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The Web Monkey Speaks: Bikes are simple

My gasoline orgy reminded me of why I love bikes so much. In a way, bikes are everything cars are not. Sure, both are modes of transportation, but bikes are simple and just how wonderful that fact is cannot be overstated. With bikes, there are no puking carburetors, no slipping clutches, no faulty oxygen sensors, no ominous grinding noises in your differential… Simple is beautiful.

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News: Joe Breeze Kicked My Ass

02.06.2014

The ten time winner of the oldest mountain bike race still has it

Review: Specialized Air Tool UHP

02.06.2014

I got this imbued sense of quality the first time I picked up the Specialized UHP Air Tool. Constructed from cast aluminum, it has a solid feel, a big 350 PSI gauge and a burly oil-resistant hose attached to a beautiful two-stage valve. This clever new valve allows you to evacuate the air from the hose—but not the shock—before removing the pump. The air bleed works especially well at making finite pressure adjustments.

First Impressions: GT Force Carbon Expert

02.06.2014

What exactly sets the new GT Force and Sensor apart from past GT models? Why did GT decide to change things up this year? We gave Todd Seplavy, GT’s director of product management, a call to get the answers and we pulled this new GT Force out of its box and took it for its maiden voyage.

Video: “Spring Downhill” featuring Steve Smith and Josh Bryceland

02.05.2014

This video of World Champ DH racer Stevie Smith and fellow Fox Head rider Josh Bryceland tearing up Stevie's backyard trails on Vancouver Island will make you want to get your winter shred on.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Trek Superfly 8

02.05.2014

Trek's line of Superfly cross-country 29ers includes nine hardtail models and seven full-suspension versions, giving riders ample options at multiple price points. We tested the more affordable aluminum Superfly 8 on the rocky-and-ledgy trails of Sedona, Arizona.

Where Are They Now: Derin Stockton

02.05.2014

Derin Stockton’s two-wheel adventure started on a little Schwinn, like so many other children of the ‘70s. Derin and brother Kurt, himself a former United States professional road-racing national champion, rode their bikes everywhere. Trips to the California desert, where their parents raced motorcycles, were an early introduction to off-road bicycling.

Reviewed: RaceFace Mud Crutch

02.04.2014

Last week a few people questioned why I reviewed an $18 solution to many of your bike woes. Apparently $18 is just way too much to spend on having peace of mind. So, just to give those same people something to whine about, I thought I’d find another $18 product to evaluate.

Exclusive Video: “Warming Up” featuring Reece Wallace

02.03.2014

If snow on the trails keeps you off your bike, then Reece Wallace is a better man than you are. When his local North Shore trails get covered in snow and ice, he merely views it as a chance to warm up.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Norco Sight Carbon LE FS

02.03.2014

The Norco Sight Carbon LE FS is a versatile, well-rounded bike that is perfectly suited for technical terrain with plenty of vert. So why did it have our testers splitting hairs over relatively inconsequential things such as the choice of grips? Are we really such assholes? Or is the bike just that good?

The Web Monkey Speaks: Fanny Packs and Gorby Gaps

02.03.2014

When I consider the big picture—just how lame we cyclists appear to the rest of the world—I have a hard time saying which is worse: Is it the fanny pack or the gorby gap? The purple baggies or the Team Sky sausage suit? The tri-geek’s banana hammock or the dirt jumper’s skinny jeans? We are all cyclists. We all look lame. We are united by our lack of cool.

Video: Legacy of Grafton

02.01.2014

ENVE rider Logan Whitehead explores the ruins of the Grafton wood road; a lifeline built by pioneers in the 1860s to provide them with supplies and wood.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: GT Fury Team

01.31.2014

While we'd ordinarily leave the limericks and whatnot for the Irishmen, we couldn't hold back on our praise of the GT Fury Team's straight-ahead steamroller sensibilities.

Friday Five: Simple Suspension Setup with Arthur Gaillot of Suspension Therapy

01.30.2014

This week we have enlisted the help of suspension guru Arthur Gaillot of Suspension Therapy in North Vancouver. Arthur offers suspension setup for mountain bikes so that riders can get the most from their machines.

Professional Downhiller Amanda Batty Helps Lead SLC Clean Air Rally

01.30.2014

Last Saturday, more than 4,000 people converged on the Utah State Capital, not far from the iconic I Street dirt jumps, to send a message to elected officials that, simple: they’ve had enough. One of the groups getting the word out about the protest—dubbed the Clean Air, No Excuses Rally—is Athletes For Clean Air (AFCA), a nonprofit organization co-founded by professional downhiller Amanda Batty, along with pro snowboarder Tony Pavlantos.

Tested: Chromag Lynx Saddle

01.30.2014

The Chromag Lynx has taken several seasons of abuse, but the durable leather saddle just keeps on keeping on. Surprisingly, I have yet to bend the ti rails. On the whole, the Chromag Lynx is one tough, yet lightweight, saddle.

Tested: Whispbar Rack System with WB200 Fork Mount

01.30.2014

Whispbar Rack System with WB200 Fork Mount. A stylish and aerodynamic approach to roof racks.

Where Are They Now? Leah Garcia

01.29.2014

Our sport was created largely as an escape from the rigid constructs that too often govern other forms of cycling and is young enough where historical hero worship seems out of place. But still, there are some great stories that have been created along the way to where we are now, stories that, even if they’re about those people you hate, might surprise you.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Devinci Troy Carbon SL

01.29.2014

Going into this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Devinci Troy Carbon SL was one of the most highly anticipated models among our testers. But after spending quality trail time on the bike, our test crew was divided on whether it lived up to its promise.

Bike Magazine Launches New Bible of Bike Tests Mini Site

01.29.2014

Looking for reviews of the most promising mountain bikes for the 2014 season? Bike magazine's annual Bible of Bike Tests is here at your fingertips, complete with videos of all our 'Roundtable Reels' discussions of 34 of this year's best bikes.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Juliana Joplin Primeiro

01.28.2014

The ads for the Juliana Joplin Primeiro probably won't have giant, half-naked, large-breasted women in them. Probably no stripper poles, either. And maybe, if we're lucky, no butterfly orgies. Could this bike—and the marketing strategy behind it—open the door to more female riders? Watch this video to see what our testers thought.

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