What do you do when it’s cold outside and you need to ride some bikes to keep the stoke alive through the winter? Build a pump track in greenhouse and host a race, obviously.
For the past six years, Bike's core editorial staff and a hardy crew of freelance mountain bike fanatics have converged at some of North America's finest riding destinations to test the upcoming year's most promising bikes, components and soft goods. This extended test—known as The Bible of Bike Tests—usually spans most of October and involves more than 15 people to test gear and photograph/film the effort.
This is the first installment in a new series from Felt Bicycles showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at their athletes. Episode 1 kicks of in Reno, Nevada, with Enduro rider Casey Coffman. The shredding action hits around the 1-minute marker.
Photo Gallery II: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers puts next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.
You may never want to ever take a trip to Dudelandia. I understand, it smells and those jugs of urine are a serious tripping hazard—but there’s a lot to be said for finding a way to immerse yourself, even for just a day or two each year, in the thing you love with the people in your life that matter. Your time with friends is limited. Make the most of it.
Little known fact: Bend has more breweries per-capita than any other city in Oregon. For this it has been dubbed “Beer Town USA.” With this title comes a duty to motivate its visitors to drink beer. Enter The Ale Trail. A ride (you can also be shuttled around in a van) that takes you between 14 different local breweries clustered close together, “like the gold at the end of a big, beer rainbow,” reads the Visit Bend Website.
Bike shops. They act as metronomes to mountain biking communities. Even in the age of order-whatever-you-need-online, shops maintain an invaluable role. And even in small communities such as Bend, Oregon, there are numerous choices to fill your repair, retail, and social needs.
Video: 13-Year-Old Joey Foresta Shreds The Canyons in the 2014 Canyons Bike Park Video Series Episode #2.
For the next two weeks, 34 bikes will get poked, prodded, ridden hard, and put away wet, dusty and rattled. Then the crew will cuss, discuss, love, hate and debate until the truth behind each bike is sifted to the surface—on camera—in the annual ‘Roundtable Reels’ video debates.
Smith Optics continues it's “Great Days” video series, with this episode featuring unstoppable SMITH women in action, in “Tapping into the Unknown – Mountain Biking in Idaho," where five women venture into the backcountry of Idaho to discover new trails, share stories, laugh and learn that their ideal great day looked a lot like what they had found.
Hans Rey's annual fundraiser in his adopted hometown of Laguna Beach, California, is about as close to a black-tie affair that the mountain-bike industry can muster. And this year, once again, tickets sold out as 180 friends and supporters of the legendary trials and adventure rider came together to help raise $58,000 for Rey's Wheels 4 Life foundation.
In true Trippin' fashion, Sam Flanagan and Mark Scott took their riding a little off the beaten track and checked out some of the amazing spots nearby, as well as visiting the fabled Whistler Bike Park, like Squamish, a natural, loamy trail heaven located 40 minutes down the road.
This issue is devoted to the ruggedly individualistic resolve that has given mountain biking its defining moments. It's a revolt against all the superficial crap that is suffocating us. It's about interesting and often-eccentric people who consistently do whatever they want, regardless of fickle industry trends. It's about punk rock. Never mind the bollocks—here's Bike magazine.