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2008 Punk Bike Enduro

2008 Punk Bike Enduro

As soon as my caravan of cycling pilgrims rolled up late to the Promised Land of the Dorseyville Fire Hall on Sunday, I knew that it was a record turnout for the Punk Bike Enduro. A multi-colored mass of bicycles, punks, weird costumes and the vehicles that brought them here spread throughout the neighborhood, as ...


2009 Pro Mountain Bike XC Tour Announced

2009 Pro Mountain Bike XC Tour Announced

USA Cycling has announced the creation of a new professional cross country mountain bike series—the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (ProXCT) presented by Sho-Air. The ProXCT will be comprised of seven UCI-sanctioned events throughout the United States, with each event offering ranking points to top finishers, and the series offering overall individual ...


New Subscriber Features Online!

New Subscriber Features Online!

I know some of your are expecting some brain gas here but I have some exciting subscription oriented news to share.  Allow me to introduce you to our new subscription system. In order to better serve our subscribers, we recently upgraded our database to a new system.  The beauty of this new system is that ...


Cyclocross Nationals Underway

Cyclocross Nationals Underway

The 2008 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships kick off Thursday, December 11th in Kansas City, MO. Defending Elite Men’s champion Tim Johnson and Women’s Elite champion Katie Compton will be among the nearly 1,800 riders that have registered for the 38 races scheduled to take place between Thursday and Sunday at Kansas City’s Tiffany Springs ...


Cold Weather Riding #4:  Temperate Torsos

Cold Weather Riding #4: Temperate Torsos

As we continue to work our way up the body, I’m going to cover the ins and outs of keeping your torso toasty.

Layers!


Dirt Rag Gets Social on Facebook

Dirt Rag Gets Social on Facebook

Dirt Rag Magazine is pedaling full-speed-ahead into the wonderful world of social networking. We invite you to visit our Facebook page—where you can check out our photos/videos, find out about upcoming events, write on our wall, post your own photos/videos, and join the discussion. Facebook members who become a fan of Dirt Rag Magazine will ...


IMBA Introduces Gateway Trails

IMBA Introduces Gateway Trails

The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Gateway Trails initiative is a new model for community-based mountain bike trails. IMBA will apply its decades of accumulated trailbuilding expertise and leverage its extensive club network to bring mountain biking recreation closer to millions of potential riders by developing trail systems in urban and suburban settings. Gateway Trails ...


ACA Announces Ride the Divide Sweepstakes Winners

ACA Announces Ride the Divide Sweepstakes Winners

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, our friends at Adventure Cycling Association partnered with Dirt Rag to present the “Ride the Divide” sweepstakes. You may recall we announced the sweepstakes at the end of May 2008, and we’re happy to report that the results are in! Piotr Gorecki of ...


2009 Commencal Meta 6.2 First Impressions

2009 Commencal Meta 6.2 First Impressions

I was first introduced to the 2009 Commencal Meta 6 in early August, at the 2008 Winter Park Crankworx event. Unfortunately the BTI, Bicycle Technologies International, crew only had a medium size on hand. I had tried riding a their Supreme DH bike in a medium frame, but it was just too small. I was ...


Cold Weather Riding #3: Keep Yer Pants On

Cold Weather Riding #3: Keep Yer Pants On

By Justin Steiner
 
In the third installment of our cold weather riding series I’ll be moving up the body to talk about keeping one’s legs warm and comfortable as the mercury falls. The legs are an often-overlooked aspect of cool weather cycling considering they are our primary source of power. Keeping your knees warm is paramount to preventing unnecessary wear and tear of the joint, while keeping your muscles warm will help to prevent strains and pulled muscles, as well as torn ligaments.


Give the Gift of Dirt Rag

Give the Gift of Dirt Rag

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re making your gift giving easy with discounts on subscriptions and merchandise. Give that special mountain biker a gift that keeps giving all year round with a subscription to Dirt Rag. A gift of Dirt Rag is always a bargain, but this year we’re offering 25% off ...


Trek Sponsors Punk Bike Costume Contest

Trek Sponsors Punk Bike Costume Contest

But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost ...


Cold Weather Riding #2: Shoes, Boots, and Warm Feet

Cold Weather Riding #2: Shoes, Boots, and Warm Feet

In this second installment of winter riding and how to enjoy it, or at least survive, I’m focusing on the all-important toes and feet. Keeping this area of the body warm and dry when the temperature drops below freezing can be a struggle. With the proper foot gear though, a trail ride or commute to work can be as easy as slipping on a pair of socks.


Mountain Biking in National Parks: Part II

Mountain Biking in National Parks: Part II

We previously told you about an upcoming National Park Service regulation change that will benefit Americans by improving mountain biking experiences in national parks. We just received  additional information and clarification from IMBA: Expected Rule Change Would Benefit Bicycling in National Parks For Immediate Release11-19-08Contact: Mark Eller, IMBA Communications Director303-545-9011 An upcoming National Park Service ...


Dirt Rag TV: Golden Gate Bridge Ride

Dirt Rag TV: Golden Gate Bridge Ride

We’ve just posted a new video on the Dirt Rag YouTube Channel. Dirt Rag was on the scene at the SSWC08 festivities in NorCal, where we filmed a helmet-cam video of singlespeeders making a scenic crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy:


EWR OWB29er: How it Rides

EWR OWB29er: How it Rides

How’s it ride? That’s usually the first question somebody ask when they spy me riding a test bike for Dirt Rag. An innocent sounding question, but not an easy one to answer. Describing how a bike rides is a subjective exercise. Many variables come into play. Not the least of which are: riding style, type ...


Sneak a Peek: Yeti ASR

Sneak a Peek: Yeti ASR

One thing about time is that it sure moves fast. When I sat down to write this article, I couldn’t believe that I’ve been riding the Yeti ASR for about a month now. I meant to give a first impression of it weeks ago, but somehow time passed my by. My first ride aboard the ...


Cold Weather Riding: It’s All In Your Head

Cold Weather Riding: It’s All In Your Head

cold bridgeWhen the temperature drops and daylight wanes, many riders confine themselves to an indoor trainer or hang up their bikes altogether for the winter months. True, winter riding presents unique challenges, but it also reaps great rewards.


Dirt Rag-Ray’s Photo Contest Winners.

Dirt Rag-Ray’s Photo Contest Winners.

After tallying the votes cast by the riders at Ray’s season opening weekend, 3 winners were selected by their peers. First Place: Matt Peloquin won with this photo of his wife, Tamara Peloquin: Second place by Nick Pruitt: And third place goes to Joe Hawken: See all 25 finalists in our Gallery here. Thanks to ...


Ramirez Wins Fifth Conquistadores Crown

Ramirez Wins Fifth Conquistadores Crown

Costa Rican Federico Ramirez (BCR-Pizza Hut) won the 2008 edition of the La Ruta de los Conquistadores on Saturday, November 15th.The victory represented the fifth championship for Ramirez in the grueling mountain bike stage race. “This is definitely my favorite race. That’s my main motivation,” said Ramirez, after finishing the fourth and final stage at ...


The Sounds of 2002

The Sounds of 2002

It’s incredibly nerdy, and quite anal, but back in 2002 I cataloged all of the music I purchased that year. In addition to listing it, I also wrote very quick and very impulsive reviews of each CD. Yes…CD’s. Remember them? I miss going into the local, independent record store and spending hours in there. Anyway…here’s ...


Spotlight: Bicycles for Humanity–Ottawa

Spotlight: Bicycles for Humanity–Ottawa

Bicycles for Humanity–Ottawa is: “a grassroots initiative which aims to empower disadvantaged communities in developing countries through the provision of sustainable transportation. Bicycles for Humanity sends used bikes to developing countries to improve access to healthcare, education, food, water and employment.“ A recent article in the Ottawa Citizen chronicles how Seb Oran and Sandra Gattola ...


Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships

Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships

On November 7-9th, 2008, Portland, OR hosted the second annual edition of SSCXWC—the “unofficial” Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships. Mix singlespeeds with cyclocross, and you’re guaranteed to see racers letting their freak flags fly. One can only imagine the surreal scene provided by costumed riders juxtaposed against a backdrop of an 8 foot tall, 12 ...


Dirt Rag Pint Glasses on Sale

Dirt Rag Pint Glasses on Sale

That mean old Grinch is going to hit the roof when he finds out that we’ve marked down our entire stock of Dirt Rag pint glasses from $6 to a mere $4 each. With two snazzy styles to choose from, Dirt Rag pints are sure to please any bizzle-bink rider on your shopping list. The ...


Jones Spaceframe In the House

Jones Spaceframe In the House

So a few weeks ago I got a long-anticipated shipment from Oregon: two boxes containing one Jones Spaceframe and an assortment of wheels. Party time, excellent!

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Showdown at Nine Mile: Uncut

Showdown at Nine Mile: Uncut

The battle for the Men’s Solo Championship at the 2008 USA Cycling 24-Hour Nationals, which took place at the 24 Hours of Nine Mile in Wisconsin, had spectators on the edge of their seats. As the race entered its final hours, Chris Eatough (Trek/VW) and Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) had lapped the field, and reduced ...


2008 World Cup DH Final

2008 World Cup DH Final

Greg Minnaar sailing down the hill on his way to the World Cup overall title. Fraser Britton photo. For the final round of the 2008 World Cup downhill season, the circus made its way to the Planai ski resort in the small town of Schladming, Austria. The overall series standings had been closer for both ...


Interbike Web Extras

Interbike Web Extras

If you didn’t visit DirtRagMag.com during Interbike (September 22-26) or the week afterward (for shame!) and you’re just checking out our print Interbike coverage in Issue #139, boy, do we have web extras for you. Here’s what you’ve missed: Photo Galleries:Day 1 Dirt DemoDay 2 Dirt DemoDay 3 IndoorDay 4 IndoorDay 5 Indoor Blogs:It’s Show ...


Ray’s Mountain Bike Park Inside Out

Ray’s Mountain Bike Park Inside Out

It was a little hard to get my eyes to focus the day after Halloween and to get my brain motivated to move. After some fluids and coffee I picked up Karl and our new graphic designer Matt Kasprzyk in the Dirt Rag van, got some more coffee, and headed toward Cleveland to Ray’s MTB ...


Northern California Bicycle Expo and Swap

Northern California Bicycle Expo and Swap

What: Northern California Bicycle Expo and Swap. Vendors and bike shops will be selling new and used merchandise. Cycling companies will be on hand showing their 2009 products. The event will offer bike demos including a kids demo course, BMX demos, trials, and even pixie races. There will also be a huge raffle, spread over ...


Ruckus at the Ranch Benefits Mike Aitken

Ruckus at the Ranch Benefits Mike Aitken

BMX rider Mike Aitken was recently hospitalized after he suffered a bad fall on some dirt jumps near his home in eastern Pennsylvania. The cycling community has rushed to his support with various fundraising events and raffles. The latest event is Ted’s 3rd Annual Ruckus at the Ranch, which will be held on November 9th ...


EWR OWB29er: First Impressions

EWR OWB29er: First Impressions

In part one of this series, I ran through the specifications on my new EWR OWB29er test bike, and posted a gallery with pictures of this unique-looking bike. At that point I hadn’t had a chance to throw a leg over my new steed, but since then, I’ve busted out a handful of solid rides ...


2008 Punk Bike Enduro Announced

2008 Punk Bike Enduro Announced

The 19th annual Dirt Rag Punk Bike Enduro is scheduled for December 14th, 2008 in Dorseyville, PA. What’s a Punk Bike Enduro? Maurice already addressed that very question in a previous article, where he wrote: There was an article in an old copy of Fat Tire Flyer that told of an event called the Punk ...


2008 Collegiate MTB Champions Crowned

2008 Collegiate MTB Champions Crowned

Last weekend’s competition at Banner Elk, NC for the 2008 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships came down to the wire, with Fort Lewis College narrowly beating host Lees-McRae College to win the Division I team omnium competition by 20 points, 698 to 678. The Division II battle was even closer, as Division II ...


Shimano Alfine Auction Offers Cool Custom Frames

Shimano Alfine Auction Offers Cool Custom Frames

Shimano and five top-notch frame builders have produced five custom bicycles that are being auctioned to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. The Shimano Alfine Pink Ribbon Auction runs through October 30th, 2008 and 100% of the proceeds support the Young Survival Coalition, devoted to improving the quality of life for young women affected by breast ...


Dirt Rag #137 Cover Art Posters For Sale

Dirt Rag #137 Cover Art Posters For Sale

“Freezing Rain” by Dan Lawlis became the cover of Dirt Rag issue #137. Look like a comic book drawing to you? Well, Dan worked for Marvel and DC Comics, then began mountain biking and applied his experience on the bike with that of the pencil. This 18″ x 24″ poster is suitable for framing and ...


Mavic Caliper Adjusters

Mavic Caliper Adjusters

Do you own a 26-inch wheeled mountain bike that you ride more on the road than on the trails?  Have you ever wanted to make that slow mountain bike faster on the street?  Have you tried skinny tires, but people on their road bikes are still whizzing past you? By losing the small, sluggish 26 ...


Rider Down: Scott Hodge

Rider Down: Scott Hodge

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you the news that Scott Hodge, owner of Addictive Cycles in Braselton, GA and beloved member of the southeastern mountain biking community, was injured in a motorcycle accident. The following post, taken from the Addictive Cycles website, sums up the situation: In case you haven’t heard, ...


Under Test: Eastern Woods Research OWB29er

Under Test: Eastern Woods Research OWB29er

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recall that Eastern Woods Research is back in business, and that they have been working on translating the handling and heritage of their 26″ OWB (Original Woods Bike) to a 29″ wheeled platform. And they’ve done it! EWR Bikes recently introduced the OWB29er. One of that first batch is ...


IMBA Regional Leadership Councils Announced

IMBA Regional Leadership Councils Announced

The IMBA State Rep program is being restructured as IMBA Regional Leadership Councils (RLC). IMBA RLC will work within a region, generally consisting of several states, to increase community support for mountain biking, enhance grassroots club capacity, and access untapped economic resources through events, training, and active networking. IMBA says that the RLC will be ...


New Dirt Rag Wool Socks

New Dirt Rag Wool Socks

Everyone loves wool, so we are offering a second Merino wool blend sock, but with a shorter 5″ cuff. Made by SockGuy and manufactured in the USA from 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 ...


That’s A Wrap!

That’s A Wrap!

It’s fall outside and right now we’re sewing up the last bits on the next Dirt Rag going off to press. Issue 139 will be the last of this year.  It’s hard to believe that this is about it for 2008. Looking back, the past summer has been chalk full of adventures, both personal and ...


Dirt Rag Headed to Ray’s Grand Re-Opening

Dirt Rag Headed to Ray’s Grand Re-Opening

Dirt Rag will be loading up the van and heading to Cleveland, OH for the Ray’s MTB Indoor Park grand re-opening weekend on November 1st – 2nd, 2008. We’ll have a booth set up on site, and the finalists from the Ray’s/Dirt Rag photo contest will have their photos hanging in the SRAM lounge area, ...


Door to Open for Mountain Bikes in National Parks

Door to Open for Mountain Bikes in National Parks

We received the following news from IMBA: For Immediate Release10-15-08Contact: Mark Eller, IMBA Communications Directormarkeller@imba.com303-545-9011A proposed National Park Service (NPS) regulation change will benefit Americans by improving mountain biking experiences in national parks. The new policy would empower park superintendents to manage trails for bicycles, without sacrificing environmental review or public comment opportunities. “Bicycling is ...


Hand-made Bike Show at Wissahickon Cyclocross Race

Hand-made Bike Show at Wissahickon Cyclocross Race

The Wissahickon Cyclocross race in Ludwig’s Corner, PA on October 19th is more than just stop #4 on the Mid-Atlantic Cyclocross circuit. The event will also showcase some fine, hand-made bicycles. “The mini hand-made show will be showcasing builders that have had a presence in the cyclo-cross scene over the years of it becoming popular ...


Dirt Rag Mega Event Schedule

Dirt Rag Mega Event Schedule

Summer is but a memory, and with the cooler fall temperatures comes hot cyclocross racing action. Not to mention late-season mountain bike racing. It’s the perfect time to strap on a number plate and throw down. Date State City Event Title Hyperlink 10.17.2008 OR Bend 14th Annual Bend’s Big Fat Tour www.bigfattour.com 10.18.2008 DE Wilmington ...


Conventions Bike Project a Roaring Success

Conventions Bike Project a Roaring Success

We previously reported on Bike Belong’s project to provide delegates, party officials, and the national media attending at the Democratic and Republican national conventions the opportunity to borrow free loaner bikes to use during the events. Bikes Belong teamed with Humana to bring 1,000 bikes to the Democratic and Republican national conventions, with two goals ...


NEMBA Access Raffle 2008

NEMBA Access Raffle 2008

The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) is holding their annual raffle, which offers a chance to win some awesome prizes, with the proceeds going to NEMBA’s Trail Grant Program and ongoing advocacy efforts. Grand prize is a Giant Trance XO mountain bike, and other prizes include your choice of any of Western Spirits cycling ...


That Dam Ride

That Dam Ride

The Rails to Trails Act of 1983 may rank as the best thing to happen to American cycling in the last 25 years. Technically section 8(d) of the National Trails Systems Act, this landmark legislation greases the skids for the conversion of abandoned and unused railroad corridors into recreational trails. According to the Rails-to-Trails Conservency, ...


USA Cycling 2009 MTB National Calendars Unveiled

USA Cycling 2009 MTB National Calendars Unveiled

USA Cycling has announced their 2009 Cross Country, Gravity and Ultra-Endurance National Calendars. During the season, athletes will have the opportunity to earn ranking points towards overall titles in men’s and women’s individual and team categories. Each of the 29 events on the cross country calendar is categorized according to the amount of overall ranking ...


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