Author Archives: "Joe Parkin"
“Utah has Porcupine Rim. Mammoth has the Kamikaze. Big Bear needs that destination-location trail that people come from all over the world to see…” says Rich “The Rev” White. A collaboration of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the San Bernardino National Forest and IMBA, the 15-mile Skyline Trail will be the first new trail [...]
et’s face it: Most of us spend our days staring into the life-sucking glow of a computer. And when we’re not submitting ourselves as slaves to work computers, we’re shackled to various other forms of the ever-expanding electronic universe. Turning off the noise and tuning in to an unfettered
ride in the dirt is a perfect escape.
And then there was a stern, yet polite, email from the Bureau of Land Management regarding the River Recon story that ran in our July 2012 issue. According to the note, the riding depicted in the article had taken place on trails that were not open for mountain biking and, as such, was illegal.
I’ve been told that mountain bikers are passionate about their sport, and that all the chatter is an expression of that passion. But from my limited and, admittedly, self-serving perspective, passion seems better served in the doing of a sport rather than the talking about the trappings of that sport.
Let’s face it, when it comes to attracting the opposite sex, mountain bikers just don’t cut it, not even the female ones.
Photos by Anthony Smith Illustration by Ryan LaBar The staff of Bike magazine is proud to introduce Team Sad Sacks for the 2012 BC Bike Race. With better-than-average office-chair fitness, the Sad Sacks—Bike’s Publisher Morgan Meredith and Managing Editor Brice Minnigh—have been officially ‘training’ now for days on end, and are sure to find fighting [...]
By Joe Parkin When it comes to comfort, products like helmets, shoes and shorts have a tendency to show their weaknesses pretty quickly, because ill-fitting models can make an otherwise good ride go pear-shaped in a hurry. I’m happy to report that my first rides in the 260-gram, $100-dollar Uvex XP CC were definitely not [...]
A new study conducted by UCLA School of Nursing researchers has found that serious leisure male cyclists may experience hormonal imbalances that could affect their reproductive health. The study, “Reproductive Hormones and Interleukin-6 in Serious Leisure Male Athletes,” was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.
This is bound to be an Oscar winner.
Though both of these guys did a good job of packing their packs, the goodies in my own carry-on luggage always kick-start strange conversations.
Anyone who has ever ridden in the woods knows that varying light conditions often make it difficult to keep sunglasses covering those precious and tender eyeballs—unless, that is, you left the house using lenses with absolutely no tint.
By Sal Ruibal Because I write about bikes in a magazine called Bike, people think I actually know a lot about bikes. Truth is, I know a lot about writing about bikes. There’s a big difference. Take the issue of 29er mountain bikes. The most-asked question I get is, “Spare change, bro?” The second most-asked [...]
Just when you thought you’d gotten it all figured out, Easton Cycling goes and creates a new handlebar clamp diameter for its Havoc line. Yes, you might’ve guessed by their moniker that these new bars require a 35-millimeter stem in order to be properly attached to a mountain bike. The company claims that its 31.8-millimeter [...]
Next time you finish a ride and someone points out your awesome helmet hair, leave it alone. Keep your hands and combs away from that ’do. Tell your riding buddies, the teller at the bank, your boss, your coworkers and the person looking sideways at you in line at the grocery store that you know your hair has formed itself into ridges—you’ve done it on purpose. Rock that messed-up coif loud and proud. It’s time to start a movement.
It’s Friday and there was a surf contest in town this week, which means much of the office we share with Surfer and Surfing magazines is vacant. At times like these we are able to find a wee bit of time to actually click the links our friends email us. Here are three of the [...]