Events

QBP announces scholarship winners

A few months back, we broadcast the announcement that Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) was again offering up its Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship. The time has come, the winners have been chosen, and we are so friggin pumped. Each of the 32 scholarship recipients will attend a two-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at United Bicycle […]

Movie time! “Fat Pursuit: The Pursuit of Fattiness”

Some people like to envision tropical scenes when they feel cold in the winter. Here at Dirt Rag HQ, I’m trying something different, something a bit closer to schadenfreude: watching a video of someone train for, then compete in, a fat bike race. The training for the race takes place in New Jersey, and the […]

The Wheel Mill presents: Ride Like a Girl

New year’s resolutions are fraught with peril. By design, they set us up for failure in their all-or-nothing approach to self-betterment. The new, hip thing to do is to “set intention.” If you identify as a girl, are at least eight years old, and intend to gain some bike skills in 2019, consider taking a […]

Hucksgiving

Words & Photos by Josh Woodward Situated in a small suburban neighborhood, behind a high school in the heart of Silicon Valley’s sprawl of tech giants and venture capitalists, lies a patch of dirt so steep the property developer who bought it couldn’t get permission to build anything of value. So it sat. For years. […]

Pivot Cycles is Presenting Sponsor of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest 2019

Pittsburgh, PA — December 1, 2018 Rotating Mass Media is proud to announce that Pivot Cycles will once again be joining us as title sponsor of both Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Pennsylvania and West Virginia in 2019. Dirt Fest will return to the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania for its tenth year, and after […]

Snow Bike Festival is back!

Carved into the back of the goalpost I tended on the homefield of my varsity field hockey team back in high school was a wise offering: “The only way to beat temptation is to yield to it.” This is what comes to mind when I look out my window to the gray, snowy Pittsburgh I […]

Femmes to the front! QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship is open for applications

I got my first job as a wrench when I moved to New Mexico. I hung out at my local bike shop whenever I had free time, and when I got laid off from the food co-op I suddenly had enough free time for them to notice. The head mechanic, Laura, said, “if you’re gonna […]

Even more sweet finds at Interbike, Pt. 3 – Dakine, Rivendell and Green Guru product

Dakine has a sick new gravity line called Thrillium, with their partnership with Graham Agissiz and Team Aggy, bringing a very specific “wolf” vibe, which I am not opposed to, into both their men’s and women’s cuts. They have new knee pads and gloves, and their baggies have been redesigned to offer a ton of […]

Some more cool stuff from Interbike! Pt. 2 – Wahoo Fitness, G-Form, and Osprey

Wahoo Fitness has a new product called the Kickr Headwind, which gives you a headwind (duh) while riding your bike. You can either use this to keep you cool while riding indoors on those rainy, wintry days, or charge through 30mph winds in penance for whatever terrible thing you’ve done (like choose to ride indoors). […]

Electric Slide into Interbike

Dirt Rag is officially in the throes of Interbike, the annual expo of the bike industry where companies show off their latest developments and newcomers have a chance to put their product in front of the eyes of purchasers and reviewers. Monday was Dirt Demo, the day to check out some of the latest mountain […]

Can you whip it?

Crankworx has been happening all week and will continue through the weekend. It’s a great time to check out some feats of mountain biking. Sometimes is inspirational, or at least entertaining, to see how these tricks are learned. Here’s a little video Haro put together that shows Ryan Nyquist training for the Crankworx Whip-off.

Dirt Fest West Virginia: A Perfect Summer Weekend

Words and Photos by Brett Rothmeyer There’s a certain romance to summer living in the Northeast. Winter can be long and cruel; spring often teases you with a warm day here and there, but only when it’s not raining or just above freezing. I remember being 13, and those first few warm days of summer […]

What’s better than riding in a wet chamois? Throwing yourself off a cliff

by Jen Rose Smith In Huaraz, Peru, local athletes don’t really have a place to swim—the town’s river is clogged with trash, and nearby mountain lakes are glacially cold—but they’ve got easy access to the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra, a matched set of mountain ranges that rear up in the country’s northern Andes. […]

The Inside Line on Big Bear Lake Trail Center

Interested in hanging out with us in West Virginia this month but not sure what to expect? Big Bear Lake Trail Center’s recreation land manager Jeff Simcoe shares his insider’s tips on the trails, amenities and points of interest at Big Bear Lake Camplands— the site of Dirt Rag Dirt Fest West Virginia presented by Pivot Cycles. […]

Dirt Fest West Virginia is coming up!

Have you registered for Dirt Rag Dirt Fest West Virginia yet? If you register by July 9th you’ll save $10, and there are just three spots left for the coveted RV/Trailer/Pop-up campsites, so be sure to head over to registration now to save big and camp big. If you’ve never been to Dirt Fest before, […]

Guerrilla Gravity presents The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly, a gravity-fueled adventure “race.”

  Website URL: https://RideGG.com/GRG Do you think you can handle a fully-pinned day at the bike park? If your answer is “hell yeah maybe,” then this is the event for you! Guerrilla Gravity, the Colorado-based mountain bike manufacturing company, is stoked to announce their first-ever The Good, The Rad, and The Gnarly “race.” One part […]

RGMTB Talks Dirt Fest With Our Own Evan Gross

The Regular Guy Mountain Biking Podcast recently sat down with Dirt Rag Events Coordinator Evan Gross to discuss all the things Dirt Fest. If you are planning on coming to this year’s event this is a great listen to find out what Dirt Rag Dirt Fest is all about.   If you would like to […]

IMBA launches #womensmtbday to celebrate women who ride

The International Mountain Bicycling Association just announced the creation of International Women’s Mountain Biking Day, which is to be held on the first Saturday of May every year. IMBA will partner with SRAM, PeopleForBikes, Rebecca Rusch and others to promote the inaugural edition of this event, taking place May 5, 2018. International Women’s Mountain Biking […]

Last chance to score early bird pricing for Dirt Rag Dirt Fest West Virginia presented by Pivot Cycles

The early bird gets the discount! Hustle over to BikeReg before Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to register for Dirt Rag Dirt Fest West Virginia presented by Pivot Cycles before prices increase. Dirt Fest West Virginia presented by Pivot Cycles is scheduled for July 13-15, 2018 at Big Bear Lake […]

REI signs on as a sponsor of Dirt Fest Pennsylvania

Rotating Mass Media is proud to announce the addition of REI to the list of sponsors at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest presented by Pivot Cycles. This partnership highlights the continuing convergence of the cycling and outdoor industries and will open the door to more outdoor companies becoming involved in mountain bike events and opportunities to […]

Event Recap: Croatan Buck Fifty

If you look up the word stoke in the English dictionary you will find that it means, “to poke or stir up or supply with fuel” or “to increase the activity, intensity or amount of.” On highway 58 in the town of Cedar Point, North Carolina, there is an old service station coated in fresh […]

The Skull 120/60/30 Gravel Grind showcases Oregon’s public lands

The Skull 120/60/30 Gravel Grind highlights Harney County, Oregon’s rugged character, from long mountainous ascents to teeth-chattering and eye-watering descents, to breathtaking vistas, open rangeland and alpine forests. With two stream crossings and cattle guard after cattle guard, this gravel grind is a feat to finish and a testament to the rider’s grit and determination. The Skull 120 […]

NAHBS: Day 2 Highlights

Fuzzy eyed and coffee charged, we lumbered our way to Day 2 of NAHBS. The myth of Jenga greatness welcomed our visitors to the Dirt Rag booth today. Young and old looked to achieve legendary status in the attempts to out-Jenga Dunk and Evan. Day 2 also brought the judges out and the inevitable winners of […]

Photo Essay: The Silverton Whiteout Festival

Words and photos by Colt Fetters The mild winter in the San Juan’s didn’t keep the fat bike freaks from swarming Silverton for the fourth annual Whiteout Festival. The winter fat bike course winds through the former silver mining camp that now is Silverton, nestled among Colorado’s San Juan Mountains below the infamous Red Mountain […]

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Celebrate Global Fat Bike Day this Saturday, December 2

Global Fat Bike Day (GFBD) was started in 2012 as a grassroots movement in the UK. As fat bikes gained in popularity, a couple of dudes dreamed of getting a bunch of like-minded fat enthusiasts together for a big group ride. But said enthusiasts were scattered all over the globe, brought together by forums like […]

Join us this weekend at the Philly Bike Expo!

We’re headed to the Philly Bike Expo this coming weekend! The 2017 Philly Bike Expo is taking place November 4-5 at the PA Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Come by the show and check out over 150 exhibitors, including Dirt Rag! We’ll have swag and merchandise for sale at our booth, including a selection of […]

Take a Kid Mountain Biking on October 7

The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) will take place on October 7 this year. This annual event seeks to introduce the joy of mountain biking to the next generation of enthusiasts and activists. Mountain bike clubs, IMBA chapters, youth groups, community organizations and schools all over the country host […]

Keystone Gravel 2017: A weekend in Donnie’s World

I attended the inaugural Keystone Gravel on a whim last year and I’ll forever be glad I did. It was the day before I needed to get on a plane to head to my first Interbike and I still needed to pack, but it turned out that all the rushing around was worth it. My […]

Dirt Rag and Big Bear Lake Trail Center host successful first Dirt Fest West Virginia

After seven years of annual Dirt Fests at the Allegrippis Trails in Pennsylvania, we hosted our first Dirt Fest West Virginia at Big Bear Trail Center this past July 14-16, and we’re happy to report that it was a rousing success! Big Bear Lake Trail Center proved to be the perfect venue for the event, with […]