Author Archives: "Ryan "Squirrel" LaBar"
Source: Pro Town Movie After two successful premieres, the action-sports documentary “Pro Town: Greenville” is now available. The 44-minute film illustrates how a small town in North Carolina became the epicenter of competitive BMX. From Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist to Ryan Guettler and Colin Winkelmann, the film shows how this incredible scene came to [...]
Welcome to the second edition of Mechanic Mondays. There comes a time when a mechanic needs to improvise. In this case it was not having the manufacturer’s bleed kit. For this week Squirrel shows you how to bleed Shimano’s Saint Brakes with a mix match of different bleed kit parts. NOTE: Using the manufacturer’s specific [...]
Seb Kemp is a jack of all trades, master of none. Depending on the day of the week or time of the year he will tell you he is either a freelance writer (read as a financially struggling modified monkey), a trail builder (read as shovel-f*cking mother nature) or a mountain bike coach and guide [...]
Fraser Britton has spent countless hours on his DH bike, risking life and limb to test the Leatt Sport. This popular piece of protection proved too interesting to ignore, so we had to hear Britton’s thoughts. Check out his full review on ridemonkey.com.
Source: Rocky Mountain Rocky Mountain Bicycles recently announced the signing of freeride mountain bike star Thomas Vanderham. The 26-year-old North Vancouver native, who built his iconic status with Rocky Mountain, will return to the Vancouver-based brand for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. “The name Thomas Vanderham speaks for itself in the world of mountain biking [...]
Adrian works for Scott Bicycles. 1 — Describe the perfect hamburger. The perfect hamburger is the one your holding, because anytime you have one in your hands the scenario is perfect. My favorite is the 1/3lb organic, grass fed beef prepared medium on a grilled challah bun with mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade [...]
Source: Giant Bicycles Giant is boosting its commitment to off-road racing with the additions of South African downhiller Andrew Neethling and five-time British cross-country champion Liam Killeen to the Giant Factory Off-Road Team. Neethling and Killeen join a diverse squad that includes rising 19-year-old World Cup downhill star, Danny Hart of Great Britain. “Our commitment [...]
Bikes Tested 32 of the year’s best cross country, trail, all mountain, downhill and freeride bikes. Gear Tested Loads of forks, brakes, wheels and tires. Tester’s Choice The Bible’s test riders choose their favorite bikes from the bunch. The results might surprise you. Boom Town Seattle’s mountain bike scene takes off. Sh*tbike What Mountain. Redefining [...]
Shimano’s original Saint offering was amazing at the time, and remains so all these years later. We felt it necessary to give the old boys some props, so here’s a piece paying homage to one of the best bike parts ever. Check out the full article and discuss it at Ridemonkey.com.
Source: Epic Rides The men’s and women’s single-speed champions at the 50-mile Whiskey Off Road race in Prescott, Arizona, this spring, will be sent on to the 2011 Single Speed World Championships this summer in Ireland, officials announced today. Epic Rides, organizer of the Whiskey Off Road endurance mountain bike event, in partnership with the [...]
RAMPAGE 2010 Road tripping for a glimpse of the greatness. PHOTO OF THE YEAR It’s really effin good. REAL COOL TIME Retrospective of the Nuke Proof brand. ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT A headset that will change your ride. TESTED TESTED: Sweet budget bikes from Diamondback, Santa Cruz and Trek.
WHEN PIGS FLY Miles from nowhere, is Canada’s Burns Lake MTB nirvana? HEADQUARTERS 60642 Brandon Semenuk goes urban in Chicago. FREEDOM Chainless Sh*tbike saves Scotland. Destination: Grand Rapids, Michigan. FOUR STEEL HARDTAILS TESTED: Haro, Jamis, Salsa, Vassago.
STONE FREE Revisiting the trails and culture of Great Britain. DREAMING IN COLOR Reliving Africa’s raw beauty. DEATH VALLEY Finding redemption in the desert. RIGHT HEIGHT Dropper posts that won’t let you down. ALL-MOUNTAIN CARBON Santa Cruz, Ibis, Trek, GT, Specialized.
QUE LA VAYA BIEN Two-wheeled exploration and discovery in the wilds of Guatemala. EYE ON THE BALKANS Riders make a reconnaissance mission through Slovenia and Croatia. Mont-Sainte-Anne A slice of euro life and some of North America’s best trails. Sh*tbike The beamed bicycle goes in for emergency surgery. TESTED: Cannondale RZ 140, GT Ruckus 7 [...]
ICEHOLES COMETH Bitter & twisted old dudes take on MTB racing. Craig’s List One man’s quest to ride every trail. OFF THE RAILS Adventure in gold rush country. Gear: Five mini pumps to keep the pressure high. Tested: Commencal Supreme DH, Pivot Cycles Firebird, Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon
SHORE SESSIONS Sam Hill and Thomas Vanderham shred the Shore’s greasiest trails. IT’S IN THEIR DNA Five product managers who breathe personality into the bikes we ride. Baja, Mexico Exploring remote beachfront trails. Budget Components 10 deals on brakes, forks, wheels and more. TESTED: Chromag Samurai, Scott Voltage FR 20, Trek Top Fuel 9.8.
TO HELL AND BACK An unreal film shoot featuring 2,300 tons of dirt and one floating barge. RIDE HERE, RIDE NOW Your guide to the best trails in 10 amazing mountain bike destinations. High-Definition Riding Four trail-worthy POV cams. Gear Up For Spring Packs, helmet cams and some of the year’s most promising bikes