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For most of us, bikes aren’t a necessity. They may feel that way–a day without riding can feel like torture–but most of us don’t rely on a bike to feed our family, to bring home a paycheck or to simply survive. It’s different in more desperate corners of the world.
If you’ve been paying attention to all the Interbike/Eurobike/Outerbike posts this season, you’ve probably seen a hell of a lot of bandwidth sacrificed in praise of the Marin Bicycle’s new mountain bikes, which, and I’m going to be blunt here, is a big change.
The pucker Ti is a blast to ride. At less than 23 pounds, the singlespeed rewards out-of-the-saddle efforts with astonishing speed. our bike was equipped with 34×20 gearing, which might be too low for the über-fit, but was perfect wintertime gearing in the mountains.
With their sticker price of just $70, Xpedo’s new Spry flat pedals are one of the more affordable, lightweight flat pedals on the market. We’ve been bashing on these a bit and have some thoughts on both the pros and cons of the wallet-friendly pedal.
In the same way that urban American kids played basketball because schoolyards were their escape from a dead-end life, Belgian kids raced their heavy bikes on those greasy roads, “crossing” over fences and ditches as a short-cut to the cold barns and dim factories where they could find work.
Take away the helicopter, the film crews, and the whole production of Red Bull Rampage and you would still have athletes hucking huge lines. While the sport may need the elevation of a corporate partnership to gain mass appeal and the sponsorships that come with it, the riders are here because they love what they do.
While Cannondale’s enduro racers Jerome Clementz and Ben Cruz have been storming the globe aboard Jekylls, they also have the lightweight Trigger platform to play with as well. Cannondale’s latest addition to that line is the is the 2014 Trigger 29 Carbon, which they’re thrashing on in this new video.
I had barely even had a chance to catch my breath from a contest trip in the U.S. when I got back to the Sunshine Coast and met up with my good friends from the Coastal Crew. They were getting ready to leave for Narrows Inlet that same evening, on a trip that would be one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. Here’s the story of what went down.