||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
and Mike Engberson. Mike earns a living running the UMB store in
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.
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.
Argyle, with Jackie the UtahMountainBiking
mascot. You'll see Jackie in many of the trail photos (and videos) on this
|| Why we're doing this: For fun. And oh, yeah.
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
sales, but Bruce pays his own expenses to review trails. Bruce
"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
But if you already have a favorite bike store, use the web site anyway.
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,
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.