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Bike November 2015

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.
no surprises

IT’S FUNNY HOW THE OLDER I GET, THE HARDER IT IS TO SURprise me. I don’t think this is because there is any shortage of surprises out there, but rather because I’ve come to expect the unexpected; I’ve learned to look beyond what seems obvious for that often-hidden silver lining of surprise. It’s probably no coincidence, then, that one of my favorite authors is Albert Camus, the Algerian-born French writer/philosopher best known for his novel The Stranger. One of the main underlying themes in this and many of Camus’ other works is that of the absurd, which generally holds that the attempts of we humans to find and impose meaning on an infnitely complicated world–one that we are scarcely equipped to understand–will ultimately fail. This disconnect between our tendency to seek inherent…

5 min.
letters

THE BIG PUSH Brice, your “The Call of Kazbegi” (September/October 2015, page 68) article was great. Actually, it was more than great: It was a goose-bump creator that evoked my sweetest and toughest memories of suffering and reward. The images of hike-abikes up mountains and across snow without a reassured end point are so crappy and perfect. There’s something about being vulnerable and unsure of a ride that adds a certain feeling of survival and simplicity and beauty that’s getting harder to find. I have done cross-country tours, bikepacking trips, etc. I have some ideas for the next big adventure, and your article is defnitely the push that I have needed to inspire me to pull out the calendar and to create a piggy bank just for the trip. Thanks again for…

6 min.
animal farm

WINDMILLS ALONG WYOMING’S STATE ROAD 210 TOWER BOTH ominously and beautiful above the stark landscape. Their centers churn so slowly that the blades rotate at a ghostly crawl. But let your eyes drift to the blade’s tip, and it silently slices through the air with dizzying speed. Across the road from these technological wonders is a procession of bison, antelope and red-hued rocks emerging from grassy felds as if waking from a long slumber. Halfway between Laramie and Cheyenne, the arch announcing the entrance to Curt Gowdy State Park opens to a surprising scene for a state known for having more cattle than residents. Bikes are everywhere. They’re rolling on trails, mounted to cars and parked next to fshing rods, canoes or paddleboards in nearly every one of the park’s 145…

5 min.
queen bella

LEA DAVISON KNOWS THAT 9-YEAR-OLD GIRLS CAN PUT YOU in check quickly. On a recent weekend, while riding around with a crew of pre-teen girls, she got owned in a game of King of the Hill. “Lea came in top 10 in the world and the girls are like, ‘Sure, but can you ride to the top of that mulch pile?’” her sister Sabra says. Lea, one of the world’s best female cross-country riders, has spent time on the top of some much bigger mulch piles. She fnished second in this year’s World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, competed in the 2012 Olympics, and last year, after hip surgery in January, placed third at World Championships in September. But despite her laser-beam focus on racing (and on recovery), she’s also been spending…

2 min.
wheels of champions

MIKE REDDING’S UNASSUMING NISSAN PICKUP PASSES AS ANY OTHER RUSTED-OUT BEATER CRUISING THE SOUTHERN California freeways. But the stories cemented into its frozen speedometer, cracked dashboard and sand-stripped roof reveal details of life on the road for some of mountain biking’s foremost luminaries. As the daily driver in the mid 1990s for Redding, marketing manager/athlete handler for Fox Head and previously Troy Lee Designs, it’s shuttled some of the world’s best–Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland, Stevie Smith, Shaun Palmer, Scott Sharples and Cam and Tyler McCaul–while they visited sponsors in SoCal. Some 350,000 miles (that’s Redding’s best guess–the speedometer stopped turning a half-mile shy of 250,000) have ticked away as Bryceland and Smith rallied around with beach cruisers or dirt bikes in the back, or as Redding and Palmer hydroplaned in a…

2 min.
ahead of its time

THE FIRST-EVER MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CHAMPIonships were held in Durango, Colorado, in 1990, but what happened off the racecourse that weekend was probably more important to mountain biking. A 20-something kid named John Rader walked through the pits, showing his invention–a completely new headset design–to anyone who’d have a look. Rader had recently begun racing mountain bikes fulltime and wasn’t satisfed with the unreliable and heavy threaded headsets and quill-stem setups of the time, so he set out to make a lighter, more reliable solution. That was Rader’s deal. Having grown up around a father who designed racecars, and with a machine shop next to his bedroom, he was a born engineer–despite his education and career in real estate. If you’d ever taken a threaded headset apart in those days, then you’d…