SpokedMountain Biking & Cycling News

Wanted: Chrome Cardiel ORP

Paved magazine correspondent Kevin Rouse waxes poetic on why Chrome's Cardiel ORP (Operation Readiness Pack) is fan-fricken-awesome: I'm a [smug]gler. My tool of choice, Chrome's fan-fricken-awesome Cardiel ORP (Operation Readiness Pack).My cargo? A screw-you attitude and a middle finger to the oppressive car culture found behind the Orange Curtain, otherwise known as the surreal land of Orange County, California.Smarminess aside, I've had the luxury of..

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Lance Armstrong and a history of doping

So, Lance Armstrong has finally come clean--or partially clean, depending on who you ask and how cynical you are--and what ulterior motives you believe Armstrong had in granting his interview to Oprah. (Did you notice how he perked up when she asked him about the prospects of ever competing again?) Anyone familiar with endurance sports was a fool to believe Armstrong never doped--but most of us realists gave him a pass given cycling's dirty history. (I know I did.) "They're all..

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Big Mountain Enduro Series creating buzz in the Rocky Mountains

There's a new mountain bike series in the Rocky Mountains called the Big Mountain Enduro Series, and it's gaining a lot of buzz. Indeed, Bike magazine hailed the series with the headline "World-Class Enduro Racing Comes to the Rockies." (For Bike's preview of the series, click here.) For those of you unfamiliar with enduro-style racing, it's downhill racing in stages, and it also includes climbing, which is why it's sometimes referred to as "all mountain"..

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Cyclocross National Championships filled with mud, blood, beers

Cyclocross is all about mud, blood, and beers, and judging by a recent Bike magazine photo gallery, the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Wisconsin's Badger Prairie State Park did not disappoint. "This is Badger country we're talking about here, and there were more than a few Green Bay Packers supporters on hand. Something you'd likely never see on the sidelines of a national cyclocross championship in Belgium or Holland is a thick jacket emblazoned with a snowmobile brand..

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Bike magazine reviews the Banshee Prime

Bike magazine's 2013 Bible of Bike Tests--the bike world's definitive guide on all things gear--is just now hitting newsstands around the world. This year they went the extra step of videotaping the action from their time spent testing and reviewing the most promising bikes and gear. Here's what they thought of Banshee's all-mountain wagon wheeler, the Prime.

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Cole Seely’s favorite Supercross training tool: the mountain bike

Cole Seely is one of the hottest up-and-coming talents on the Monster Energy Supercross Series. The 22-year-old motocross star from Newberry Park, California, has impressed his peers with one of the most aesthetically pleasing riding styles out there. His tail-whipping flair and fluid lines can be traced back to his BMX roots, along with his favorite form of working out nowadays. Cole Seely's mountain bike is one of the most important tools in his Supercross training regimen, and..

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Ten bucks for the best calendar on earth

It's the new year and that means there are 300-plus days to keep track of. There are doctor appointments to remember, weddings to crash, hot yoga classes to endure, the odd bris to attend. Bottom line, you've got to keep time in check, and a calendar is the right tool for the job. Fortunately for you, Bike magazine is selling the best damn calendar on earth. It's filled with the best images from their most recent Photo Annual-the final word in the year's best mountain bike..

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Daily Grind: Snark from Bike magazine makes us laugh

A recent web post on bikemag.com by Vernon Felton is worth reading just for the snark. It's on a project called "All We Together" by Czech trials riders Martin Matejicek, Vasek Kolar, and Adam Gerza, and when Felton talks about Kolar, a unicycle rider, he says, "Gerza is one of the best uni riders in Europe, though this probably doesn't stop motorists from throwing beer cans at him while he's out training. Unicyclists are scorned the world over--it's one of the few truly universal..

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