The New Bell Super 3R Full Face Mountain Bike Helmet – Reviewed


Mountain bike helmets may not be all that exciting, but we all know they’re important–arguably the most important article of riding apparel. All full face mountain bike helmets must meet certain safety standards, but some lids certainly stand out in terms of their comfort, versatility, and added safety benefits. The Bell Super 3R is an …

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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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Pactimo Women’s Apex Jersey Review


Pactimo Clothing has traditionally focused on custom cycling attire, such as team kits. They also offer a variety of cool jerseys made-to-order, including their state series and Jerseys for a Cause, which benefits a particular organization or cause each time someone buys a jersey. But Pactimo also offers a catalog of standard apparel, and now, …

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Keep Your Eye on the Prize: One Mountain Biker’s Race Against MS


Grace Ragland is an avid mountain bike racer, coach, IMBA-certified instructor, NICA league board member, Liv Ambassador, motivational speaker, and professional seamstress. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama, but spends an extended period of time in Colorado each summer to hang out and race her bike. She’s raced the Leadville 100 four times, the Breck Epic three …

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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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Watch: “Defining The Cup” Episode 1: Moab, UT with Amanda Cordell


In this Episode: Amanda Cordell prepares for the first SCOTT Enduro Cup of the season in Moab, UT with a few days of practice on the course. Some windy weather mixed with back pains force Amanda to abandon her camping plans and retreat to a hotel. After a good night’s sleep, she prepares for race …

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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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