Singletrack

Singletrack

SING-uhl-trak

Noun

Singletrack is a type of mountain biking trail with a narrow width and winding course.

Example usage: Let's go for a ride on the singletrack behind the campground.

Most used in: Mountain biking trails in the western United States.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and bikepackers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Flow Trail, Trail, Singletrack Trail, XC Trail,

What is Singletrack Cycling?

Singletrack cycling is a type of mountain biking that follows a narrow trail with no two-way traffic. The term “singletrack” refers to the width of the trail, which is typically no more than two feet wide.

Singletrack trails are typically more challenging than wide multi-use trails, requiring riders to have a higher level of technical skill. This type of riding is popular with experienced riders looking for a more intense experience. It is also popular with beginner riders looking to hone their skills.

Singletrack trails can be found all over the world, from the trails of the Rocky Mountains to the deserts of the Middle East. According to the International Mountain Bicycling Association, there are over 30 million mountain bikers in the United States alone.

Singletrack cycling is a great way to get outdoors and explore new places. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and improve your riding skills. So if you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding cycling experience, give singletrack a try.

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The Origins of the Cycling Term 'Singletrack'

The term 'Singletrack' is used to describe a narrow trail for cycling and mountain biking that is generally no wider than the width of the bike. The term was first used in the UK during the 1970s in the Lake District, an area in Northern England.

The term is thought to have been coined by cyclists and mountain bikers in the area to describe the narrow trails they rode on. This was in contrast to the wider trails that were often used by walkers, horse riders and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Since then, the term has been adopted by cyclists and mountain bikers around the world, particularly in North America and Europe, and is now used to describe the same type of narrow trail.

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