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Wilderness 101

Wilderness 101

For the past four year, I’ve competed (and I use that term loosely) in the Wilderness 101 in central Pennsylvania. It’s a well-run, epic mountain bike race that covers one huge loop (with no repeats) in some stellar riding terrain. I made some hard scheduling choices this year, and couldn’t make it to the 101, ...


6 Hours of Power

6 Hours of Power

The 6 Hours of Power is a great grassroots gathering in Western New York. 2007 marked my second consecutive pilgrimage to Ellicottville to participate in this 6-hour mountain bike race, which offers both solo and two-person team categories. Holiday Valley ski resort is kind enough to allow promoter extraordinary Mack Lawrence (on the microphone below) ...


Numen Trials Video Coming

Numen Trials Video Coming

Those ever-talented trials guys are at the 24 Hours of Killington this weekend. They’re doing a big competition, and we’re going to have the videos. Hop on over to the Dirt Rag Video page after Saturday evening to watch all the videos. So, as they say….stay tuned! Poster art by Robert Mongillo


Chris King ISO 150 Rear Hub

Chris King ISO 150 Rear Hub

Chris King ISO 150 Rear Hub

Chris King recently introduced their ISO 150 rear hub, which joins CK’s array of ISO disc hubs, including ISO Disc front (110mm QR) and rear (135mm QR & Bolt-on), ISO 20mm front hub and ISO 24mm front hub.


NYC Century Bike Tour

NYC Century Bike Tour

The NYC Century Bike Tour sounds like a fun ride. Scheduled for Sunday, September 9th, 2007 — and hosted by Transportation Alternatives — the ride offers five route options: 100, 75, 55, 35 and 15 miles. According to the event website: The Century is your ride—as challenging or relaxing as you choose, but always fun ...


Sideline bike lane emitting light system

Sideline bike lane emitting light system

Wouldn’t it be awesome if vehicle drivers were alert to the amount of space you and your bicycle need to safely pass you and to make commuting in densely populated, urban areas more comfortable? What if every road you pedaled on had a clearly marked, visible bike lane to get you to your destination? Aside ...


Look Ma, No Gasoline

Look Ma, No Gasoline

“Peter Mulvey will be biking to work this September.” Peter Mulvey is a musician. Thus, Peter Mulvey will be going from gig to gig (which is known as touring) on his bicycle. “Most of the rides are under 40 miles. I’m not an athlete, I’m a guitar player. I’ve always enjoyed long rides; this will ...


2008 Kona Press Launch

2008 Kona Press Launch

When Mo asked if I would be interested in attending the 2008 Kona Press camp, held in conjunction with Crankworks Colorado, it didn’t take me long to jump all over the opportunity. Thursday morning, I’m up and out the door before the sun rises. Quick bus ride to the airport, grab a cup of joe, ...


Fixed, and geared?

Fixed, and geared?

I was paging through one of the many cycling publications we get here at Dirt Rag HQ. It could be someone’s full time job to go through all of them, as we not only get the well known national magazines, we also get regional publications, small up-starts, and a wide variety of international magazines, some ...


The Cheese Has Been Found

The Cheese Has Been Found

I challenged our readers to identify a very obscure reference in a Blog posting title: “Where’d the Links Go At?” Joe McManus of Pittsburgh was the only person to figure it out. The reference was to a commercial jingle that the band Ween did for Pizza Hut. The title of the jingle was “Where’d the ...


Giant 2008 Press Camp

Giant 2008 Press Camp

I just returned from Giant Bicycle press camp, which took place on June 28th – 30th, 2007 at the Northstar at Tahoe resort in sunny California. Although Giant unveiled a new full-suspension model and significant weight-saving changes to existing model, the camp was not all about technology. in large measure it was about people. The ...


So Long, Punk Planet

So Long, Punk Planet

Karen’s post yesterday about periodical postage rate increases reminded me of a Bulletin I wrote on my MySpace page last week. It went something like this: And so it goes… I just got an email announcing that the last issue of Punk Planet magazine is on the way to my house. I knew they were ...


New items for the retro grouch in you

New items for the retro grouch in you

A few things have popped up on my radar lately, perhaps some of you might be interested also. First up, it looks like SRAM is updating their 8 speed chains soon. I’m looking into what has changed, but as of now all I have are model names: PC-830, 850, 870, 890. I’ve used the older ...


Trek Camp Day 2

Trek Camp Day 2

If you missed my Day 1 Report, you’ll want to read it first to get a little background. Day 2 and we’re back to the Adams Gulch area, which is convenient for multiple bike testing because you can crank out a loop with a good variety of terrain in under an hour. First up for ...


Trek Camp Day 1

Trek Camp Day 1

I’m in Sun Valley, ID, and it’s day one of the media launch for the 2008 Trek and Gary Fisher mountain bikes (and Bontrager tires and wheelsets). The morning is spent in a classroom absorbing as much information as I can from a series of presentations delivered by folks at Trek Corp who were responsible ...


Pittsburgh’s Second Official Bike Lane

Pittsburgh’s Second Official Bike Lane

On Monday morning a few of us from the office attended the opening of a new bike lane on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh. For some of you out there in locations closer to bike-topia this is no big deal, but for Pittsburghers, this is only our second official bike lane (and the only one on ...


Flats

Flats

I used to brag about my miles of flat free riding, but lately my good luck seems to be running out. I think it started with last years Wilderness 101 where I pinch-flatted my rear tube on a fire road descent. I remember pushing the pace a bit as I could hear the guys I ...


2008 Trek Fuel EX Sneak Peek

2008 Trek Fuel EX Sneak Peek

This Saturday I’m leaving on a jet plane, headed to Sun Valley, ID to attend the official 2008 Trek/Gary Fisher mountain bike press camp. That’s where yours truly, and a cadre of cycling journos, will get their first look at (and rides on) the 2008 mountain bikes from Waterloo. In many, if not most, years ...


Here we go!

Here we go!

Hi there, kids! Welcome to the new Dirt Rag Blog. Us staff people have been talking about doing a blog for a couple of years now. And finally….here we are. As you can see by some of the older posts in the Blog here, we’ve been test-driving it for several months now. We promise to ...


Fresh Threads

Fresh Threads

Ladies first. Vanderkitten, Clothing for Women Who Kick Ass, is a cycling-inspired clothing company, established in March 2005 by the husband-and-wife team of Dave Verrecchia and Jennie Vanderlaag. The company recently unveiled a new website that features their complete 2007 product line. In addition to casual tops, hoodies, and hats, Vanderkitten offers technical cycling shorts ...


Burst Balloon

Burst Balloon

A while back I posted about my off season strategy and stated that: “I could easily deceive myself into thinking that I did a pretty good job of keeping myself in shape, over the off-season. A deception that will surely burst like a toy balloon on April 21st when I plan to strap on a ...


Do-It-Yourself Bike Touring

Do-It-Yourself Bike Touring

Nick Lubecki tells how he pedaled around the United States and Canada using equipment most enthusiasts would balk at—scoring meals in dumpsters, and tossing other "finds" in a basket strapped to his rear rack.

By Nick Lubecki


Off-Season Strategy

Off-Season Strategy

It’s late March of 2007, and the weather has finally taken a turn for the better. Cranking out my first 40-mile road ride in 5 months felt surprisingly good. My pace was not all that aggressive, but I wasn’t exactly soft-pedaling. I could easily deceive myself into thinking that I did a pretty good job ...


Tire Pressure Guide

Tire Pressure Guide

Michael from Pittsburgh, PA wrote me (coincidentally I’m also Michael from Pittsburgh—soon to be Michael from Madison), to ask about tire pressure. Normally, I don’t feel all that comfortable giving people such specific advice since equipment and terrain can vary widely. But this guy lives just around the corner from me, and I can only ...


#126 Controversy

#126 Controversy

As an author, you know you’ve hit a home run with an article when people email copies of your article to each other, contact you to say “great job,” or “I can’t believe you printed that!” As an editor, you know you’ve done a great job when shops request more copies or when readers take ...


Irony at the Tour of California

Irony at the Tour of California

Does anyone else find it ironic that the Tour of California‘s title sponsor is Amgen? Amgen, makers of this drug (Aranesp), otherwise known as EPO, is sponsoring North America’s premier road race. Does anyone else see anything even remotely ironic about that?


Be a Smart Human

Be a Smart Human

I was helping a friend build up his new bike in my basement this weekend. It was quite a nice bike, and he’s excited to use something that’s lighter, faster, stronger and cooler than what he had before. AS he explained to me his motivation for getting the bike, I remembered how new products are ...


Oh, the Literature Contest

Oh, the Literature Contest

It’s about that time of year… the time to announce the next year’s Literature Contest. It all started during my first full year as editor. Fresh out of college, I was excited about giving the Dirt Rag audience a chance to compose their thoughts and tell their stories. We lined up a few small prizes ...


Suicidal Marketing

Suicidal Marketing

Marketing.Whether or not you agree with me, it’s true that marketing is a necessary aspect of the world. While the word “marketing” puts a taste in some mouths just like “lawyer” or “plastic suergeon,” the profession isn’t inherently bad–I would even argue that the act of spreading a positive message is inherently good–I suppose the ...


Touché, BMX.

Touché, BMX.

Back in the day when I was slingin wrenches at Country Roads Bicycles in Plymouth, Indiana, we had to deal with a bunch of BMX brats. These kids would come in and say one of three things. “what do you have for a dollar?”“where are your pegs?”“can I see the Profile cranks?” Usually a kid ...


Establishing Cred

Establishing Cred

Out here in internet land, it frustrates me to see so many recommendations and endorsements for things that aren’t great. What’s even more frustrating as a journalist who gets paid to evaluate these same things is watching any schmoe on the street get offered the same gratuities, generosities and respect that I’ve worked so hard ...


Wheel Building

Wheel Building

Why is it that every time I build a wheel without the book by my side, I mess up and have to rebuild it? My theory is that I read one book and stuck by it–Jobst Brandt’s The Bicycle Whee. That book was difficult for me to follow, and while I dug some of the ...


The Professional Bike Geek—Underpaid and Loving it.

The Professional Bike Geek—Underpaid and Loving it.

So I was chatting with an old friend this morning. He’s back in town after a stint out west working on trails for our nation’s forest. After ranting about the half a trillion dollars spent on war that could’ve been spent on building the mountain biker’s dream—the most ridiculous, comprehensive, exhilerating trail system the world’s ...


Money – It’s Gotta Be The Shoes!

Money – It’s Gotta Be The Shoes!


That Crocodile Smile: Moots Welds Up 25 Years

That Crocodile Smile: Moots Welds Up 25 Years

A look inside the company that is carving out a niche between the corporate behemoths producing their bikes overseas, and small boutique manufacturers producing only a few dozen frames a year.

By Michael Wendell


The Floyd Landis Interview

The Floyd Landis Interview

Did you know that Floyd Landis rode mountain bikes before he found great success on the road? Yep. Michael O’Reilly interviews his old friend about the good ol’ days.

By Michael O’Reilly


Review: Tomac 98 Special Comp

Review: Tomac 98 Special Comp

It’s the middle son of a three bike 98 Special family, and it’s intended purpose is long-haul, aggressive trail riding of the all around variety, as you might guess by its 98mm of rear wheel travel.

By Joel Kennedy


Review: Rocky Mountain ETSX-50

Review: Rocky Mountain ETSX-50

When the opportunity to test Rocky Mountain’s adjustable travel (3.5", 4" or 4.5"), disc specific, full suspension ETSX-50 was presented, I jumped at the chance and haven’t looked back

By Jeff Guerrero


Review: Marin Mount Vision

Review: Marin Mount Vision

Jeff flogs the Marin Mount Vision, which features some interesting suspension.

By Jeff Lockwood


Review: Santa Cruz Heckler

Review: Santa Cruz Heckler

…For my money (all loaners), the bike with the least compromise and the most surprising performance has been the 2003 Santa Cruz Heckler.

By Joel Kennedy


Review: Dean Ace 3.0

Review: Dean Ace 3.0

I’ve raced and ridden the Dean in just about every situation and location I could this summer, and as you might have guessed from the above description, I never wanted a better bike in the past three months.

By Jeff Guerrero


Review: Phat Cycles First Class Cruiser

Review: Phat Cycles First Class Cruiser

The First Class is a one-bike parade—a traffic stopper and a jaw dropper. It’s an expression of street attitude in chromoly and steel. This is not a bike that is comfortable with Lycra. Denim or leather would work better.

By Chris Cosby


Review: Retrotec custom steel hardtail

Review: Retrotec custom steel hardtail

Retrotec is more of a tribute to an idea and tradition than it is an actual company. Curtis Inglis builds his own fillet brazed Inglis Cycles frames on his family’s Napa Valley farm, but he also builds Retrotec frames…

By Joel Kennedy


Kona Beer

Kona Beer

This is the bicycle formerly known as Bear Dee-Lux. Since Kona owners like beer, and someone else already makes a bike named Bear, the name has been changed to protect the innocent.

By Maurice Tierney


September 11: Tamaqua, PA

September 11: Tamaqua, PA

Editor’s note: After the September 11th attacks, I sent out a request in our eNewsletter. Here’s what it said:

"I haven’t been able to get away from the news for the past week, and I’m sure most of you feel the same way. Wherever you were, whatever you were doing, you’ll probably remember the specifics for a long time. But memories deteriorate.


September 11: Lafayette, CO

September 11: Lafayette, CO

Editor’s note: After the September 11th attacks, I sent out a request in our eNewsletter. Here’s what it said:

"I haven’t been able to get away from the news for the past week, and I’m sure most of you feel the same way. Wherever you were, whatever you were doing, you’ll probably remember the specifics for a long time. But memories deteriorate.


September 11: San Diego, CA

September 11: San Diego, CA

Editor’s note: After the September 11th attacks, I sent out a request in our eNewsletter. Here’s what it said:

"I haven’t been able to get away from the news for the past week, and I’m sure most of you feel the same way. Wherever you were, whatever you were doing, you’ll probably remember the specifics for a long time. But memories deteriorate.


September 11: Santa Margarita, CA

September 11: Santa Margarita, CA

Editor’s note: After the September 11th attacks, I sent out a request in our eNewsletter. Here’s what it said:

"I haven’t been able to get away from the news for the past week, and I’m sure most of you feel the same way. Wherever you were, whatever you were doing, you’ll probably remember the specifics for a long time. But memories deteriorate.


September 11: Ashland, KY

September 11: Ashland, KY

Editor’s note: After the September 11th attacks, I sent out a request in our eNewsletter. Here’s what it said:

"I haven’t been able to get away from the news for the past week, and I’m sure most of you feel the same way. Wherever you were, whatever you were doing, you’ll probably remember the specifics for a long time. But memories deteriorate.


September 11: Pittsburgh, PA

September 11: Pittsburgh, PA

Editor’s note: After the September 11th attacks, I sent out a request in our eNewsletter. Here’s what it said:

"I haven’t been able to get away from the news for the past week, and I’m sure most of you feel the same way. Wherever you were, whatever you were doing, you’ll probably remember the specifics for a long time. But memories deteriorate.


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