Bike August 2016

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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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
mind movers

SHORTLY AFTER I RECEIVED MY FIRST HAND-ME-DOWN mountain bike–a too-big, fully rigid, Biopace-equipped contraption– the first issue of Bike hit newsstands. It was March 1994. In those early days of trying to figure out what boy and bike were capable of, the images that appeared on these pages acted as my inspiration for what was possible on two wheels. At a time when my world on a bicycle didn’t exist outside the city limits of Calgary, Alberta, the photos I saw in Bike took me out of my hometown and beyond. Every issue had the ability to transport me to places and trails so unbelievably pristine that their existence was almost unimaginable. Reading the magazine fueled my desire to explore and emulate what I had seen on the printed page,…

5 min.

FINDING THE WORDS Brice, since beginning to mountain bike last summer, I have sometimes struggled to explain to friends and family the feeling I get while mountain biking. They can’t seem to figure out how I have gone from being a well-balanced individual to someone who has a near constant stream of Amazon bike-related packages being dropped off on the porch, dreams of being top ten on a Strava segment, and someone who has decided that church now has a fourth hour called “bike quorum.” Today, I found that feeling– that quixotic mixture of euphoria and focus–described most adroitly in your “Down by Law: Why Gravity Rules the Roost”Start Here column. You put into words what I’ve always wanted to say. I plan on printing out a segment, with your permission, on…

7 min.
theme dream

OXYMORONIC JOKES ABOUT FLORIDA MOUNTAIN BIKING ARE as tedious to Floridians as “Deliverance” jokes are to Georgians. Nonetheless, it’s worth noting–not in jest, but wonder–the challenge of crafting an IMBA Epic in a state that counts a 345-foot pimple of sand as its highest summit. To appreciate just how flat Florida is, consider this über-intellectual equivalent of a ‘Yo Mama’ joke: In 2003, a group of scientists compared the topography of an IHOP flapjack to that of a famously flat state, Kansas, concluding that the Sunflower State is, in empirical fact, flatter than a pancake. Some years later, another group of scientists found that Kansas is only our sixth least mountainous state. Florida is king of the molehill–the flattest of the flat. So it is with considerable shock that you may find…

6 min.
backcountry beast

MOUNTAIN BIKE PHOTOGRAPHERS TEND TO BE A PRETTY rugged lot. Their job requires them to ride long distances, chasing some of the world’s strongest riders up and down technical trails–often burdened with a hefty camera pack. Negotiating tough terrain with the so-called ‘Angry Midget’ tugging at their shoulders turns most of these lensmen into ultra-fit, singletrack-slaying machines, ready to venture wherever they need to capture the images that define them as artists. The biggest assignments–those involving multi-day death marches through remote and inhospitable backcountry–call for a special breed. They demand a photographer with an extraordinary ability to withstand the elements, to cope with extended exposure to sun, wind, rain, snow and hail, invariably running on minimal food rations. They require refined survival skills, wilderness knowledge and an unflinching ability to keep…

1 min.
breaking point

ONE MINUTE BEFORE I SHOT THIS IMAGE, HARRISON MENDEL’S TIBIA AND FIBULA WERE BOTH INTACT, AS WERE HIS dreams of competing at Crankworx Whistler the following month. But in a moment, a slight miscalculation shattered both bones and hopes of a professional career for the 15-year-old dirt jumper. Mendel’s body language is written with physical pain, but his face is tormented with the anguish and frustration of knowing that, for the third summer in a row, he would be sidelined on crutches, watching his friends enjoy the sport that defined his teenage years. “After a few weeks of boredom, I sold one of my bikes and bought a camera (a Canon 60D) because I wanted to hang out with the same crew of guys that I always rode with. So I would…

3 min.
one man band

by nicole formosa I photo: van swae WHEN STEVE JOBS DEBUTED THE IPHONE AT MACworld in 2007, he breezed past its 2-megapixel camera, instead focusing on the device’s revolutionary touchscreen, one-tap online access and iPod integration. But within the close of the decade, the rapid proliferation of the smartphone and its built-in camera would forever alter the craft of photography. Suddenly everyone who had a couple hundred bucks and a two-year contract could point, shoot and share photos in an instant. “That last thing we use now is the phone device,” says Sterling Lorence, one of mountain biking’s seminal photographers. “It’s a camera in your pocket and it has an oversized monitor to look at.” Lorence believes the presence of a perpetual camera and the meteoric rise of Instagram have upped the…