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Video: Great Days 3 – Chile Part 2 – Questioning Your Limits

This (somewhat graphic) video is the second of a three-part series by Smith Optics that brings you through the last few days of the Andes Pacifico Enduro stage race with an unexpected hospital visit to keep things exciting. A blind course makes it an even playing field, but also a game of question on how hard racers should and can push themselves around every turn. Viewer discretion is advised…if you go lightheaded at the sight of blood you SHOULD NOT WATCH the video. If not, take a look for a raw and real view into the highs and lows of enduro racing…

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The Bakery: My Road to Rampage

10.31.2013

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.

Video: All Day, Every Day

10.31.2013

Hardtails, mud, singletrack, epic, all-day pedal tests...if this video doesn't make you want to head out for a ride, you have no heart at all.

Video: Combing Valparaiso’s Hills

10.31.2013

Here's the second of the GoPro Hero3+ Adventure Series. In this episode, Aaron Chase, Brian Lopes and Chris Van Dine get lost in a maze of colorful urban streets. This is an ode to Valparaiso, Chile.

Thoughts From The Bible: Horses for Courses.

10.30.2013

Who are you? How do you like to ride? What are your strengths as a rider and do you want a bike that masks your weaknesses or plays to your strong points? These are important questions to ask yourself, but make sure you are brutally honest and candid with your answers--if you're not, you'll wind up buying the wrong bike.

Video: Tyler McCaul POV Footage

10.30.2013

Tyler McCaul had a wild time at Rampage this year, cracking into the top five and having a blast in the process. His second run, which you can see above thanks to his on-board GoPro camera, pushed him even further up in the standings.

Video: Jerome Clementz and Ben Cruz on the 2014 Cannondale Trigger

10.30.2013

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.

Video/Gallery: The Narrows–All For One

10.29.2013

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.

Exclusive: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Canyons Bike Park

10.29.2013

Excellent bike park trails a mere 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City? Canyons Resort bike park may not have the longest trails on earth, but what they have packs a serious punch. Here's the ride report from the Heavy Pedal Tour's stop in Park City, Utah.

Video: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Canyons Bike Park (Park City)

10.29.2013

Consider yourself warned: the trails at Canyons aren’t long, but they are jam-packed with features for all skill levels. Canyons is not afraid to challenge riders with sizeable gap jumps, drops, step ups, step downs and wall rides. Check out this video to see what we mean.

Gallery: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour – Canyons Resort/Park City

10.29.2013

Finally, after six stops in “Colorful Colorado”, we were ready to leave the big- mountain state for slightly different terrain at Canyons Bike Park in Park City, Utah. Canyons was one of our favorite parks that we visited last year. The runs are short, but jam packed with well-built features. W

Video | Endure: Ballet in the Mud

10.28.2013

Ballet in the Mud, features selected photos from a new book to be published in November 2013 by the Wisconsin Bike Fed. The book features more than 300 photographs taken by four Wisconsin-based photographers—Peter DiAntoni, Darren Hauck, Jeffrey Phelps and Dave Schlabowske—at the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in January in Verona, Wis. […]

Chemtrails and mountain bike trails

10.28.2013

Momentum is building for Sedona, Arizona. There’s a rising tide of partially spandex-clad bikers washing up on the sandy desert floor around Sedona. More and more cars, laden with riders and their marvelous looking mechanical contraptions, flow into the red rock ravine.

Tested: Specialized EMT Pro MTB

10.27.2013

Specialized packed an impressive amount of tools into a lightweight (104 grams) and compact package. While we had one particular gripe with the tool, it's a smart package on the whole. Here's why.

News: Jared Graves’ Finale Ligure Race Journal

10.26.2013

Well, the 2013 season is in the history books. After last month’s World Championships, I spent almost six weeks back home getting into the swing of a normal life and routine. It was tough getting motivated for this weekend’s EWS in Finale Ligure...but really, I wanted nothing more than to finish off the year with a win.

Tested: Giro Chamber Shoes

10.26.2013

The Chamber has a skate-inspired, street shoe aesthetic,which looks great but also provides function.

Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.8 29

10.25.2013

The EX performs brilliantly on everyday singletrack—the kind of trails you want to ride for hours upon hours. Its handling traits are balanced and nimble, thanks in part to its low bottom bracket and ample standover. The efficient DRCV suspension platform and the 27.5-pound weight make the EX 9.8 feel like a no-holds-barred race whippet while on the pedals.

Dirty Words: The Best Halloween Ever

10.25.2013

We’re on our bikes, laughing and flashing silently through the forest stinking of cheap beer and wood smoke. Halloween is over, but while the citizens lie snug in their bed, we glide through the night. Boo!

VIdeo: The Salvadorian Way

10.25.2013

By Mike Gamble We take the bicycle for granted. We have great days, we have not so great days. For a Salvadorian, the bicycle is life. For some, a necessity, for others an escape. Not just for the mind, but for the soul of its user. Through the dreams of a dedicated group of riders, […]

Happy 25th, Timbuk2

10.24.2013

The San Francisco bag company Timbuk2 is celebrating 25 years. And that means some new stuff. The company recently partnered with Mission Cycling, a cycling club in San Francisco, to design a pair of new products for happy on-the-bike adventuring. Because we all love happy bike adventures. Mission Cycling has a standing early morning ride […]

The Bakery: My Mom’s New Bike

10.24.2013

One day I got a phone call that changed that attitude, a call that every bike industry worker fears receiving from their parents, “I found a bike at Walmart” and worse yet, “it has suspension stuff on the seat post so I think it must be really good.” The guilt hit me like a ton of bricks...

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