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Dirt Rag Magazine Issue 210

Dirt Rag is a mountain biking lifestyle magazine. Original art, passionate stories, investigative articles, honest product reviews, comics, music and book reviews and a realistic attitude are what we're all about. Whether you are a timid beginner or a seasoned race junkie, Dirt Rag speaks to you.

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dirt rag

PUBLISHER Maurice Tierney | publisher@dirtragmag.com SUPREME EDITORIALSHIP Carolyne Whelan | carolyne@dirtragmag.com VISUAL WARLOCK Stephen Haynes | stephen@dirtragmag.com DIGITAL STRATEGIST/ LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER Brett Rothmeyer | brett@dirtragmag.com OPERATIONS MANAGER Scott Williams | scott@dirtragmag.com ACCESS EDITOR Leslie Kehmeier | access@dirtragmag.com EVENTS COORDINATOR Trina Haynes | trina@dirtragmag.com ADVERTISING AND PARTNERSHIPS Ellen Butler | ellen@dirtragmag.com QUALITY MANAGER Karl Rosengarth | karl@dirtragmag.com CIRCULATION Jon Pratt | jon@dirtragmag.com COPY EDITOR Kim Stravers HOW TO CONTACT US 3483 Saxonburg Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15238 412.767.9910 - dirtragmag.com ADVERTISING SALES - 412.767.9910 advertise@dirtragmag.com SUBSCRIPTIONS - 866.523.9653 DRsubscriptions@dirtragmag.com DISTRIBUTION - 800.762.7617 sales@dirtragmag.com PARTNERSHIPS - 412.767.9910 partnerships@dirtragmag.com PRODUCT TESTING - 412.767.9910 stuff@dirtragmag.com LEGAL COUNSEL Marc Reisman, Esq. NEWSSTAND SALES Howard White and Associates NEWSSTAND DISTRIBUTION COMAG Marketing Group PRINTER Schumann Printers, Inc.…

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chewing the fat

Editor’s note: These letters have been trimmed for length. SAFE SPACE From myself and everyone of my friends without exception who have been loyally reading the magazine you created for 30 years, I extend a heartfelt and hearty thank you. A place where who you vote for and what outrages you doesn't come within miles of your pages. (Unless it's outrage over another new unstandardzed "standard" or the unnecessary demise of 26ers). Thanks for keeping Dirt Rag a "safe space" from all the crap we ride & read this rag to escape from in the first place. Your loyal fanboy, Fud Dear Fud, It’s a hard balance to strike: Everything is political, according to my Nana Kate, and yet if we stay constantly vigilant and focused on the political nature of the world, our brains will explode.…

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i thought i’d be better by now

PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS HAD A FASCINATION WITH THE FUTURE, FROM NOSTRADAMUS TO STAR TREK TO FORTUNE TELLERS. As the dates of the future come and go — 1984, 2001 (A Space Odyssey); October 21, 2015 (Back to the Future) — we can see where our predictions were accurate or fell short: How many of us are still pissed there aren’t real hoverboards? Mountain biking is no different. Back in 2001 when I bought my first copy of Dirt Rag, the grease smear on the cover from my mechanic fingers told my fortune: I’d one day be the editor. On the other hand, the year prior when I got my first mountain bike to commute and ride around the arroyos of Northern New Mexico, I taught myself how to ride up…

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hog-wild in the ozarks

ARKANSAS BARBECUE VARIES FROM PLACE TO PLACE, BUT MY GRAMPS TAUGHT ME TO LOVE PIG. (He grew up in Piggott, Arkansas.) Most Arkansans love pig. I mean, the state’s football team is the Razorbacks. But residents now have a love/hate relationship with these animals. Free-roaming wild hogs cause nearly $1 billion in crop damage across the U.S. every year, and Arkansas is hit really hard. Feral pigs plow through fences, root around farmland, eat crops, destroy wildlife habitats and damage wetlands, making water pollution and soil erosion worse. They’re definitely not helping maintain the awesome Ozark mountain bike trails, like the ones in Bentonville and Fayetteville. The state actually classifies feral pigs as an invasive species and public nuisance. Hunting them has helped a little, and it’s encouraged, but trapping…

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1990 doug bradbury manitou

MOUNTAIN BIKING IS A UNIQUE SPORT IN SEVERAL WAYS, DIFFERENT IN ITS CULTURE AND EVOLUTION FROM MANY OTHERS. While its history is deeply rooted in the counterculture movement, today it feels much more commercial and disconnected from its origins. As an umbrella category, mountain biking seems to constantly reinvent itself and create this ceaseless churn of equipment. Much like a cyclist, an avid skier might have a quiver of skis for the various conditions and terrain. But while a pair of powder skis is not ideal for it, you can take them out to shred corduroy and still have an epic day. Conversely, I don’t think many would have the same amount of fun slogging a downhill sled up a cross-country course or taking that gravel bike down some gnarly…

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push industries

TUCKED AWAY IN AN UNASSUMING, MODERATELY INDUSTRIAL CUL-DE-SAC IN LOVELAND, COLORADO, SITS THE PURPOSE-BUILT, 7,300-SQUARE-FOOT HEADQUARTERS OF PUSH INDUSTRIES. Home to 15 employees (and looking to hire another dozen), it’s the company’s second home in Colorado after moving from the 800-square-foot original tuning facility in Irvine, California, in 2005. It sits decidedly close to some of the best mountain bike trails the state’s eastern Front Range has to offer, allowing for proper lunch rides as well as an extended office in which to research and develop Push product. Founded in 2003 by Darren Murphy, his suspension tuning ideas for mountain bikes were the product of personal knowledge gained in the motorcycle, automotive and cycling industries. Though Murphy flew under the radar of most, it was his data-acquisition process that sparked…