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Bike November 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.
stand fast

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE OLD SAYING, “IF YOU DON’T stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”? I used to think this was a laughably over-simplistic aphorism–the kind of dimestore-novel reduction that latches on to a kernel of truth and then smashes its esoteric beauty by dumbing it down to the kind of throwaway statement that could easily roll off the tongue while falling off a barstool. I still feel suspicious of this type of platitude–especially at a time when would-be presidents are basing their entire campaign platforms on cheap one-liners that gloss over the complexities of geopolitical issues and the human condition. But in a digital era in which people are constantly inundated with thoughtless, off the-cuff snippets of ‘wisdom’ with no contextual foundation, I’m starting to place more credence…

5 min.
letters

INSTANT MOTIVATION After riding for a year in northeastern Pennsylvania on a $400 hardtail I borrowed from my buddy, I decided to invest in a full-suspension bike. I really wanted to get into this sport, and for motivation I decided to subscribe to Bike. My very first issue was June, and I couldn’t wait for it to arrive! And man did I find my motivation quickly. There probably couldn’t have been a better issue for me to start off with. On page 64, “Cram Sessions,” talked about these great mountains just a couple of hours away from me. I didn’t even know these places existed. A month later, a local shop hooked me up with a bike I couldn’t be happier with, and I dove headfirst into mountain biking. I absolutely love…

6 min.
loch’d out

LESS THAN A DOZEN MILES FROM THE EPICENTER OF BALTImore’s nationally known chaos–344 homicides in 2015, riots, dirtbike gangs–there is absolute peace. White-tailed deer run gracefully, Canada geese waddle at the water’s edge and pileated woodpeckers drum on trees. The hum of the Baltimore Beltway is 3 miles away, but it doesn’t penetrate the 5,600 acres of dense forest surrounding Loch Raven Reservoir, the drinking water supply for people in Baltimore and its surrounding counties. For mountain bikers living in and north of the City of Baltimore, it’s the closest and most convenient rural escape, a sanctuary for local pros like Marla Streb, who rides there from her home, and six-time 24-hour Solo World Champion Chris Eatough, who trained at Loch Raven when he lived in nearby Fallston, Maryland. Trail quality…

5 min.
new expression

THERE’S ONLY ONE THING MISSING HERE. THE HANDLEBAR Café, Baltimore’s new bar/café/bike shop, is abuzz: A celebrity chef spins pizza dough in the air near a wood-burning oven. A patron tips back an IPA, chatting over the concrete bar with the mechanic wrenching on his bike. Commuters roll in, hang their steeds on an indoor wall and order pour-over coffees. A bike messenger heads out to deliver burritos and beer. The only thing missing from this scene? The boss. Marla Streb is in Montezuma, Costa Rica, fixing up a house in the jungle with her two young daughters. Never mind that it’s her first summer in business. She and her husband, Mark Fitzgerald, have bet their life savings on opening a bike-centric community hub that promises to change Baltimore’s riding culture. But…

2 min.
synchronicity

MOST INVENTIONS DON’T ARISE FROM ONE SINGUlar leap in technology, but rather from a coordinated or sometimes coincidental union of multiple smaller steps. We have several such steps to thank for today’s singlering drivetrains. Perhaps the most significant is what’s commonly known as the ‘narrow-wide’ chainring, the first of which was SRAM’s X-Sync. The original principles of X-Sync were first conceived at SRAM’s offices in Schweinfurt, Germany, not far from the birthplace of 120-year-old powertrain manufacturer, Sachs, whose bicycle division SRAM acquired in 1997. The project that would become X-Sync began with a quest to solve a common, everyday problem faced by common, everyday riders. Unlike mountain bikes, many urban and commuter bikes have been using single-ring drivetrains for decades, especially in Europe. But with no guide or front derailleur, single-ring…

5 min.
partner in grime

DO YOU EVER GET THE FEELING THAT LIFE IS BLURRING BY, like you’re a passenger on a train lost in the simple beauty of watching the countryside fly by? My grandmother says this is just the beginning of life speeding up, and I believe her, even though I wish I didn’t. When life’s uncanny ability to redline the tachometer intimidates me, I think of Fruita. My first encounter with the iconic mountain bike destination came in much the same fashion as my first experiences riding Canadian backcountry and bikepacking on the outskirts of Russia. They arrived in magazine pages that I pored over again and again on slow Sunday mornings in the hammock and while taking care of less-than-glamorous bathroom business. I’d lose myself in photos of pale tawny lines lurching across…