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Ditching the Pack Part II: SWAT System from Specialized

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 […]

07.19.2014 Gear 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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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 →
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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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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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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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Santa Cruz Nomad Update: 650b wheels, shorter stays, lower and slacker

We’ve guessed it was coming for sometime; the question was, would it live up to our expectations? Our wishlist had consisted of the following: shorter chainstays, lower bottom bracket height, steeper seat angle, slacker head angle, and a water bottle cage. On our bikes, an AngleSet had fixed two of the above: slacked out head […]

04.01.2014 Santa Cruz Bicycles Read the full story →
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Review: Giro Privateer XC Mountain Bike Shoes

High end mountain bike shoes can get pretty pricey these days, and you can easily spend upwards of $300-400 on a pair of the latest carbon wonder soles. Spending top dollar for a high-zoot carbon wonder sole is cool if you need the best to compliment your $10k carbon XC Race rig. However, if they […]

03.25.2014 Shoes Read the full story →