Bike To The Five Boroughs On May Day

by editors on April 29, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to ride a bike through the streets of New York City, then the 39th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI on May 1, 2016 just might be the day. Here’s why:

On the morning of May 1st, 32,000 cyclists from every state in the nation and dozens of countries around the world will come together in lower Manhattan in support of Bike New York’s free bike education programs. From there, they will ride 40 miles through the five boroughs of New York City on car-free streets, which will include the FDR Drive, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the Queensboro and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges.

Sound like something you’re into? Follow the jump for all the details.

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John Cardiel Park Raging To Yosemite

by editors on March 15, 2016

NorCal skate (and fixie) legend John Cardiel decided he’d ride from his home in SacTown, California and bring along the Official crew for the ride. Watching those beer’d up smokers hit the Old Priest Grade climb on touring bikes had us chuckling for minutes. For more on Cardiel’s Park Rager (which is currently sold out) click the link.

[Link: Official]

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Buckshot Pro: Speaker, Light, Battery

by editors on June 2, 2015

Buckshot Pro

Aside from our trusty Swiss Army Knife we’ve always considered do-it-all tools to be the master of none. So when we picked up Outdoor Technology’s new Buckshot Pro we were expecting disappointment. Why? Because, really, who puts a Bluetooth speaker, a camp light, a strobe bike light, a flashlight, and a back-up battery for a phone into one device. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, we were wrong. Turns out this combination of electronic tools is absolutely perfect for biking around the neighborhood, traveling across town, or even taking on the road for an overnight bike camping trip.

The reason we liked the the Buckshot Pro so much is because each individual feature alone made keeping the thing around worthwhile. We used the included strap and took it out for a bike ride to test the speaker. It paired easily with our phone. And while it was pretty difficult to hear anything while traveling above 18 MPH, at cruising speeds, the speaker worked great. And, if we were out past dark, the blinky headlight was enough to light up signs a block down the street. But what we like most about the Buckshot pro is using it in our tent. By hanging it from the ceiling we got bright, yet perfectly diffused light, plus music playback that wasn’t half bad. Later, after turning the light off, we simply unscrewed the light and plugged in our phone to get it charged. We might not take a speaker on a bike trip, but when it’s also a back-up phone battery, and a light it makes sense.

The most ingenious thing about the Buckshot Pro is the way the USB port is utilized. Plug it into the wall and the Buckshot Pro charges. Plug the light in and get four different lighting options: a bright yet diffused camp light, a dimmer mood light, a straight up flashlight, and a blinky cycling light perfect for rolling the streets at night. Plug your phone into the Buckshot and your phone charges. All that and it’s IPX5 water resistant as well.

We found that the Buckshot Pro cleaned up the clutter by keeping several things use all the time together in one compact package.

The Buckshot Pro comes in six colors: black, gray, red, orange, glow, and army green and retails for $79.95. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Outdoor Technology]

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Moab Thaw Kicks Off 2015 Season

by editors on February 26, 2015


One of our favorite Moab bike shops, Poison Spyder Bicycles, is the title sponsor of Moab Thaw 2015. What is Thaw? It’s an early spring celebration to kick off another season of Moab mountain biking and it goes down March 6- 8, 2015.

Every year, we get together and shake the cold with a fun mountain biking event we call “Thaw”. Join us for rides, skills clinics, food, demos and of course parties! . . . Thaw is a great way to shake off winter and get your legs moving again with fun, friends, and great Moab riding.

The event features meet-ups, rides, parties, and demo ops of the latest gear from Shimano, Pivot, Ibis, Niner, Trek, SRAM, Kona and many more. Click here for the full schedule.

With nighttime lows for the weekend scheduled to be in the low 20s to 30s and highs during the days in 40s we’re not sure that “thaw” is the right word . But one thing is for certain — on this trip you won’t have another near death heat stroke experience on the Moab Brand Trails.

For all the details call (800) 635-1792 or just click the link.

[Link: Moab Thaw]

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Even Great Days Get Bloody Sometimes

by editors on April 23, 2014

The Smith MTB adds another chapter from their Andes Pacifico Enduro race report (in Chile) and this time there is blood. . . pulsing, gaping, deep gash blood and some moaning. Know how that feels? Sure you do!

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Help Harrison Brown Get To Key West

by editors on March 17, 2014

Self-described “adventure cyclist” Harrison Brown is planning to pedal his bike from Fairbanks, Alaska to Key West, Florida by himself. In the process he plans to make a Youtube travel show about the journey as he rolls along. If you’d like to help him make this whole project happen, click the link and donate some money to his Kickstarter project. We just hope he makes it. Six-thousand miles is a long way to go on a bike, by yourself. That also seems like a few too many distracted drivers to deal with as well.

[Link: Kickstarter]

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San Juan Hut System Dreams

by editors on January 6, 2014

Yes, it’s winter in most of the country (we’re not silly enough to live in a winter zone so we’re not really affected) but we still dream of summer mountain bike adventuring. This short Steve Casimiro edit on the San Juan Hut system will get you jonesing for a little adventure MTB action for sure. For less than a thousand dollars you can ride seven days and sleep six nights in fully kitted, stocked huts from Durango, Colorado to Moab, Utah. Looks pretty good, huh? Better start planning now!

[Link: San Juan Huts]

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Dan Malloy’s Slow Is Fast Book Tour

by editors on July 24, 2013

Last September man about the surf Dan Malloy (and friends Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene) rode his bike down the California coast line to check things out, catch some surf, and of course, create some multimedia masterpiece. In this case it is a book titled Fast Is Slow and a short film called Moving Pictures. Now Dan is touring California with the book and film and you can see both if you’re in the area. The Slow Is Fast tour begins in Mill Valley, California on August 2, 2013. For a full list of tour locations, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Electra Bikes + Hard Rock Hotel SD

by editors on October 18, 2012

Electra HrSan Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel through a collaboration with Electra Bicycles is now offering complimentary bike rentals with each stay in America’s Finest City.

After you check in, check out our San Diego Attractions page here to get map our your cyclin’ game plan; then call down to our Concierge desk at x6484 (or 619-764-6484 outside the hotel) to determine bike availability and set up your big adventure. It’s just another sweet perk of staying at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.

This is almost reason enough to visit San Diego. Now if they would only offer this same deal up for all their hotels.

[Link: Hard Rock Hotel SD]

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