Bike September/October 2017

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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in this issue

2 min.
front lines

IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT WE AT BIKE SELECT a cover image that doesn’t showcase a rider, or several riders, photographed on a dreamy stretch of singletrack set against a stunning alpine backdrop, pedaling through a vast backcountry landscape or cornering around a patch of loam deep in a dark forest. It is after all—and has always been—about the ride, and little else articulates the feelings of freedom and pure joy that mountain bikes evoke than images such as these. But we would have no ride at all if it weren’t for all the tireless warriors on the ground fighting to preserve access to our favorite trails, or lobbying for new singletrack and bike parks to be built in their respective towns and communities. Those who know the sting of losing a battle,…

5 min.

WRITE US Bike welcomes your input. Send correspondence to: Editor, Bike magazine, 2052 Corte Del Nogal, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Or send an email to: nicole@bikemag.com. GRINGO GRATITUDE Wow! I just read Mike Ferrentino’s “Gringo Syndrome” column (Grimy Handshake, July 2017) this morning. In my opinion, it is the most important thing Bike has ever published, and I have been a reader for over 20 years. Not only that, but it also contained the most important sentence you have ever published: “But—here is the painful bit—we are all dicks out on the trail.” Ouch! Mike put a mirror in front of us. Bike should print that on a decal that we could stick inside our helmets, our dashboards and bathroom mirrors. We need to embrace it. Mike tried to soften that in the last…

6 min.
room with a pew

“TRACE ME YOUR WHEEL-TRACKS, YOU fortunate bicycle,” wrote poet Sir John Betjeman in 1940. His focus wasn’t on that bicycle, but on Myfanwy, the person riding it. She was an amalgam of women he knew and wanted to bed (and generally later did). Britain’s official poet laureate had a thing for women on bicycles; in 1930, for a literary magazine, he perved, “I sometimes think that I should like/To be the saddle of a bike.” But the sex- and cycling-crazed bard had another passion: English churches. “Church crawling is the richest of all pleasures,” he wrote. “It leads you to the remotest and quietest country, it introduces you to the history of England in stone and wood and glass which is always truer than what you read in books.” Oh, if only he…

7 min.
missed connections

MANY THEORIES EXIST ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN relationships. Malcolm Gladwell made some hay with his idea of “connectors.” Robert Zemeckis won an Oscar for his movie about one human’s involvement with every major historical event of the mid-20th century. And some jackass ruined Kevin Bacon’s life by providing a tangible example of the six degrees of separation. My theory is specific to British Columbia mountain biking and can be simply stated as this: Cory Leclerc knows everybody and is involved in everything. He’s a connector—Forrest Gump and Kevin Bacon rolled into one. It started in the late 1990s, when freeride was blowing up B.C. Forests were thick with wheelie drops and haphazardly built wooden structures, and downtown Vancouver was overrun with knobby-tired stair-gappers. The spark was “Kranked,” where names were…

1 min.
pack mentality

THERE ARE RIDERS WHOSE HONOR-STUDENT CANINES WILL stick to a tire as well as their own shit does, but most trail dogs would never pass muster as riding buddies if they were human. And not just because they like to take dumps on the trail. The issue is that most dogs enjoy stopping to smell things, and then like to spend a few minutes rolling in said smelly things. They also often take interest in wild four-legged creatures (and maybe two-legged if you live in Australia and your dog likes kangaroos). This is problematic because us mountain-biking dog owners tend to be rather attached to our goofball sidekicks, but also quite fond of riding singletrack, so we wind up with our attention split between the two. Still, many of us continue to…

3 min.

THERE ARE A LOT OF MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT 29ERS, BUT the fact that they don’t accelerate as quickly as smaller wheels is not one of them. This is particularly true if you’re talking about the wheel size’s agonizingly slow crawl into acceptance. First, it was like, “It’ll never be viable for mountain bikes.” When 29ers practically took over cross-country racing, we said, “Yeah, well, it’ll never work on trail bikes, especially full-suspension ones.” It did. Next, everyone said, “Okay, but it’ll never work on downhill bikes.” Ask Greg Minnaar, who piloted the first 29er to World Cup downhill victory this year, about the viability of the wheel size. A lot of people are owed credit for the advancements that brought 29ers to where they are today, but it’s possible none of it would’ve…