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RockShox Base Camp 2010

May 17, 2010 Karl Rosengarth 0
RockShox recently invited the mountain biking press to Durango, CO for Base Camp 2010, where the suspension-maker unveiled their 2011 product line. Over the course of two action-packed days, I absorbed product information in classroom settings; rode selected 2011 product on the sweet Durango trails; and racked up hang time with the product managers, engineers and other "tech" types from RockShox. We covered a lot of ground, figuratively and literally, but I’ll do my best to share the highlights from my camp experience.
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Sea Otter 2010 Event Report

April 23, 2010 Karl Rosengarth 0
With its full slate of racing, stellar riding and huge industry expo, the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA is cycling’s rite of spring and is not to be missed. True to form, the Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times World Tour loaded up the kit and kaboodle, and headed west for some California sunburn. From our prime spot in the expo, we shared the love with free magazine samples to Otter-goers.… Read more

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North Georgia Spring Break-Away

March 25, 2010 Karl Rosengarth 0
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. When tough comes in the form of three-plus feet of snow in the course of a few weeks, the tough get going south. North Georgia mountains—that has a nice ring to it. We’ve had open invitations from the kind folks down that way, and this particularly harsh winter seemed like the perfect time to cash them in.… Read more

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What Works in Winter

January 12, 2010 Karl Rosengarth 0
On a recent snowy night, Justin and I had one of those spectacular mountain bike rides that makes a cold nose a small price to pay for a frosty frolic in a winter wonderland. As our conversation turned to bike tech, as it invariably does on such Dirt Rag staff excursions, we shared our respective thoughts on what works in the winter. Our conversation gave me the inspiration to share some of my winter set-up tips.

What Works for Winter
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Punk Bike Enduro: XX Edition

December 8, 2009 Karl Rosengarth 0
The nerve of those firemen! Tearing down the Dorseyville fire hall on the eve of the 20th Annual Punk Bike Enduro, leaving the venerable event without a convenient and cozy clubhouse in which to congregate (and leaving the organizers scrambling for an alternative venue).
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Project Ziggy: Part Zwei

August 12, 2009 Karl Rosengarth 0
In part one of this series I talked about the history of my Gunnar Rockhound frame and how, thanks to a one-off paint/decal art project, that frame recently took on a new life as "Ziggy the zebra." While the frame restoration was a mini-project in itself, that was only half the battle. Next up was scrounging the components required to make my art project a functioning bicycle again. That’s a story in itself.
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Raccoon Rally Report

July 1, 2008 Karl Rosengarth 0
It’s late Sunday night and I’ve just rolled back from a three-day road trip to western New York. Rather than sifting through a stack of press releases, looking for a newsworthy nugget to post in this space, I’ve decided to tell you about my trip.
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Sneak Peek: EWR Proto OWB29er

June 25, 2008 Karl Rosengarth 0
Kenn EWR OWB29This past weekend the Dirt Rag hot air spy balloon was hovering over the M.A.S.S. Neshaminy race near Philly and spotted EWR’s very own Kenn Rymdeko putting a brand new OWB29er proto through its paces. Kenn ended up in fourth place, his best finish to date.
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Brain Fart: Peer Pressure

May 9, 2008 Karl Rosengarth 0
When Laird Knight of Granny Gear Productions invented 24-hour mountain bike racing, he aimed to provide a format that engendered the camaraderie that pervades mountain biking culture. Harkening back to the early days of the 24 Hours of Canaan—with virtually the entire field camping side-by-side in a lumpy, muddy field just outside of Davis, WV and sharing the agony and ecstasy of a brutally challenging course—I’d say Mr.… Read more

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Brain Fart: Winter Doldrums Projects

December 29, 2007 Karl Rosengarth 0
Methinks biking through winter’s fury is an exercise in preparedness, if not stubbornness. It is a wise effort—to doggedly prepare not simply one’s self, but one’s equipment, for the wrath of winter.

Furthermore, the notion occurred to me that sharing my ordeal might perchance afford some amusement to those internet denizens that seemingly take pleasure in reading of such travails. I shall explain forthwith….
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