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Mike Cushionbury

Mike Cushionbury

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Dirt Rag Editor

Yeah, but what do you ACTUALLY do around here?

Sleep in 'til noon, never come to the office and crack open a beer at 3 p.m.

What do you think about when you're riding your bike?

I got this slow when?

How would you rate your coffee consumption on a scale of 8-10?

I give myself a 1. As in 1 pot a day.

Complete this sentence: "My other bike is …"

My other bike has always been a motorcycle of some sort.

What are you eating, drinking, reading, or fearing these days?

These days I'm usually drinking out of a paper sack because I'm fearing I might get caught...

Elvis or the Beatles?

Elvis

Say something profound and meaningful in exactly seven words…

Don't stop believin', hold onto that feelin'

I like your answers. How can I get in touch with you?

Email me

At the Helm – Mike Sinyard of Specialized and the Stumpjumper Expert Carbon World Cup


Editor’s note: “At the Helm” was a project we undertook earlier this year as part of our 25th Anniversary celebration. Four bikes, four companies, four founders. Much like Dirt Rag’s own history, each of these founders has seen rough times, but the ship still sails with a firm hand on the wheel. The stories you’ll read in the next few weeks aren’t just about the bikes, but also the history and the men behind them.

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Mike Sinyard has had his far share of controversial moments, including the latest dust-up about Specialized’s overzealous pursuit of a trademark defense. We get into that and review the spiritual successor of the original Stumpjumper in the form of a Stumpjumper Expert Carbon HT World Cup.

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Video: The Town and Riders of a Hudson Highland Hotspot


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Dirt Rag contributor Brice Shirbach not only writes words and shoots awesome photographs, he also does a fair share of videoing as well. His latest is an expose’ of the amazing trails in Beacon, New York.

“Welcome to Beacon stands to showcase some of the amazing trails that descend from the summit of the town’s namesake mountain,” Shirbach says. “More importantly, it shows us the good-natured people who call this place home and their effort to ingrain cycling into the fabric of this community.”

Continue on to see the video and read more.

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Issue #179: The great e-bike controversy


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Issue #179 is available now. Within its pages, you’ll find a great El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico travel story, a riveting Access Action piece that found the legendary Hugh Jass team today and examines how they’ve given back to their mountain biking community more than any “organized” team I can think of, and coverage of a collection of interesting 2015 bikes and products. That’s the kind of journalism we’re striving for at Dirt Rag. Honest stories you can sit back and absorb.

Because we’re not afraid of controversy, you’ll also find an expose’ on e-bikes, the elephant on the trail. In this feature we did not resort to knee-jerk reactions or hyperbole, we approached it as an examination of what’s coming. And they are coming.

Read more about our stance on e-bikes.

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Inside Line: 2015 Specialized Era 29


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Specialized will update its women’s specific line to include a redesigned Era 29 to go along with the Fate hardtail. The Era is essentially an Epic with women’s specific geometry. Previously, the Era was only available as a 26-inch bike. At the top S-Works level, it, as well as an updated men’s Epic will feature a custom inverted 2015 RockShox RS-1 fork with Brain inertia internals.

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Irreverent Reverend: Bob Seals Interview Outtakes Part 2


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In the current issue of Dirt Rag (#178, on sale now) you’ll find a ground-breaking interview with Reverend Bob Seals of CoolTool, Kleen Kanteen and Retrotec fame. This multi-faceted artist, activist, frame builder, race promoter and team owner, if not agitator, ran his whole operation out of his ranch just outside of Chico, California.

Seals was first interviewed in Dirt Rag #38 in July 1994 by Fernando Avallone and we strongly suggest you find and read that original interview, there’s too much there to miss. We also suggest you read the new interview by the same author in Issue #178 if you haven’t yet. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting outtakes that didn’t (or couldn’t) make it to print. Most of these unimaginable stories are being told for the first time right here, in this second installment.

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Irreverent Reverend: Bob Seals Interview Outtakes Part 1


In the current issue of Dirt Rag (on sale now) you’ll find a ground-breaking interview with Reverend Bob Seals of CoolTool, Kleen Kanteen and Retrotec fame. This multi-faceted artist, activist, frame builder, race promoter and team owner, if not agitator, ran his whole operation out of his ranch just outside of Chico, California.

Seals was first interviewed in Dirt Rag #38 in July 1994 by Fernando Avallone and we strongly suggest you find and read that original interview, there’s too much there to miss. We also suggest you read the new interview by the same author in Issue #178 if you haven’t yet. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting select outtakes that didn’t make it to print. Most of these unimaginable stories are being told for the first time right here.

Read them here.

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Custom Oakley glasses at your fingertips


Oakley’s newest retail store, located in the King of Prussia Mall is the first in the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia area. Besides carrying an assortment of products—apparel, luggage, watches and backpacks, it’s eyewear selection (as you’d expect) is amazing.

It features Oakley’s new in-store optical center, one of only 20 in the country, enabling customers to fill eyewear prescriptions directly at the store and choose their own standard or custom frame coloring and style. In King of Prussia, an Oakley licensed optician uses a motion capture device Oakley helped develop. It’s placed on the selected frame while the customer is wearing it and, in just a few seconds, the program reads and records the customer’s measurements to match to the prescription. This allows those with more advanced prescriptions to wear any of Oakley’s high-wrap sports shields. Turnaround time averages one week and the final product can be picked up at the store or sent to a home address.

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Custom colored Oakley Flax glassess assembled right at the store.

Another cool feature (one I took advantage of) is the ability to walk into the store and choose any combination of frame style, color, ear sock color, lens tint and even brand logo color on some models from a computer program. The store has every combination in stock so you can create and walk away with your custom design that day. Oakley also has a full collection of its own custom designs on hand in the store as well.

Besides choosing my colors I went with, on the opticians recommendation, the Grass lens, which is actually designed for golf. It works amazingly well deep in the woods, vividly pulling out colors and shadows of the trail better than any other tint I’ve tried. Look for a more in depth prescription lens test in a future issue of Dirt Rag.

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Access Action: Tahoe trailbuilders create magic with US Forest Service


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Recently the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) finished construction for the year on the Lower Corral Trail Enhancement Project and held a big grand reopening party and volunteer workday. The project in South Lake Tahoe, California includes purpose built features for mountain bikes including high wall berms, rock jumps, tabletop jumps and log rides. TAMBA partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to create one of the first trails of this type in the country in a National Forest.

Learn more about the trail and the project.

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