Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"

Dirty Words: Bike to Work?

05.17.2013 //

Today is National Bike To Work Day. Lots of folks are leaving their cars in the garage…. I’m OK with that because some percentage of them might actually start riding to work, but my cynical side says this is a feel-good day, then its back to using the EZ-Pass to the Lexus Lanes on the way to resting a $30,000 German-made automobile in a concrete stall for the eight or nine hours you’re at work.

Sick: Brett Rheeder’s Over Vert Flip Transfer

05.17.2013 //

One complicated name for one very sick trick.

News: TRUVATIV Creates “BlackBox” Bar Series

05.17.2013 //

TRUVATIV is releasing its own version of BlackBox-branded components with a line of signature-series handlebars; each of which was shaped to the specific demands and requirements of one of the brand’s sponsored riders. Jerome Clementz gets his own bar. Ditto for Danny Hart and Steve Smith.

Review: Rocky Mountain Instinct 970

05.16.2013 //

There are plusher bikes out there. Lighter bikes as well. Where the Instinct excels, however, is its balance and versatility. I’d happily ride this thing anywhere outside of a bike park. A quick tweak of the geometry and the bike is ready to tackle just about anything. That’s not something you can say of most 29ers.

Photo of the Day: Mattias Fredriksson

05.16.2013 //

Evan Schwartz, Janne Tjärnström and Riley McIntosh. Nelson, BC

The Bakery: Chasing the Dragon

05.16.2013 //

As I watched the girls in the camp improve, hitting bigger jumps and drops, pumping confidently through big bermed corners and tackling steep sections I got a little twitchy. I knew how they were feeling; I knew that as they pushed themselves a little further each time they were chasing the rush of accomplishment. The euphoria, the hi-fives, the smiles, I started to jones for all of it.

Photo of the Day: Dan Barham

05.15.2013 //

Whistler, BC

Wanted: Your Help

05.15.2013 //

Eleven-year old rider, Alex Shepherd, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor On April 16, 2013. Alex’s friends and family are seeking donations to help offset the costs of what will be an expensive medical procedure, and have set up a website to help raise donations. We’re asking our readers to help out if they can.

Video: Fabien Barel Presents–Season 2 Trailer

05.15.2013 //

This season of “Fabien Barel Presents” takes a new perspective, as Fab and his guest riders intimately sample not only the regional trails, but also the culture, the food, and the climate of diverse places like Sicily and Scotland.

Video: Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate–Episode 3

05.15.2013 //

“Perfect Space” – As the project gathers pace, Danny finds the perfect space to start building his lines. He takes some inspiration from the Athertons at Fort William and as the UK prepares to welcome the Olympics, Danny has the honor of carrying the torch through Glasgow.

Video: This is Peaty–Episode 1, Season Two

05.14.2013 //

The second season of This is Peaty rolls off with a bang, Rocky-style: cue the beards, the sweats, the pummeling of beef slabs of beef, the splitting of lumber…from a cinematic point of view, this clip is actually a marriage of both Rocky I and Rocky IV, but more to the point, it’s just funny as hell. Good stuff here. Oh, and there’s riding too.

Video: Nicolas Vouilloz – The relentless pursuit of balance

05.14.2013 //

After being the most successful male mountain biker of all time, and a rally car racing champion, Nico Vouilloz now embarks on the next phase of his competitive life: the first Enduro World Series.

Review: The North Face Long Way Home

05.14.2013 //

At $125, The North Face’s “Long Way Home” jacket is a hell of a value. It’s also a smartly-designed product: highly breathable, incredibly comfortable and, thanks to its removable sleeves, extremely versatile. An ideal jacket for cross-country rides in fall and spring conditions.

News: Whitefish Resort Doubles Down on Downhill

05.14.2013 //

Whitefish Mountain Resort is working with Terraflow Trails headed by Pete Costain who is not only renowned for his flowy trail building, he’s a local biker and skier and knows our mountain like the back of his shovel. The word from around the campfire is…stoked.

Video: Breaking Down Walls

05.14.2013 //

China’s exploding middle class has created an interesting side effect. Now that more people have cars, some of those people are using those cars to escape the cities and go mountain biking.

Video: How To Create A Force of Nature

05.13.2013 //

It’s just around the corner–May 17th–the day Whistler Bike Park opens up for the season. Here’s a fun video about what it takes to make that happen.

Photo of the Day: Steve Lloyd

05.13.2013 //

Steven Lloyd. Hurricane, Utah.

Video: Rusch Hour

05.13.2013 //

“There’s just a start, a finish and the struggle in between….” So begins this short documentary on Rebecca Rusch’s attempt to set a new record on the 142-mile long Kokopelli Trail. Despite injuries and broken lights, Rusch smashed the female record by an hour–completing the entire trek in just 13 hours and 32 minutes.

Video: Ross Schnell and Nat Ross on Enduro Racing

05.13.2013 //

Can I do an enduro? Is enduro for me? What’s the sport all about? Ross Schnell and Nat Ross give their take on the Enduro movement in general and why they’re excited about the upcoming Big Mountain Enduro Series.

Video: The Wheels of Industry

05.13.2013 //

Hope Technology give an insight into the “average” working day at the Barnoldswick factory. The Tour features a slightly star-studded employee guest list including: Guy Martin, Dougie Lampkin, Steve Peat, Martyn Ashton, Chris Akrigg, Rob Warner, Adam Brayton, Rob Jarman, Neil Donoghue and Olympic Gold Medalist Tim Baillie.

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