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Specialty Files: Ringlé Prototypes

November 24, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #181, published in November 2014. Words by Jeff Archer. Photos by Seth Archer. For every component that makes it to the bike shop, there are

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Specialty Files: 1979 VVA ‘TOPANGA!’

November 17, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #184, published in May 2015. Words and photos by Jeff Archer. Early “klunker” mountain bikes were based on balloon-tired cruisers from the ’30s through the

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Specialty Files: 1989 Denti

November 10, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #188, published in November 2015. Words and Photos by Jeff Archer. Occasionally we get an orphan bike that can make researching very difficult. A “garage”

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Specialty Files: 1983 Ibis

October 27, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #153, published in November 2010. Words and photos by Jeff Archer. Many riders are familiar with the current carbon fiber offerings from Ibis Cycles but

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Blast From the Past: Italian Mud

September 15, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #162, published in April 2012. Words by Steve Whitaker. Illustrations by Michael Byers. “There are three types of mud here,” says Luigi, enumerating first with

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The Legend of Blue Collar Bikes

September 2, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Words: Robert Ives Photos: Courtesy of Amigos’ Archive Originally published in Issue #192 My name is Robert Ives, and to the best of my knowledge what you are about to read is a true story

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Vintage: 1994 Fat Chance Shock-A-Billy

September 1, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Words and photos: Jeff Archer By 1994 it was becoming evident that full suspension was here to stay. Most major manufacturers had full-suspension bikes on the market, and the smaller makers were trying to keep

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Blast From the Past: Ross Shafer Interview

August 31, 2016 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

Editor’s note: Reprinted from Dirt Rag issue #102, published in August 2003 (a condensed version also appeared in issue #100). Interview conducted by Joel Kennedy. Photos courtesy of Ross Shafer. In the mid-’70s, Ross Shafer

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Blast From the Past: Insomnia

August 18, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: this story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #111, published in November 2004. Words by Marie Thomas. Art by Mike Pfaltzgraff. I woke up at 2 a.m., like every other night this week,