Author Archives: "Kevin Rouse"

Preview: Niner Flat Top RDO Handlebar

02.09.2012 //

Niner’s RDO Flat Top Carbon Bar is the latest addition to Niner’s RDO carbon component lineup. At 710-millimeters, the bar hits the scales at 156 grams—not too shabby—for a weight savings of 30 grams over the original carbon Flat Top. And, Niner actually promises that the claimed weight and actual weights are right on par

5 Minute Break: These Gals Can Rip

12.27.2011 //

These gals can rip. Need we say more?

5 Minute Break: Happy Holidays

12.25.2011 //

Happy holidays from your friendly neighborhood Bike staff. Now get out and ride your bike.

DeFeet Wins ‘Business of the Year’

12.14.2011 //

It comes as no surprise to us that DeFeet has won Business North Carolina’s ‘Small Business of the Year” award. Having just spent several weeks in Brevard, North Carolina testing bikes for the Bible of Bike Tests (look for it on newsstands in January) we definitely got the impression that North Carolina appreciates its cycling.

Holiday Gift Guide: Everything Went Analog/Digital

12.13.2011 //

By Kevin Rouse Everything Went Analog/Digital $10 Candwich (x2): $10 I packed a PB & J for lunch for the vast majority of my formative years, and, call me crazy, but after literally countless PB & J’s, they’re still more exciting on the palate than most of the “nutrition” products on the market. And now,

Bicycle Portraits Needs Your Help

11.16.2011 //

Bicycle Portraits is a group consisting of South Africans Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler. The two men have set out to create a three-part book during their two-year journey around South Africa. They’ve taken over 500 portraits in pursuit of their goal to depict South Africa’s commuter culture, though the two quickly discovered that the project would grow to become much broader, turning “into a portrait of a nation through the bicycles that they own and ride every day – revealing all manner of social, class, historical and cultural nuances never imagined.”

Sidi Shoes: Fifty Years of Innovation

11.15.2011 //

Pie in the sky. Sidi has long aspired to produce the best in the business.

Outerbike Recap

10.13.2011 //

Moab, Utah – At dawn on Saturday Oct 8th the weather was cold and rainy. Outerbike organizers expected a slow start to the day’s activities. But before 7am a line had started to form, and when the Outerbike Demo Site opened at 9am Outerbike participants sprinted, that’s right, hundreds of them ran to the bike exhibitor of their choice.

Mountain-Bike Revelation in Revelstoke

10.12.2011 //

Words and photography by Bruno Long As I watch the rain fall outside my window, I know that freezing levels are also falling and the snow line, which has most people in Revelstoke thinking of deep snow and the return of La Niña, is creeping down towards our steep valley bottom. As most residents look

Stund Episode 3

10.12.2011 //

Local filmmaker Bjorn Enga, from the legendary Kranked series, steps in with his RedCam cable system for some ultra crispy shots, Linden and Holly Feniuk guide the Stund crew around and show them what’s up in their backyard, and Romo embarks on a personal quest to find some famous pacific coast fish to throw on

Sea Otter Classic 2012 Dates Announced

10.12.2011 //

Cyclists and fans are invited to ‘save the date’ for the 22nd Annual Sea Otter Classic to be held Thursday-Sunday, April 19-22, 2012, at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California.

Freecaster Announces DH1 Race Series

10.05.2011 // has created a stir with its announcement that it will be organizing a new downhill racing series. The series, dubbed DH1, is modeled after the Nissan European Downhill Cup, and is officially on the books with six races for the 2012 racing season with events both in Europe and North America.

OverMountain Enduro Race Announced

10.04.2011 //

The OverMountain Enduro is set for October 22 at the Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire, and boasts a healthy $10,000 prize purse—it’s safe to expect a top notch field with a purse like that. The race starts with a timed downhill seeding run, then racers will be assigned to wave starts based on their seeding times.

Trans Provence Final Recap

10.04.2011 //

Trans Provence Day Seven and Monaco Aftermath I can’t believe we have made it this far and saw so much along the way. The crew has been awesome, my experience on and off the bike has been stellar and now it’s coming to a close. Well, every great adventure must end, but we don’t have

Trans Provence Recap: Day 6

10.03.2011 //

By Andreas Hestler Day 6 St-Dalmas-Valdeblore to Sospel 47.8 kilometers 1430 meters UP 3358 meters DOWN As I sit here in the courtyard of an old villa in Provence, France, and attempt to sum up the days events, it all seems so surreal. I know that this lack of mental clarity is one of the

Trans Provence Recap: Days Four and Five

09.30.2011 //

By Andreas Hestler Day 4 – Hump Day Villars-Colmars to Guillaumes 41.5 kilometers 965 meters UP 2434 meters DOWN Hump day, as we’ve started calling it, came on the heels of a night spent at 1200m (4400 feet)—which always means cold. I was ok as my ever-conservative self says – “be careful, carry a good

Video: Trans Provence Day 4

09.29.2011 //

Standings After Day Four Men 1) Jerome Clementz 02:04:22 2) Nico Vouilloz 02:05:25 3) Mark Weir 02:05:42 4) Fabien Barel 02:07:42 5) Matt Ryan 02:10:23 6) Marc Beaumont 02:17:08 7) Rowan Sorell 02:18:55 8) James Richards 02:24:12 9) Steve Jones 02:25:14 10) Andreas Hestler 02:28:29 Women 1) Tracy Moseley 02:37:34 2) Anka Martin 02:48:56 3)I

A Revolutionary Snacking Experience

09.29.2011 //

Revolutionary isn’t a word to be taken lightly. Attach the adjective to anything and suddenly you’re brushing shoulders with things like modern medicine, fire, the French, personal hygiene and the Model T. So when a box of purportedly revolutionary Matador beef jerky came across our desk as so many ill-targeted press packages seem to do

Marin Bikes 2012

09.28.2011 //

Marin has entered 2012 with some noteworthy changes, the most key being the latest update to their quad-link suspension design. Quad 3.0, as it’s being called, changes the position of the linkage entirely, allowing for more tuneable leverage ratios and rear-wheel arc throughout the bike’s travel. Admittedly though, these improvements weren’t exactly the predominant impetus

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