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Mountain Biking — How to get out into the woods today!

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Fall is in the air, the leaves are at their peak, do you know what that means? It's prime mountain bike season!! Want to know more about mountain biking and where to ride? If so, then read on! The COVID-19 pandemic created a large demand for people to find safe ways to exercise, bringing a whole new population of people to cycling. A large portion of them purchasing mountain bikes. It may seem simple to buy a bike and go find trails, but as a long-time mountain biker, I know that there is so much information (what can each bike do and where to go ride them) that can be overwhelming. In this article, I hope to bring some clarity to the language of tech speak. For those who have found this fun sport, and feel like you have plateaued I want to help you get to the next level.  What kind of bike should I buy? To begin, let’s start by breaking down the different types of mountain bikes. There is a sliding scale of bikes that, depending on the amount of suspension travel (how much the whe

Pittsfield State Forest Mountain Biking

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Wether you are a seasoned pro on the MTB or a brand new rider, you will find something fun to ride in Pittsfield State Forest!  Not familiar with riding at PSF?  Here are some recommended routes to get you started!  All of these recommended rides are linked to the TrailForks app and website, an amazing resource for finding and then navigating MTB trails.  Download the app and load the maps before you leave to ride, don't worry you don't need cell service once you load the maps.  These routes all leave from the Lulu Brook Parking lot and enter the woods just to the right of the wooden cabin by the paved road. Lulu Brook Parking lot map link Honey Bear Loop - 1.3 miles beginner Link to TrailForks trail listing Super fun and mellow trail, one recommendation would be to ride this trail clockwise.  The Trailforks loop shows to ride this trail counter clockwise.   Snoopy Loop - 8 Miles intermediate Link to TrailForks route Loved the Honey Bear Loop but want more?  This tour of the PS

Staff Picks - Lights, Commuter e-bikes and the one MTB to rule them all!

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  The ONLY mountain bike you need! Can you believe the fact that Steffen Root only has one mountain bike?  It is no secret that here at BBB we really love long travel mountain bikes.  Traditionally Steffen has a few mtb's in rotation.  A shorter travel bike for the pedal-y trail rides (Recently a Santa Cruz Tallboy) and a big bike for the lift access and more rowdy stuff (Specialized Enduro).    Steffens Staff Pick - Specialized Turbo Kenevo   Ever since Steffen laid eyes on the Kenevo, he knew that it was the unicorn of the mountain bike world.  This swiss army knife-bike that can climb and pedal with the fastest local XC racer thanks to the injection of 240watts via the motor.   You know what they say about things that go up, they must go down and wowie-zowie does this bike absolutely shred down hills.  170mm of travel is more than enough for any local descent or jump line at Thunder MTN. Nora's pick - Specialized Turbo Vado SL "I love my Vado SL because it is like a bre

The Josh is here: Cyclers, are you ready?

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William Caligari Racing the Josh -  Photo by John Benedict It's Josh season: The time of year that the "Berkshire World Championship," as it is affectionately known, makes its way into backyard barbecue conversations. Talk of team rosters and training take on renewed intensity. The perennial obstacle of securing a competitive paddler is revived. The cycling portion of the event is arguably the most exciting. Whether you're new to the sport altogether, new to racing, or a long-time Josh participant, there may be something in this article for you. Being the bicycle mechanic who has been at the McDonald's parking lot helping people with last-minute fixes, I want to first make sure your bicycle is up to the challenge. While there are no "wrong" bikes for the Josh, there are cycling choices that will likely improve your race experience. For example, one could ride a mountain bike, but it will prove slow and cumbersome. A better choice for an event such as thi

Carbon Wheel Upgrade - the best thing to happen to your bike since you bought it!

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Looking to climb hills like a mountain goat?  Love your current bike but wish it was just a little faster?  Got a team for the Josh Billings and want to shave a some time off your bike time.  We have just what you need to achieve all this and breathe some new life into your current bicycle.   A carbon wheel upgrade is the biggest upgrade you can make to your bicycle!   A good carbon wheelset will improve ride quality and are designed to absorb road vibrations.  This leads to less fatigue of the rider while riding on rough pavement or mixed surface roads.      While putting power to the pedals, the wheels are designed to not flex making sure all the effort you are putting into the sprint or climb propels you forward.  The experience of a much stiffer wheelset will make your aluminum wheels feel like noodles.    There are a few options and features to choose between when buying a wheel upgrade.  Usually you can choose 2 options...   Option #1 Lightweight Climbing wheels  - To help you cl

Gravel bikes - Come and get them while you still can!

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Nic Piretti loves adventuring on wheels wherever he has the chance.  On his Friday morning rides to the bagel shop, Nic takes the longer route to dip his toes, or in this case his tires, in some water.   Nic sure did get excited when we started to get gravel bikes back in stock, like a kid in a candy store.  He has been buzzing around the shop all week squeezing the brakes and testing the shifting to make sure the gravel bikes are ready to roll! Shop our gravel bikes online.

Cycling events in and around Berkshire County

Norbrook E-mtb demo FREE Saturday August 13th Norbrook Farm Brewery, CT Come and ride some E-mtb around Norbrook Farm Brewery and drink some tasty beers. RSVP to our demo here. Roe Jan Ramble Saturday September 17th Hillsdale, NY Six routes from 10 miles long up to 62 miles long! All proceeds to benefit the Harlem Valley Rail Trail! Sign up for the Roe Jan Ramble here! Josh Billings Bike Paddle Run Triathalon (aka The Berkshire Olympics) Sunday September 18th Lenox, MA Grab your self a fast paddler and a fast runner and jump on board! The 46th Great Josh Billings Run Aground Triathlon in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts Bike 27 miles, Canoe / kayak / SUP 5 miles, Run 6 miles Register for the Josh Billings here. Tour de Greylock Saturday September 24th Lanesborough, MA This is a scenic 41-mile ride, starting and ending in Lanesborough, which will take participants through the towns that surround Mount Greylock Register for the Tour De Greylock here. Escape NYC New York Cycle Cl