless pedals. The advantages of clipless pedals are more control over the bike and more efficient pedaling. Since your feet are connected to the bike, clipless pedals allow you to have more control over the b...
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Top 5 Bike Upgrades: #2 Dropper Seatpost

I was a late adopter to the dropper seatpost craze. When I first saw them appearing on bikes several years ago, I thought that it was more of a fade than anything else. Or that it was just a specialty item for serious downhillers. I changed my mind after a serious wipeout on a technical downhill run that broke by clavicle. Now I'm adding a dropper ...
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A Broken Collarbone: My Mountain Biking Experience

...​if you're given the option, my advise is to opt for the surgery, get a cool scar, and get on with your life. by Author ​I had never broken a bone before. Not like this. Sure, there was that stress fracture in my foot, a chip in the knuckle of my pinky, little breaks like that. But nothing like this--a shattered collarbone af...
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