News: December Issue Soon to Hit the Street

Dream bikes, editors' favorite gear, journeys to the highlands and more

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By Vernon Felton

The December issue of Bike will soon hit the streets and it’s full of stories and reviews that’ll be the cause of countless deadlines missed, meetings skipped and pet cats left unfed. Our apologies to your cat.

What’s in the next issue?

In addition to some great columns from the likes of Mike Ferrentino and Kristin Butcher, you’ll find Seb Kemp and Dan Barham’s Angel’s Share, a massive feature dedicated to thoroughly exploring Scotland’s famed singletrack and single-malt whiskey. Fortunately, the place is blessed with an abundance of both.

In Runaway Train, contributor Aaron Teasdale sets off on a journey from his home in Missoula, Montana to Banff, Alberta on a bike journey with his family of four. What motivated Teasdale to ditch the comfy confines of home for an extended bikepacking expedition with his entire family? And how did they hold up under the elements?

Just one of several of our editors' "Dream Builds". The Tallboy LTc, dressed in SRAM XX1 was my main ride this past season. Which bikes did the other editors at Bike pick? You'll have to pick up the December issue.

Just one of several of our editors’ “Dream Builds”. The Tallboy LTc, dressed in SRAM XX1 was my main ride this past season. Which bikes did the other editors at Bike pick? You’ll have to pick up the December issue.

And then there’s gear… As the year winds down, we thought it fitting to revisit some of our favorite things from 2013.

We started with the bikes. We actually spend most of the year riding test bikes–bikes we think you’ll want to learn more about. Yeah, no complaints here, it’s a good gig. Still, every once in a while we get asked what we’d ride if we had our druthers. What would our dream bikes look like? Just like the bikes in this issue.

Just a few of our Editor's Personal Picks--some of the gear that particularly impressed us in 2013.

Just a few of our Editor’s Personal Picks–some of the gear that particularly impressed us in 2013.


We also sat down and nominated a few pieces of gear for special recognition. Which items made it onto our list? Check out the December issue of Bike.

And we’re just scraping the surface of the December issue here, because the mag is loaded with great bits. We even got ahold of Greg Herbold’s skin suit in order to explore the cultural significance of HB’s body condom. Seriously.

The new issue will start infiltrating mailboxes this week and will hit newsstands during the first week of December.

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