Following Cards – A ride through history

In late June, a group of five riders set out on a multi-day exploration of the French Maritime Alps near the Italian border aided by note cards from locals, maps and a compass. The following are excerpts from rider Ross Measures’ journal and directions from the cards that guided the group on multiple rides each day.

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News: Rocky Mountain Launches Altitude Rally Edition


Today, Rocky Mountain announced the debut of their new, enduro-oriented Altitude Rally Edition model. There are, in fact, two Rally Edition 650b bikes, both of which sport "race-tuned" suspension, 1x10 drivetrains, DH-width bars and burlier wheels.

Previewed: Truvativ BlackBox Stevie Smith bars


Steve Smith’s signature bar is high and out in front, giving him ultimate control. His signature 780-millimeter downhill bar features a 30-millimeter rise, which keeps his hands forward, his head up and his eyes focused.

Video: Curtis Keene shreds some of BC’s best trails


On a break between Enduro World Series races, California-based Curtis Keene took a trip up to western Canada with his Specialized Enduro 29 for a sampling of the area's well-known trails. While all the hype these days is focused on 650b, this is the bike that still suggests that there's still plenty of potential to design long-travel 29ers that defy conventional thinking.

Video:Pinarello Dogma XM


Is it science or is it a jumble of big words that will bewilder consumers into buying one? Pinarello have taken science and turned it up to eleven.

Paved Profile | Daniel Mangeas: The Tireless Voice of the Tour de France


By Michael DiGregorio | Photos by Kristof Ramon There are those rare, almost crystalline moments when, despite 20-plus hours in a commercial airliner, followed closely by another five breakneck hours hauling over broad cols and ripping through intimate Southern French villages in a beater Renault, that it all remarkably lines up. First, there’s the one […]

L’Etape du Tour: Boats, Cafes and Blick


Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger Breakfast and riding began an hour earlier on Saturday, due to a full day of riding, race pack pickup, and final preparations at the hotel. We were getting into a collective rhythm by now, and the group was gelling nicely.

Spinlister Goes Mobile with Peer-to-Peer Bike Sharing App


Launched in April of 2012, in San Francisco and New York, Spinlister introduced the world to peer-to-peer bike sharing. Based on a model similar to Airbnb, and on-demand ridesharing services like Lyft, Spinlister now allows users to rent bikes all across the United States as well as over 40 countries abroad. Now, with the introduction […]

L’Etape du Tour: Savoring the Moment


Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger With 11,475 riders toeing the line to celebrate the 20th anniversary of L’Etape on July 8, the nine of us had our work cut out in the days leading up to the Big Ride: 130 kilometers traversing the same roads the pro peloton will tackle on Stage 20 […]

Stevil Kinevil Recaps Tour de France Stages 8 – 13


Photo: ASO/P.Perreve Ed. Note: We’ve enlisted the quill of Paved columnist Stevil Kinevil to update us regarding all the happenings in that bike race over in France—except he hasn’t watched any of it. If you missed last week’s installment, you can catch up here. By Stevil Kinevil Stage 8 — When last we were together, […]

Dirty Words: The Whirlwinds of Change


The dirty little secret may be that our society has forgotten how to ride a bike. Fear and loathing of the bike may have its roots in the childhood trauma of learning how to ride a bike.

Friday Five: Carving Turns


Corners are the cornerstone of mountain biking; every trail has them. Learn to turn better with the patent-pending B.A.T.H.E: Zero Wash Out Technique.

Video: Tyler McCaul and Kirt Voreis–We Live


Working with Teton Gravity Research, Fox brought Tyler McCaul and Kirt Voreis to Northern California for some filming.

The Bakery: Inside Our Traveling Circus


Whenever a racer shakes my hand and compliments our professional event, I have to stop myself from gesturing over my shoulder and asking, “but didn’t you see the bearded woman over there?” Yes, we have the ultimate singletrack, which goes without saying, but it’s the band of misfits that create our traveling circus who make each year a unique experience.

L’Etape du Tour: The Journey


Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger Pedaling a bicycle through the French countryside, I found, is on the short list of many friends who ride. Participating in the popular L’Etape du Tour ranks highly on this list, and it was through the graciousness of Trek Travel that I experienced France—specifically Annecy—for the first time […]

Off Track Podcast & Gallery: Les 2 Alpes


Off Track host, Tristan Merrick, is joined this week by Giant Factory Racing's Josh Carlson, who gives us the inside story on what really happened at Val d'Allos with his mega crash. Sven "The Silverback" Martin also makes an appearance to talk about Les 2 Alpes and what he is seeing at each round of the Enduro World Series.

Video: NotBad–The Trailer


NotBad is the new short film from Anthill Films, the crew who brought you "The Collective," "Roam," "Seasons," "Follow Me," and "Strength in Numbers." Starring Brandon Semenuk, Brook MacDonald, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, René Wildhaber and Ryan Howard.

Video: This is Peaty–Andorra Course Preview


Let Peaty take you down the 2013 Andorra World Cup course.

Video: Hard-Tales 2


Frank "Schneidi" Schneider rides his new 2013 NICOLAI Argon AM - equipped with the Gates Carbon Drive system - on a hidden Singletrack that seems perfect for fast and funny hardtail action!

5 Reasons Why He Was Hiram Hutchinson And You Couldn’t Have Been


Words || Gary J Boulanger In 1852, Americans Charles Goodyear and Hiram Hutchinson met. Goodyear had developed and patented a process called vulcanization, which cures rubber. Hutchinson purchased the patent and applied it to the manufacture of rubber boots for farmers in Europe, while Goodyear used the process to manufacture tires. Hutchinson called his company […]

Video | “Giant Sabotages Shabby Bikes” Campaign


In an inspired turn, Giant Bicycles takes a page out of the Sabotage-era Beastie Boys book with this smart video. Well played, guys. Until August 31, 2013 the folks from Giant Bicycles Canada (yeah, sorry Americans, this one is north of the border) are excited to surprise random riders of bad, jiggly, rusty, beaten-down bikes […]

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