We’re not alone in our quest to ditch the hydration pack in exchange for freedom to move on the bike. It turns out there is a sizable contingent of riders at Specialized that feel similarly, enough to develop a few solutions of their own. After chatting with Sean Estes, marketing man at the house of S on the subject, he sent a few of their ride carry solutions over for us to try out and review.

I was expecting the bib short with their unique solution to rear pockets while wearing an over short. In addition to the bib, I also found he included what has to be the most useful top cap I’ve ever seen and a bottle cage with an integrated multi-tool. [more after the jump…]

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Riding the bike park at Northstar can be intimidating at times if you’re not already a regular gravity rider. Even if you are, as a woman we’re often riding with male companions. Riding in the company of other female riders can sometimes make a big difference in progressing your skill set to the next level.

We’re big fans of any efforts to help build the riding community, so when we got word that Northstar at Tahoe was promoting a ladies night, we were happy to hear about it. (the downside is they’re all on Fridays, making it a challenge for us with typical 9-5s)

Pumps On Pedals – Ladies Bike Night at Northstar California from Northstar California Videos on Vimeo.

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Racing the 2014 Ashland Mountain Challenge

Getting to open it up and pin it down the mountain is the best part of riding and racing bikes in Ashland. Formerly a Super D format, the Ashland Mountain Challenge was a stage race made up of four sections timed on trails primarily going downhill. Not quite an enduro, but not a straight Super D, […]

07.08.2014 Oregon Trails Read the full story →
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Ashland Spring Thaw: Pro Rider Bike Checks

To be crowned the King of the Mountain, riders at the Ashland Spring Thaw needed to compete in Saturday’s cross country event, as well as Sunday’s downhill run, all on the same bike. Marco Osborne of Novato ended up taking the KOM, flanked by Nathan Riddle and Jason Moeschler. Choosing the ideal setup was a balance […]

06.26.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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Trail Riding at the Northstar Bike Park

Can you have fun riding a regular mountain bike at a bike park, or more specifically, the Northstar Bike Park? With a reputation for big rocks, loose soil and clouds of dust, Northstar has often been described as Gnarstar, for good reasons. We’ve always enjoyed our trips to the “local” bike park. As residents of […]

06.25.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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We Rode the New Demo Flow Trail and It Was Fun.

Two sections of the new flow trail in Demonstration Forest near Santa Cruz opened to the public last weekend. Section 3 and Section 5 are now open for business, and we headed down this Sunday to take the new trail for a spin and snap a few pics. Long story short: the new segments feel […]

06.16.2014 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →
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Riding the Corral Loop: South Lake Tahoe

I finally got out to ride Mr. Toads a few years ago, and it was a really fun trail —worthy of seeking out to experience. It was a lot more fun than sections of the Flume Trail and Rim Trail we’ve ridden, two XC rides that weren’t as exciting as we had hoped on longer […]

06.12.2014 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →
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Northstar Bike Park Opening Weekend Photo Run: Gypsy Trail

The Northstar Bike Park opened for the 2014 season this weekend and we made it a point to be there for a day of gravity fed riding. The jump strewn Livewire trail never disappoints and has become my favorite warm up line on the mountain. The terrain at the park is known for dusty and loose […]

06.10.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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Spurcycle Bike Bell: Worthy of Your Fancy Steed

It’s amazing how different the energy from other users can be when you have a bell mounted to your handlebar. When local trails are flooded with users on a busy day, things can easily go sour unless you announce yourself in advance. However, there are times I don’t feel like shouting out a warning when I’m cranking […]

06.05.2014 Accessories Read the full story →
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Style Check: Shredly Louise MTB Knickers

I discovered Shredly earlier this year (click here for my previous post) and am continuously impressed by how comfortable, durable and flattering these shorts are. (It’s true, you don’t have to look like a tomboy, or worse, a small guy when riding your bike!) In a market that doesn’t appear to listen to women, Shredly has […]

06.03.2014 Trail Style Read the full story →