Crashed Confidence

“As soon as you get comfortable and confidenton it, sell it, because you’re about to get hurt.” I’ve heard that saying in reference to motorcycles before, but I’m starting to think maybe it should apply to bicycles too. Well that didn’t go as planned. This was the result of not looking far enough ahead. I …

Bib Shorts, Jersey, and Socks from Twin Six

If you’re like me then you appreciate the performance of real cycling clothes, but you don’t want to look like a Tour de France wannabe with lots of logos and crazy ‘colorways.’ Fortunately Twin Six makes cycling clothes for riders like us. All their gear features high-end technical fabrics but with low-key graphics and toned …

Civilian Luddite Mountain Bike Final Review

I’ve spent the last month riding almost exclusively on the Civilian Luddite – a steel framed, rigid forked, single speed 29er. On paper the Luddite looks like a good ride and a great value. I don’t know of any other $1,000-ish bike that comes with name brand rims, BB7 brakes, and a full carbon fiber …

On Test: Civilian Luddite Singlespeed 29er Mountain Bike

The Luddites were Industrial Revolution era English textile workers who were pissed about being replaced by new machinery that did their jobs faster than they could. Many of them even went postal and destroyed the machines. Today, the word luddite is used to describe people opposed to technology, and it’s the name of Civilian’s rigid …

Random Mountain Bike Tips and Tricks

Wanna look like a pro out on the trail? Here are 9 tips and tricks for getting dialed this spring. Tip #1:Line up the tire label with the valve – makes the valve easier to find. Centering the valve stem with the tire logo(s) makes it easier to find the valve when you’re in a …

Vee Rubber Mission Mountain Bike Tire Review

I first heard of Vee Rubber at the Southeast Bike Expo, where they had a booth set up with lots of tires on display. I ended up spending a good chunk of time talking with the designer, and walked away with a pair of Mission tires to test! But before I tell you about the …

Final Review: Slingshot Ripper 29er Mountain Bike

I introduced you to the unique Slingshot Ripper 29er a few weeks ago here. I’ve been riding pretty much exclusively on the Ripper since then, including racing it at the Snake Creek Gap Time Trial. Now I’m ready to post my final review. Geometry I liked the geometry of the frame. The rear end is …

Southeast Bike Expo: Felt Nine Team Demo

After returning the Lynskey to the Shimano booth I went in search of my next demo bike. This time around I wanted to try a carbon fiber 29er hardtail. Id never ridden one, and I was curious if carbon makes as much difference for mountain bikes as it does for road bikes. I headed over …

Going Long – Big Mountain Bike Rides

What is a big mountain bike ride? We all have our own definition, relative to our abilities and experiences.Riders new to the sportmight consider ten miles on a greenway to be a big day while others measure their big rides in days or weeks, not miles or hours. Most of us are somewhere between those …