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Bike Summer 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.

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United States
A360 Media, LLC
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
when just ‘the ride’ is not enough

As we went to press on this issue, the world was in the midst of more turmoil than any of us is likely to see again in our lifetime. A global pandemic with a death toll nearing a half-million, civil unrest triggered by centuries of systemic racism and police brutality and a looming presidential election that feels more dire than ever. For many of us, the primary draw of riding is escapism, a release from the strife filling our feeds, the pain unfolding in our communities and the divisive politicians pulling the strings. With tires firmly latched to the dirt, the troubles of our lives, and the world, evaporate. When our needs are solely focused on how to survive a brutal climb or a huge bikepacking expedition, we have the…

2 min.

PHOTO: MATTIAS FREDRIKSSO Riding in the high alpine is so special. The views are smashing, it’s always a bit challenging and the season is relatively short. On this particular day, we were above the village of Sexten in the Italian Dolomites, and didn’t see another soul. Julia Hofmann, Arno Feichter and I rode an exposed ridgeline surrounded by spectacular peaks in every direction. These are the moments I love as a photographer—and a mountain biker. PHOTO: TOBY COWLE This was en route to Farwell Canyon last year in Quinn Hanley’s old Dodge loaded up with the essentials. Farwell Canyon’s dusty chutes and eerie hoodoos make it one of my favorite locations in British Columbia to shoot. Brendan Howey also joined us on this trip. PHOTO: TYLER ROEMER A rider like Carson Storch always leaves a…

6 min.
building boon

When you’re laid off from work, banned from traveling and happen to live in one of the most progressive trail-development communities in the Pacifific Northwest, it doesn’t take long to fifigure out what to do with idle hands and hours. Squamish, British Columbia, has always been home to an ever-evolving network of trails, but since the pandemic hit, their army of builders and resulting trails has multiplied many times over. “Because of the pandemic, Squamish has a World Cup of trailbuilding going on right now,” says Peter Wojnar, a local fifilmer and occasional trailbuilder. The effffort hasn’t just been the usual suspects either. Yes, the mix of hired builders and underground builders that have helped defifine Squamish’s legacy as a raw, scenic, slab haven still exists, but the pandemic also brought out…

9 min.
a voice for change

As her home city of Minneapolis became the center of the Black Lives Matter movement in late May, Rachel Olzer emerged as one of the most powerful voices in cycling. Olzer is a Black cross-country and cyclocross racer, Specialized ambassador and co-founder of Pedal 2 the People, an Instagram community for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. When she posted about the difficulties in talking to her white family about racism, and pleaded with white followers to not shy away from those conversations within their own circles, it garnered hundreds of comments of support. The post quickly circulated feeds throughout the cycling world and beyond, her raw honesty no doubt influencing how countless people have chosen to approach an issue they may have otherwise avoided. Olzer has used the social…

5 min.
hand in glove

The spring of 2020 was a fucking mess. I think we can all agree on that, right? Global pandemic leading to widespread economic instability and spawning wave upon wave of protests whereby armed goobers stormed state government buildings because they felt their rights were being subjugated, only to have those protests immediately look like the tantrums of small-minded children when the massive surge of outrage over the murder of George Floyd hit the fan. “Politics and mountain biking don’t mix.” Some of you are probably saying that right now. Sure, they don’t mix. Especially in a sport with probably the most middle-age, white, male demographic this side of ice fishing. But then again, mountain bikers love to get political when it suits them; when trail access is an issue, or when…

5 min.
made to be broken

In the world of mountain biking, and general adult tomfoolery for that matter, I’m an outlier. Correction. I was an outlier. When post-ride discussions turn to tales of broken bones and other assorted injuries, folks point to different parts of their bodies, rattling off injuries like they’re padding a résumé of misfortune. Whenever the proverbial talking came to me, I’d do my best to regale the group with the story of my one and only stitch, the consequence of 8-year-old me stepping on a sewing needle. After 41 laps around the sun, my poor decisions and penchant for stupid human tricks should have garnered a broken bone or an ER-worthy gash several times over. After all, I ride with a style that blends calculated technical maneuvering with reckless abandonment. This is backed by…