Bikepacking

Review: Restrap bikepacking bags

March 29, 2018 Helena Kotala 0

With the explosion of bikepacking, the market has become inundated with small bag makers, each with their own take on a relatively simple concept: holding stuff. It seems that each city has its own local

CONTESTS

Win a Rocky Mounts Hitch Rack

March 29, 2018 Trina Haynes 1

This contest has ended. Congratulations to David Brooks of Apple Valley, CA. Rocky Mounts has partnered with us to give one winner a 2″ MonoRail Platform Hitch Rack. Enter to win below. The MonoRail is a two

BIKE CULTURE

Passing Through: Charleston, West Virginia

March 28, 2018 Stephen Haynes 2

West Virginia’s capital city, Charleston, springs up from the convergence of the I-64, I-77 and I-79 and spreads out along the banks of the Kanawha and Elk rivers. With a greater metropolitan population of around

NEWS

Ibis releases Ripmo long travel 29er

March 26, 2018 Press release 0

Ibis just launched the Ripmo, a long travel 29er mashup of the brand’s Ripley and Mojo models. The Ripmo aims to combine “the Ripley’s balance and speed with the Mojo HD4’s capabilities when things get

BIKE CULTURE

“Repack” by Jim Kelly

March 26, 2018 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Charlie Kelly’s brother Jim wrote a series of poems about their mountain bike adventures. He is currently working on turning this series into a publication called “The Bike Cycle.” Here is one of the poems, titled

EVENTS

Event Recap: Croatan Buck Fifty

March 23, 2018 Brett Rothmeyer 1

If you look up the word stoke in the English dictionary you will find that it means, “to poke or stir up or supply with fuel” or “to increase the activity, intensity or amount of.”

BIKE CULTURE

Cool Shop: Somervelo in Boston, MA

March 23, 2018 Brett Rothmeyer 0

If you are like me, it’s hard to think of the city of Boston, Massachusetts without thinking about bicycles. Boston is home to countless custom frame builders, racing legends and access to some wonderful scenic

First Impression

First Impressions: New Santa Cruz Blur and Highball

March 22, 2018 Scott Williams 0

Many mountain bike cross-country courses are becoming increasingly gnarlier, demanding a fine balance between trail capable and lightweight race sleds. The recent Stellenbosch World Cup course is a perfect example. Riders are often choosing full-suspension

FEATURED RIDES

Featured Ride: Pittstown Trails, New York

March 22, 2018 Helena Kotala 3

Pittstown State Forest is located northeast of Albany and Troy, New York and the I-87 corridor. While its 12 miles of trail hardly make it a destination-worthy mountain bike spot, it’s a great place to ride

ADVOCACY

Kitsbow announces 2018 Trail Advocate of the Year recipients

March 21, 2018 Press release 0

This year, Kitsbow launched its inaugural Trail Advocate Program, which recognizes local leaders in trail advocacy through a crowd-sourced nomination process. The first Trail Advocate of the Year recipients were announced yesterday: Joe Lopresti (Homer Glen, Illinois), Tim Kugler

COMPONENTS

Review: Soma Condor bars

March 21, 2018 Helena Kotala 1

Every time Dirt Rag editor Eric McKeegan looked at the Soma Condor drop bars on my gravel bike, he just shook his head and laughed. Which made me laugh. Why? Because they do look pretty

RIDE ADVENTURES

Video: The Fun/Suffer Divide

March 14, 2018 Helena Kotala 0

Access to our remote backcountry trails aboard a mountain bike is becoming more and more challenging. Ride along on the Fun/Suffer Divide with Chris Shalbot, Scott Rinckenberger and Justin Olsen as the trio discovers a