Insulated jackets and vests used to make you look like a bloated snowman. These days materials have evolved, resulting in garments that retain heat while displacing moisture all while offering an improved aesthetic. The unique hybrid design of the Variant Jacket from Marmot drew me to it; part puffy jacket and part active wear piece, it boasts an athletic fit that’s more sophisticated than the baggy pieces of days past.
The Corral Hollow Downhill was an underground downhill race held at a ORV area in the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area put on by RideSFO in 2006 and 2007. Before then it had been known as the Groovy Gravity Games. Between the spring series of dual slalom and mountain cross races at Sand Hill Ranch and these events, the Bay Area surprisingly boasted a healthy gravity scene. (these days you’ve got to trek to Tahoe and Monterey for events)
After a recent #TBT post on Instagram, I came to the realization that the original post from the event in 2006 no longer lived anywhere on the web, as it was from a rather ancient iteration of the site’s prior branding. The original post is buried in a hard drive somewhere, but these days my photo library is significantly more organized. It’s been interesting to revisit these old photos, especially considering how much I’ve evolved as a photographer, and visual story teller.
Phil from RideSFO still has the original event website up including the results page, and although it was only 8 years ago now, it’s fascinating to see the names of the up and comers that are now familiar names in today’s enduro circuit. Check it out.
Our local trails provide a fix when we have a craving for dirt, but our favorite trail bikes are often overkill for the tame terrain. Sometimes a hard tail is the best, or more importantly, the most fun tool for the job. We have a 29″ XC set up that’s great for hammering, but the […]
With fat bikes gaining prominence, bigger and wider tires have become more commonplace in the garages across the land. And since there are some fat bike fans at Trek, offering a pump specifically for high volume tires makes a lot of sense. While owning a compressor is a no-brainer for any sweet bike-man-cave, not all of us […]
The fellas at Kitsbow are known for being high-end textile connoisseurs, and to announce their foray in the casual commuter genre, they created a video documenting the best dirt you can find in San Francisco. Although it shows a bit more than you could reasonably cover on your way to work, (while still getting there […]
After 8 months with the OneUp Component 40 tooth sprocket, it’s still going strong. The rest of my drive train, not so much. Wear and tear has taken its toll and its time to replace worn out parts. On the bright side, it’s going to cost a lot less than it would if I was […]
I’ve got over three months of riding logged on the latest iteration of the Santa Cruz Nomad, and it’s been a ball. As a rider that prefers the gravity side of the spectrum, the DH-like geometry isn’t just massively confidence inspiring pointed down, but it just feels right. Since swapping my parts over from my […]
My fangirl affair with DHaRCO riding kit continues, prompting me to post yet another Style Check after a recent purchase — the women’s gravity shorts and matching 3/4 trail jersey in blue. As I stated in my previous post, (click here) I’m drawn to DHaRCO’s bright feminine colors, tailored cuts and well thought out ensembles. So much so that I […]
The mountain biking segment of the internet was ablaze earlier this week when Ibis announced the launch of the third generation of their flagship trail bike, the Mojo HD. Featuring contemporary trail bike geometry, 650b wheels and six inches of front and rear suspension travel, the latest Mojo addresses all the short comings of their […]
Flannel is so hot right now. The apparent rise of the “Lumbersexual” means flannels are more popular than ever, with heritage style officially declared “in”. This usually signals the peak of the trend, but on the bright side it also means we have quite a selection in flannel shirts suitable for riding bikes. Whether it’s casual rides or digging […]
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