Photo: Brian Chapel

As we begin to lose our evening light during this season of change, we also worry over our future access to lands we love. Reporter Devon O’Neil delves deeper into challenging and controversial trail access issues in our second installment of the multi-part series “Lines in the Dirt,” this time honing in on Montana’s RWAs—Recommended Wilderness Areas, preserved land set aside for future Wilderness designation without set, enacted guidelines for usage. O’Neil combines the history behind these debatable decisions with their profound effect upon our future in “Lightning Rod: How One Conversation Changed the Course of Montana Mountain Biking.”

Next, we travel to the Czech Republic, often lauded for pilsner and comparatively inexpensive European vacations, now to be known for renowned trail centers and sinuous singletrack in this country of convergence between old ways and new. Senior contributor Graham Averill and Bike photo editor Anthony Smith document central Europe’s singletrack upswell in this tale of change and bicycle betterment.

Photo: Anthony Smith

Within gear, we give the Spot Mayhem 27.5+, Devinci Spartan Carbon and Santa Cruz Hightower LT a proper testing and gear editor Travis Engel weighs in on the long-term life expectancy of Specialized’s 2FO ClipLite mountain shoes in this action-packed issue.

Need more? Meet Paul Hart, the moto-riding Forest Service ranger of change in our “Sketch” section and don’t miss out on “Grimy Handshake” or “Butcher Paper” columns in our November issue, on newsstands now or digital download HERE.