Preview: December issue of Bike on sale today

'Back to the Front' showcases Tom van Steenbergen's ballsy record-setting front flip, Jamie Nicoll's compelling comeback story and editors' gear picks of the year

The weekend is almost here and in most parts of the country there is still time to fit in a few more fall rides before the snow falls (unless you live in Buffalo, New York. Sorry about that.). The December issue of Bike hits actual and virtual newsstands today and it is full of inspirational images and stories to fuel the fire until your next ride, whether that’s tomorrow or next spring.

Tom van Steenbergen on his way to setting a world-record 70-foot front flip on the set of "Unreal" at Turtle Ranch in Wyoming.
Tom van Steenbergen on his way to setting a world-record 70-foot front flip on the set of “Unreal” at Turtle Ranch in Wyoming.

We start with a fold-out cover shot of freeride’s golden boy Tom van Steenbergen launching a massive, record-setting front flip for the upcoming “Unreal” movie.

Here’s a preview of what else is in the issue:

Mike Ferrentino writes about Jamie Nicoll's unbelievable journey from his near-deathbed to the top podium at one of the world's toughest enduro races.
Mike Ferrentino writes about Jamie Nicoll’s unbelievable journey from his near-deathbed to the top podium at one of the world’s toughest enduro races.
Senior writer Graham Averill reports from Duluth, Minnesota, where the mayor has embarked on an ambitious plan to become the epicenter of Midwest mountain biking.
Senior writer Graham Averill reports from Duluth, Minnesota, where the mayor has embarked on an ambitious plan to become the epicenter of Midwest mountain biking.
The Dream Build issue is one of the editors' favorites for obvious reasons. See what frames, components, parts, apparel and accessories won the hearts of Bike's staff this year.
The Dream Build issue is one of the editors’ favorites for obvious reasons. See what frames, components, parts, apparel and accessories won the hearts of Bike’s staff this year.