Tag Archives: Biking

MTB rules for rainy season riding

How to be a force for good when mountain biking after rain Reprinted with permission from Hilltromper The mountain bikers, they like the tacky. A little moisture on the trails makes for stickier, softer riding and fun times. But the rainy season can leave trails an ecological mess, with deep puddles flanked by improvised side Continue Reading »

VIDEO: “The Rise of Enduro”

A glimpse into the world of Enduro premiering December 15 The eagerly anticipated film “The Rise of Enduro” premiers live on Pinkbike.com Monday, December 15, 2014 from 7am to 10pm PST. Enduro is a relatively new but wildly popular racing format that demands a high level of fitness and stamina to complete long, strenuous climbing sections Continue Reading »

VIDEO: Lunch Ride

BJM, Cerruti & Radford—er, Bradford—dial in the fun staying fit during cyclocross season Fun video from our friends over at Family Cycling Center and Ibis Cycles featuring Ben Jacques Maynes, Sam Cerruti and Aaron Bradford out on a spin ’round Santa Cruz, keeping fit for their 2014/15 cyclocross season. Make no mistake—these lads are FAST! Read Continue Reading »

Murphy Mack

Life is a bike race for this race promoter, and whoever has the most fun wins Words by Karen Kefauver • Photos by Ted Ketai Snapshot of SuperPro Racing’s Murphy Mack Born: Lansing, Michigan Raised: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I spent weekends on farms on big farm equipment at my dad’s John Deere dealership, hunting birds Continue Reading »

VIDEO: Ibis Cycles pro Jeff Kendall-Weed’s astounding moves

“It might not be doable.” ?? Huh? Right. DONE. We’re pretty sure Santa Cruz native and Ibis Cycles pro rider Jeff Kendall-Weed is some sort of human/bike hybrid — he makes this look way too easy. The mountain bike ninja boasts ridiculously amazing prowess on two wheels … and just one! Shot in and around Continue Reading »

After the Plows, Before the Crowds

Each spring for a few days cyclists can ride Tioga Pass, sans autos, into Yosemite’s still snowbound high country Story and photos by Matt Johanson Exploring Yosemite’s snowbound high country, quiet and deserted, richly rewards hardy trekkers who labor to reach it in winter. Though there’s also much to like about the easy access mountain Continue Reading »

Angry Singlespeeder

Editors Note: The Angry Singlespeeder is Adventure Sports Journal’s featured repository of highly opinionated cycling insights by Kurt Gensheimer. ASJ strongly endorses the Angry Singlespeeder if you like what he has to say, but we disavow any editorial connection if you are offended. Please address any and all comments to asjstaff@adventuresportsjournal.com.    Cyclocross: The Suck Continue Reading »

The Angry Singlespeeder

Singlespeeds are for Angry People At least that’s what my buddy Todd told me one time. I was a little offended at first, but I thought about it for a second and understood where he was coming from. Singlespeeders go against the grain. They typically have some kind of chip on their shoulder. It’s physically Continue Reading »

Bikes and Brews

California Cyclists Give New Meaning to the Phrase “Biker Bar” By Derrick Peterman & Photos courtesy of The Grand Cru Beer has long been recognized as a reward for hard work and/or any kind of adventurous activity, and that seems especially true for cyclists of every stripe, from hardcore roadies to fat tire aficionados. While Continue Reading »

Bike Touring Steinbeck Country

Tahoe local sees Steinbeck Country through the author’s eyes on a 250-mile bicycle journey around the Big Sur mountains Words and photos by Rick Gunn “When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described Continue Reading »

2013 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ROUTE ANNOUNCED

For the First Time, America’s Greatest Cycling Race Will Travel South to North, Beginning in Escondido and Crossing Beaches, Deserts, Mountains, Golden Gate Bridge LOS ANGELES (February 12, 2013) – Changing direction for the first time in its eight-year history from south to north, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling stage race, the 2013 Continue Reading »

Sticky Rubber: The Roots and Future of Five Ten

A Conversation with Charles Cole By Seth Lightcap Where would we be as explorers of rock, trail and waterway without Stealth Rubber? Whether paired with a Five Ten shoe design or used as a resole for another brand shoe, the stickiest of all sticky rubbers has been crucial equipment for many of the most groundbreaking Continue Reading »

Tour of California, May 13-20: It’s Hollywood or Bust for Pro Peloton

The Amgen Tour of California won’t have to worry about a snowstorm shutting down the first stage of America’s biggest cycling race this year. Instead of Tahoe, organizers have chosen a much safer kickoff city for the race’s seventh year — Santa Rosa, which will host the start and finish of the 116-mile first stage. Continue Reading »

April 29: Chico Wildflower Adds 125-mile Route

Dating back to 1981, the Chico Wildflower Century is one of the oldest, prettiest and best-run century rides in the country. And if the spring winds kick up or it’s excessively hot, it’s also one of the toughest 100-milers out there. New this year only will be the Wildcat 125, a 125-mile route to help Continue Reading »

April 19-22: Sea Otter Celebrates 22nd Year

The first Sea Otter Classic, originally called the Laguna Seca Challenge, in 1991 drew 350 athletes and 150 spectators. Twenty-two years later the four-day “Celebration of Cycling” welcomes over 8,000 athletes and 50,000 spectators and bike enthusiasts to Monterey County, transforming the Laguna Seca Raceway into the largest consumer bike expo in North America. In Continue Reading »

April 14-15: Santa Cruz MTB Festival Cranks Up

Having quickly cemented a place on the calendar a week ahead of the Sea Otter Classic, the third-annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival returns to Aptos Village, April 14-15, for a celebration of bikes and dirt. Hosted by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC), the two-day event includes the first legally sanctioned enduro race through Continue Reading »

Santa Cruz: New Pogonip Trail Approved

The Santa Cruz City Council has approved a 1.5-mile multi-use trail through Pogonip, the largest park and open space area within the city. The trail will provide another connection between town and the UC Santa Cruz campus. The four-foot wide path will accommodate cyclists alongside pedestrians, equestrians and dogs. The new trail will reopen a Continue Reading »

Report Card: California Ranks 20th in Bike Friendliness

According to the League of American Bicyclists, California ranks as the 20th most bike friendly state in the U.S. Our report card from the league looks like that of a smart but troubled teenager. It includes an “A” for Legislation, a “B” for Policies and Programs, an “F” for Infrastructure, a “C” for Education & Continue Reading »

NuVinci Bike Transmission

With a simple twist of the wrist, the promotional materials read, you can shift this bike in a way that’s “as easy as adjusting the volume on a radio.” As bike-industry marketing speak goes, the “radio” analogy was about as weird as I’d seen. But this month, while riding a new bike from Jamis called Continue Reading »