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.Tweet Print
Photos by Craig DeMartino
With experience and aesthetics honed at Black Sheep Cycles, Moonmen Bikes are both cutting edge and decidedly retro, inspired by moonlit rides on the Front Range of Colorado. And it’s not just the custom, one-of-a-kind titanium frames being crafted in Fort Collins—the team is building its own custom titanium bars, stems, seat posts and forks as well.Tweet Print
Oskar Blues Brewery hails from Colorado but has made western North Carolina its second home, first building a brewery there in 2012, and now it will open a 145-acre farm as a beer and bike vacation destination.
Located about eight miles from the Brevard-based Oskar Blues brewery, the former Shoal Falls Farm soon will be a haven for mountain bikers, a place to grow hops, pasture land for spent grain-fed cows, and a music and event space, all against the beautiful backdrop of Dupont State Forest.Tweet Print
Summer is in full swing and that means it’s only a matter of time until we get to head north to the biggest of all mountain bike festivals in Whistler, B.C. Aside from the competitive riding there is some competitive creativity going on as well, with riders and photographers shooting to be the best in the GoPro Dirt Diaries and the Deep Summer Photo Challenge.
The participants have been announced for what will surely be another year of groundbreaking visual imagery.Tweet Print
One of our favorite rides every year is the Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo that samples some of the sweet singletrack where mountain biking was born on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California.
The original, 46-mile ride will still take place September 7, but this year the Marin County Bicycle Coalition has added a Summer Solstice Ride on June 29. You’ll get to ride with some of the legends of the sport, enjoy a tasty barbecue afterwards and get a free T-shirt. Proceeds from the Dirt Fondo supports MCBCs Off-Road Program, which works to expand trail opportunities for mountain biking while promoting good trail etiquette and environmental stewardship.
Sign up for the Summer Solstice Ride here.
Sign up for the Dirt Fondo here.
Read about our good time at least year’s event here.
Downhill mountain bike enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and this week the anticipation comes to an end. On Friday the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open for the season thanks to the hard work of an army of trail crew. The trail crew battled snow, weather, drainage, and other obstacles to dig, pack, and shape the berms, jumps, and trails. This work will allow for the opening of the majority of the Fitzsimons Zone Friday including popular trails A-Line, B-Line, Crank It Up, Easy Does It, among others.
Whistler Mountain Bike Park Manager, Brian Finestone has put his army to work in preparation for opening day. The troops were rallied and reported for duty. The battle against the elements to perfect the trails has begun.
What does it take to get the park ready to open each spring?Tweet Print
With voting live for the past two weeks in the Central region, Bell Helmets has announced that the Cottage Grove Bike Park in Cottage Grove, Minnesota pulled in the most votes out of the four Central region finalists to earn a share of the 2014 Bell Built Grants. The project, headed up by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC), will split the $100,000 in grant money with the other two regional winners.Tweet Print
By Karl Rosengarth and Eric McKeegan. Photos by Justin Steiner and Jon Pratt.
For all of Pittsburgh’s endearing qualities, its wet, pre-spring weather sucks. There are weeks on end when the trails are just too wet and muddy for responsible riding. The optimal solution is to load Dirt Rag’s “trusty” Ford E-Series van with test bikes and head south, where spring is already busting out all over (or is close enough to permit proper bike testing). This year’s spring trip wound its way south and east—to Wilderness Adventure at Eagle’s Landing, located in the mountains near Roanoke, Virginia.
Peaty turns 40 this year, but it isn’t slowing him down one bit.
Expect nothing less than the usual carnage with #allthelads and the rest of the Santa Cruz Syndicate as they travel the globe taking in the full UCI World Cup and World Champs, whilst hooking up with some famous friends along the way.
The eight-part web-series will begin with the first episode on Wednesday, May 7. See past episodes at thisispeaty.com and follow @thisispeaty and @stevepeat.
Don’t worry Gee. We don’t know the words either.
On to the video…
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.Tweet Print