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Bike July 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Media Operations, Inc
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
wild rides

NORTH AMERICA HAS AN ABSOLUTE ABUNDANCE OF WORLDclass riding destinations. With the rapid proliferation of new trail networks in virtually every state and province, one could spend an entire lifetime and still not sample all the singletrack our magnificent continent has to offer. So why would anyone bother to venture overseas in search of the unknown? And why does Bike periodically cover mountain-bike adventures in remote corners of the world, when there are so many quality shredding options in our own backyard? I sometimes hear this question from readers and industry insiders, many of whom wonder why we’ve dedicated precious space in our magazine to expeditions in such far-flung places as Afghanistan, Russia, Tibet and the Republic of Georgia? There are myriad reasons why some of our editors and contributors love…

5 min.
letters

STICKY ISSUE It’s funny how life gets so busy that you can forget, or ignore, those things that bring you joy. Hitting age 40, having a couple of kids and changing careers diminished my ride frequency to the point where my bike began to gather dust. I honestly couldn’t refer to myself as a mountain biker anymore. But last year, all it took was one ride to remind me of all the reasons why I love mountain biking, and I committed myself to riding more often. My rekindled love of riding of course meant that I’d need to get re-acquainted with Bike, the magazine I used to buy off the rack in the ‘90s. Now, 20 years later, I find the time to read Bike from cover to cover, despite my busy…

6 min.
base camp

TWO HOURS NORTH OF ATLANTA, IN THE FOLDS OF THE Blue Ridge Mountains, Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way is stirring to life with the scent of morning coffee. As the day’s first light filters through stands of Eastern hemlock, heads poke out of tents. A dog barks. Bleary-eyed riders stumble out of rustic one-room cabins built along a stream. Bikes lean against every gear-strewn porch. But the day doesn’t really begin until breakfast in ‘the barn,’ a gathering spot with Wi-Fi, a foosball table and a chandelier engineered from bike wheels and Christmas lights (left from a wedding). The family who runs this place heaves casseroles of home fries on the buffet, and the aroma of bacon is so thick you can practically lick the air. Be warned: No matter how hard…

6 min.
the slasher

I WAS SITTING BEHIND A PINT ON A VISIT TO TUCSON, ARIzona, when my buddy, Todd, asked me about an upstart weeknight mountain bike race series happening in San Diego. “It’s called Quick ‘n Dirty,” I said. “Victor Sheldon and I started it a couple months ago.” Todd put down his pint and looked over half-amazed. “Victor Sheldon? You mean, The Slasher? That guy is a legend. I grew up watching him on ESPN’s “Hot Summer Nights.” I didn’t realize Victor had a nickname, and I sure as hell had no idea of his accomplishments until I pulled up YouTube later that night. What I saw was a tropically tanned and blond-haired version of Victor in his early 20s, sporting a neon orange-and-green wetsuit, ripping full throttle through the open ocean…

3 min.
hanging history

MOST CUSTOMERS WHO WALK INTO Mountain Bike Specialists in Durango, Colorado, barely notice the relics dangling above the shop’s product-stocked walls. But atop the showroom of cutting-edge, carbon-fiber builds hangs a history of mountain bike evolution. And these are not simply anyone’ old bikes–they are legendary rides. Over the shoe backstock rests two ancient Schwinns belonging to Durango local Ned Overend. Raised over the tool section sit Greg Herbold and Juli Furtado’s downhill World Championship rides. Above the maps is Todd Wells’ Olympic XC whip. There is also a slew of other race paraphernalia from around the globe, such as jerseys from Missy Giove and Greg Lemond. “It’s a Durango-centric collection that began with our relationship with Ned Overend and grew to displaying numerous local riders’ gear,” says MBS owner…

2 min.
prelude to a shift

PRIOR TO THE RECENT LAUNCH OF ITS NEW EAGLE 1X12 drivetrains, SRAM released a video eulogizing the deceased front derailleur, slyly alluding to the upcoming product while in somber tones bidding farewell to an old friend. However, when it comes to dancing on the grave of the front derailleur, SRAM has had itchy feet for almost a decade. Case in point: the 2008 release of Truvativ’s HammerSchmidt two-speed crank. At the time, freeriding was still big. Hefty, gravity-oriented sleds were an accepted norm, alongside a contingent expectation that they could be pedaled up the hills they were so adept at smashing down, regardless of how ungainly that upward progress was. Multiple chainrings and front derailleurs were sorely taxed by long-travel suspension working over rough ground, chain guides were generally only good…