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Bike Check: Noel’s Foundry Cycles Ratchet

The Ratchet is a carbon road frame by offered the folks at Foundry Cycles.  Those unfamiliar with the brand are more likely to have heard of QBP, the powerhouse bicycle parts distributor that powers many of the independent bike shops across the country. QBP created the in house brand as a high performance, understated no-nonsense line to […]

05.30.2014 Bikes Read the full story →
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2014 Ashland, Oregon Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival

When our friends at Ashland Mountain Adventures invited us to the Spring Thaw weekend in Ashland, Oregon, we couldn’t refuse. A lousy winter that devastated the ski resort meant they’d be running the XC race up to the Bull Gap Trail. Normally  it’s trail still covered in a blanket of snow and ice. This season however, was […]

05.24.2014 Oregon Trails 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 →
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2014 Boggs 8 Hour

The Boggs 8-Hour race has been running for nine years now, but this year marks the first time we trekked up to see what it was all about. Inga was signed up to race as part of a 3 lady team with her Luna Chix teammates, and I decided to tag along last minute to […]

05.06.2014 California Trails Read the full story →
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Review: Renthal Duo Stem

The Renthal Duo is a great looking stem. When I first saw it, I was enamored with its innovative and minimal design and had to try one. Mostly because it’s wicked light and it looks sweet. The most unique feature of the Duo is the approach they took with the design. CNC machined from a block of […]

05.02.2014 Stems Read the full story →
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Ditching the Hydration Pack: What’s Your Every Ride Carry?

Hydration packs work extremely well for storing water and supplies needed for epic adventures, but for rides of shorter duration they are often overkill. Last year I returned to my roots and installed a bottle cage on my bike and left my pack at home. Rediscovering the freedom of riding sans pack has really enriched my regular riding experience. […]

04.24.2014 Gear Read the full story →
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An East Bay Bike Park? Tell them what you want on April 27th

Although the East Bay Regional Park District hasn’t been known for being bike friendly, change has been in the works for some time. We reported on amendments to the Master Plan in the fall of 2012 on how cycling is addressed and although change has been slow, it has been steadily been moving forward behind the […]

04.17.2014 BTCEB Read the full story →
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Bell Built Grant Finalists now up for voting

Bell Helmets, in conjunction with IMBA is giving away $100,000 to be divided up between three trail building projects spread across the US. As west coast dwellers, we’re happy to see three projects near and dear to us have made it as finalists, and are now up for voting on BellHelmets.com. The west coast finalists […]

04.08.2014 Marin Read the full story →
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Marin County’s Stafford Lake Bike Park: Shovel Ready at Last?

The ongoing efforts to get a bike park built in Marin has been in the works for several years now, and it looks like the final road blocks have finally cleared. According to an email blast from IMBA, the Stafford Lake Bike Park, approved several years ago by the Marin County Board of Supervisors, will […]

04.07.2014 Marin Read the full story →
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Timbuk2 Dehydration Backpack

Although carrying a full keg of beer on your back is probably best reserved for gentlemen like Igor Pedan, you’re sure to be a hit at your next group ride. Perfect for the next bike party event, the Dehydration backpack by Timbuk2 features a ventilated back panel and airmesh backpack straps for ventilation. It’s fully […]

04.02.2014 Gear Read the full story →