Mountain Bike Accessories for Trail Work

This case study shows how the Seward Ranger District on the Chugach National Forest uses mountain bikes.

by USDA Forest Service

Mountain bikes. You find them on nonwilderness trails everywhere. Continual improvements in bicycle suspensions, brakes, structural materials, and other key components allow mountain bikers to travel faster, farther, and with greater ease and dependability than ever before.

It should come as no surprise that mountain bike enthusiasts who also maintain trails have seen the benefits of using mountain bikes for trail work. This case study shows how the Seward Ranger District on the Chugach National Forest uses mountain bikes. In addition, it describes how the Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) worked with the District trail crew to develop a bicycle-mounted chain saw carrier and evaluate several single-wheeled bicycle cargo trailers.

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