Fall 2020

Bike Magazine showcases the sport of mountain biking like no other publication. It captures the sport's personalities, trends, and issues with a style all its own. Using insightful feature articles and the sport's best photography, Bike is sure to make you want to get outside and ride.

United States
A360 Media, LLC
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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.

I don’t take so many photos these days. Yet amid a strange year, the images I do capture feel more meaningful than before. With less time spent on the road, shooting everything all of the time, my lenses tend to focus on the people and places close to my heart, and every click of the shutter feels more intentional, more valuable. A changed world has allowed me to slow down and feel the need only to capture images that I’d want to share with my future self, not simply with the hamster wheel of social media. With that shift of perspective, I’ve been reminded of the power of a good photograph. As much as my own process has allowed me to think about photos and their importance in this one life,…

4 min.

COSMIC REFLECTION Thank you and, WOW! Mike Ferrentino and Nicole Formosa in the summer 2020 issue, thank you (Grimy Handshake and Start Here, Vol 27. Issue 2). Don’t give a thought to those who say, “I come here to get away from politics.” As you both say so perfectly, that position is no more. For the long healthy life of biking, your magazine and the planet, thanks and Black Lives Matter. Let’s talk more about what those of us on the lucky side of the “cosmic coin-toss” can do. Michael Augspurger STOLEN JOY I’m writing to cancel my subscription to Bike. I have enjoyed this publication for years, even during my periods of not being on my bike. I’ve been reminded and excited to read of the many travels and trails in Bike. And…

6 min.
crafting a rescue

Skye Schillhammer was shooting photos in Bellingham, Washington, on a winter day with Pacific Northwest ripper Taylor James, a local well-known for his wild-guy antics on and off the bike, when suddenly the day took a serious turn. James had just attempted to flip his downhill bike but came up short and emerged covered in dirt. It was one of those days when you have to really want to ride. Temperatures hovered around freezing. The dirt was as hard as concrete and tires felt like Lego blocks rolling against the frozen earth. The crash ended a long day of shooting. That’s when the two encountered a visibly panicked man. “He was frantic,” said Schillhammer, who works for Transition Bikes. “He told us his buddy was badly injured. He didn’t really know…

5 min.
empty handed

It was 1991. Nirvana had just released “Nevermind.” I had just stripped my black Yeti FRO of its gears, as well as the heavy and failure-prone Mountain Cycle Suspenders fork and Pro-Stop disc brake, and decided to chase after the simplicity of singlespeed mountain biking. The fork and brake had been a bad decision on my part, especially since I was struggling at the time to try to be a faster cross-country racer. Maybe some people can get behind 31-pound XC bikes, but at the time, the weight of the frame, the fork and the boat-anchor Brooks saddle all felt like they were dragging me into the ground. I had just upgraded to the Expert class and was getting spat out the back of every race I entered. The complexity and…

5 min.
butcher paper

To all the newbs I'Ve loved before don't ever change I haven’t written a letter like this in a while. Hell, last time I had the clammy-hand feeling of putting these types of words into writing, I was still a gap-toothed middle school kid whose go-to social icebreaker was listing off a litany of cat facts. Fun fact: Calico cats are always female. Semi-related fun fact: No one in middle school finds this fact fun, but I digress. I have a confession. At some point over the pas few months, I fell madly in love with you. No, not you with the fancy boutique bike and cycling socks at whatever length the cool kids have deemed appropriate this season. You can take your hand-selected components and race-day T-shirts, and step aside. I’m talking to…

2 min.
progression proven

When Casey Brown greased the landing of a difficult 30-foot jump at last summer’s Proving Grounds, the first-ever qualifier for Red Bull Rampage, no one watching could contain their excitement. Certainly not photographer Paris Gore, recalling the emotion of the day nearly a year later. “That was a f*&king awesome moment,” says Gore. “We were both standing at the same spot at the same time, she just got the right shot.” The “she” Gore references is Katie Holden, a former pro who is a pretty solid shooter herself (and just happens to be profiled on page 82 of this issue) and was helping him manage his two cameras. Holden framed the shot and clicked the button at just the right second to capture the magical aftermath of Brown’s landing, as legends…