Bike September - October 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.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
get wild

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE SURE HAS A WAY OF WEARING US down. The corporate world, with its conformist culture, unnatural protocols and dehumanizing deadlines, steadily chips away at our freedom and sacrifices our souls at the altar of profit. Sucked into the groupthink mentality of commercial society, we’re pressured to believe that a career is the same thing as a calling. But for many of us–especially mountain bikers–this is simply not the case. We were meant to be wild. And being in the wilderness is our calling. A huge part of mountain biking’s appeal is the chance it gives us to ditch the rat race, to commune with nature, to explore. The mountain bike is an ideal means for exploration, and with proper preparation it can take us to some…

5 min.

NORTH VERSUS SOUTH Your recent issue dedicated to praise for SoCal riding came just as I was preparing for a visit to my former Los Angeles stomping grounds and made me appreciate my beloved Angelenos even more. Having recently relocated from SoCal (Malibu) to NorCal (wine country), your pages were further affirmation of why I’m forever longing for the SoCal scene. I met up with my old riding posse to hit some of our favorite rides along the Malibu coast and quickly realized one huge difference between SoCal and NorCal: In SoCal, there are lots of people on the trails, and some riders don’t know that climbers have the right-of-way. I forgot there’s not much shade on most SoCal rides, so I baked in the sun. Finally reaching the top of our climb…

8 min.
raptor speed

“BUT IT REALLY HURTS,” SAYS ZACHARY, A 9-YEAR-OLD MTB 101 camper who’s pointing to scrapes on his arm and leg after an accidental mid-pack front flip on the sidewalk. “Well, the thing about getting hurt is that it hurts less and less with every minute,” says Vail Valley Alternative Sports Academy (VVASA) co-founder Mike McCormack, who continues with some encouraging words. “Should we go catch up with our friends?” Zachary hesitantly buckles his helmet and returns to the saddle. The pair cruises along Eagle Ranch’s spacious sidewalks, pedaling past fairways and impeccably manicured yards decorated with lacrosse nets. Within minutes, we meet up with a couple dozen kids ranging in age from 7 to 11 gathered at the entrance of a foot-wide dirt trail that contours the green space between the sidewalk…

8 min.
the hustler

JEREMIAH BISHOP ISN’T MUCH OF A DAY DRINKER. WE’RE SITting in an upscale pizza joint with half a dozen taps dedicated to beers made right here in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and I’m having a hell of a time convincing Bishop to order a pint. Sure, it’s only 2 p.m., but we’re fresh off a fun, sun-drenched ride at Bishop’s home training ground, Massanutten Mountain, and it feels like the kind of afternoon when you start drinking early. But then, you don’t become Jeremiah Bishop by making a habit out of day drinking. Bishop has been a cross-country force for more than a decade, riding for the USA Cycling National Team 14 times. He won gold at the 2003 Pan Am Games, finished eighth at the World Championships in 2006, and has been…

2 min.
contour king

THERE ARE MANY TOOLS FOR ADVENTURE, BUT FEW ARE AS FUNDAMENTALLY IMPORTANT AS THE MAP. IT IS THE axis around which all great journeys revolve, from planning to execution, and the success of a trip can hinge on its accuracy. For much of human history, maps have been used to interpret, explain and navigate the world around us. From early cave etchings through the pivotal Age of Exploration and into the modern era of aerial photography and satellite imagery, maps have been an essential part of our evolution–from pointing to the nearest hunting ground to exploring the high seas or simply getting soccer moms to the grocery store. They have varied wildly in terms of shape, size and orientation, but they have gotten us from a to b. For mountain bikers,…

3 min.
museum rebirth

IN JUNE, A GRAND OPENING WELCOMED the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame to its new home in Fairfax, California, after 25 years in Crested Butte, Colorado. Thousands attended, including Don Cook and Kay Peterson Cook, the Hall’s longtime curators in Crested Butte. The occasion evoked nostalgia but not sorrow in Cook. “Feeling bittersweet about something is trying to hang on to the past, and not realizing the potential of the future,” he said. “It has a lot of potential in Fairfax. I think they’ll get a million visitors in two years.” In the wake of the departure, Cook and other locals filled the void with their own memorabilia from the sport’s Butte beginnings. The CB Klunkers exhibit (admission: $4) occupies the old car-lift garage in the town’s heritage museum. It…