Bike Arkansas- New Editor, New Publisher, More Coverage

Normally, you don't find one outdoor publication promoting another but I have a connection here going back to before the inception of Bike Arkansas. I had the opportunity to serve as it's first guest editor. I've distributed copies at Interbike in Las Vegas for three years where I have always been greeted with amazement that Arkansas has its own commercial bicycle publication. Also, … [Read more...]

IMBA will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Outerbike’s Bentonville event | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

The International Mountain Bicycling Association will celebrate its "Dirty 30" anniversary, October 26-28, 2018, in Bentonville, Arkansas, during the Outerbike demo event. IMBA will host special rides and a Saturday evening celebration at Outerbike. Everyone is invited, but space will be limited. Registration is available via Outerbike's website and all ticket price levels include IMBA's Dirty … [Read more...]

Engineering Business is Part of the Cycling Community

It’s early Monday morning and Derek Berry is getting ready for his morning commute. He throws on his backpack and rather than starting up his Subaru Crosstrek, he wheels his matte black Cannondale bike out from his apartment, hops aboard and pedals off into the Little Rock sunshine. A few minutes later, he’s at the River Trail. A few more and he’s crossing the Big Dam Bridge to North Little … [Read more...]

Central Arkansas Water Taking Applications for Mountain Biking Study

(From media release) Applications are currently being accepted for participation in a study on whether mountain biking on the Ouachita Trail in the Lake Maumelle Watershed affects water quality. Participants selected for the study will be part of a limited group with permission to bike a segment of that trail in central Arkansas. Mountain biking is not currently allowed on Central … [Read more...]

This is PTD

Do you ride mountain bikes? Run or hike trails? Have you checked out places like Slaughter Pen, Fossil Flats, Back 40, Buffalo Headwaters, Coler, or the Railyard? The folks at Progressive Trail Design (PTD) had a huge part (sometimes all the parts) in building these and other trails in Northwest Arkansas. If you live somewhere in the state other than the northwest corner, don't fret. Woody and his … [Read more...]

IMBA Partners With Outerbike to Celebrate 30th Anniversary in Arkansas

(from media release) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is partnering with Outerbike to celebrate its “Dirty 30” anniversary, October 26-28, 2018, in Bentonville, AR. The combined event pairs the country’s premier consumer bike demo and expo with the only national organization dedicated to mountain bike advocacy and education. Mark your calendars for a weekend of riding, … [Read more...]

Foundation Supports Fitzgerald Mountain Trail System in Springdale

It seems like there is a lot of news coming out of Northwest Arkansas concerning new and improved trails. The Walton Family Foundation is hot and heavy on building new trails buoyed by the recent studies showing the economic benefits that are currently showering on the region due to these walkable, bikeable ribbons. The latest addition to the system of trails known as the OZ Trails will be on … [Read more...]

Walton Family Foundation and Eureka Springs Parks Open New Trails

(from media release) Eureka Springs, Arkansas—In conjunction with the Walton Family Foundation and the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, the newest downhill mountain biking trails at Lake Leatherwood will officially open June 14, at 10:00 AM with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Members of the Walton Family Foundation, Eureka Springs Parks Director, Justin Huss; members of the … [Read more...]

​Playgrounds: Is Bentonville, Arkansas the next great MTB town? | Teton Gravity Research

This newfound mountain bike mecca, tucked away in the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas, or NWA as the locals call it (take that as you will), may be the next destination American mountain bike town. During a full week of riding in January, a handful of friends and I were treated to everything the area had to offer. Trails, museums, food, more trails, and did I mention trails? All jokes aside, … [Read more...]

How Northwest Arkansas Is Building a Bike Boom – CityLab

Northwest Arkansas might not be the kind of place one expects to find a bike renaissance, but it’s having one anyway. Municipalities across the region, which encompasses the main cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale, as well as several smaller towns, have been steadily building up their biking infrastructure over the past several years. A mix of federal transportation grants … [Read more...]