Platypus W’s B-line 8.0 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

Built for long cross-country rides, the Platypus W’s B-line hydration pack, “designed for women,” according to Platypus, is lightweight at 691 grams and fits well. I particularly appreciated the “RidgeAir” back panel–a mesh feature separating your back from the pack, thus providing some good airflow. The pack was roomy enough for a spare tube, pump, …

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“Pisgah Y’all!” Marin Mountain Bikers Get Snob-Checked in Appalachia

When I heard this year’s Singletracks.com gathering was in North Carolina, three thoughts clanged around between my ears. 1) Excitement that I’d get to meet the crew—after almost a year contributing articles, I’ve never met the esteemed team, as we come from Colorado, Pennsylvania, California, Georgia, Alaska and more. 2) A flicker of disappointment that …

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It’s a Man’s World

A really small great thing happened the other day. I had just purchased a new bike (Specialized Epic Expert, if you must know. Good for the metric f*%# ton of climbing I’ll be doing in the Trans Alp race), and while that in itself is pretty happy-making as you, dear reader, well know, the young man …

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An Indecent Proposal (The TransAlp Race)

My boyfriend proposed. It was really sweet how he was all shy and nervous. Here’s how it went down. Him: {shuffles, clears throat, looks down} “Hey, so, um….we’ve been spending a lot of time together, and well, I guess I wanted to ask you something?” Me: “Oh yeah? What’s on your mind?” Him: {clears throat, …

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“Not-a-Race” Report: Old Cazadero Grasshopper, Northern California

“Pre-ride CazHopper tomorrow?” lit up my little screen while I was cozy and warm on the couch enjoying an adult beverage, a soaking rain, and a wind storm having just subsided. A quick look at the forecast and I was in. I knew there was a creek crossing in the Old Cazadero Grasshopper, a 52-mile …

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Iron Horse – A Redemption Story

  Tim started bellowing at me before the car had come to a complete stop, before his feet actually hit the ground. “Hi Tigger. When are we gonna ride? I got my bike. Are we gonna ride? Where’s Rob?” Have you ever been on a family or other camping trip in a singletrack mecca with …

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The Appetite Seminar, Fairfax, CA – The Longest-Lived Mountain Bike Event EVER (Probably)

Since 1975, Marin and Bay Area residents have been preparing for the Thanksgiving Day feast by participating in the Appetite Seminar—a 20-mile mountain bike ride with 4,000 feet of climbing up and over the Pine Mountain Loop. While this year’s version was accompanied by crisp, clear, and cold (38 degrees to start—and yes I know …

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Currently Trending: The Night Ride

As the days grow shorter, aided substantially by our recent return to Standard Time, mid-week after work riders are forced to strap on lights if they are to survive. That the black of night will soon be arriving by 5:30pm here in Northern California is always kind of a bummer after the initial delight of …

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One Fast Mother: Rachel Lloyd

Rachel Lloyd lives only a quarter of a mile up Iron Springs Road in Fairfax, but it is steepish, and narrow, and I know well that on an unseasonably bright and warm Friday afternoon, mountain bikers are apt to come ripping down the hill around the corner at any moment. I’m usually one of them. …

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