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Winner, Winner Frozen Dinner!

Winner, Winner Frozen Dinner!

Yeah, I know, it’s never too cold to ride your bike. Harden the core up, and stop the whining, right? But I’m a man with a different plan.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And when Ma Nature dumps piles of white stuff, grab the XC skis and go with the flow in the snow. Kick and glide—now that’s what talkin’ ’bout.

My local singletrack offers stellar XC skiing terrain, whenever the snow is too deep for mountain biking.


Would we be safer without helmets?

Would we be safer without helmets?

There is no doubt Mikael Colville-Andersen is pro-bicycling. A filmmaker and photographer, he is also the head of Copenhagenize Consulting, a firm that advocates for taming urban spaces, and publisher of a popular blog by the same name.


Review: Manitou Tower Pro 120mm

Dirt Bag Remedy for Cold Hands

Dirt Bag Remedy for Cold Hands

Maybe I have poor circulation, but cold hands are something I’ve always struggled with during winter riding. No matter what gloves I’m wearing, my hands end up cold when the temperature dips below about 15º. Sure, I could buy some lobster-claw-style gloves or mittens, but I don’t like the idea of having to use more than one finger to brake.


Dirt Bag Remedy for Cold Hands

Dirt Bag Remedy for Cold Hands

Maybe I have poor circulation, but cold hands are something I’ve always struggled with during winter riding. No matter what gloves I’m wearing, my hands end up cold when the temperature dips below about 15º. Sure, I could buy some lobster-claw-style gloves or mittens, but I don’t like the idea of having to use more than one finger to brake.


Review: Lemond Fitness Revolution trainer

In For Test: Jamis Commuter 4

In For Test: Jamis Commuter 4

Shortly after receiving Jamis’ Commuter 4 for review the weather around these parts turned awfully cold and snowy. In fact, I had to swap out the brand new stock tires for some knobbies due to snowy roads on my mayden voyage. Not only that, but temps droppd down to 12-15 degrees Farenheight, which made for quite a frozen beard by the time I made it into work.


Mavic visits Dirt Rag HQ

Mavic visits Dirt Rag HQ

We’re getting spoiled here at Dirt Rag Headquarters! Two companies in as many weeks have stopped by to show us their wares. Sorry you couldn’t make it, but we’re going to share what we saw with you.

Today it was Zack from Mavic who stopped by, bringing an assortment of Mavic’s wheels, shoes and clothing for show and tell. If you’ve somehow been living under a rock or on Mars, you should know Mavic has been building wheels and other cycling parts in France for more than 100 years.


Indy Fab moving to New Hampshire

Indy Fab moving to New Hampshire

Custom bike builder Independent Fabrications, a long-time Massachusets icon, has announced it will move its operations to New Hampshire in the coming months.

Its new facility is a 200-year-old mill in Newmarket, N.H., about an hour north of Boston. The space will allow the company to include a showroom and a fitting area, said IF President Gary Smith in a press release.


Freeriding in the Gobi Desert

Freeriding in the Gobi Desert

Freeride Entertainment, an action and extreme sports filmmaking company, is taking freeriding back to its roots with Where the Trail Ends, a feature film based on natural terrain riding in international locations.

The project started deep in the Gobi Desert this year with riders Darren Berrecloth, Kurt Sorge, and James Doerfling. Freeride is keeping quiet about the other locations, but you can use your imagination…


Airborne visits, shows us new models

Airborne visits, shows us new models

The good folks at Airborne Bicycles stopped by at Dirt Rag HQ this week to show off their revamped model lineup for Spring 2011.


First Impression: Raleigh Talus Sport 29

First Impression: Raleigh Talus Sport 29

By Adam Newman

Why do we ride? 

Fitness? Transportation? Socialization?

I call BS. If you ride a bike and you’re reading this, I’d put money on the fact that you ride just because it’s fun.

And the Raleigh Talus Sport 29 I’ve been riding for the past few weeks is just that: fun.


Ray’s Milwaukee indoor park now open

Ray’s Milwaukee indoor park now open

The opening has been delayed indefinetly for the past few weeks, but it looks like they’re ready to open their doors to 2011.

Keep checking back here for updates or visit their site.


Bicycle Times publishing 6 issues in 2011

First Impression: Diamondback Sortie 3

First Impression: Diamondback Sortie 3

By Adam Lipinski

I’m glad to report that the Diamonback Sortie 3 is not the department store bike so many people perceived it would be. I’d be pretty shocked if a company tried to pan off department store bikes for $2749.95.


First Impression: Intense Tracer 29

First Impression: Intense Tracer 29

Intense and Dirt Rag have both been around for more than 20 years. We’ve somehow never tested an Intense. That is a problem, and I’m correcting it as you read.

Yessir, a Tracer 29, 140mm of VPP travel, made in the USA, already muddy.

That is a straight 1.5 head tube, with a Cane Creek tapered headset.

SRAM dispatched a full XO group, this is the 26-39 crankset.


Access Alert: Legislation threatens trails

Access Alert: Legislation threatens trails

Epic Trail threatened in West Virginia

From Kyle Lawrence of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition:


Industry Insider profile: Gregg Bagni

Industry Insider profile: Gregg Bagni

Gregg Bagni

Hometown: Boulder, CO and Lake Geneva, WI

Current location: Trapped on planet earth

What do you do for/with/to bicycles? 


Ikea gives all 12,000+ employees a bike

Ikea gives all 12,000+ employees a bike

Sounds like a cool holiday gift to us. Ikea announced last week that all 12,400 of its U.S. employees would recieve a new bike courtesy of the Sweedish furniture retailer.

The company’s self-congradulatory press release cites all the benefits of cycling as its reasons for the gift, including excercise and sustainability. Certainly two great causes a company would like to be associated with. Though Ikea hasn’t always played nice with the cycling community.


Access Action: Michaux’s Grave Ridge

Access Action: Michaux’s Grave Ridge

by James Murren

In the Access column of Issue 151, we interviewed Ashley Korenblat, Director of IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative. She spoke about the ways in which mountain bikers can work with land preservation advocates, and why Wilderness designations, even though they ban mountain biking, are not always a bad thing for mountain bikers in general. In this issue, we have an example of the other end of the land use spectrum, resource extraction, and how it can impact mountain biking.


Two words: Recumbent downhill

Two words: Recumbent downhill

Does this mean the socks/sandals/beard look will be replaced with flat-brimmed hats and big shades? 


First Impression: BH RX1

First Impression: BH RX1

By Josh Patterson

Cyclocross season is in full swing!

In fact, Cyclocross Nationals kicks off today in Bend, Oregon. Like most people who race ‘cross, I can be pretty fanatical about it. Our Web Editor, Adam Newman joins me in this obsession. I’m not sure what it is about racing bikes with skinny tires in bad weather that make this sport fun, but there’s something special about cyclocross.


Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow…

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow…

By Sal Ruibal

I love to ride in the rain, snow …

I’m really sorry I wasn’t able to ride the Punk Enduro this past weekend, but don’t think I’m afraid to ride in a little Pittsburgh precipitation.

I love to ride in the rain so much that I wrote a song about that passion. When the skies open up and the cold, stinging water splashes my face, I sing my song loud and proud in defiance of the weather.


Review: Orbea Rallon 30

Review: Orbea Rallon 30

By Justin Steiner

Orbea started from humble beginnings in 1847 as a family-owed gun manufacturer. From there, the company evolved into producing bicycles by 1930, and transitioned to a worker-owed cooperative in 1965. In 1998, Orbea began a major initiative to internationalize and push their presence throughout the globe.


Planet X aquires Titus brand in auction

Planet X aquires Titus brand in auction

Planet X, a U.K. Internet-based bicycle manufacturer and retailer, aquired Titus and its assets last week in an auction by its former major lender, Factors Southwest.

The brand’s future was uncertain after it could no longer keep up with loan payments. Planet X won the bidding after two rounds of auctioning.

Planet X sells bikes under its own brand and its mountain bike brand On One.

No word yet on if the Titus name will live on.


The beauty of the bicycle

The beauty of the bicycle

By Adam Newman

Last week I heard about a new project from Renissance Bicycles in North Carolina, The Bicycle As Art, a blog highlighting user-contributed artwork and cultural artifacts inspired by bicycles.


Thanks for the trails

Thanks for the trails

By Sal Ruibal

I’ve been getting lots of emails and calls from my mountain-biking friends this week, looking to ride my neighborhood trails.

I’m lucky to live in an area that’s just outside the Washington DC Beltway, but also rich in singletrack. And not just any singletrack, but sweet-flowing, banked and bermed vintage IMBA Grand Cru that makes up in smiles what it lacks in miles.

When I first began riding here in 1994, there were two kinds of trails; sidewalks and bushwhacked ruts with shin-bashing rocks and ankle-deep mud bogs.


In for review: Yeti 575

In for review: Yeti 575

 

Allow me to introduce Yeti’s redesigned-for-2011 575. I’ve had the pleasure of riding this 146mm-travel beauty for the last couple of months, and I’m happy to say it’s a mighty fun bike. Yeti did a ton of work revising the 575 for this year, so I’ll let the video at the end of this post fill you in on the details.


Ride bikes, fight cancer Friday

Ride bikes, fight cancer Friday

Who do you ride for? 

This weekend you can ride for 5-year-old Tyler Blick at the seventh annual Le Tour de Tryptophan, a 24-hour mountain bike ride (not race) in Fullerton, Calif.


Follow up: Specialized Epic EVO R

Magicshine light batteries recalled

Magicshine light batteries recalled

After we gave them a fairly glowing (hehe) review in Issue 152, we were a bit dissapointed to hear that the Magicshine light batteries have been recalled.Their main US distributor, GeoManGear.com, has issued a satement on its web site that their use should be discontinued immediately.


Dirt Rag visits the SF Bike Expo

Trials, for the rest of us.

Trials, for the rest of us.

It’s a safe bet that every time Danny MacAskill comes out with a new video it’s only a matter of hours before it goes viral, clogging the interweb and your social media feeds. And for good reason, Danny’s got skills.


Bid on your dream bike for charity

Bid on your dream bike for charity

Can a bicycle change someone’s life? Crankbrothers and Performance Bike think so. They’ve teamed up with Wheels4Life to auction off some top-of-the-line, custom-built bikes with 100 percent of the proceeds going to put bicycles in the hands of those who need them.


Welcome guest columnist Sal Ruibal

Welcome guest columnist Sal Ruibal

Editor’s note: Sal Ruibal covered endurance sports for USA Today for more than 20 years, including more Olympic Games, Tours de France and other sports than he’s probably like to admit. In 2007 he was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame for his coverage of a sport that had previously been considered too far outside the mainstream.


IMBA spotlights advocacy hotspots

IMBA spotlights advocacy hotspots

The International Mountain Bike Association has developed a new series of web pages to organize and highlight advocacy efforts across the country. Part of IMBA’s Public Lands Initiative, the web resources are just one component of a comprehensive effort to provide enhanced tools and staff support for critical hotspots where mountain bike access is at risk.

The pages provide a format for posting comments, contacting IMBA staff and sharing links to other web resources, IMBA says. 


Help support land access in the North East

Help support land access in the North East

The New England Mountain Bike Association is locked in a heated battle over plans to improve riding in the Fells, an urban park just outside of Boston. 

The state agency managing the Fells has proposed a Trails Plan that, among other things, would provide for more bicycling opportunities, but the Sierra Club, Audubon and others are lobbying heavily to prevent any improvement for cycling. 


Titus now in the hands of former lender, not yet dissolved, but future uncertain

Titus now in the hands of former lender, not yet dissolved, but future uncertain

As many readers may have heard, things are not looking good for Titus Bikes.

The company has been taken over by its primary lender, Factors Southwest, who is now shopping for a new buyer, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is reporting. Factors Southwest says it is not expecting to break up the company or sell of its assets.

Retailers were notified last week that all remaining stock would be liquidated, but that has not yet happened and most are still waiting for news. 


Ray’s MTB Milwaukee indoor mountain bike park grand opening delayed

Ray’s MTB Milwaukee indoor mountain bike park grand opening delayed

We got word today that the latest indoor mountain bike park from Ray’s will not be opening this weekend as scheduled. Despite a furious pace to construction, it couldn’t be completed in time to secure the needed permits from the city. But have no fear, it will open so, and it will be awesome, we have been assured. 


First impressions: Niner Air 9 Carbon

NiteRider PRO 600

NiteRider PRO 600

By Eric McKeegan


First Impressions: Scott Scale 29 Pro

November store special! Merino wool socks!

November store special! Merino wool socks!

November Special! $8.00 Regular price $12.00

Oh Yeah! The comfort of Merino Wool. This Dirt Rag wool sock is made for us by SockGuy and manufactured in the USA in a blend of 50% Merino Wool and 50% polypropylene. It features our Dirt Rag stacked logo in olive with an orange flame. Available in size XS, S/M, L/XL, and XXL. 


2010 Singlespeed World Championships: We were there

2010 Singlespeed World Championships: We were there

Route for 2011 BC Bike Race announced

Route for 2011 BC Bike Race announced

The fifth running of the epic BC Bike Race through British Columbia will visit new places and include even more amazing singletrack. 

The 2011 route will include a stop at the small town of Campbell River on Northern Vancouver Island on day two. The stage will start and finish on the waterfront with amazing views. 


The park giveth, and the park taketh away

The park giveth, and the park taketh away

Bouncing around on a mountain bike tends to cause things to be flung away from one’s person; sometimes the loser is you, sometimes it’s another unfortunate rider. In the course of 15 years of riding my local park, certain objects have been lost to me, and certain others have appeared in my path. There’s a lot of the usual stuff like water bottles and reflectors (especially in the first few yards of a technical section), but there’s also more valuable items, and some that are downright strange.


Industry Insider profile: Jeff Lockwood of Pivot Cycles and BH

Industry Insider profile: Jeff Lockwood of Pivot Cycles and BH

The Industry Insider series is a peek behind the scenes at the men and women of the cycling industry who deserve a little time in the spotlight. This week we profile our good friend Jeff Lockwood. 

Hometown?

Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Current location?

I’m in kind of a weird, lonely and transient place between: Antwerp, Belgium; Wayne, Pennsylvania; and Tempe, Arizona.

What do you do for/with/to bicycles?


Stuff I like: Biketoberfest Marin

Stuff I like: Biketoberfest Marin

I love a good consumer bike show. Getting the industry and consumers in the same place at the same time doesn’t happen often enough, but it’s usually great when it does. With some West Coast bike-biz peeps plus all the new, old and future readers of our magazines, where else would I want to be?

Biketoberfest Marin had this and more: Good friends in town from Pittsburgh, a ride with my sensei Charlie Kelly, music and my favorite four-letter beverage of choice, BEER!



We’re on our way to the Philly Bike Expo

We’re on our way to the Philly Bike Expo

Our bags are packed, the van is loaded and we’re making the cross-state venture to the Philadelphia Bicycle Exposition this Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31. 

Events include riding demos, a best-mechanic contest, a swap meet, a fashion show, product demonstrations and, of course, a Halloween party. Both days will also be packed with seminars ranging from bike maintenance to yoga. 


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