Bike March 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

3 min.

DEREK DILUZIO Derek started shooting photographs back when he was leading college students on expeditions abroad. After a few trips, he realized he was paying little attention to his students’ safety and concentrating on making pictures. Images from a guiding trip to New Zealand inspired him to jump ship to professional photography and storytelling. Derek’s trip to Alabama to document the NICA State Championship for “Generation Dirt,” page 74, greeted him with the most gracious of southern hospitality. He was welcomed into homes and treated like a close family member. Derek got to taste delicious home-cooked meals, go lake fishing and get destroyed in multiple matches of some of the most competitive games of ping pong he’s ever played. The generosity from everyone he met was unmatched by any other assignment…

2 min.
poetic justice

LIFE WOULD BE DREADFULLY BORING IF THINGS ALWAYS turned out the way we had hoped. If everything constantly went according to plan, without any struggles or surprises, it would be hard to assign meaning to any given event or outcome. In many ways, it seems that adversity itself is what provides the necessary contrast by which we can measure our achievements. This is a good thing for us at Bike, because we never know what to expect when we’re creating a new issue of the magazine. As hard as we try to plan a cohesive body of work, unexpected events often conspire against us, leading us further and further away from our original goals. Though this can be frustrating, at times we end up with better results than we first imagined. I…

5 min.

PRETTY IN PRINT I was poring over the new Bible of Bike Tests issue and I was hung up on the following line: “The magazine you’re now holding in your hands–or reading on your laptop or tablet…” People actually do this? Isn’t the beauty of printed media precisely in the printed pages? Wrinkling the pages, smelling the fresh ink, flipping back and forth through the Bible to see what the different testers thought about each bike? Great job on another great issue. IAN BOOTH; BY EMAIL Hey Ian, we agree that there is nothing like holding a paper copy of a magazine in one’s hands, flipping back and forth through the pages and absorbing the entire issue as a whole. And in North America at least, the majority of our subscribers still opt for…

7 min.
steady flow

IT’S 6 P.M., AN HOUR-AND-A-HALF PAST SUNSET, AND THE Tuesday night ride is rolling. The moon is late on the rise, and twilight has faded from blue to black. Our light parade streaks through the winter woods, lighting them up like a stuttering black-andwhite film starring spooked white-tailed deer and schizophrenic squirrels. The fourth season is prime riding time in Alabama, when the trees shed their impenetrable curtains of leaves to reveal the lovely curves of the land. Never mind that it’s a Tuesday in December and there are lights to be strung and gifts to be bought and kids to be fed. In Auburn’s Chewacla State Park, Tuesday night is sacrosanct. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold, or raining, or dark. Fat tires will turn in the clay and a…

7 min.
accidental racer

TWENTY YEARS AGO, KELLI EMMETT WAS LIVING IN ARUBA tending bar. She was a chain smoker who didn’t care about physical activity. “I hated exercise,” remembers Emmett. “I routinely got kicked out of gym class in high school.” Emmett, now 38 and a pro on the Juliana-SRAM team, grew up on a 16,000-tree apple orchard in Plymouth, Michigan. Dipping caramel apples was her forte–she’d make 1,000 in a typical day. She drove tractors, picked apples and went dirt biking. On the first anniversary of her move to the Dutch Caribbean island, Emmett’s mom, worried she might die of alcohol poisoning, visited her and offered to pay for college if she came home. It was 1998. Emmett returned to Michigan, enrolled in Western Michigan University and rode a mountain bike for the first…

3 min.
victory maps

DOCUMENTING PROGRESS IS KEY TO any racer’s preparation and ultimate success, but Jill Kintner’s version of note-taking stands out. Instead of relying on POV footage, words scratched on paper or her memory, Kintner sketches detailed maps of every course she races. “Maps give me something to think about and rehearse so I stay focused,” she says. “This puts confidence in my preparation. It’s my version of a gameplan or race strategy.” Her collection of notebooks, loose papers and hotel napkins is riddled with encouraging words like, “boost!” and “stay smooth!” The more notes on a page, the more challenging the track. Some are blank apart from the drawing itself; others are covered with scribbles at every turn and straightaway. “These are my rally notes. I update them as I practice…