Bike Intelligencer » bellingham mountain biking All bike, all the time Wed, 13 May 2015 21:53:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1’s New Smart Phone App Mon, 30 Aug 2010 08:40:34 +0000 As much as we love riding on Galbraith, let’s face it: Most of the time we’re lost.

If you don’t ride it often or hook up with locals, you’re in a world of hurt when it comes to finding your way around Galby’s maze of mostly unsigned trails. You’d better be carrying a map — or better yet, a phone with’s new smart-phone app.

The Guru of Galbraith, Mongo (aka Bruce Brown), has just published his comprehensive, up-to-the-moment map set of the big mountain in smart-phone form. On a three-hour Saturday ride it saved our bacon time and again as we went a-wandering around Galbraith.

No more bike wandering on Galby.

As you can see from the route recorded on our iPhone’s GPS app, Motion X, we had to backtrack a number of times after going off on a trail and getting lost (the little pointies shooting off the perimeter are the turnarounds).

With the set (available from its Web site), we simply pulled out the iPhone from our backpack, checked our bearings, and were ready to keep rolling.

Even if you’re an experienced Galby rider, you’ll find’s set a useful tool. New trails keep popping up all the time, and Bruce is dedicated to updating his maps on an as-needed basis.

Check it out! Galby’s even more fun if you know where you are riding at any given time.

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Galbraith Mountain: Riding Unemployment Line Sun, 15 Aug 2010 08:41:55 +0000 Our longtime friend Bruce Brown aka Mongo, the Guru of Galbraith and progenitor of one of the Web’s leading mtb sites, the inimitable, hooked us up with himself and a couple of super strong locals, Steve and Mark, the three of whom meted out fearsome punishment to this city wuss all over the mountain.

Lead-in ramp to Unemployment Line.

Bruce’s facile documentation makes me look like a real mountain biker — although as he notes in the cedar stump jump, I almost manage to take him out even as I try to avoid hitting a fresher stump right in my flight pattern. Bruce survived to tell the tale, and we all had a great time capping off Tour de Galby with Eric Brown’s fantastic new Unemployment Line and Atomic Dog (which is shaping into arguably Galbraith’s best in Bruce’s opinion, me seconding).

iPhone app Motion X GPS caught it all.

It was a great day, which we caught on our iPhone with Motion X GPS. I love this $2.99 app but it’s not without caveats, which we’ll explore in a forthcoming review. For now the word is, hit Galbraith asap. The trails are buff (Unemployment has berms the size Maverick waves) and you can spend all day riding switchbacks without ever knowing exactly where you are, let alone repeating yourself.

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Mark Those Calendars, Dirt Series Comes to Bellingham Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:18:26 +0000 Trek’s Dirt Series camp is coming to Bellingham the weekend of August 28 and 29, with the incomparable Courtney Nash doing the coaching honors. It should be tons of fun as well as a perfect opportunity to improve your skillz.

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