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Daily Grind: Bike magazine opines on why the bike world could use a little punk rock

Bike magazine correspondent Danielle Baker recently posted an interesting little opinion piece on why the bike world might benefit if it took some cues from the skate culture. In the story, Baker talks about a mountain biker friend, "Brian," and his skateboarder qualities: "Brian's skateboarder-esque attitude was so outside of our watered-down and glossy mountain bike culture that people didn't know how to deal with him. His attitude of uncaring, lack-of-concern-for-social-norms..

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Wanted: Topeak Micro Rocket ALT

Accidents happen, but in the world of road biking, the margin for error is a little slimmer. Getting a flat tire can be a real hassle, especially in the middle of a 100-mile ride, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, the team over at Topeak has designed the Micro Rocket ALT, a lightweight, compact pump designed to fit in a jersey pocket or mount next to your water bottle. The 160psi pump is made of CNC Aluminum and features a Presta Valve with an integrated dust cap for..

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Daily Grind: Bike magazine revisits Deep Summer Photo Challenge

The Deep Summer Photo Challenge is a photo contest in Whistler, British Columbia, that asks photographers to submit shots of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park or valley taken over three days in the summer, and Bike magazine recently decided to highlight photographer Mike Zinger's submission into the contest, just for kicks. "I made the switch to mountain biking as I got to know other people who were into it, and fell in love with the scenery, landscapes, and the diversity of the sport..

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My Bear Mountain: Explore the resort with former pro snowboarder Clay Shoemaker

Clay Shoemaker, 32, is a former professional snowboarder who's called California's Bear Mountain home for 11 years, moving there from Mount Shasta for its wealth of outdoor activities. After competing for years professionally with countless films and magazine covers to his credit, he realized how much he loved the mountain and found himself working in its operations department building terrain parks and running events, tasks that fit him perfectly. Now he's in the marketing department..

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VIDEO: Slow-Motion 360

One of the great tragedies of being a professional mountain biker is that they make the impossible look so damn easy, and people forget how impressive their riding truly is. In this excerpt from Where the Trail Ends, rider Darren Berrecloth breaks down what it's like to pull off a truly scary maneuver in unknown terrain. As actor Dave Chappelle once so wisely noted, everything looks better in slow motion (apologies in advance for the shaky camera).

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Video: A look at some big personalities and what sets Highland Park apart

This episode of the Red Bull Mountain Bike Chronicles follows the action from the Claymore Challenge in New Hampshire's Highland Mountain Bike Park and, more interestingly at this point in the year, shows how the park is helping riders take it to the next level with their specialized indoor training facility. If you ever wondered how some of these guys got up the nerve to even attempt a back flip or a stunt like a 720, this video will give you some insight into the matter.

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