Bike July 2017

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

7 min.
turning the page

BIKE IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MAGAZINE. IT IS MUCH more than a curated collection of inspired images and carefully considered words. And it is much more than a website, a social media network and an online compilation of mountain bike videos. Sure, all of these are essential components of a modern action-sports media brand. But as with most things of value, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In the case of Bike, this ‘whole’ is the continued manifestation of an artistic concept—and of an ethos that embodies the spirit of what it means to be a mountain biker. Assembling all these many parts and presenting them as a completed package is an ongoing, evolutionary process, but this package is only made ‘whole’ when interacted with…

2 min.
letter of the month

Dear Tom Marshall, I take offense to your question of “What the hell happened?” in your “Beers to Burritos” letter (May 2017, page 24). I’m in a similar boat as you: I’m 40 years old, I have two kids, a beauty of a wife, an awesome career, etc. But I take offense to the sense in your letter that you’re throwing in the towel, that you’re scared to fall and get hurt, that you’re not progressing in your skill and are not teaching your 10-year-old the fundamentals of this awesome sport. You are short-changing your little ripper(s). It’s time to take your skills to the 2.0 level. About three years ago, I bought a 6-inch-travel bike, which was way more bike than I’ve ever had. Then I bought a dirt jumper…

7 min.
warm front

EARLY MARCH AT 7,000 FEET STILL qualifies as winter in most Rocky Mountain towns. It is not uncommon for storms to drop multiple feet of snow and close roads for days, sending hopeful robins and riders back into their nests until spring arrives, mercifully, sometime in April or May. But not here, not today. I am pedaling up a trail called Frontside in Salida, Colorado, the Banana Belt hamlet that sits between three towering mountain ranges and nearly a dozen 14,000-foot peaks. Eighty minutes north, four feet of snow waits in my yard, with more on its way. Here, the mercury is already touching the low 60s at 10:30 a.m., warming the tacky dirt as well as my pasty forearms, which feel like they have been let out of jail. Longtime locals…

7 min.
man-made machine

WE PULLED INTO THIS PARKING LOT IN Kananaskis Country, Alberta, at 2 a.m., on the late promise of an epic ride. My cohort and I are barely on a few winks of sleep when a giant Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4X4 van rolls up at 5 a.m., headlights blaring, and stations itself unsympathetically right next to our clumsy gravel bivvies. “Mornin’ fellas!” exclaims a perky, shaved-bald Viking of a man as he peels back the sliding door of his mobile assault station. His cheer seems surreal, while photographer Reuben Krabbe and I exit groggily from our cocoons. “Will have the coffee ready in a couple minutes!” the man sings into the pre-dawn cold as though he’s been up for hours. Next, a propane stove starts humming. Soon enough he’s got a bike rack…

1 min.

JUNE 17, 2016 10:47 A.M. MONO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA THE CHEMTRAIL CONSPIRACY THEORY HAS LARGELY BEEN DIScredited, but it was a conspiracy of unforeseen events that led to this unlikely juxtaposition of rider and airplane leaving their respective trails of dust and condensation dissipating into the air. Aptos, California-based photographer Ian Collins had been working on a video project with pro freerider Kyle Jameson and British Columbia- based videographer Scott Secco last summer when the trio decided to take a detour to Mono County, California, where this steep mountainside of black pumice and shiny obsidian flakes promised to serve as a stunning arena for a dirt-surfing spectacle. “KJ had always wanted to go to this crazy-looking spot near Mono Lake to ride this massive wall of pumice, but we had no idea how soft and deep…

3 min.
shaping the now

FOR ABOUT A HUNDRED YEARS, BICYCLES were made of steel. Road bikes, mountain bikes, it didn’t matter. Steel had been the default ever since we climbed down off Penny Farthings and embraced the ‘safety bicycle’ back in the 1880s. Bicycles were assembled from tubes of steel in traditional ‘double diamond’ configuration; itself the best combination of strength and light weight available. Aluminum and titanium periodically showed up in the mid to late 20th century, and as mountain bikes began to mature in the 1980s, these materials—being lighter than steel—began to appear more frequently. Then along came carbon fiber, a composite material combining carbon fibers and epoxy resin, previously used in high-dollar aerospace and yacht-racing applications. The potential for weight savings and strength gains gave carbon fiber a foot in the…