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Overview:  Early in the days of the internet, UtahMountainBiking.com (UMB) started as a "why not" by a bunch of riding buddies. It has evolved into the most comprehensive regional biking website in the world. Plus a bike store and a race team.

The two main guys behind UMB are Bruce Argyle and Mike Engberson. Mike earns a living running the UMB store in Lehi, managing on-line sales, and keeping the race team supplied. Bruce donates his time doing the fun part: riding trails, taking photos, and writing articles for this web site.

Mike Engberson, on duty at the UtahMountainBiking.com store at 169 West Main, Lehi.

How it happened:  The mountain bike trail pages were first created by Bruce Argyle on the Mad Scientist Software web site in 1997.

At first, it was simply a blog of trail experiences and biking photos from company-sponsored adventures. As the photos accumulated, Bruce split them up into individual trail pages, with a brief ride description. After a couple of years, we had quite a collection of trails, and mountain bikers were hitting our company web site for trail information! Riders requested trail maps and additional information. The pages were expanded and moved to UtahMountainBiking in 2000. That was our official start.

That's Bruce Argyle, with Jackie the UtahMountainBiking mascot. You'll see Jackie in many of the trail photos (and videos) on this web site.

Why we're doing this:  For fun. And oh, yeah. For money.

Mike earns his living through this web site and the UMB store. For Bruce, the website is an excuse to go biking and take pictures. Yes, the site earns some cash from advertising and on-line sales, but Bruce pays his own expenses to review trails. Bruce has no "special qualifications" to do this biking web site -- other than hundreds of days spent happily mountain biking.

Bruce tackles the rocks on the Zen Trail in St. George in 2011.

Our goal:  Well, we want to sell you a bike. Or repair your current bike. Or sell you high-end parts and supplies for that bike.

But if you already have a favorite bike store, use the web site anyway. We try to give useful information.  Is this trail worth riding? And what will I see there? How tough is it to ride? Already, we're the best on-line source of information about Utah's bike trails, with over 350 trails listed.  For information on how Bruce evaluates a trail, click here.

A roadie, a cyclocross bike, and a mountain bike for sale at the UMB store in Lehi.

More than just "bike trails:"  Because Bruce is an emergency physician when he's not riding his bike, UtahMountainBiking.com is the web's leading authority on mountain-biking first aid -- just check it out! And as we break bike parts, we're building a complete bike repair and upkeep resource, with lots of photos to make it easy. Check out the features on biking fitness, winter biking, mountain photography (and much more) in our goodies section. Our short trail videos are fun, and tell the story of what it's like to ride the trail! Want to put mountain biking wallpaper  or a biking photo screensaver on your computer? We've got it, free.
We're now the number-one biking resource in the world's number-one biking destination: Utah. And we'll continue to get better. We have one word for what makes UtahMountainBiking.com different: content. We have information for you, not just advertising and sales. Tell us how we can make this website more helpful.