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Dirt Rag Magazine Issue 206

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dirt Rag Magazine LTD
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editor’s letter

Do it yourself: It can be a command. It can be a lifestyle. Taken seriously enough, it can even be an ethos. Dirt Rag’s start was as DIY as it gets. Those humble beginnings created the underpinnings of a business model that still carries through until today. To a person, everyone here at Dirt Rag headquarters is willing to dig in and figure out how to do new things, or do them better, or do them cheaper. Being stubbornly DIY has often resulted in making the same mistakes others have made previously, but reinventing the wheel is never a very efficient process. That doesn’t deter us from finding new wheels to invent on a regular basis. Perhaps that is why it felt so right to tackle the projects in the main feature in…

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"clips or flats?"

GAREN BECKER BOTH. THESE DAYS I DEFAULT TO FLATS. THEY’RE A BIT MORE PLAYFUL AND THEY’RE GREAT FOR IMPROVING CORNERING. I LIKE THEM BETTER FOR LOCAL LAPS, BIKE PARKS, SCOUTING, DIGGING. I’LL CHOOSE CLIPS FOR LONGER RIDES WITH MORE PEDALING AND FOR HIGH-SPEED CHATTERY TERRAIN. CASHION SMITH I PREDOMINATELY RIDE CLIPS ’CAUSE I AM A HACK AND NEED ANY MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE I CAN GET. THE TRUTH IS I BELIEVE THERE ARE GOOD REASONS FOR FLATS AND CLIPS AND IT REALLY JUST COMES DOWN TO WHAT YOU GET DOWN WITH. I STARTED RIDING CLIPS IN 1990, SO IT IS JUST WHAT I KNOW AND AM MOST COMFORTABLE WITH. I LIKE THE SECURE CONTACT, ESPECIALLY WHEN THINGS GET ROWDY. JOSH MOORE I RIDE FLATS BECAUSE I LIKE HOW FREE MY FEET FEEL WHEN I’M FLYING DOWN A…

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featured contributors

BRETT ROTHMEYER A life long yinzer, Brett Rothmeyer has spent the better part of the last 20 years chasing two wheeled dreams near and far. Handy with a camera, Brett looks for the images and stories that transcend just another day out on the bike with the hopes of connecting the mountain bike community at large. SCOTT WILLIAMS Scott started out pursuing “the dream” to climb the corporate ladder but soon realized that a suit and tie just wasn’t his jam. Now, Operations Manager / CFO for Dirt Rag he has his hands in a little bit of everything throughout the company but is primarily responsible for the day to day finances of the business. After getting his fiance Jess into the sport, the two are almost inseparable and continuously planning their next…

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eat me: easiest ice cream ever

Hot summer rides with friends on technical wooded trails often bring AC/DC’s “Let There Be Rock” into my head. But with totally different vocals: Wheels spinning, tires thinning, scraping on the dirt and the rocks Left leaning, legs screaming, pedals leaving blood in your socks Gotta motor, bent a rotor, nothing ever brings you to stop Send it over, water clover, ride and ride and don’t ever pop Eventually, we do take a break. Maybe lean against a tree. Take a good, long drink from a water bottle. Sometimes, resting there, in the dead heat and humidity of summer, my eyes look around the woods, but I don’t see anything. I sort of pass out while fully conscious. The heat melts my mind. In the stillness, I hear the trees breathing — slow, gradual inhaling…

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drink me: mugicha

Sometimes in the hot, hot heat of summer, most everything in the fridge can start to seem like the wrong choice. Iced coffee? Too late in the day for a coffee buzz. Beer? Not another IPA, please. Iced tea? Too much sugar. Sparkling water with a hint of shnozzberry? I’ve had three today already. Something simple, not sweet and not too strong would hit the spot. Mugicha is that drink. Mugicha is the Japanese name for roasted barley tea, but it’s also popular in China and Korea. It is easily found in most Asian groceries in the United States, most often sold in oversize tea bags. Brewing is simple: Take a pitcher of cold water, add one tea bag per quart, stick in the fridge for an hour. The result is a…

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passing through: newark, deleware

Located just a mile southeast of the tripoint where Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania meet, Newark may be the best mountain bike town you have never heard of. First settled in 1694, Newark is home to the University of Delaware and just over 31,000 residents. It was once home to a Chrysler assembly plant, which originally was built to put together tanks for the U.S. Army. While the factory shut its doors in 2008, it once was the largest employer for the small city and where the late, great Bob Marley worked for a short time in the 1960s. Yes, that Bob Marley. While Newark has quite a few famous sons and daughters, including former Vice President Joe Biden and bad-to-the-bone rock ‘n’ roller George Thorogood, we are a little partial to…

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