Author Archives: "Bike"
Let’s say you bust your leg, spend four months recuperating and then face your first day back on the bike. How would that day unfold? How would you ride? A little rusty? A little timid? Not if you are Dustin Gilding. Here’s some video and a photo gallery of Gilding’s first day back on the bike. Amazing.
By the time I got my hands on this test bike I was primed for speed. It didn’t let me down. on the first ride—my mildly technical singletrack commute, filled with abrupt, punchy climbs and sharp descents—the bike felt freakishly fast, its big wheels rolling effortlessly up taxing climbs that often leave me breathless.
SRAM’s versatile, wide rim wheel, Rail 50 gets a comprehensive test throughout the summer. Here are the final findings. I gave these wheels a really hard time and held nothing back. I rallied around some of British Columbia’s highest, driest, steepest, rockiest descents. One day I raced some local-level cross-country races on them and the next I was in the Whistler Bike Park clocking up Garbanzo laps. The wheels got plenty of punishment
I don’t race much anymore, but when I do, I always hate the last minute before the start. It is hard to comprehend how your brain and body can have a great debate in the last seconds before the gun.The brain is screaming “Go for it, you idiot! That’s why you’re here. You spent $100 on a crappy motel room and $50 on your entry fee. Don’t weasel out!” The brain can be fooled, but your body knows better.
Scotland, like its uisge beatha (that’s Gaelic for “whisky”), is full of surprises that are only uncovered in journeys to far-flung locations. Guide, Andy McKenna, knows this better than most. Here’s our interview with one of the best guides you could ever meet.
On the outside, Tinker Juarez looks like Mr. Laidback. But his signature dreads and mellow demeanor belie a world-class athlete’s focus on details. When Tinker began racing mountain bikes, he became obsessed with the composition of parts on his bikes—especially a specific model of Look clipless pedals that were big, chunky and very red….
My nomination for the greatest mountain biker ever? Hans Rey. Let’s consider a few things. He has won the UCI World Champion title three times, and won 15 national titles in three countries before retiring from competition in 1997. Yet, Rey still remains relevant long after the champagne and podiums portion of his career.
Who are you? How do you like to ride? What are your strengths as a rider and do you want a bike that masks your weaknesses or plays to your strong points? These are important questions to ask yourself, but make sure you are brutally honest and candid with your answers–if you’re not, you’ll wind up buying the wrong bike.