We’re big fans of any efforts to help build the riding community, especially in Marin County where getting access to trails is a constant struggle. This up and coming weekend, Access 4 Bikes is hosting an Outdoor Adventure Film Festival to raise funds and awareness of their challenges ahead. [more after the jump…]

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Riding sweet new trail is an amazing experience, especially when you find yourself stuck in somewhat of a rut. We’ve been on a mission of sorts to break out of our usual habits when it comes to riding this season, and have been seeking out new trail experiences for our weekend riding destinations.

Downieville is best known for the shuttle and descent down the Downieville Downhill. The route is fast and furious, dropping over 4,000 feet of elevation over 15 miles of trail with a variety of terrain; it’s a must-do for anyone calling themselves mountain bikers.

The downhill is so fun it is easy to forget there are miles of other amazing trails available, and this season we’ve been making an effort to sample them all. Earlier this year we checked off the Pauley Creek trail, (an alternate variation of the classic downhill that rejoins with Butcher Ranch) and rode the new line down Sunset, as well as the new Butcher single track.

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Stuff We Like: Pivot Mach 4 Carbon

Although we love our long travel trail rigs, most of the local Bay Area trails are better served with a short travel trail bike or 29″ hardtail. And while the 29″ hardtail is the choice for putting down fast lap times on smooth groomer trails, the new Mach 4 from Pivot with its minimal 115mm […]

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Scotts Valley Pump Track: First Look

The Santa Cruz pump track scene is blowing up! Construction on the new Scotts Valley pump track is complete, and it is now open to the public, with the official grand opening happening this weekend. MBOSC is hosting the shindig on October 4th, 2014 that will feature a ribbon cutting, demo by local pro riders and raffle prizes. […]

10.02.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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Teva Blow-Out: Your Deal of the Month

We were really fond of the models Teva released during their brief foray into the bike industry. I can’t actually remember when a company has made a product that was so well received and subsequently killed their program. In contrast to the times Nike made attempts to crack the bike market, it was clear Teva […]

10.01.2014 Shoes Read the full story →
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Style Check: DHaRCO Riding Kit

I’m always on the lookout for hip new brands, so when I heard about DHaRCO out of Austrailia, I had to reach out to get more info on their line. I first discovered the brand when they appeared in my Instagram feed worn by a mountain biker in Australia. (she is also featured on their website) […]

09.30.2014 Clothing Read the full story →
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Review: Bell Super Helmet

Contemporary trail bikes are more capable than ever, making higher speeds much more easy to attain. It also means choosing to have a bit more protection is a prudent decision. Fortunately, helmet manufacturers have stepped up to fill the gap in the last few seasons with companies like Bell releasing models specifically to meet the increased […]

09.24.2014 Helmets Read the full story →
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Bike Check: Fred Cuthbert’s Wolfhound Chubby

I’m the first to admit I haven’t really been following the fat bike trends all that closely. Our local conditions don’t call for it, but there are clearly a lot of folks stoked on rigid bikes with huge tires. If we had snow covering our trails for a good part of the year, perhaps my POV on […]

09.22.2014 wolfhound Read the full story →
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F*ck You, Bike Thieves

A few weeks ago I enjoyed a night out in Oakland to celebrate the impending nuptials of a friend. At the end of the night, we stumbled out onto the street and went our separate ways, while I walked over to the bike rack where my ride was locked up, only to witness the following sight.

09.22.2014 Fixed Gear Read the full story →
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SoCal: Snow Summit Bike Park at Big Bear Lake

Big Bear is legendary in the history of our sport, but until recently hasn’t been a destination after closing to downhill mountain bikes in 2004. Fortunately for riders in SoCal, the resort has seen the light and recently reopened to gravity riding. Taking cues from the financial success in Whistler, Gravity Logic— the outfit responsible for […]

09.20.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →