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First Impressions: Carver Killer B

First Impressions: Carver Killer B

The idea to do a long race of some sort had been kicking around in my brain for a while, and the stars aligned such that I had both a ride to the Shenandoah Mountain 100 and the time to do it this past August. The only thing I didn’t have was a test bike. ...


Mountain Bike Access Threatened in Bitterroot National Forest

Mountain Bike Access Threatened in Bitterroot National Forest

The Bitterroot National Forest is currently taking comments on the proposed Bitterroot Travel Management Plan. This TMP could close many trails currently open to mountain bikes and will determine future mountain bike opportunities in the forest. The Montana Mountain Bike Alliance urges mountain bikers to submit a personal comment to the Forest Service, and request ...


San Francisco Bike Expo

San Francisco Bike Expo

What: The San Francisco Bike Expo is a consumer bike show with fun, cool events and bicycle companies in attendance (click here for vendor list) . Dirt Rag will have a booth, so be sure to stop by and say hello and get a deal on our logo merchandise at special show prices. There is ...


Spotlight: Elizabeth Klevens Art

Spotlight: Elizabeth Klevens Art

Mountain biker Elizabeth Klevens is a friend of Dirt Rag who expresses her creative side through art. Glass is her medium of choice and Elizabeth reflects her passion for bicycling, nature and animals through her works. Elizabeth recently launched a website featuring hand-crafted jewelry and belt buckles that she creates with a combination of fused ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Brompton S6L

Interbike Mini-Review: Brompton S6L

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


All New Dirt Rag Tool Pouch

All New Dirt Rag Tool Pouch

Keep all of your trail and flat repair tools in one easy to locate pouch. Handmade for us in Canada by PAC Designs this tarp lined tool pouch measures 6″x9.5″ and closes with a thick 2″ velcro strip. It also has a snap hook for hanging. The Dirt Rag patch was sewn on before the ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Currie Technologies iZip Urban Cruiser

Interbike Mini-Review: Currie Technologies iZip Urban Cruiser

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


First Annual Mercer Mountain Bike Festival

First Annual Mercer Mountain Bike Festival

Scheduled for October 31st, 2009 at Belle Mountain in New Jersey, the First Annual Mercer Mountain Bike Festival will include racing, food, music, a cycling industry expo, ride clinics and Halloween activities for families. Belle Mountain is a retired ski area in Mercer County, NJ that has been sitting relatively undisturbed since its closing several ...


Apply Now for Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit

Apply Now for Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit

IMBA is now accepting online applications from groups interested in scheduling a Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit in 2010. The application deadline is Nov. 1st, 2009. When selecting Trail Care Crew visit locations, IMBA consider many factors, including IMBA staff, IMBA representatives, and land managers input; past crew visits; and IMBA member involvement. IMBA can ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Charge Plug

Interbike Mini-Review: Charge Plug

 During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm of transportation and utility bikes.


Race Across the Sky in Theaters for One Night Only

Race Across the Sky in Theaters for One Night Only

On October 22nd theaters nationwide will be featuring a special one night only showing of of Race Across the Sky—a documentary covering the 2009 Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. Shot and shown in high definition, the film offers spectacular aerial views as the camera crew follows the competitors over 100 miles of high-mountain terrain ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Electra Ticino 18D

Interbike Mini-Review: Electra Ticino 18D

 During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Brand New Bicycle Times Wool Jersey

Brand New Bicycle Times Wool Jersey

Soft. Comfortable. Supple and warm. Yep. That’s the Bicycle Times Wool Jersey made for us be Earth Wind & Rider. This 100% Merino Wool jersey features our embroidered Bicycle Times logo, three back pockets, elastic at the cuffs and neck, and has a 6.5″ zipper. It will surely provide years of use as long as ...


Interbike Mini Review: Raleigh Alley Way

Interbike Mini Review: Raleigh Alley Way

 During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Fuji Cross RC

Interbike Mini-Review: Fuji Cross RC

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Dirt Rag TV at Interbike

Dirt Rag TV at Interbike

Once again we took advantage of the Interbike video studio, and the ample supply of cycling industry luminaries roaming the trade show hall, to record several sessions for Dirt Rag TV, hosted by Karen Brooks. To celebrate Dirt Rag‘s 20th anniversary, we brought together our publisher Maurice Tierney, access editor Philip Keyes and the “Old ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Dahon Speed P8

Interbike Mini-Review: Dahon Speed P8

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Help Send Zach Adams to NorCal Summit

Help Send Zach Adams to NorCal Summit

In a previously published story we told you about Zach Adams, the motivated and successful young man who runs the Pennsylvania Scholastic Cycling League for high schoolers, puts on mountain bike events, and also coaches young racers. Zach has been promoting youth cycling and healthy living since he turned 16 years of age (the past ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Spot Highline

Interbike Mini-Review: Spot Highline

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Igleheart Traditional New England Segmented Fork

Igleheart Traditional New England Segmented Fork

The specially made True Temper OX Gold heat-treated blades of this fork were hard at work smoothing out the ride underneath me. The accuracy and precise feel of the trail this fork translates is mind-blowing.


Interbike Mini-Review: BH Gira

Interbike Mini-Review: BH Gira

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Dirt Rag Jerseys On Sale

Dirt Rag Jerseys On Sale

For a limited time, we’re offering our Dirt Rag Elements and Perpetrator jerseys for the special sale price of $45. That’s 35% off the regular $69 price. The Dirt Rag Elements is made by Voler of their extremely breathable, UV-reflecting SQ Pro fabric. The design incorporates Earth and Fire, you add Wind and Water. It ...


Interbike Mini-Review: Civia Loring

Interbike Mini-Review: Civia Loring

During Interbike week, we borrowed a variety of bikes from companies to ride from our rental house to the indoor show, plus to parties and happenings around town after dark. Not only did this make our experience much more enjoyable, it allowed us a closer look at some of the latest offerings in the realm ...


Dirt Rag 2009 Literature Contest Results Announced

Dirt Rag 2009 Literature Contest Results Announced

We received more entries than ever for Dirt Rag’s Seventh Annual Literature Contest, and many of them were quite good, which made judging difficult. It came down to two standout stories, and the voting between them to determine the final winner was tight. But a victor has emerged: Kevin MacGregor Scott, who has been a ...


An Unwinding From the Booth

An Unwinding From the Booth

It’s an eye-opener working the Dirt Rag booth at Interbike and having conversations with fans of the mag, or those that just want to express their ideas. Now that we have Bicycle Times too, the array of subjects to discuss and the diversity of people stopping by is pretty mind-blowing to say the least and ...


Interbike Day Five

Interbike Day Five

Friday was the last day of the show. We saw a lot – here are just a few things to tide you over until we can take a breath and post more. The whole week was a whirlwind. Besides all the ogling of stuff, there was also a lot of hanging out and having a ...


Interbike Living

Interbike Living

Thursday evening is usually the night to go big at Interbike. At least for me. The show closes on Friday, there’s a lot of parties and it’s the last chance to hang out with many of my bicycle friends until next year. So…it was a late night. The fun got started around 2pm with DPow ...


Interbike Day Four

Interbike Day Four

The second day of the indoor show was the scene of many a hearty greeting. Really, this whole thing is just a big ol’ family reunion for the bike industry. There are a lot of people we only see and maybe hang out with a bit once a year. We tried to hit as many ...


Life at Interbike Day 1.5

Life at Interbike Day 1.5

There’s a lot of bicycles and bicycle bits here at Interbike in Las Vegas. The Dirt Rag & Bicycle Times editorial and photo crews will be providing plenty of coverage for you on that front. In fact, you can already find some of it here, here and here. In addition to that in-depth coverage, I’ve ...


Interbike Day Three

Interbike Day Three

Time to move the show into the cavernous halls of the Sands Convention Center. Surely I’m not the only one that thinks it’s a damn shame that the name of this giant box is the only remnant of the legendary hangout of the Rat Pack? But I digress. Today we hit the show floor with ...


Interbike Day Two

Interbike Day Two

We have another new Gallery up with captioned photos of the highlights of the day. Go check it out! In the course of snapping photos and gathering details, it’s inevitable that we’d also have some interesting conversations with the people behind the products. It’s sometimes tough to capture such talk, but really, that’s a big ...


Interbike Day One

Interbike Day One

Today was the first day of the whole shebang, starting off with the Dirt Demo. Some of us grabbed demo bikes for some hot laps (hot being the operative word), while Justin and I took the opportunity to take pictures and ask questions. There is so much going on at Interbike that it’s hard to ...


The One, the Only… SSWC09

The One, the Only… SSWC09

So tomorrow starts the circus that is Interbike, but we’ve had a little extra fun along the way beforehand: the Singlespeed World Championships shindig in Durango, Colorado, which was conveniently placed in time and space this year to make for a proper pre-show road trip attraction. And what a trip it was. Justin, Maurice, Lockwood ...


A Little Shindig Called the Singlespeed World Championships

A Little Shindig Called the Singlespeed World Championships

A Little Shindig Called the Singlespeed World Championships The Singlespeed World Championships are one helluva good time – an underground, sanctioning-body-free race that attracts badass dudes and chicks to come and ride and party together. One can have a beer with the likes of Marla Streb or Adam Craig at night, and then get dusted ...


Gary Fisher Press Camp Report

Gary Fisher Press Camp Report

Fisher has three new 29er full suspension platforms for 2010, and Dirt Rag was invited to send a represenative to Park City to ride some of the new bikes. I was lucky enough to find time in my schedule to make my way out west for some riding and reporting. Park City post-Labor Day is ...


Cygolites Performed Better Than Me

Cygolites Performed Better Than Me

Labor Day weekend while many Americans were drinking beer and grilling, Shannon from the mag, a couple friends and myself participated in the 24hr race at Seven Springs near Pittsburgh. During the race I had a few grueling night laps around 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. to field-test the Cygolite Mitycross (reviewed in 145) and ...


Bicycle Times Walks the Walk… er, Rides the Ride

Bicycle Times Walks the Walk… er, Rides the Ride

We do a lot of bike commuting here at the Bicycle Times / Dirt Rag offices. Why not carry on with our riding ways while in Las Vegas for Interbike? For the third year in a row, the staff will be riding to the indoor show at the Sands Convention Center from our rental house ...


Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition Announces Bike Industry Leadership Awards

Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition Announces Bike Industry Leadership Awards

The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) announced the 2009 winners of the bike industry’s Pioneering Woman and First Ascent Awards. Georgena Terry, Founder of Terry Precision Cycling, will be presented the Pioneering Woman Award. The Pioneering Woman Award recognizes a woman with a commitment to mentoring female colleagues, which exemplifies the OIWC’s mission to equip, ...


Interbike 2009 Preview

Interbike 2009 Preview

Once again Interbike is nigh. The entire staff of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times will be headed out west to the desert to cover the show from a multitude of angles. Expect social media posts, blog entries on both web sites, photo galleries and even video! So what do I expect to be hot this ...


Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Program Seeks New Team

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Program Seeks New Team

The following information is courtesy of IMBA: The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is looking to hire a full-time, professional two-person team for the highly successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. This position requires a passion for mountain biking, excellent communication and volunteer organizational skills, basic knowledge of trailwork, and team compatibility. The Crew will ...


Under Test: Pivot Mach 5

Under Test: Pivot Mach 5

chris cocalisChris Cocalis, formerly of Titus Cycles, launched Pivot Cycles, a brand focused on high-end full-suspension mountain bikes using Dave Weagle’s
2009 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees

2009 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will welcome its 2009 inductees in a ceremony on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Sand’s Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the annual Interbike expo. The class of 2009: Anne-Caroline Chausson, the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA) , Dave Garoutte and ...


Eurobike 2009

Eurobike 2009

Interbike is a bicycle tradeshow that’s been held at various places in the western United States since, well, it started, I believe. It’s an enormous show with vendors from all over the world presenting their best and brightest bicycle bits, big and small. Retailers, product developers, marketing-types, journalists and all other sorts of general bicycle ...


All Seven Dirt Rag Posters on Sale

All Seven Dirt Rag Posters on Sale

Through the end of September, we’re knocking 50% off the price of all seven of our Dirt Rag posters. That’s just $3 per copy for any of our “suitable for framing” posters, featuring Dirt Rag covers and other original mountain biking art. Chose from the Freezing Rain Dirt Rag #137 cover by Marvel and DC ...


2009 MTB World Championships Underway

2009 MTB World Championships Underway

UCI Mountain Bike World Championship honors will be on the line at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra, Australia on September 1st – 6th, 2009. To follow the action, as the world’s top mountain bikers throw down down-under, visit www.mtbworldscanberra.com.au, where you will find the latest news, not to mention photos / videos, a live webcast ...


People Powered Movement Photo Contest

People Powered Movement Photo Contest

Enter your best biking or walking photos in the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s “People Powered Movement Photo Contest,” and you could win an all-expense-paid 10-day bike tour of Tuscany courtesy of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations. The grand prize winner will receive a year’s supply of CLIF Bars, and their local biking or walking ...


September 2009 Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar

September 2009 Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar

Temperatures in the month of September may be cooling off, but the mountain bike event action is hot, hot, hot. The latest edition of the Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar has dozens of events from coast to coast, so get on your bike and join the fun! Date State City Event Title Hyperlink 9.5.2009 IA ...


Speedgoat Raffles Bike for Breast Cancer Fund

Speedgoat Raffles Bike for Breast Cancer Fund

Speedgoat’s annual bike raffle to support the Breast Cancer Fund is now open. As in prior years, 100% of the proceeds from the $10 raffle tickets sales will go to the Breast Cancer Fund in their search for environmental links to cancer, and their promotion of consumer awareness. The big change is that the “pink ...


NW School of Freeride is a Reality

NW School of Freeride is a Reality

After almost a year of digging and building and dreaming, the NW School of Freeride is a reality. Park honch Kris “Jaymo” Jamieson told us: “My partners Sam Pinner, Tim Windell and I have about 100 acres of pure, private and secluded, wooded NW forest just shy of Mt Hood. We have built a full-service ...


Chileno Valley Cycling Classic Benefits Youth Mountain Biking

Chileno Valley Cycling Classic Benefits Youth Mountain Biking

The Chileno Valley Cycling Classic—a fundraising ride benefiting the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League—will take place on Saturday, September 26th, 2009 at the Baumann Ranch near Petaluma, California. The ride will offer both recreational and competitive cyclists the opportunity to participate in a well-organized ride with options of 40, 60 and 100 miles. ...


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