Showers Pass Refuge Duffel Bag Review

Depending on the venue for fat bike races, you might be stuck dropping your gear off against a fence post as you head out to hammer in the powder. Imagine returning shivering and shot to find the mid-day sun has heated up the snow enough to leave your bag sitting in a dirty puddle. That post-race chill is …

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Nalini Phantom Green SS Jersey Review

I’m always happy to test out new jerseys, so I was excited to get the offer from Nalini to test their Phantom Green SS jersey. Nalini is Italian, and there’s just something about Italian-made cycling clothing or equipment that makes you feel a little bit more legit when you’re out there pushing the pedals. I’ve …

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Nalini Miles MTB Baggy Shorts Review

Nalini calls the Miles their “baggy” mountain bike shorts, and I’m always excited to get more pairs of shorts like these. I use my bicycle every day to pick up my 5-year-old from kindergarten, and I already get funny looks from the parents and the staff. Somehow, I think they’d be even less accommodating if I …

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Commencal Ramones 14 Red Kids Bike Review

I have two little girls, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old, and I haven’t had any luck getting them to ride the push-bikes I bought for them. Push-bikes have been the rage lately, but every time I’m in a bike store my girls go right to the pedal bikes. When the beautiful red machine pictured above …

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“No Refunds” – Why Races Can’t Return Your Money

Mountain biking events have a very unique business-to-customer relationship. While it’s true that athletes that participate in a given event are “customers” of that event, purchasing a race entry is not like purchasing some furniture at IKEA. It’s difficult to predict customer satisfaction when you’re essentially selling a few hours of torment. I’ve been to events …

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