The Northstar Bike Park has been hosting a women’s only event every Friday with discounted lift tickets and opportunities of guided rides and coaching. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to meet and ride with other women riders in the community. Having led more than my share of group rides, I’m a huge fan of them and the opportunities they provide for networking and meeting new friends. I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while, and last week we took the day off to drive up and attend my first Pumps on Pedals session at Northstar Bike Park in Tahoe.  [more after the jump…]

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Bell and Giro have long been leaders in progressive helmet technology, and their headwear has saved my noggin more than once. With companies like POC, Scott and Smith touting new helmet technology featuring the MIPS Brain Protection System, it was just a matter of time before Bell/Giro responded with offerings of their own.

With contemporary trail bikes getting more and more capable every season, we’re going faster than ever. We’re also hitting the ground at higher speeds. Although the new technology will set you back a bit more at the register, if you’re going to rock the latest wonder bike, why skimp when it comes to your head?

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The Specialized 2F0 Flat Women’s Shoe: WHY

Specialized recently released a new shoe intended for use with platform pedals, the 2F0 Flat. They’ve also released a women’s version, in an indigo/ hyper green color way. I’m really at a loss of words when it comes to the color choices of this shoe. Apparently indigo and hyper green is in right now and someone […]

08.22.2014 Shoes Read the full story →
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Chums Infinity+1 Carabiner with Key Ring and Bottle Opener

If you tote your keys via a carabiner and carry a bottle opener on a key ring, it’s time to lighten your every day carry. The Chums Infinity+1 Utility carabiner has a convenient lip for opening up your favorite beverage with a key ring slot for the keys you carry everywhere. We use the lower […]

08.21.2014 Gear Read the full story →
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Stuff We Like: Ricoh GR Compact Camera

Unless I’m shooting for a paycheck, I’m not interested in toting a 20lb. pack of camera gear on rides. That doesn’t mean I don’t like or want to capture moments from our rides. Fortunately I don’t have to lug around a huge pack just to get a few decent photos. We used to carry an inexpensive […]

08.19.2014 Camera and Electronics Read the full story →
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Betabrand Women’s Bike to Work Jacket

Betabrand recently released a women’s Bike to Work Jacket in black for crowd funding on their site. Like their men’s version, it’s a Mackintosh style jacket made from a softshell material with a nod to biker culture with its offset zipper. I wore the sample around town for an evening as Jason documented the ride […]

08.18.2014 Clothing Read the full story →
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Review: Five Ten Hellcat

Labeled the most winning shoe in World Cup DH history, the SPD-compatible Hellcat shoe has enjoyed the reputation as a favorite amongst gravity racing pro riders. This made it a top choice when I decided to try a clip-in shoe for use when riding more technical trails. Until recently I preferred flat pedals for aggressive riding; […]

08.14.2014 Shoes Read the full story →
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650b Nomad Chronicles: Part One

Ermygawd, I have the new 650b Nomad.  Since I’ve built it up, I’ve received more than a few Facebook queries about it, asking how it rides. My first answer? This bike puts a smile on my face. Yes— it is awesome. I was in that boat a few weeks ago; once I decided I was about to […]

08.12.2014 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →
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SDG Allure Ti Alloy Saddle

Finding a good saddle can be a challenge, but it is worth the effort. We spend so much time intimately placing delicate parts of ourselves on them, so comfort is and should be a priority. Ideally our pick is also light in heft, and of equal importance to me, nice to look at. After bolting on a number […]

08.11.2014 Gear Read the full story →
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Review: Orange Seal Tubeless Sealant

When it comes to setting up your tires as tubeless, running a good tire sealant is key to making sure you’re not constantly pumping tires back up or stuck trail side with a flat. Stan’s Tire Sealant has been our go-to since we made the switch, but after talking to a rather charismatic fellow at the […]

08.07.2014 Gear Read the full story →