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Bike magazine regales with a tale of Mexico, drug gangs, wild dogs, and cycling

Bike magazine correspondent Danielle Baker has weaved quite the tall tale about cycling in Mexico--one that involves her retired parents, federales, drug gangs, and wild dogs. "On my first bike ride with the ladies this year we rode past a shelled out house, where a gunfight between one of the gangs and the federales had killed thirteen people, and two roadside shrines for other gang members who had been assassinated in their vehicles. One of the families in the village had their son..

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Daily Grind: End of world debunking means you need a calendar

Well, the Mayan calendar has reached its end, and yet, somehow, the world is still here, which means you need a 2013 calendar. And there probably isn't a better calendar than Bike magazine's, which will offer you picturesque shots that you can lose yourself in year-round, wishing and hoping that you could somehow get out of the office, onto a plane, and out in the singletrack. To purchase the calendar, which is only $9.95, click here.

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Daily Grind: Getting to know freerider Martin Soderstrom

Freerider Martin Soderstrom, who finished the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour ranked No. 2 this season, has been taking the world by storm lately, and a recent episode of Red Bull's Mountainbike Chronicles offers all of the Soderstrom fans out there a chance to get to know him better. In the clip, which is below, Soderstrom talks about his famous triple tailwhip, dealing with pressure, and the dangers associated with his sport. Viewers also get an inside look into what goes into a Red Bull..

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Daily Grind: Wear the right helmet, save your life

If you're a road cyclist or mountain biker, chances are pretty high that you know someone who's been seriously hurt or killed in a bike accident. Unfortunately, sadly, and tragically, this is part of the sport. But there are steps you can take to decrease your chances of getting hurt if you crash, such as by wearing helmets that are CPSC-certified. The video below by the Athlete Recovery Fund offers some pretty grisly tangibles as to why this is the case. (At one point in the video, a rider..

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Bike magazine reviews the Shimano AM41

Shimano's AM41s cut a distinctive swath in the world of shoes. Or to put a sharper point on it, you either love or hate the way these things look. Bike magazine's Vernon Felton received a lot of compliments when he was riding in these things over in Italy and France, which probably says it all. Not a big fan of the basketball high-top meets "Ziggy Stardust" and the "Spiders from Mars" styling? Felton wasn't (initially) either, but these things, he has to admit, have grown on him. To..

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Watch Red Bull Rampage in full

Miss the NBC broadcast of Red Bull Rampage? Well, now you can watch the full competition, which is considered the world's preeminent freeride mountain bike event, by clicking here or by clicking play below. Enjoy.

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Video: Giant Bicycles’ 2012 season in photos

Don't you just love end-of-year retrospectives? It sure seems like Giant Bicycles does, as they just released their favorite photos from their riders in 2012, a year where they saw Olympic gold, world championships, and countless pro race wins around the world. Click play and enjoy.

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Rocky Mountain Bicycles releases behind-the-scenes video of Red Bull Rampage

Red Bull Rampage is, in Bike magazine's opinion, the pinnacle of modern freeriding, and words can't describe the intensity of being at the event in person. Yet, behind all the glamor and media attention of the event's finals are countless hours of planning, traveling, digging, testing, sculpting, and refining the ridiculous lines that epitomize the competition. This is a short film about all the blood, sweat, and beers that happen behind the scenes of Rampage.

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