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Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Scott Gibson

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Scott Gibson

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Trek 2011 Product Launch-Chatel, France

Trek 2011 Product Launch-Chatel, France

Trek recently hosted their 2011 mountain bike product launch in beautiful Châtel, France. A gaggle of print and web journalists, along with yours truly, had the opportunity to ride refined and revised versions of Trek’s Fuel Ex, Remedy, as well as Coil and Air versions of the Scratch. The setting for this press camp simply ...


PressCamp 2010: Park City, UT Part One

PressCamp 2010: Park City, UT Part One

What do you get when you combine marketing types from 27 bike-related companies with journos representing 39 titles at the luxurious Deer Valley resort in Park City, UT? You get the bicycle industry schmooze-fest know as PressCamp 2010.


2011 Pivot Mach 4

2011 Pivot Mach 4

Pivot is one of those companies that’s never happy simply resting on their laurels. Like many companies in our industry, they thrive by moving forward, continually developing new product and refining their existing models. That said, it comes as no surprise that Pivot has been awfully busy over the past year… Many of you may ...


Dirt Rag #151 GoTo 53

Dirt Rag #151 GoTo 53

Here is a link to Justin’s full story on the Pivot Phoenix DH, including a lot of photos and some ride impressions:http://www.dirtragmag.com/blogarific/new-pivot-phoenix-dh-race-bike/ Despite being revealed at the same press camp as the Phoenix DH, Justin was under strict orders not to reveal the details of the new Mach 4 until later in June. Here’s his ...


Dirt Rag #151 GoTo 50

Dirt Rag #151 GoTo 50

Justin had a good time with the Commencal Supreme and Supreme DH.Here is his introductory blog: http://www.dirtragmag.com/blogarific/under-test-commencal-supreme/ And here is his blog about his first racing experience with the DH: http://www.dirtragmag.com/blogarific/massanutten-yee-ha-ges-1/


2011 Specialized Launch, Keystone CO

2011 Specialized Launch, Keystone CO

The Specialized 2011 product launch was at the Keystone resort in Colorado. Leaving the airport and plains behind, the jagged wall of the Continental Divide only hinted at the spectacular views and riding to come. This year’s setting was a couple hours west of Denver at enough altitude to make many experienced riders crumble. For ...


Dirt Rag & Bicycle Times Hiring for Online Editor Position

Dirt Rag & Bicycle Times Hiring for Online Editor Position

After nearly 14 years of involvement with Dirt Rag, and now Bicycle Times, yours truly is going to see if the grass is truly greener…though I’m not sure how much grass grows in the desert. As such, Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times are hiring an online editor. Here’s your chance to dig in the Dirt. ...


2011 Specialized product launch

2011 Specialized product launch

By Matt Kasprzyk

The Specialized 2011 product launch was at the Keystone resort in Colorado. Leaving the airport and plains behind, the jagged wall of the Continental Divide only hinted at the spectacular views and riding to come. This year’s setting was a couple hours west of Denver at enough altitude to make many experienced riders crumble.


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Jeff Jones

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Jeff Jones

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Come Celebrate Chicago’s First Bike Park

Come Celebrate Chicago’s First Bike Park

It’s a great day when BMXers, mountain bikers, a mountain bike advocacy organization, city planners, concerned citizens, Chicago politicians and a landscaping supply company all come together to build Chicago’s first ever bike park. The Garden is a bicycle playground for children of all ages, featuring a set of dirt jumps, 3 jump lines and ...


800 Racers Can’t be Wrong. Downieville Classic Does Not Suck.

800 Racers Can’t be Wrong. Downieville Classic Does Not Suck.

Let’s just say this writer has a bit of an attitude problem when it comes to racing. Like why pay to ride your bike with your friends? I have not paid to ride with my friends in many years, and I didn’t want to start now. But I am in Downieville at the Downieville Classic, ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Dave Gray

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Dave Gray

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Scott 2011 Bike Launch: Sun Valley, ID

Tragedy Leads to Charity

Tragedy Leads to Charity

David Mark Clark was arrested and charged with running down four cyclists in San Francisco on June 2nd.  A few people and at least one company in the Bay Area are using this unfortunate event as a springboard to raise funds to help increase awareness for bicycle safety. Specialized Bicycle Components has pleged $4000 to ...


Stuff Preview: Giro Remedy CF Helmet

Stuff Preview: Giro Remedy CF Helmet

In an effort to give you some insight into the products we plan to send through our rigorous testing process here at Dirt Rag, we’ve come up with the Stuff Preview series. Each week, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Jeffrey G. Frane

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Jeffrey G. Frane

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Tour de France 2010

Tour de France 2010

I’m hanging out in Belgium with our esteemed web editor, Jeff Lockwood, taking in a bit of the Tour prior to heading south to France to check out the newest all mountain and park bikes from Trek. Stay tuned to the Dirt Rag blog for details on Trek bikes after the camp, but for now ...


Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times World Tour, Urban Assault, Austin, TX

Dirt Rag / Bicycle Times World Tour, Urban Assault, Austin, TX

Words: Courtney Bell, Pix: Maurice On June 23, the only thing separating us from the Urban Assault Ride in Austin, TX was 1,400 miles of blazing asphalt.  A few days, and countless pit stops later, we had reached our long-awaited destination…only to screech to halt in Friday rush hour traffic.  The skyscrapers of downtown Austin ...




Review: KHS XTC 535

Review: KHS XTC 535

By Lee Klevens


Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Jersey Special

Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Jersey Special

Dirt Rag is well into its 21st year of existence, so we thought we’d clear out…I mean…celebrate by offering our men’s and women’s 20th Anniversary Jersey for only $45 each. That’s 35% off folks. See…isn’t that much more creative than 21% off? Click here to order now!


Cannondale 2011 Product Launch: Park City, UT

July 2010 Event Schedule

July 2010 Event Schedule

It’s that time! Break out your calendar, Franklin-Covery binder, Palm Pilot, iPhone, Day Planner, Trapper Keeper and/or a stone tablet. You know…all those things sitting on top of your pile of old Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines! We have a nice pile of bicycle events from around the US and Candada for you. 7.10.2010 ...


The Results are In!

The Results are In!

We told you about Kona’s Shoot the Ride contest a few months ago.  Cyclists and/or photographers were encouraged to submit their “absolute best” photo featuring bicycles, bicyclists or bicycling. Well…the results are in. They came from all over the world. Nearly 200 entries all told. Backyard dirt jumps, local races, exotic sunsets, downtown commuters, from ...


Stuff Preview: Shimano SPD Sneakers

Stuff Preview: Shimano SPD Sneakers

In an effort to give you some insight into the products we plan to send through our rigorous testing process here at Dirt Rag, we’ve come up with the Stuff Preview series. Each week, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Under Test: Ellsworth Enlightenment 29

Under Test: Ellsworth Enlightenment 29

The first detail everyone notices on the Ellsworth Enlightenment 29 is of course the frame shape. Swoopy with clean lines, plenty of standover clearance, and subtle, yet tasteful graphics placed sparingly on the glossy-black, carbon fiber frame. Take a closer look, and the detail in craftsmanship only gets better. The integrated headset compliments the internal ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: David Cory

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: David Cory

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


World Tour Preview: Urban Assault Ride

World Tour Preview: Urban Assault Ride

Each year the Urban Assault Ride rolls into about a dozen cities, bringing good times with bikes, beer and feats of strength and agility. We’ve been meaning to get to one of these vents for a few years, but scheduling conflicts kept us away. This year the stars aligned and we are headed down to ...


Zero’s Last Ride

Zero’s Last Ride

I’m going home to bury my best riding buddy. She’s been with me for over 10 years. She absolutely loved to go for rides. Just say the word “ride” and she was prancing in anticipation. In the van or truck she’d go. Queen she was. She couldn’t restrain herself when she’d see me put my ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: John Black

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: John Black

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Bikepacking 2010

Bikepacking 2010

Bikepacking Trip – May 6-8, 2010 For our roundup of bikepacking gear in issue #150, Justin, Karl, Frank and Karen headed out for a 2.5-day journey around the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, for a proper testing session. Conveniently, Frank lives in that area, so we set out from his cabin in the woods near Seven ...


Stuff Preview: North Face Spatter Jacket

Stuff Preview: North Face Spatter Jacket

In an effort to give you some insight into the products we plan to send through our rigorous testing process here at Dirt Rag, we’ve come up with the Stuff Preview series. Each week, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Big Bear Lake 2×12 Race and Mountain Fest Report

Big Bear Lake 2×12 Race and Mountain Fest Report

No 24 Hour race? No problem! Mark Schooley of Big Bear Lake stepped up to put on a Duo Team race to fill in the slot previously occupied by Granny Gears’ canceled 24 Hour race. At the pre-race meeting I was pleased to hear Mark say that he was committed to having an annual race ...


Anatomy of a Crash

Anatomy of a Crash

After a good 14 years of mountain biking, I finally earned my wings on a perfect summer day. The car was packed, and I was ready for the thrill of downhill riding at Seven Springs Mountain. As I pulled onto the interstate, I could hear my phone ringing. It was my wife, Maggie. Thinking I ...


Bicycle Times does England: Part One: Brooks Saddle Factory

Bicycle Times does England: Part One: Brooks Saddle Factory

When this press trip came up at the office I shoved all the other staffers aside and politely volunteered myself for duty. I had never been to England, so to get a taste of British culture through a Brooks Saddle factory tour and picnic ride was going to require expertise only and old codger like ...


Trek Launches Gary Fisher Collection, Absorbing Gary Fisher Bicycles

Trek Launches Gary Fisher Collection, Absorbing Gary Fisher Bicycles

Trek has long owned the Gary Fisher brand of bicycles, positioning it as a stand-alone bicycle company. Mainly focusing on mountain bikes, Gary Fisher has also produced road bikes, cyclocross bikes and even bikes for children. In recent years, the Gary Fisher brand can be seen as the most major company to champion the gospel ...


Stuff Preview: Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack

Stuff Preview: Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack

In an effort to give you some insight into the products we plan to send through our rigorous testing process here at Dirt Rag, we’ve come up with the Stuff Preview series. Each week, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Grant Petersen

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Grant Petersen

Name: Grant Petersen Hometown: Lafayette, CA Current location:Walnut Creek, CA What do you do for/with/to bicycles? I started Rivendell Bicycle Works, and still work here. What’s the best thing about your job?I like the people I work with and our customers. And it’s nice to be able to recognize a need or want, then work ...


Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times Are Hiring!

Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times Are Hiring!

So you’re interested in working for two of the world’s most awesome magazines, huh? Ok, then…We’ll just cut to the chase and list the job descriptions and contact info here. The rest is up to you…and then us, of course. General Help WantedDirt Rag LTD, publishers of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines, is looking ...


June 2010 Event Schedule

June 2010 Event Schedule

What biycle events are are YOU planning for June? How about you use our handy  Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times Events List for your enjoyment and/or planning purposes. Don’t forget the Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times World Tour rolls into Austin, Texas for the New Belgium Urban Assault Ride on June 27th. 6.12.2010 ID Fairfield Soldier Mountain www.knobbytireseries.com 6.12.2010 ...


Stuff Preview: Avid Elixr 3 Brakes

Stuff Preview: Avid Elixr 3 Brakes

In an effort to give you some insight into the products we plan to send through our rigorous testing process here at Dirt Rag, we’ve come up with the Stuff Preview series. Each week, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Justin Kline

Bicycle Industry Insider Profile: Justin Kline

Aside from bicycles, of course, the main reason I choose to continue my futile search for fortune in the bicycle industry is because of the people I know and meet. There’s no shortage of extremely smart and passionate people who are insanely interesting, individualistic personalities. Sure it’s cool to be around famous athletes from time ...


Dirt Rag Bright Idea T-Shirt Special

Dirt Rag Bright Idea T-Shirt Special

Hurry! Hurry! Step right up! Click here to order! Like a flash from the past comes the Dirt Rag Bright Idea T-Shirt. This Mark Tierney design first graced our pages in issue #63 and has been the most requested print, so we brought it back in navy with white ink. Available in both men’s and ...


Big Bear Lake Mountain Fest – Big Bear 2 X 12

Big Bear Lake Mountain Fest – Big Bear 2 X 12

Ever since Granny Gear Productions called off the 2010 West Virginia’s 24 Hours of Big Bear, many of us may have been wondering how to fill the void for the weekend of June 12th. Well wonder no more! The Big Bear Lake Mountain Fest will get down on Saturday, June 12 at the exact same ...


Stuff Preview: Shimano Deore XT Pedals

Stuff Preview: Shimano Deore XT Pedals

In an effort to give you some insight into the products we plan to send through our rigorous testing process here at Dirt Rag, we’ve come up with the Stuff Preview series. Each Friday, we’ll present one product that is currently in the hands of one of our testing staff. We’ll post a photo of ...


Riding Kennel Blind in the Mid-Ohio Valley? (Part 2)

Riding Kennel Blind in the Mid-Ohio Valley? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a two-part series about rides in and around the Mid-Ohio Valley. You can read Part 1 here. By Chris Swarr The Wayne National Forest Many folks have a misconception about the Ohio landscape.  A sort of flat, open topography with little elevation gain is the picture people often have about ...


Product Launch: Magura’s 2010 Press Camp in Sedona, AZ

Product Launch: Magura’s 2010 Press Camp in Sedona, AZ

Nearly four years ago, I cut my press camp teeth on a trip to Sedona, Arizona to ride with the great people of Magura and left with friendships that last to this day. Helping to close out this past action packed May, I returned to the Magura press camp to ride some of the best ...


First Impressions: Santa Cruz Nickel

First Impressions: Santa Cruz Nickel

Timing is everything, and I was lucky enough to pick up my new test bike, the all new Santa Cruz Nickel, just a couple days before heading out to Dirt Rag‘s Dirt Fest at the Allegrippis Trails in Hesston, PA. These super-fun and flowy trails were a great place to get the Nickel dialed in and to get a taste of what’s in store over the next few weeks of the test.


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