Dirt Rag Magazine

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

Issue #179: The great e-bike controversy

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, and, because we're not afraid of controversy, an expose’ on e-bikes, the elephant on the trail.

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.


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.


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.


Review: Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5 0 Team

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Giant Bicycles made a bold move this year by committing most of its line-up to 27.5 wheels. From hardtails to full-suspension, across the board you’ll see the middle wheel size. Though Giant didn’t totally eliminate 29ers this year (you can still find one or two versions each of Anthem, XTC and Trance, compared to a total of about 28 different 27.5 models) it has been spoken many times that the company is in the process of phasing them along with 26ers out completely.

While the Trance Advanced 27.5 with 5.5 inches of travel became available initially, we were able to secure the very first 4-inch travel Anthem Advanced sent to the U.S., Giant’s flagship cross-country race bike. Yes, it’s pricey, but as outfitted, it showcases Giant’s advanced carbon technology and ability to also make high-end accessories from the resin material, from the cockpit bits to a remarkable wheelset with carbon rims. The Anthem line starts at $2,250 for the aluminum-framed 3 model.

Click here to read the full review.


Video: Novo Mesto World Cup XC

This Memorial Day Weekend (for us) was round three of the UCI World Cup cross-country series in Novo Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic. By the looks of the course in this pre-ride video perhaps the U.S. series could learn a thing or two about making a real mountain bike track. It’s ironic to think that not too long ago the European circuit was known for being smooth, like a gravel road race for mountain bikes. Now, courses across the pound look more like Supercross tracks with jumps, giant rock gardens, rooty climbs, bridges and alternate lines.

Novo Mesto looks like a heck of a lot of fun to ride lap after lap. Racing flat out on it? Let’s leave that to the professionals.

See race highlights and results here.


Top notch field to line up for NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic powered by Dirt Rag

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The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag is drawing a top notch field to its seven-day mountain bike stage race from May 25-31, 2014.  Some of the fastest endurance mountain bike racers will converge near State College, Pennsylvania for a race many affectionately call “Singletrack Summer Camp” where $60,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs with a total of $10,000 going to the top finishers in the general classification, with $5,000 each going to the male and female podium finishers.

Read the full story


Help the ‘5 Bucks a Foot’ fundraiser and you could win a $10,000 Santa Cruz

The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship in Northern California, along with partners Santa Cruz Bicycles has announced another “5 Bucks A Foot” campaign. Up for grabs this time is the eventual winner’s choice of any complete Santa Cruz bicycle with a value up to $10,000. Every purchased foot of singletrack for $5 is an opportunity to win, and the random winner will be chosen on June 3.

Get the details here.


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