COLUMNISTS

The Rant: No longer at the kids table

November 20, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

Change is inevitable, and for the past decade, it has been extra inevitable in the world of mountain bikes.  For a sport that is still relatively young, especially one that is so dependent on equipment,

OPINION

The Rant: Thru with it

July 12, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

In the beginning, there were axle nuts. They were simple and crude and required a tool to remove. They still exist today on many bikes, from cheapie department store numbers to the finest BMX bikes

OPINION

The Rant: Millimeters Matter

June 21, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

Hang on, hang on Yes, it’s the little things Yes, it’s the little things That do us harm I’m not a stranger Ain’t a mystery When we both get it wrong -“Hang On,” Dr. Dog

NEWS

The Rant: Purposely Lost

April 20, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez And it’s Easter time, too And your gravity fails And negativity don’t pull you through —Bob Dylan, “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” I like getting lost. Maybe

In Print

The Rant: Deferred Maintenence

March 10, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

Wheel sizes, tire sizes, suspension travel, frame material, suspension design, so many damn choices. And that is just from a single company. Add in everyone else making kick-ass bikes these days and it gets hard

OPINION

The Rant: State of the Union

October 5, 2016 Eric McKeegan 0

“Put your head down, wipe the spit out your eye Ain’t nobody coming to your poor-me parade When trouble comes to your door, what you ignoring it for You’ll be standing there helpless when it

In Print

The Rant: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

August 8, 2016 Eric McKeegan 0

Originally published in Issue #192 “Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” — Leo Tolstoy, “Anna Karenina” Repairing bikes isn’t a great way to make a living. On average, bike

In Print

The Rant: My Enduro

March 18, 2016 Eric McKeegan 0

Illustration: Stephen Haynes My event would allow only two bikes—any two bikes the racer wanted, but only two, with just tire swaps allowed between stages. No question, the Enduro World Series is a great racing

In Print

The Rant: Quality

December 21, 2015 Eric McKeegan 0

From Issue #187 “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” is book I read in my 20s. Looking back, the thing I most liked about it was how it made me feel not alone. At

In Print

The Rant: Genetic predisposition

November 4, 2015 Eric McKeegan 0

Originally published in Issue #182 Some people claim there is a “wheelie gene” and either you are born with the innate balance needed to wheelie or you are doomed to a life of dull, two-wheels-on-the-ground

In Print

The Rant: Where goest thou, gnar?

October 7, 2015 Eric McKeegan 0

From Issue #186 The axiom we hear is this: If we can make enough easy-to-ride trails, more people will ride mountain bikes, which will mean more trails and more access for everyone. My favorite trails