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Star mountain biker Burry Stander killed in collision with vehicle

Burry Stander, a South African mountain biker and Olympian, was killed Thursday after being struck by a motor vehicle while training near his home on the nation's South Coast. "This is a massive tragedy and we are all stunned at the suddenness and impact that this will have on everybody in the world of cycling," states KZN Mountain Biking on its Facebook page. Image of Burry Stander is courtesy of the Specialized S-Racing TeamStander, 25, an international star and..

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Bike Magazine Preview: Rocky Mountain Instinct 970

This summer, Rocky Mountain unveiled their revised Altitude line, which takes styling cues from their Element series, boosts the travel to 150 millimeters, and adds 650B wheels to the mix. In all the hubbub about 650B, another new-for-2013 Rocky Mountain model--the Instinct 29er--seems to have gone under the radar. Click here to read Bike magazine's preview of it. Photo courtesy Bike magazine

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Bike Magazine Preview: 2013 Specialized Enduro Expert

Bike magazine recently previewed the 2013 Specialized Enduro Expert: "The Enduro has long been a staff favorite at Bike, and with good reason. When it comes to descending, few bikes in the lightweight, six-inch travel market (what everyone calls "all mountain") can keep up with this thing. Small bumps, big wrist slammers, and everything in between, the Enduro just gobbles up the hits." To read what Bike had to say about the 2013 edition, click here. Photo courtesy Bike magazine

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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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