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Bicycle Ice Racing, Toronto Style

Bicycle Ice Racing, Toronto Style

Maurice, I saw the article about the 1983 J.P. Weigle Icecycle in Issue #146. Nice tires, but the screws are same as on motorcycles. Bike messengers have been racing on ice in Toronto since the late ’80s. It started out on lake Ontario, but now it’s on a rink (thanks to global warming). It’s evolved ...


Updated: 2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT Schedule

Updated: 2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT Schedule

USA Cycling announced that two additional races have been added to the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour. The addition of the Sea Otter Classic and the Mellow Johnny’s Classic brings the Pro XCT calendar to a total of six UCI-sanctioned events. “The 2010 Pro XCT will provide one of the best calendars ...


Help Bring Mountain Biking to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park

Help Bring Mountain Biking to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park

The National Park Service is looking for public input for a proposed trail network at New River Gorge, one of the premier recreational areas in the Mid Atlantic. The proposal includes the construction of two new stacked-looped mountain bike trail systems and the reclassification of certain existing trails to be open to bicycles. This has ...


What Works in Winter

What Works in Winter

On a recent snowy night, Justin and I had one of those spectacular mountain bike rides that makes a cold nose a small price to pay for a frosty frolic in a winter wonderland. As our conversation turned to bike tech, as it invariably does on such Dirt Rag staff excursions, we shared our respective thoughts on what works in the winter. Our conversation gave me the inspiration to share some of my winter set-up tips.

What Works for Winter


National Bike Summit 2010

National Bike Summit 2010

Scheduled for March 9-11th in Washington DC, the League of American Bicyclists’ annual National Bike Summit is where advocates, industry executives and education experts gather to speak up for bicycling on Capitol Hill. The League believes in getting more people on bikes more often, for a number of reasons. Whether it’s obesity, health care, climate ...


Dirt Rag Staff Resolutions for 2010

Dirt Rag Staff Resolutions for 2010

Karen’s ResolutionsOne 2010 resolution is a modification of a resolution I made for 2009, to read more books and fewer magazines: this year I’ll try not to stay up so late reading books. Turns out chapters tend to be longer than articles, and that makes it harder to quit at a reasonable hour. Of course ...


Dirt Bowl Kicks Off Super Bowl Sunday

Dirt Bowl Kicks Off Super Bowl Sunday

Six-time Leadville 100 winner, and former US Mountain Bike team member, Dave Wiens, will lead a new annual cycling event for the San Francisco Bay area. The Dirt Bowl will be held on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th, 2010. The Dirt Bowl is produced by Marin County Bicycle Coalition in partnership with the The NorCal ...


January Merch Special: Dirt Rag Buffs

January Merch Special: Dirt Rag Buffs

Just in time for the blustery winter weather, we’ve reduced the price on our functional and cozy Buffs. The Buff is a 21″ long seamless microfiber sleeve. Use it to cover your head, face or both while riding, staying warm in the tent or sleeping on a plane. It’s that versatile, dries fast and is ...


Comments Needed for L.A. City Bike Plan

Comments Needed for L.A. City Bike Plan

The draft Los Angeles City Bike Plan was recently released and mountain bicyclists should be concerned with the direction it has taken. We need comments not only from L.A.-based riders, but from anyone who has positive stories about relationships with equestrians and other trail users on California trails. Public comments can be submitted online or ...


2010 DORBA Frozen Endurance Series

2010 DORBA Frozen Endurance Series

The DORBA Endurance Series presented by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycling Association (DORBA) will offer up 4 and 6 hour races, slated for the Saturdays of January 9th, February 13th, and March 6th, 2010. The promoters expect a record number of riders with 250 amateur and professional riders from across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas heading ...


Bike Trailer Shop is Hiring

Bike Trailer Shop is Hiring

The folks at BikeTrailerShop.com are looking for a highly motivated, self-starting individual to join their team and work on, manage and develop a variety of tasks and projects involving their internet marketing strategies, blog and webstore content. Their business is focused on marketing bicycling products through the BikeTrailerShop.com webstores. Strong writing skills and an advanced ...


Bicycle Industry News Roundup

Bicycle Industry News Roundup

Santa Cruz Bicycles 2010 Demo TourSanta Cruz has hired Ariel Lindsley and Abby Hippely to rock their 2010 demo tour (you may recognize Ariel and Abby from past demo gigs with Yeti and Maverick). They will be hauling around a couple dozen SC bikes at any given time, alternating between dealer visits, festivals, races, and ...


Dirt Rag Staff Recommendo 2009

Dirt Rag Staff Recommendo 2009

As 2009 draws to a close, the Dirt Rag staff shares some of their favorite things. Places to go; things to read, listen to, eat, drink and see. Inspiration by Amanda ZimmermanI’m always a little torn between the beauty of well-executed graphic design and the visual viscosity and drama of pictorial art. I try my ...


2010 Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival

2010 Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival

The 12th annual Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival, which combines fantastic riding with Jamaica’s unique culture, is set for February 6-12th, 2010. That sounds like great way to jump-start the spring riding season, at time when many cyclists in North America will be more than happy to say goodbye to another winter. The Festival is organized ...


The Day I Kicked Santa’s Ass, and Other Christmas Tales

The Day I Kicked Santa’s Ass, and Other Christmas Tales

I’ve got to stop watching television. It just gets me into trouble. Not that I didn’t have an excellent excuse to be watching it the other day. Yes, an excellent excuse indeed. All I wanted to do was get in an hour’s worth of spinning on my stationary trainer. That’s all. Just a little workout, ...


10 Things IMBA did for Mountain Biking in 2009

10 Things IMBA did for Mountain Biking in 2009

The holiday season is a time for counting one’s blessings. As mountain bikers, we can count IMBA among our blessing. Speaking of counting, IMBA recently published a list of 10 things that they did for mountain bikers in calendar year 2010. Additionally, IMBA is already looking ahead to 10 more things that they will do ...


US Cup Announces All Mountain Race Series

US Cup Announces All Mountain Race Series

On December 11th we reported that US Cup is withdrawing as the official management organizer for the 2010 Pro XCT series. Now comes the following news release from US Cup regarding the creation of a brand new Triple Crown All Mountain Series: The US Cup is pleased to announce the 2010 dates for its inaugural ...


New Dirt Rag Merch: Lucky Cat Hoody

New Dirt Rag Merch: Lucky Cat Hoody

Dirt Rag will keep you warm after the ride, while helping you look cool, in our Lucky Cat Hoody. This high-quality hooded sweatshirt is made by Anvil Sustainable from a blend of 55% organic cotton and 45% recycled polyester. It features the ever-popular Dirt Rag Lucky Cat logo in white screen print and has one ...


Dirt Rag 2009: The Year in Print

Dirt Rag 2009: The Year in Print

With the printing of each issue of Dirt Rag, we offer selected feature articles on our website. Calendar year 2009 provided a fine collection of reprints, which are compiled below for your reading pleasure. Throw another log on the fire, and cozy up with a hot beverage and your laptop for a relaxing read. How ...


Attention Procrastinators

Attention Procrastinators

There’s still time for last-minute shopping, but the only way we can guarantee Christmas delivery is for your Dirt Rag merch order to be sent via UPS 2nd day service. Last day for Christmas shipping is December 21st. Click here to shop. This is where I’d normally add something like “don’t delay, do it now,” ...


NorCal High School Cycling League Seeking Executive Director

NorCal High School Cycling League Seeking Executive Director

The Northern California High School Cycling League is looking for a new executive director to replace the founder and outgoing executive director, Matt Fritzinger, who is moving on to build the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Having founded and built the NorCal League, Fritzinger is now finding all his time taken up by work at ...


2009 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Champions Crowned

2009 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Champions Crowned

A  crowd of more than 5,000 spectators watched Tim Johnson (Middleton, Mass./Cannondale/Cyclossworld.com) outpace reigning national champion Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Kona-FSA) to win the USA Cycling cyclocross National Championships elite men’s national title on December 13th in Bend, OR. The number one ranked cyclocross rider in the world Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) scored her ...


WiseCracker Lite Back in Stock

WiseCracker Lite Back in Stock

Back by popular demand, the Dirt Rag WiseCracker Lite is once again in stock—and with a lower, $12 price tag. This handy bottle opener, made by Ahrens Bicycle from 6061 aluminum alloy, doubles as a 4.8mm thick, 1 1/8″ headset spacer. The WiseCracker Lite features our Dirt Rag logo etched into the black anodization. You’ll ...


2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT Shakeup

2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT Shakeup

US Cup is withdrawing as the official management organizer for the 2010 Pro XCT series. USA Cycling announced that the 2010 USA Cycling Pro XCT will move forward with the nation’s three remaining UCI inscripted events. Below are the official press releases that Dirt Rag received from the respective organizations. On December 9th, 2009 Dirt ...


Countdown to 2010 Singlespeed World Championship Registration

Countdown to 2010 Singlespeed World Championship Registration

Rotorua, New Zealand will host the 2010 Singlespeed World Championships on October, 23rd, 2010. Actually, SSWC10 will be the finale of a week-long Rotura Bike Festival that will kick off on October 16th and run through race day on the 23rd. Rotura was the host venue for the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials Championships, ...


2009 Cyclocross Nationals Set for Bend, Oregon

2009 Cyclocross Nationals Set for Bend, Oregon

An estimated 1,600 racers are set to compete in the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships which are slated for Dec. 10-13th in the heart of Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District. The competitors will vie for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys across 30 age and ability categories. The big guns will throw down on Sunday, Dec. 13th in the ...


Dirt Rag Sponsors Rays’ MTB Park XCTT (cross country time trials)

Dirt Rag Sponsors Rays’ MTB Park XCTT (cross country time trials)

Cold weather got you down? Bike gathering dust as your waistline expands and your muscles atropy on the couch? Has your race face turned into a slack jawed stare as you fixate in pro football broadcasts and insert junk food into your gaping maw? Or maybe you just want to try something new? Ray Petro ...


Punk Bike Enduro: XX Edition

Punk Bike Enduro: XX Edition

The nerve of those firemen! Tearing down the Dorseyville fire hall on the eve of the 20th Annual Punk Bike Enduro, leaving the venerable event without a convenient and cozy clubhouse in which to congregate (and leaving the organizers scrambling for an alternative venue).


Preview: Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic

Preview: Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic

More and more multi-day stage races have been coming to the surface in the past few years to challenge riders that are looking for more than the standard 24-hour or 100-mile race. In 2010, central Pennsylvania will be added to the list of premier multi-day racing venues with the introduction of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike ...


Grant to Help Colorado Mountain Bike Association Build Bike Park

Grant to Help Colorado Mountain Bike Association Build Bike Park

A $10,000 grant from Bikes Belong will help the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) construct the first phase of the Golden Bike Park in the city of Golden. This project has received great support from IMBA as well as the local bike community and promises to get lots of use from mountain bikers across the ...


Old News: Cannondale Simon Released to Press at Interbike

Old News: Cannondale Simon Released to Press at Interbike

Been to a few press presentations, some of which have been pretty hilarious in their use of props to amuse the audience. Like when the old GT used dry ice to introduce the I-Drive suspension design in Brian Head, Utah back in 1990-something. The bike was fine but what I remember most was trying to ...


Dirt Rag #146 Hits the Streets

Dirt Rag #146 Hits the Streets

Dirt Rag issue #146 is on the streets and copies are now hitting subscribers’ mailboxes. Non-subscribers may purchase single issues of #146 in digital format via Zinio and in traditional paper format via Dirt Rag Merch. Issue #146 features “Disappointment by Way of Gypsum” (the second place winner in our annual literature contest), Part 3 ...


Dirt Rag Holiday Sale

Dirt Rag Holiday Sale

The holidays have officially arrived and the folks at Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times would like to help make your gift giving easy and affordable. For the Thanksgiving weekend beginning Thursday, November 26th and running through Monday the 30th, we are offering 25% off all Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times merchandise purchased via our online ...


Commencal Grassroots Program Accepting Resumes

Commencal Grassroots Program Accepting Resumes

Commencal is looking for talented riders for their 2010 grassroots program and the company  is accepting resumes for 2010 sponsorship.  If you think that you have what it takes, then email your resume or video to this link or mail to:Commencal Grassroots1216 Mercantile RoadSanta Fe, NM 87507 In your resume include: What discipline you race. What ...


Forest Service Issues Decision on Continental Divide Trail

Forest Service Issues Decision on Continental Divide Trail

 The U.S. Forest Service recently announced its updated comprehensive management plan for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST). The plan states that mountain biking is an acceptable use of the trail, and emphasizes that forest service offices should formulate strategies appropriate for their districts. During the comment period, the Forest Service received more than ...


2009 Punk Bike Enduro Announced

2009 Punk Bike Enduro Announced

The 20th annual Dirt Rag Punk Bike Enduro is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. sharp on Sunday, December 6th, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Club. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! What’s a Punk Bike Enduro? Savor the flavor in the previous reports from the 2006,  2007, and 2008 editions of the Punk Bike. Without further ado, adieu, ...


Cold Weather Riding Tips

Cold Weather Riding Tips

Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in our sister magazine, Dirt Rag. These tips apply both on and off road, so we wanted to share them with you here. Each of the links goes to the Dirt Rag website.

By the Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times staff


Pittsburgh’s Dirty Dozen

Pittsburgh’s Dirty Dozen

Since 1983 the Dirty Dozen bicycle race/ride has been serving up the 13 steepest hills in Pittsburgh, amidst 50 miles of pedaling, as a sure-fire recipe for burning off Thanksgiving calories. The race attracts an eclectic mix of road racers, messengers, mountain bikers and casual cyclists to share in the collective agony and ecstasy of ...


On Test: Rocky Mountain Altitude 29

On Test: Rocky Mountain Altitude 29

I almost don’t want to jinx us by talking about it, but good golly we’ve been having a nice fall, weather-wise. Best summer in recent memory too. What better way to enjoy it than a ride in the woods on a new test bike? I’ve been excited to try the Altitude 29 since it was ...


Dirt Rag & IMBA Advocacy Action Pack

Dirt Rag & IMBA Advocacy Action Pack

We’re proud to introduce the Advocacy Action Pack in conjunction with IMBA. For $50 you get a one-year subscription to Dirt Rag, a one-year membership to IMBA, and a limited edition IMBA/Dirt Rag T-shirt: Check out IMBA’s membership benefits here. Click here to order! Click here to order if you live in Canada or Mexico! ...


Web Extras for Dirt Rag #146: Interbike

Web Extras for Dirt Rag #146: Interbike

Check out the full selection of photos, blogs, and even videos that tell the inside story of the Interbike trade show: Gallery – Dirt Demo Day One Gallery – Dirt Demo Day Two Gallery – Interbike Day Three Gallery – Day Four Gallery – Day Five Some Unofficial Interbike Pics Eric’s Preview Blog Day One ...


Iron Cross, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Long

Iron Cross, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Long

Iron Cross, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Long(The Longest Cyclocross Race in America, a Nice Day on a Bike)by Gunnar Shogren In 2002, Mike Kuhn, race promoter, coach and thinker, came up with the hare-brained idea that a race like the 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross event over in England should happen ...


Chris Cocalis Interview

Chris Cocalis Interview

chris cocalisChris Cocalis, the man behind Pivot Cycles, recently visited Dirt Rag headquarters.


2010 USA Cycling National Championship Calendar

2010 USA Cycling National Championship Calendar

USA Cycling has announced the dates and locations for the majority of its 2010 National Championship events. Of particular interest to mountain bikers looking to race for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys are the following events. 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships – June 12-13th. Ultra-endurance mountain bikers will gather in Hazelton, WV at the 24 Hours of Big ...


Dirt Rag Wool Swobo Jerseys on Sale

Dirt Rag Wool Swobo Jerseys on Sale

Dirt Rag‘s tree mud green jersey is made of 100% Merino wool. It’s soft and warm to the skin, but durable enough to wear for many rides before washing. Practical enough to wear off the bike too. Embroidered with our Standing Tall logo and features three back pockets, 7″ zipper, ribbed at sleeves and neck. ...


First Impression: Giant XTC 29er 2

First Impression: Giant XTC 29er 2

Giant’s entry into the world of twenty-nine inch wheeled bikes comes in the form of an aluminum hardtail. The XTC 29er begins with a stiff looking hydro-formed ALUXX SL tubeset with rectangular seat and chainstays, a rectangular tapered top tube, oversized tapered head tube, and hexagon-shaped down tube. It’s finished off with two 9-speed build ...


Competitive Cyclist’s Turner Trail Day at Syllamo

Competitive Cyclist’s Turner Trail Day at Syllamo

Competitive Cyclist is hosting Turner Trail Day at the Syllamo trail system near Mountain View, Arkansas on Saturday, November 7th. The event will include trail maintenance, Turner mountain bike demos, lunch, and an opportunity to meet and ride with Dave Turner, namesake and founder of Turner Suspension Bicycles. This is a free event. The Syllamo ...


High School MTB Racing League Formed in Colorado

High School MTB Racing League Formed in Colorado

The Colorado Mountain Bike Racing League was created to serve as the regional governing body for high school mountain biking in the state of Colorado. The League was founded to foster the development of high quality competitive cross-country mountain biking programming for high school aged athletes. The league expects to begin competition in the fall ...


New Dirt Rag Social Video Facility

New Dirt Rag Social Video Facility

The newest addition to the Dirt Rag website is our social video facility. In addition to featuring our own Dirt Rag videos, the facility shares the user-generated videos uploaded by members of the Force5 social video network. If you’re not already a Force5 member, you can sign up via this link and start uploading your ...


All New: Dirt Rag Mug

All New: Dirt Rag Mug

Whether you roll decaf or fully caffeinated, start your morning off right and enjoy 15 ounces of your favorite hot beverage in a Dirt Rag or Bicycle Times mug. These ceramic mugs feature our bursting Dirt Rag or Bicycle Times logo on two sides, are 4.5″ high with a 3″ opening and best of all, ...


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