Tag Archives: Biking

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 »


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 »

Beverly Hills Announced as Official Start City for Stage 8 of the Race

2012 Route to Feature New Mountain Climbs, a Challenging Time Trial Course and a Return to the Pacific Coastline LOS ANGELES (February 8, 2012) – After intense planning and careful consideration, details for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California professional road cycling race have been announced. The 2012 edition of America’s premier cycling race will Continue Reading »

My Other Car is a Cargo Bike

Sure, many cyclists can haul ass but can they haul anything else? Bikes like Yuba’s Mundo aim to change that By Pete Gauvin Admit it: Many of us in the outdoor sports world are cycling fiends. We ogle and fantasize about bikes according to our respective sporting dreams and aspirations, be they road, mountain, downhill, Continue Reading »

Mining for Inner Strength

Mining for Inner Strength Writer must find her ‘49er grit on a solo bike tour through Gold Country By Laura Read Semi-trucks thunder past; perspiration stings my neck; overheated thoughts spiral into chaos. What am I doing? Bicycling through California Gold Country – yes. Grinding over one of America’s tallest mountain ranges – yes. Suffering Continue Reading »

Spinning to Paradise and Back

Chico’s 30-year-old Wildflower still one of the best centuries to test your riding legs, even for a rookie over 50 By Tim Hauserman When you get to a certain age — say when the women you are riding with says, “Oh, yeah, my Dad’s about your age” — you begin to think about ways to Continue Reading »