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California Budget Cut to Close State Parks

California Budget Cut to Close State Parks

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed a revised fiscal year 2009-2010 state budget that contained a $14.2 million cut to state park funds. More than 100 state parks could be closed as a result of the reduced funding. Below is a statement from California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) President Elizabeth Goldstein: “This is a dark ...


2nd Annual JORBA Bike Festival

2nd Annual JORBA Bike Festival

The 2nd Annual JORBA Bike Festival will take place on Saturday, September 12th at the Waterloo Concert Field in Stanhope, NJ. The goal of the festival is to promote responsible trail stewardship and cycling advocacy and awareness in New Jersey. The festival will feature guided rides, events and activities for all ages: Guided trail rides ...


Dirt Rag #144 Hits the Streets

Dirt Rag #144 Hits the Streets

Dirt Rag issue #144 is on the streets and copies are now hitting subscribers’ mailboxes. Non-subscribers may purchase single issues of #144 in digital format via Zinio and in traditional paper format via Dirt Rag Merch. If you have not yet experienced digital Dirt Rag, click here for a sample of Dirt Rag within your ...


Favorite Flavors: Jandd Mountain Wedge II

Favorite Flavors: Jandd Mountain Wedge II

Just the other day the Dirt Rag staff was sitting around the kitchen table, talking about how we need to write more about personal stuff that we like. Bike stuff, music, books, whatever. Which got me thinking about the Jandd Mountain Wedge II seat pack that I’ve been using for the last two years. Despite ...


Interbike OutDoor Demo East Open to the Public

Interbike OutDoor Demo East Open to the Public

For the second year in a row, Interbike will head east after the annual Las Vegas trade show, and roll into Providence, RI for the OutDoor Demo East expo. New for 2009—two days of the event will be open to the general public, giving the cycling community an opportunity check out the latest and greatest ...


USA World Championship MTB Team Announced

USA World Championship MTB Team Announced

The following information is courtesy of USA Cycling. USA Cycling has announced the 43 athletes that have been nominated to represent the United States at 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, scheduled for September 1st though 6th in Canberra, Australia. In the first Mountain Bike World Championship event since the Olympic Games in Beijing, American ...


Dirt Rag Merch Special: Fox Digit Gloves

Dirt Rag Merch Special: Fox Digit Gloves

Is it time for a new pair of gloves? How about a second pair—then you can toss those sweaty ones in the dirty clothes pile after your ride, and have a fresh pair ready for your next adventure. Have we got a deal for you! For a limited time, you can get yer mitts on ...


Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

The following information is courtesy of IMBA. IMBA will celebrate its sixth annual International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, October 3, 2009. This is a great opportunity for you to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids! We’re sure this year’s event will be even bigger and better than ever. Here ...


Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic Announced

Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic Announced

We here at Dirt Rag have know for a long time that central Pennsylvania is home to some truly epic mountain biking. With the announcement of the inaugural Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic—a seven day mountain bike stage race through central Pennsylvania slated for May 30th through June 5th, 2010—these the rugged and beautiful mountains will ...


Project Ziggy: Part Zwei

Project Ziggy: Part Zwei

In part one of this series I talked about the history of my Gunnar Rockhound frame and how, thanks to a one-off paint/decal art project, that frame recently took on a new life as "Ziggy the zebra." While the frame restoration was a mini-project in itself, that was only half the battle. Next up was scrounging the components required to make my art project a functioning bicycle again. That’s a story in itself.


Indoor Bike Park Opening in Canada

Indoor Bike Park Opening in Canada

A 90,000sq.ft. indoor bike park is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2009 in the greater Toronto area. The bike park will feature a cross-country loop with climbs, BMX zone, beginner/sport/expert sections, rhythms, foam pit, resi jump, street park, grind room, pump track and more. The park will also offer concessions  and ...


Crazy Tricks, Huge Air and a Dactyl at Crankworx Colorado 2009

Crazy Tricks, Huge Air and a Dactyl at Crankworx Colorado 2009

Crankworx Colorado—which took place at Winter Park, CO on July 30th through August 2nd, 2009—was a huge success for the third year in a row. The foremost gravity riders in mountain biking got together once again for a massive Slopestyle throw-down. What a spectacle! The weekend kicked off to a dreary start with rain all ...


Under Test: Norco Jubei 1

Under Test: Norco Jubei 1

Who kicks the most ass, a Pirate or a Samurai? This question has been tormenting me for a while now, and I have discovered the clear winner. A 17th century rouge Samurai, sporting an eye patch, kicks the most ass. His name is Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi. Most legends are known by a single name and ...


Bike Pittsburgh BikeFest!

Bike Pittsburgh BikeFest!

  We are less than two weeks away from the 5th annual BikeFest here in Pittsburgh. What is BikeFest? Probably best to let BikePGH explain it: “BikeFest is Pittsburgh’s biggest cycling event for cyclists by cyclists. It’s BikePGH’s annual celebration of bicycling, showcasing Pittsburgh in all of its uniqueness and beauty. It is not an ...


Blinky Lights Primer

Blinky Lights Primer

“Blinky” lights, in other words flashing red safety lights for the rear of your bike, are a must-have item for riding on any route that is shared by motor vehicles. These are the basic things that will make you more visible to cars coming up behind and overtaking you. The more the better—if a driver ...


Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Schedule

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Schedule

Thanks to on-going sponsorship from Subaru of America, the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program continues to crank along. Two teams of trail experts are rolling throughout North America, leading trailwork sessions, meeting with land managers, and working with IMBA-affiliated clubs to improve mountain biking opportunities. Most Trail Care Crew visits last four days, allowing the ...


Trek Ultimate Ride (2010 mountain bike product launch)

Trek Ultimate Ride (2010 mountain bike product launch)

Product photos by Sterling Lorence and action photos by Geoff Waugh A group of about thirty editors, journalists and general hangers-on from around the world assembled in Altaussee, Austria to witness the Trek mountain bikes 2010 product launch. As with most press junkets such as this, there was a lot of good food, some drinking, ...


Norco 2010 Launch – Part Two: All Mountain Ride

Norco 2010 Launch – Part Two: All Mountain Ride

As our last afternoon in Vancouver neared, we headed the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area for a cross country/all mountain ride (check the map out here , if you’re interested).  Bike choice for this ride varied from the 160mm travel LT 6.1 to the new-for-2010 Judan Belt Drive, a 29″-wheeled singlespeed.  The trails of Burnaby Mountain ...


August 2009 Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar

August 2009 Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar

The Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar  for the month of August is bursting with dozens of mountain bike events. Check out the latest calendar update, find an event near you, and join the fun! Date State City Event Title Hyperlink 8.1.2009 PA Coburn Wilderness 101 – NUE #5 www.mtntouring.com 8.2.2009 KY Elizabethtown Kentucky XC Point ...


Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Trek Top Fuel Review

Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Trek Top Fuel Review

Links to Karl Rosengarth’s bike testing blogs on the Trek Top Fuel 9.8. Part One Part Two


Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Riding the Singular Swift

Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Riding the Singular Swift

Here are links to two routes that David Alden rode while testing the Singular Swift for Dirt Rag issue #144: Kingdom Trails in Vermont Willowdale/Bradley Palmer in Massachusetts


Norco 2010 Launch – Part One: Riding Vancouver’s North Shore

Norco 2010 Launch – Part One: Riding Vancouver’s North Shore

For many of us in the States, Norco is a name closely associated with the freeriding scene on Vancouver’s North Shore.  For those not familiar with the riding on the North Shore, click here.  Have to say, I was a extremely excited, and a little nervous, to ride such legendary trails, but more on that later. Norco ...


Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Zach Adams Interview

Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Zach Adams Interview

As noted in the Dirt Rag #144 article “Massive Success,” I encountered Zach Adams at the recent VisitPA.com Festival and Rassin’ Weekend. Zach is at the center of a fiefdom of mountain biking in the area: he leads the Cyclesports/Fast Forward Racing junior development mountain bike team, runs the Pennsylvania Scholastic Cycling League for high ...


Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Where In the World is Darcy Turenne

Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Where In the World is Darcy Turenne

Links for further information on the Dirt Rag #144 story: “Where In the World is Darcy Turenne?”  http://www.hellodarcy.com/Site/hello_.html  http://www.rideguide.ca/


Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Scott and Lifeboat Press Camps

Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Scott and Lifeboat Press Camps

Links to Maurice’s Scott Bikes and Lifeboat press camp blog series. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3


Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Tour Divide

Web Extra for Dirt Rag #144: Tour Divide

For more photos of the event taken by the Adventure Cycling Association’s Aaron Teasdale (and his son Silas), click here. The official Tour Divide race site has the start list, updates from the race, the finishing times, and more. Dirt Rag has had several features about this event in the past: “A Long Way from ...


Project Ziggy: Part One

Project Ziggy: Part One

karl-mud-race-1.jpgOne of the sweet job perks at Dirt Rag is having the opportunity to test ride the latest and greatest bikes, model year after model year.


Press Camp Sun Valley: Part Three

Press Camp Sun Valley: Part Three

Another day, another bunch of appointments followed by riding. Some journalists have found time to write, blog and Twitter from the site; but as you can see, I’m like three weeks behind due to my other duties. First I’m off to BMC, or Bob’s Mountain Company. American Bob Bigelow started BMC in Switzerland in 1995 ...


Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Titanium Bottle Opener

Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Titanium Bottle Opener

Thanks to Paragon Machine Works for creating Dirt Rag‘s 20th Anniversary Titanium Bottle Opener. Fabricated from recycled scraps of Ti, each bottle opener features an engraved Dirt Rag logo and 20th anniversary date on the front, with unique scuffs and machining marks on the backside (mainly), making them as individual as you. To add to ...


MTB Nationals: Results and Wrap-up

MTB Nationals: Results and Wrap-up

July 18, 2009 (Granby, Colo.) – The husband-wife duo of Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) grabbed their second set of Stars-and-Stripes in as many weeks, earning Saturday’s pro men’s and women’s cross country national titles in dramatic fashion. Coming off wins at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National ...


Press Camp: Sun Valley Part Two

Press Camp: Sun Valley Part Two

Seven half-hour appointments, each in a different condo room of the Sun Valley Resort.We’ve never been interested in regurgitating the company line when it comes to press camps. I mean, sometime there’s something interesting to report, and sometimes not.As I headed to the first of seven morning appointments on Wednesday, I wondered what I might ...


Trek 2010 Remedy OCLV

Trek 2010 Remedy OCLV

There’s nothing like a new bicycle. It sits in its stand, all clean and crisp. At no point in the bike’s life will its components shine like they do when the bike is on display. The newness of the bike is intoxicating. You stand there and fantasize about what it can do and where it’s ...


Pain in the Salzkammergut

Pain in the Salzkammergut

Sitting here in a chalet in Altaussee, Austria after a day of all things Trek mountain bike. Checked out the 2010 line, and rode it up and down the mountains here. Lots of climbing, lots of descending. It’s late and I’m trying to talk myself into doing the 50k portion of the Salzkammergut race tomorrow…doing ...


Bicycle Times Reviews Raleigh Clubman and Manhattan Green

Bicycle Times Reviews Raleigh Clubman and Manhattan Green

Issue #2 of our sister publication, Bicycle Times, is on the streets. To give readers a taste of the flavor, we’ve posted the following two bike reviews from issue #2 on the Bicycle Times website. Raleigh Clubman Eric McKeeganWhat makes a bike practical? There are plenty of ways to debate the definition of practical when ...


Mount Snow Mountain Bike Festival Announced

Mount Snow Mountain Bike Festival Announced

Vermont’s Mount Snow has announced that the inaugural Mount Snow Mountain Bike Festival has been added to the US Kenda Cup East, USA Cycling’s Pro XCT tour presented by Sho-Air, the Kenda Downhill Series, and the Trek Women’s Triathlon Series events that are scheduled to take place at the storied ski resort on August 7-9th, ...


Shaun Palmer Back in the Saddle

Shaun Palmer Back in the Saddle

Shaun Palmer burst onto the downhill mountain bike racing scene in the mid-90s with a brash style and bigger-than-life persona. Quickly building a world-class resume in the sports of snowboarding, mountain biking and motocross, Palmer became America’s prototypical “action sports” hero. The savvy X Games star parlayed his fame into a successful Palmer snowboard company ...


Mountain Bike Nationals Set for SolVista

Mountain Bike Nationals Set for SolVista

SolVista Bike Park in Granby, CO will host the 2009 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships on July 16-19th, 2009. Professional and amateur races will vie for national titles in cross country, downhill, super D, mountain cross and short track disciplines. In an effort to create a more competitive atmosphere for mountain biking, USA Cycling ...


Speak Out to Improve Singletrack at Allegany State Park

Speak Out to Improve Singletrack at Allegany State Park

The New York State Office of Parks is accepting public comments for a draft master plan for the future management of Allegany State Park in Western New York. IMBA urges mountain bikers to speak out to improve the trail system at Allegany State Park. IMBA asks mountain bikers to support proposals from the Western New ...


Oregon Manifest Announces Transportation Bike Design Contest

Oregon Manifest Announces Transportation Bike Design Contest

Oregon Manifest, a Portland, Oregon-based organization promoting cycling and cycling lifestyle, has created the first annual Constructor’s Design Challenge as the feature event for the organizations bike festival that is scheduled to take place on six consecutive weekends from October 2nd through November 8th, 2009. The Constructor’s Design Challenge will present bicycle frame builders and ...


V.I.O. POV 1 Camera in Action

V.I.O. POV 1 Camera in Action

Loyal readers will recall that Adam Lipinski reviewed the V.I.O. POV 1 Camera in Dirt Rag issue #142. While Adam couldn’t show you his videos in print, he recently uploaded some helmet-cam footage to the online V.I.O. Sharing Galllery. Click on the clip below for a sample of what the V.I.O. POV 1 will do. ...


Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships a Family Affair

Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships a Family Affair

The husband and wife duo of Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, CO/Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Heather Irmiger (Boulder, CO/Subaru-Gary Fisher) made it a family affair at the 2009 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships, as the pair nabbed the pro men’s and women’s national titles on July 4th at the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, CO. With a ...


Press Camp – A week in Sun Valley Part One: Scott Bikes

Press Camp – A week in Sun Valley Part One: Scott Bikes

Press camps have always been great places to get to know people in the bike industry, learn about their products, and decipher their company vision. The fact that they usually take place in exotic locales is not lost on the media either. But camp scheduling has been becoming time-problematic for our small staff lately, and ...


The Saga of Allegrippis

The Saga of Allegrippis

By Frank Maguire


Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Jersey Available Now

Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Jersey Available Now

Show your Dirt Rag pride and celebrate 20 years of mountain biking history with our brand new Dirt Rag 20th Anniversary Jersey. This club cut jersey is made by Voler and features their extremely breathable, UV-reflecting SQ Pro fabric; a 20″ hidden zipper; raglan sleeves; and three rear pockets. The Rag’s 20-year chainring logo covers ...


World Tour Report: VisitPA.com Festival and Rassin’ Weekend

World Tour Report: VisitPA.com Festival and Rassin’ Weekend

This past weekend, Justin and I traveled to Marysville, PA, just north of Harrisburg, for the VisitPA.com Festival and Rassin’ Weekend (formerly known as the Stage Race). It was a great time that lived up to its name. The venue was an idyllic wooded farm belonging to race promoter Mike Kuhn’s inlaws, the Oesterlings, that ...


Ray’s MTB Park Opens Subaru Dirt Room

Ray’s MTB Park Opens Subaru Dirt Room

Ray’s MTB Park has announced that new Subaru Dirt Room is now open for action this summer and fall, during the time period that the indoor park is closed for re-construction and expansion. The 10,000 sq.ft. dirt room has something to offer all levels of dirt jumpers—with a variety of tabletops, berms, rollers, and hips. ...


Bicycle Times Buddha T-Shirt on Sale

Bicycle Times Buddha T-Shirt on Sale

For the month of July, 2009  the  Bicycle Times Buddha T-shirt will be on sale for $12.50—that’s $5.00 off the regular price. Perfect for your everyday cycling adventure, the Bicycle Times T-Shirt is camel colored, 6 ounce, 100% preshrunk cotton shirt featuring our “Buddha on a Bike” full color graphic with Bicycle Times logo. Available ...


Hearing to Consider Re-opening Santa Barbara Trails

Hearing to Consider Re-opening Santa Barbara Trails

On Wednesday, July 1st at 5:30 p.m. the City of Santa Barbara, California’s Front Country Trails Multi-Jurisdictional (FCTMJ) Task Force will hold the first public hearing since the Jesusita Fire. The agenda for this meeting, which will be held at City Hall, will include a review of trails affected by the Jesusita Fire and discussion on when they ...


July 2009 Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar

July 2009 Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar

The Dirt Rag Mega Event Calendar is chock full of action for the month of July. Find an event near you and join the fun. Date State City Event Title Hyperlink 7.1.2009 VA Annandale Wednesdays@ Wakefield #2 www.potomacvelo.com 7.4.2009 CO Breckenridge Marathon National Championships www.mavsports.com 7.5.2009 CA So Cal Coaster Brake Challenge #2 www.atomiccycles.com 7.5.2009 ...


Trek Top Fuel 9.8 Testing Update

Trek Top Fuel 9.8 Testing Update

I’ve been testing the Top Fuel 9.8, Trek’s 100mm travel full-suspension race bike, for over four months. During that time, I’ve taken the Top Fuel on a winter vacation to Florida that included a 6-hour race, made road trips to some of the most rugged and beautiful MTB trails in my home state of Pennsylvania, ...


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