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Project Ziggy: Part Zwei

August 12, 2009 Karl Rosengarth 0
In part one of this series I talked about the history of my Gunnar Rockhound frame and how, thanks to a one-off paint/decal art project, that frame recently took on a new life as "Ziggy the zebra." While the frame restoration was a mini-project in itself, that was only half the battle. Next up was scrounging the components required to make my art project a functioning bicycle again. That’s a story in itself.

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Just Riding Along

Project Ziggy: Part One

July 27, 2009 Karl Rosengarth 0
karl-mud-race-1.jpgOne of the sweet job perks at Dirt Rag is having the opportunity to test ride the latest and greatest bikes, model year after model year.

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Raccoon Rally Report

July 1, 2008 Karl Rosengarth 0
It’s late Sunday night and I’ve just rolled back from a three-day road trip to western New York. Rather than sifting through a stack of press releases, looking for a newsworthy nugget to post in this space, I’ve decided to tell you about my trip.

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Bike Industry News

Sneak Peek: EWR Proto OWB29er

June 25, 2008 Karl Rosengarth 0
Kenn EWR OWB29This past weekend the Dirt Rag hot air spy balloon was hovering over the M.A.S.S. Neshaminy race near Philly and spotted EWR’s very own Kenn Rymdeko putting a brand new OWB29er proto through its paces. Kenn ended up in fourth place, his best finish to date.

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Just Riding Along

Brain Fart: Peer Pressure

May 9, 2008 Karl Rosengarth 0
When Laird Knight of Granny Gear Productions invented 24-hour mountain bike racing, he aimed to provide a format that engendered the camaraderie that pervades mountain biking culture. Harkening back to the early days of the 24 Hours of Canaan—with virtually the entire field camping side-by-side in a lumpy, muddy field just outside of Davis, WV and sharing the agony and ecstasy of a brutally challenging course—I’d say Mr.

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Brain Fart: Winter Doldrums Projects

December 29, 2007 Karl Rosengarth 0
Methinks biking through winter’s fury is an exercise in preparedness, if not stubbornness. It is a wise effort—to doggedly prepare not simply one’s self, but one’s equipment, for the wrath of winter.

Furthermore, the notion occurred to me that sharing my ordeal might perchance afford some amusement to those internet denizens that seemingly take pleasure in reading of such travails. I shall explain forthwith….

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Bike Industry News

2008 Fuel EX9: Size Matters!

November 23, 2007 Karl Rosengarth 0
In my previous post I talked about the fact that Trek offers the Fuel EX lineup two different "medium" sizes, and how I’ve always been a bit of a tweener—able to ride either a medium or a large bike, but often feeling that neither size fit me perfectly. The more I ride this (18.5") bike, the happier I am that larger Trek offer it in "multiple medium" sizing. The 18.5" bike fits me like a dream.

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GEAR

Under Test: Trek Fuel EX9

November 5, 2007 Karl Rosengarth 0
With a tip of the helmet (and any required apologies) to The Godfather, may he rest in peace:

Come here sister
Papa’s in the swing
He ain’t too hip now
but I can dig that new breed bike;
He ain’t no drag
He’s got a brand new bag

Please allow me to introduce my current test bike, a brand-spanking-new 2008 Trek Fuel Ex9.

Trek Fuel EX9

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GEAR

Vicious Cycles Motivator

October 1, 2000 Karl Rosengarth 0

Just what is a 29" inch mountain bike? It’s a mountain bike designed to use 700c rims. When you install WTB’s 700c Nanoraptor mountain tire, the tire’s outside diameter measures 29".

By Karl Rosengarth