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Bike August 2018

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.

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United States
A360 Media, LLC
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
everyone   can shoot   but only a photographer gets the shot

“That’s the image you chose for the Photo Annual? I could have shot that with my iPhone.” That statement got me heated, but also made me think: Of course you could have, but so what? Nothing about that moment would have changed. That fraction of a second frozen in time still would have spoken to me regardless of the tool used to capture it. That’s what makes a photographer a photographer. It’s no longer—nor has it ever really been—about the technology. The long lens, the fast frame rate or the even all the latest Lightroom tricks don’t mean you’ll capture a moment that will speak to the audience. It’s about being there, being present and recognizing that those moments are special and will tell our story as mountain bikers. No matter…

5 min.
shaping the   future

When my mom turned 40, I decorated the house with cardboard gravestones, adult diapers and all the geriatric accouterment I could muster. Apparently, 12-year-old me thought 40 was ancient. Also, 12-year-old me was a bit of a dick about it. Now, here I am with kids of my own celebrating surviving four decades of misadventures—and feeling anything but ancient. Sure, I take longer to heal these days and get a hangover just looking at cheap swill, but I’ve checked off more bucket-list items and tackled more fears head on over the past few years than I ever did in my early 20s. During my 39 lap around the sun, I pocketed away some big rides, entered (and lost) my first trials competition, and entered (and won) my first downhill race. To celebrate…

5 min.
the ghost of casey kasem

It was a hard pill to swallow, but there it was: The music playing in my head sucked more than the fuzzy EDM noise wheezing out of the tinny speaker wedged in the backpack of the guy who just passed me near the top of the climb up Woodcutter’s. I thought I was cooking along pretty well. My pulse thudded in my ears and set a good beat for my breathing, and for the first time in a long spring my legs felt like something slightly more animated than two dead stumps of wood. So it was a little humbling to get spun up on, passed, then dropped by a dreadlocked white guy on a fatbike. Riding flat pedals, wearing cargo shorts. It can sting, having any budding sense of, ‘Hey,…

8 min.
this place of   darkness

Nothing distracts from the nausea that’s clawing at my gut. Not the biting wind robbing all feeling from my wet, wrinkled fingers, nor the shards of sunlight stabbing through heavy clouds like a dagger ripping an oily tarpaulin. A few triumphant rays dance across this barren, godforsaken mountainside. Any other time this would be a marvel—but here, now—they offer little solace. I am gripped by the gravitas that one of our crew is missing. Somewhere on this wild, untamed island, lost in a swirl of freezing fog, hail and sleet is Claudio. We have no idea where he is, or how he is. I don’t want to even entertain the question of whether he’s alive. I want to vomit. The faces of my five fellow riders mirror my concerns. We peer…

1 min.
raw expression

Ian Collins has been in Brandon Semenuk’s inner circle for years, shooting stills for some the slopestyle star’s highest-profile projects, but Collins still considers Semenuk to be somewhat of a mystery. Semenuk is famously meticulous with his planning, breaking down each course by feature, trick or ticks on the clock. But, he keeps most of his thoughts in his head, or jots them in his ever-present black notebook. Collins sometimes doesn’t yet know the full extent of Semenuk’s mental mastery until they’ve been at a site for days, as was the case while building and shooting Semenuk’s fourth Raw 100 this past spring in northern California. “We have to pry it out sometimes … and sometimes if we do have to drag it out of him, it’s like, ‘Oh god, this is going…

1 min.
packing dread

Four people, two bikes, riding gear, camera bags and luggage—all of that had to fit within this car for an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu to the Himalayan foothills. Photographer Ryan Creary and Matt Yaki had a 12-day bikepack of the Annapurna Circuit in order. If they arrived. When their guide, Om, and his driver pulled up to the curb, Creary pondered how the puzzle pieces could possibly fit in the confines of the compact car, but the driver immediately sprang into action, tossing bikes on the roof in a tangle of tiedowns. Five minutes down the road, it was apparent: As the carbon-fiber cargo jostled above, they knew the thrown-together setup wouldn’t survive the long, bumpy journey over potholed roads. They pulled over. Om ran into a store and emerged with supplies to…