January 2015

The BLOAT Cameos In Music Video

by editors on January 28, 2015

It’s nice to see that the Biggest Liar Of All Time is keeping busy. This time he’s showed up in a video by Future User (Rage Against The Machine Bassist Tim Commerford’s project), according to a story in MySanAntonio.com.

The video itself depicts a young man mixing prescription medications into a smoothie to prep him for his rad ride across town via skateboard. When he’s not flipping ollies and grinding guardrails, he’s doing more drugs in public places and injecting himself with what are implied to be steroids in a grungy bathroom stall.

Then the BLOAT shows up leaving a nasty phone message in a Mellow Johnny’s kit. Nice work, BLOAT.

[Link: My San Antonio]


Peter Sagan Gets Re-Venge

by editors on January 28, 2015

Here’s a hint: Peter Sagan has made the switch from Cannondale to Specialized this year.


Yes, We Want To Ride The PCT

by editors on January 21, 2015


We firmly believe that any trail open to horses should be open to mountain bikes. Period. And we’re sick of elitist equestrian interests trying to keep these trails closed to bikes. The good news is we’re not alone when it comes to the world famous Pacific Crest Trail, according to a story in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The Pacific Crest Trail Reassessment Initiative [wants] to reverse decades of U.S. Forest Service policy that limits the high-elevation trail to hiking and equestrian use. They’re particularly interested in sections of trail that could be ridden as links between myriad biking trail networks throughout the Sierra Nevada.

We couldn’t agree more. If you’re interested in helping to open more wilderness trails to mountain biking (especially in the west) then please click the link for more info.

[Link: Sharing the PCT via Reno Gazette-Journal]


Alcohol Is Performance Poison

by editors on January 20, 2015


According to a study in Northwestern Medicine people tend to drink more alcohol on the days they’ve exercised, and according to a story Outsideonline.com that’s a bad thing. In fact, alcohol is a bad thing for athletes all the way around.

If you still think a post-race beer isn’t a bad idea, consider this: alcohol interferes with your muscles’ post-workout rebuilding process by reducing protein synthesis. “So not only does alcohol interfere with recovery of muscle damage and injury,” says Barnes, “it also reduces the processes responsible for building muscle.”

Beer works great for getting you fat and keeping you on the couch. For anything else, there’s water. Click the link for even more reasons why.

[Link: OutsideOnline.com]


If You Must Get Fat Pivot Has The Bike

by editors on January 13, 2015

Les Morefat

We’d never get fat, but if we did we have to admit that we’d roll a Pivot LES Fat because it looks like the most badass hardtail fat bike we’ve ever seen.

The LES Fat is RockShox Bluto compatible and includes a Pivot designed carbon fork with 150mm dropout spacing – one wheelset will work with both options. 2x and 1x gearing compatibility makes the LES Fat an ideal choice in any terrain, and the LES Fat rear spacing is 197mm with an ergo-friendly low Q-factor design when built with the Pivot/E-Thirteen co-designed fat bike crankset. The Pivot Cable Port System makes internal routing simple to install and maintain via large, easy to access ports and interchangeable covers. Easily switch between a variety of cable routing options for the cleanest installation. Additional details include integrated rear rack mounts, internal dropper post routing and 3 water bottle mounts – making the LES Fat the perfect choice for any big tire adventure.

And to see what’s possible on the LES Fat, click here for a video demo from Aaron Chase. For the official word from Pivot, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Smith Turns 50, Rebrands Entire Line

by editors on January 5, 2015

Smith New Logo Black-1-1Smith, the company that invented the modern goggle era turns 50 this year and to celebrate they’ve given themselves a whole new logo.

As a declaration to our future progress, we are proud to announce the new visual identity of SMITH. Following a refined brand platform that modernizes our beliefs, values, and who we stand for, SMITH will re-launch our entire product range in January 2015 with a new logo and brand presentation. With clean, modern and refined letterforms, the updated logo hearkens back to our original identity and speaks to the fundamental tenets of our brand: performance, movement, and essential design.

For the official word from Smith, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]