Spank Industries took a different approach when it came to developing their handlebars. Instead of choosing to go with carbon like the rest of the industry, they stuck with their guns, focusing on aluminum. But what makes their bar different from the norm is their Vibrocore damping system.

Low density foam is added to the bar, reducing vibrations and damping shock to your hands. Offered in two handlebar models, the Spike and the more trail oriented Oozy, the bars look to be the ticket for riders with tired and aching hands.  [more after the jump…]

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Portland and the Bay Area have a lot in common when it comes to limited access to trails for mountain biking. Although both areas have a significant amount of green space and trails, due to anti-mountain bike factions with considerable political influence, there is a serious lack of close in recreation opportunities for mountain biking on narrow single track trail. [more after the jump…]

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Adjusting the angle of a Rockshox Maxle Lite

Stuck adjusting a Maxle Lite? The Rockshox Maxle has gone through a few iterations, with each one improving on the last. The new Maxel Lite is lighter and easier to use than previous iterations. Unlike the previous version though, getting the orientation of the lever in the closed position is a bit more complicated. After […]

08.30.2015 How-to Read the full story →
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Review: Handful Adjustable Sports Bra

Although sports bras are worn by every female rider they’re rarely a topic of discussion when it comes to cycling apparel. I’m just as bad, as I’ve never really thought to review one until recently when I started participating in discussions of women’s apparel purchasing at Western Bikeworks. That’s when I met Jennifer Ferguson of Handful. A fitness enthusiast herself, […]

08.25.2015 Clothing Read the full story →
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Mountain of the Rogue Trail: Rogue River, OR

There are some exciting new developments in the southwestern Oregon region known as the Rogue Valley. In the mountain biking world, the area is best known for the riding and events on Mount Ashland, but the local mountain bike scene includes trail networks near communities in Medford, Talent, Jacksonville, Applegate and Grants Pass. If you’ve never ridden in Southern […]

08.21.2015 Oregon Trails Read the full story →
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Faraday Porteur E-bike

E-bikes are a polarizing topic when it comes to the subject of taking them off road, but more and more commuters are looking to them as a possible option for transportation and utility purposes. We can have fun on just about anything with two wheels and a handle bar, but like scooters, we’d just as well […]

08.19.2015 Bikes Read the full story →
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Stafford Lake Bike Park on Track to Open August 22nd

Although progress or fresh news of the bike park at Stafford Lake in Novato, California has trickled out painfully slow at times, things are on track. In fact, the long wait is finally over with the first phase of the new bike park set to open on August 22nd. The long awaited opening event is presented by […]

08.13.2015 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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Bermstyle’s Inga Beck Joins the Velotech/Western Bikeworks Marketing Team

PORTLAND, Ore.  — Velotech/Western Bikeworks has hired Inga Beck of team Bermstyle to head event marketing efforts and social media for the two Portland based retail stores as well as the online stores. Besides the Western Bikeworks locations, Velotech also owns and operates BikeTiresDirect.com, and is a supporter of local cycling in Portland, sponsoring the […]

08.05.2015 From the world-wide web Read the full story →
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9point8 Fall Line Dropper post

Adjustable height seat posts have been available for a few years now and while they’re a must-have upgrade, they’re not known for long term durability. In fact, we have yet to get more than a full season of use from any post in our quiver without a rebuild or servicing it. And while some posts, like […]

07.26.2015 Seat Posts Read the full story →
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Bermstyle + Betabrand: The Smuggler’s Jacket now in Crowdfunding

Technical outdoor apparel meets sci-fi influenced street wear with the Smuggler’s Jacket — a homage to our favorite space rogue. Designed by yours truly, I wanted a jacket with a moto-inspired cut aimed at adventuring anywhere, whether it’s hikes in the mountains to a daily commute on the bike — while still oozing of style.

07.23.2015 Jackets Read the full story →