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Downieville: the Mt Elwell Mission

Downieville Outfitters refers to Mt. Elwell as “one of Downieville’s best kept secrets.” Before last weekend I had never heard of Mt. Elwell. If not for our crew of knowledgeable folks, we probably wouldn’t even have this ride on our must-do list, so I’m inclined to agree. Until recently, we’ve been huddled with the masses ourselves. […]

10.28.2014 California Trails Read the full story →
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Destination Downieville: the Mills Peak Trail

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 […]

10.15.2014 California Trails Read the full story →
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Tahoe Trail Destination: Hole in the Ground Trail

The Tahoe area has some of the best riding in a day’s drive of the Bay Area, and this summer we’ve been spending a lot of our weekends there. Ironically, until this season, we weren’t that excited about the area, simply due to our ignorance of the amazing terrain. It’s not that there isn’t a […]

09.16.2014 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →
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Northstar Bike Park: Pumps on Pedals

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 […]

08.27.2014 California Bike Parks Read the full story →
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Santa Cruz, CA: West Side Pump Track

Santa Cruz, we’re getting tired of how bad you’re making the rest of the Bay Area look. While we’re stuck doing cutties and tearing up bark dust landscaping at the local park, you’re up to something like five pump tracks and bike parks. Is that right? And that doesn’t even count the wood or bike […]

08.04.2014 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →
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A Story of Outlaws: Trail Poaching and the Boondock Saints

I rode with my friend, who I will call Gone. Gone is an amazing rider and given his high skill and knowledge of engineering and science, there are few who know more about bicycle design and mechanics. There is one more thing I should mention about Gone: an uncaring, abrading desire to poach trail.  

07.24.2014 Fresh Tracks 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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Review: Giro New Road

Count us in as fans of the new apparel line from Giro. With their timeless approach to aesthetics and contemporary use of classic materials, this isn’t your grandpa’s old cycling gear. These days manufacturers like Giro are taking advantage of hybrid fabrics that utilize materials like merino wool, polyester and nylon fibers to offer performance characteristics with the best of […]

05.13.2014 Fresh Tracks Read the full story →