A Dozen years ago, Bike’s photo editor David Reddick, his blushing new bride Michelle, and myself spent a few weeks traveling around New Zealand in a middlin’ Winnebago scale RV. It was a great trip, aided on one hand by the convenience of driving around in a house, and also marred somewhat by that very same thing. On that trip, I realized that my irrational lifelong hatred of RVs wasn’t that irrational at all, and that they do, in fact, totally suck.
Within reach of the San Francisco Bay Area, Reno, and Lake Tahoe, Northstar is a gem in the high sierras that offers boundless recreational opportunities. The Heavy Pedal Tour makes a stop in Tahoe and finds great riding and countless diversions.
Lake Tahoe has always been an outdoor destination for the greater Bay Area, but it's only been in the last decade that it's also blossomed into a true mountain biking destination. The opening of the Rim Trail, greater legalization of trails around the lake and the boom at Northstar's bike park have turned Tahoe into a legitimately great place to ride.
The 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour's makes its eighth stop in Lake Tahoe, where they find world-class trails, a booming bike park and countless cool things to do when off the bike. Here's the photographic proof.
My nomination for the greatest mountain biker ever? Hans Rey. Let’s consider a few things. He has won the UCI World Champion title three times, and won 15 national titles in three countries before retiring from competition in 1997. Yet, Rey still remains relevant long after the champagne and podiums portion of his career.
The 790 MSL is rocky mountain’s top-of-the-line model. It bears a complete carbon-fiber frame that Rocky says weighs just 5.1 pounds. That frame sports ISCG tabs, a 142x12 rear axle and tidy, internal cable routing. Envy-inducing components include a SRAM X0 drivetrain, Avid X0 Trail brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post and Kashima-coated Fox suspension. There isn’t a weak link in this chain, but at nearly $7,000, there shouldn’t be.
The story isn't always about winning, landing atop the podium and fist pumping to a cheering crowd of thousands. Sometimes, the best story is the one about the guy who goes down hard and gets back up to do it again. Cameron Zink has played a lead role in both of those stories, but it's the latter narrative that SRAM chose to highlight here. Check this out.
There’s a sense out there in the cycling world that cup-and-cone hubs are about as technologically advanced as the horse and buggy, and that the only reason this bearing system isn’t used on more hubs is that the 'sealed' cartridge bearing is an inherently better system. Not true. It’s more complicated than that.
Ever ridden completely brakeless? Know what it's like to rip at ridiculously high speeds without any safety net? World Cup DH racer Casey Brown does. See just how fast she goes in Deathgrip, the fourth episode in Anthill Films' unique Dream Capture series of videos, all shot with the Sony Action Cam.
A good dynamic warm-up is an important piece of your strength and conditioning session. It reduces the risk of injury, gives you movement practice, and is a great place to incorporate some corrective drills into our program. Monika Marx of Marx Conditioning gives you some smart suggestions.
Scott's Genius LT has always been a bike with a serious mission--to excel on everything from day-to-day trail riding to high-speed gravity pursuits. There's a wide gulf between those two camps, yet the Genius LT has always aimed to bridge it, with just the flick of a switch.
Rocky riders, Wade Simmons and Kevin Calhoun, headed to the Monashee Mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia to shoot an autumn alpine video of the new carbon Instinct. Mother Nature, however, had different plans and decided that some decent snowfall was in order, which makes for some excellent video. Check it out.
What is cyclocross? While that question may sound a bit "entry-level," there's still some quality footage and content in this video, which goes to the right source for information: Belgium. The video also taps into the minds of the best racers to have lined up at a cyclocross race, which might just be the most brutal thing you can do with an hour of your time each winter. Check it out.