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Bike April 2019

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.
defined by life

WHEN I SPOKE TO COLIN MEAGHER SHORTLY AFTER I’D HEARD ABOUT THE DIAGNOSIS THAT WOULD END HIS PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER, and ultimately his life, I wasn’t sure how to start the conversation. What do you say to someone who’s being robbed of everything—his life’s work, time with his family, a future? With the right words failing me, I sheepishly asked how he was doing. “I’m not dead yet!” he chirped back. I was so caught off guard by his candor and ability maintain his wit, all I could do was stammer something meaningless in response. Though I know him only professionally, and for far briefer a period than most, the fact that he was doling out a dose of humor and honesty in the face of something so dire seemed classically…

5 min.

BIKE WELCOMES YOUR INPUT. SEND CORRESPONDENCE TO: EDITOR, BIKE MAGAZINE, 2052 CORTE DEL NOGAL, CARLSBAD, CA 92011. OR EMAIL: NICOLE@BIKEMAG.COM. BLESS THE BIBLE I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate the reviews you guys made (Bible of Bikes Tests, Vol. 26, Issue 1). I actually had a Bike mag test evening last night and watched them all. Not only did you choose very interesting bikes but your approach to reviews is very well structured and detailed; the three-rider debate works perfectly. The absence of (previous testers) Seb Kemp and Vernon Felton was noticeable at first, but nicely replaced by the female reviewers who are as knowledgeable as the rest of the crew. I cannot believe someone finally had the guts to say that some geometries have gone too far, which is…

3 min.

Shooting natural light in the dark forests of British Columbia doesn’t come without its challenges—a patch of fog can be the difference between a forever-buried hard-drive image and coming away with something you’re stoked on, as was the case with this image. We first shot this wooden feature two years prior but I didn’t end up with anything I liked, so we set out again this past fall while Brendan Howey was working on a project with filmer Scott Secco. A brief window of fog rolled in and we wasted no time—two years later, redemption on the Shore. Traveling to new destinations guarantees a new experience, but sharing the places you’ve already been with someone who hasn’t been there before will always change and refresh your perspective. Nanou Gareau showed me…

6 min.
nebulous perseverance

We’ve all been there. A rowdy, memorable party train suddenly derails when someone hits the deck. With any luck, the injuries are minor and it’s a short ride or hike out. Reality is sometimes a different story, though, and trail extraction can require some MacGyver-like intuition. In this case, it was a typical hot, summer day in Whistler at the June 2015 Outerbike event and the crew from Transition Bikes was eager to squeeze in a ride after a long day of booth duty. Like any big group ride, sometimes getting going is the hardest part. “We were a rolling shitshow,” Lars Sternberg says half laughing, half shaking his head. Sternberg is a bike-industry veteran, having raced BMX for years before switching to mountain bikes. He’s been with Bellingham-based Transition Bikes…

5 min.
glomming onto others

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford was definitely onto something with that one. With just a handful of short, simple words, he perfectly described the vicious cycle between expectation and outcome. Of course, there’s a world of difference between understanding a problem and willing yourself to change it. Kind of like how I acknowledge that eating fistfuls of Slim Jims is not one of my better life choices, but there’s a higher chance of my Slim Jims expiring than of me addressing this particular poor life choice. I’m not quite sure when it happened, but at some point between working more, sleeping less, getting older and that whole dehydrated-meat-stick habit, I began expecting less out of myself. And I’ll be damned if each ride didn’t…

5 min.
wearer beware

“Can’t forget this little treasure,” he said, waving the bright-orange puck held in his hand before stuffing it into an outer pocket on a suspiciously large and overfilled backpack. Considering the relative brevity of the ride we were about to undertake, I wondered whether ‘overfill’ rhyming with ‘overkill’ had some sort of deeper meaning. But hey, to each his own, I thought. So I kept my mouth shut, stared off into the sunny distance while he adjusted his kneepads one more time and tapped my bare fingers quietly on my handlebars in anticipation of the coming couple hours. “Whoa, buddy … no knee armor? Are you seriously riding without knee armor?” Unaccustomed as I was to being singled out for a lack of kneepads on a local ride that I have…