Dirt Rag 203: Get it now!

2018 already got you down? Or maybe you’ve already accomplished more this year than you ever dreamed possible? Or maybe you are beginning to think about another Valentine’s Day spent alone? Or you are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime?

Regardless of your personal status at the moment, it is bound to be improved by the first issue of Dirt Rag in the new year. Check your mailbox or the shelves at the few retail outlets that still display magazines.

Here’s a tease of the insides:

New Columns:

Passing Through, a quick travel report on towns you’ve heard of but probably never visited.

Alternative Facts, supplies for your rides from non-standard sources.

No Shame Ange, taking over the last page of the mag, a humorous and personal look at learning to ride mountain bikes.

Old Columns:

Stevil gives us the pen and ink treatment, Watts ponders problematic customers and where he finds patience.

Eat Me is now a full page and a recipe (or two) in every issue.

Beer Me become Drink Me, with a full page dedicated to not just beer.


Rampage Tarot: The characters of the Red Bull Rampage as explained via the Tarot.

J Mascis Interview: The Dinosaur, Jr frontman thinks carbon bikes are expensive, too.

Devinci factory visit: The global supply chain and the Great White North.

Access – IMBA and eMTBs: We dive deep with IMBA’s Dave Wiens, revealing the details behind IMBA’s new stance on eMTBs.


Our own love letter to the hardtail: we ride and review eight bikes from a huge range of builders: Trek, Why, Surly, Niner, Transition, Falconer, Kona, and Chromag. Steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon, all the modern materials (and price points) are covered.


Shoes and wheels and tires and a helmet reviewed. Trail info on Kernville and the Carson Valley. Some cool ads from some cool companies. A pirate cat. A picture of a fox. I dare you to find more content anywhere* for $6.

*anywhere besides the internet, or free newsweeklies, or the magazine recycling dumpster.



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  1. So glad and impressed that you can keep up the caliber of magazine in this ever-changing information age. I have been a reader for 25-plus years and I always learn something new. Keep on keeping on…Cheers! Jeff

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