Bike September - October 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

2 min.
go rogue

WE HUMANS SPEND MUCH OF OUR LIVES BEING TOLD ALL the things we shouldnÕ do. From the cradle to the grave, we’re subjected to a constant barrage of warnings and prohibitions. Though many of these admonitions are rooted in general concerns such as public safety or basic social conduct, all too often they are targeted at the lowest common denominator, with a view toward keeping us moving slowly along with the sprawling herd of humanity. They are the verbal equivalent of the stones hurled from a shepherd’s slingshot, bouncing off our backs every time we get out of line. While adhering to the fundamental framework of regulations is key to maintaining social order, blindly following rules can have a stifling effect on creativity and innovation. As mountain bikers, we’re painfully aware…

2 min.

BRETT SMITH A top-10 amateur national motocross rider in the ’80s and ’90s, Brett Smith competed in exactly one professional motorcycle race before realizing the University of Michigan would provide better options. That decision led to a career in writing and television production. During college he discovered singletrack riding in mid-Michigan, but it was the hundreds of miles of riding in and around Atlanta, Georgia, that prompted Smith to ditch his motorcycle and focus on mountain bikes for recreation. Despite easy access to the trails of the southern Appalachian Mountains, it was the suffer-fest mixture of sand, granite and obscene humidity at the Georgia International Horsepark in Conyers– site of the 1996 Olympic mountain bike races–that Smith liked most. That’s where he met Ben Bishop, the man who has kept the…

1 min.
featured this month on bikemag.com

DEEP SUMMER If the Sea Otter Classic is the North American riding season’s start, then Crankworx Whistler is its climax. Racers, riders, industry folks and droves of fans converge on the world’s biggest bike park for nine days of competition and mountain bike revelry. Look for our coverage of the events and festivities. MIND YOUR MANNERS Midwesterners might be known for their courteousness, but the trails of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are often anything but polite. The rocky, rooty (and sometimes buff) terrain is as entertaining as the scene’s characters, and we experienced both during a recent trip to the region. Check out our digital feature and short film in the “Features” section.…

4 min.

WILDERNESS JOY Your July issue’s “Grimy Handshake” really struck me as true. I read through it a couple of times and came to this conclusion: There will always be the selfish inner desire of man vs. the social desires of man. I find myself feeling the same about not only the Wilderness Act and e-bikes, but about several other bike and outdoor issues. The tie-in with wilderness conservation and e-bikes is, in my mind, the same sort of issue. I have thought about e-bikes while at the top of a climb that just about put me in my grave, and I see someone whizzing right by on an e-bike up that fire road. How can someone suppress human nature and not think, “That guy didn’t earn this?” But I have to be…

1 min.
letter of the month

After work this evening, my wife and I went for a ride on some trails near our home that we’d never ridden before: the Win-Man trails near Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. While riding these incredibly awesome trails, I realized that I’m one hell of a lucky SOB. In the past month, I’ve been fortunate enough to ride my bike on six different trail systems, from Winter Park in Colorado to the CAMBA trails in Hayward, Wisconsin. And I am damn happy about it. This got me thinking that if everyone had access to awesome trails there wouldn’t be any problems in the world because people would be too busy having fun on their bikes to worry about things like wars, the Brexit vote or which religion is the best. Everyone would just…

9 min.
urban wilderness

THERE’S A LAWN GNOME AT THE END OF THE CUL-DE-SAC wearing an orange University of Tennessee cap and a tiny UT football jersey. This is Knoxville, Tennessee, so most of the lawn gnomes in this neighborhood show a similar level of school spirit. The midsized southern city lives and dies by its SEC football team, so you’ll see more than a few UT lawn gnomes as you pedal through neighborhoods full of small ranch-style homes. While Knoxville might be best known as a college football town, a busy group of builders and riders are working to give the city a second identity as a mountain bike town by piecing together a massive system of singletrack that winds through downtown’s suburbs. It’s called the Urban Wilderness, a patchwork of city and…