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Bike September 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.
frozen moments to stoke the fire

BEYOND SCARS AND STINKY CHAMOIS, it could be said that photographs are the only tangible things we take from our time on the trail. Long after wounds have healed and bibs have been bleached, the images we snap along the way are often the last connection with the moments and memories that give our lives richness as mountain bikers. Yet, photographs also serve as much more than simple memorials of instants saved, brief pauses in the the relentless passage of time. Photographs connect us. They connect us with people, faraway places, and experiences that might otherwise be out of reach. The digital revolution has changed our world in ways we could’ve never imagined, but it is still photos that most often hold the power to transcend language and borders, and bring…

5 min.
the death march

Bruno Long’s imagery has graced the cover and pages of Bike Magazine an astounding number of times. The Revelstoke-based photographer is known for his abstract style, and his photographs are a curious blend of eye candy and mind-bending perspectives. A key component of his success as a photographer stems from his superb fitness; summer or winter, he can go deep into the backcountry to places other photographers simply can’t. Aside from mountain biking, Long is an avid trail runner and skier, and in all these pursuits he often creates physical challenges for himself that seem a bit outlandish to most people. But type two fun is a thing, and it was on one of those grueling outdoor missions where he would encounter a different kind of death march. “He told me…

5 min.
down time.

Boss: How do you reach back there… to wipe yourself? Centaur: Uh… there is a device we use, it’s called an Aubesian – it’s a stainless steel telescoping rod, with gripper claws, and a sort of toggle line that allows you to move the paper back and forth. Boss: So… there’s a company that manufactures Centaur asswipers? Centaur: Aubesians, yes. Um… there’s a store that’s a sort of crate-and-barrel for Centaurs, called Aubesians & Such… there’s one on 57th Street. ~ excerpt from “Centaur Job Interview”, originally airing on Saturday Night Live, May 19, 2001. There are a lot of ways to earn a summer off the bike. As I type this, our editor Nicole is about to give birth. As you read this, she will be a month or so into maternity leave. There…

5 min.
matter of choice

It’s time to pull back the curtain. I’d like to pretend that I’m writing this column sitting on a beach sipping my second sorority-approved frozen drink. While I’m at it, I may as well pretend that most of y’all are reading this from someplace besides the bathroom. As is often the case, reality is much less sexy than fantasy. Right now, it’s 4:53am. Yesterday’s microwaved coffee is on my nightstand because I’m too tired to make a new batch and too uncivilized to care. My hound dog is sprawled across my feet while I clatter away at the keyboard. I’m sitting next to a pile of laundry that’s been on my bed for the past 10 days. With any luck, the kids won’t be awake for another hour, which means this is…

1 min.
indian summer

If rain’s good luck for a wedding—then what about snow on day one of a 16-day bikepack across India’s Himalaya? “Spirits were high, we thought it was funny,” explains photographer Mary McIntyre. And why wouldn’t they find it funny? They were in the semiarid high desert plateau during the ‘safe’ time, the fall dry period. Flying in was warm and sunny—shorts, sandals and the hustle bustle of Indian travel—good times. A southern-forecasted storm meant maybe fringes of rain for their northern trip as they left on their 9-hour drive to drop off on the Manali-Leh Highway. But ‘safe’ is a relative term when describing anything in the Himalaya and it can snow anytime. And it did. And it continued to snow. They set up camp to wait out the storm. One day, two days…

1 min.
augmented reality

“He probably went exactly the same speed,” explained Ryan Howard to photographer Ian Collins. Two tire tracks: one short, one long, on one red, ragged rock at Utah’s former Rampage site. Doesn’t make sense. But then again, a lot of things don’t make sense. Like why Brandon Semenuk would have revisited a lone rock platform perched 30 or 40 feet from a blind takeoff. The same lily pad feature he rode in 2015 for “Revel in the Chaos.” Four years ago, Semenuk straight-airing the high-consequence hit was a jaw-dropping moment. That was on a downhill bike. And in this case, filming the latest Revel Co./Red Bull Raw 100, Semenuk took a sighting run on his slopestyle bike. He came up short, ruining his rear wheel. In total silence, he went to the…