My Downieville Downfall

Who among us doesn’t have a story, about ourselves or a friend—that badass guy or gal who flings themselves over gap jumps, nose wheelies this or that, then breaks their femur tripping on their PJ’s falling down the stairs? Fractures their foot taking out the recycling? Well I don’t gap jump, and most wouldn’t label …

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New Bike Legal Singletrack in Marin: Is It Enough?

Ah, Marin. “The birthplace of mountain biking,” they say. And they speak the truth. The legends of the sport hail from here and can still be spotted on the slopes of Mt. Tam. This place is a cornucopia of landscapes and ecotones.  Dry, stubby chaparral clutches rare serpentine rock, gnarled mahogany fingers around sage-green earth. …

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Placemaking: Building Community with Beer, Bikes, and Beans

“Hey, have you heard of a place in Sonoma County that has a bike shop and a bar and a café where bikers hang out?  Trail something?” In my work on the San Francisco Bay Trail at the Association of Bay Area Governments, my colleagues are urban planners working on regional housing and transportation needs, …

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Endura Women’s Singletrack Rain Jacket Review

The Endura Women’s Singletrack jacket is a nylon, fully seam-sealed 2.5-layer waterproof, “breathable fabric” rain jacket with under arm zipped vents, and a hood. I put the “breathable” in quotes because everyone says their rain coat is breathable, and then you end up just as wet from your own internal combustion as you’d be if you just …

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