Author Archives: "Bike Magazine"
What’s the story on Santa Cruz Bicycles’ new Bronson 650b bike? Here’s the exclusive Blueprint video and story on the Bronson’s development. Bike Magazine’s Seb Kemp is the only person outside of Santa Cruz Bicycle’s inner circle to have extensively ridden the Bronson. Check out Seb’s impressions of the Bronson and the bike’s designers thoughts on the new bike.
Some of the guys at my local bike shop have embraced winter, not with skis or snowboards, but with toys made for children: GT Snow Racers. Instead of tuning up their bikes after work while lamenting the weather, they work on their sleds, adding custom parts, reinforcing the frames, bending plastic, and shimming steer tubes with pieces of beer cans.
USA Cycling, while claiming that their mission “is to achieve sustained success in international cycling competition and grow competitive cycling in America”, is essentially grinding out their cigarette butt on the very grassroots events that actually contribute to growing cycling.
It took six long years to make the new Ibis Ripley 29er…What took them so long? We crashed Ibis headquarters, brought a video crew and got the exclusive story. Check out our video and, if you’re feeling particularly literate, we’ve got words and pretty pictures too.
Spending some time in the forest with a man named Digger, a radio playing classic rock, and some hand tools taught me more about Buddhism that my Eastern Religion class ever did.
This past weekend, over a hundred racers took part in FrostBike and wound up performing something akin to Bambi on ice. I, myself, spent two days falling down the ski hill, trying to capture some of the action, and not get spotted while peeing in the trees.
We spent a few days chasing Scott’s ostensibly cross-country racers around the kind of steep trails, trails you might not expect an XC team to enjoy, let alone mercilessly shred.
While the bike industry may need more signatures over high-fives, we do not need them at a cost to our culture. Our character flaws and dysfunctions are what make our world desirable. We do not follow the formula or fit the cookie cutter mold of the business world…and that’s a good thing.