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Daily Grind: Bike magazine reviews Gore Ladies Countdown 2.0 GT jacket

Bike magazine contributor Stephanie Nitsch is "a skeptic when it comes to women's bike clothing," she wrote in a recent post, largely because many companies believe that all they have to do to make an item of clothing a piece of women's clothing is to dye it pink. But Nitsch found the Gore Ladies Countdown 2.0 GT jacket to be different. "When Gore Bike Wear gave me the new women's Countdown 2.0 GT jacket ($199.99) to test out for the transition between sun and snow, my expectations..

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Daily Grind: Watch gnarly riding in Nepal in ‘Where the Trail Ends’

"Where the Trail Ends" is a recent documentary that follows several freeride mountain bikers as they travel to the far reaches of the earth, searching for spots no one has ridden before. Recently, the movie released what they called the "Contour Nepal edit," which follows some riders as they travel to the Kingdom of Mustang in Nepal. "Not too many people get to experience a place like this," said one of the riders in the video. "Coming to zones that have such high elevation is really..

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My Sugarloaf: Explore the resort with Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott

One of the most decorated snowboarders in history, Seth Wescott is the only man to ever win an Olympic gold medal in the sport of snowboardcross, doing so in the inaugural event in 2006 and again in 2010, and his sights are set on keeping his streak alive in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. He was also the 2005 World Cup SBX champion and is a nine-time X Games medalist. While you may have seen him in countless ski and snowboard films, you're just as apt to find the Maine native enjoying the countless..

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Daily Grind: More riding in Morocco in ‘Mojo Trail Diary’

Eyesdown Films has released the third episode of the "Mojo Trail Diary," which follows a group of riders mountain biking through Morocco. In this episode, the crew climbs a mountain and realizes that the ride down isn't for the faint of heart. "We get up there and the wind, it's gotta be close up to 100 mph, and you're just able to lean into it and just fly, it feels like it. It was just craziness, the energy up there. Even though your hands are super cold and your face is getting..

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Wanted: PUBLIC bikes and gear

I've romanticized the idea of bike riding. In my mind, it's a bucolic scene. I regularly flip through Paved Magazine and am inspired by those lone riders, with bike and body as one, parting through the mist on a cold morning. The unknown European coffee houses photographed with parked cycles, brimming within the frame. The uneaten carbs. Another contributing factor: PUBLIC.PUBLIC is a stylish San Francisco-based bicycle and gear company that designs and sells urban..

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Daily Grind: Bike magazine reviews sexy lights and locks

While one LED light may differ from another LED light in terms of function, in the bike world, they all look pretty much the same. Right? Wrong. "Design plays a big part in this little bike industry. Grips and helmets are, from an industrial-design standpoint, nearly as tricked out as forks and wheelsets. By comparison, little thought ever goes into beautifying lights and locks. Rightfully so. I can't remember the last conversation that had me nerding out on the aesthetics of such..

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Daily Grind: Pro mountain biker Ryan Leech talks pressure

Over the years pro mountain biker Ryan Leech has earned a reputation for being an athlete who pushes boundaries, creating a new style of trials riding in the process. But, like many professional athletes, Leech's success has caused fans, sponsors, and others to put him up on a pedestal, creating an unrealistic caricature of him that stripped him of his flaws--i.e. his humanity. (Tiger Woods, anyone?) "What is communicated to the world about our lives is just a small snapshot--it's not the..

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Video: Specialized’s 2013 Demo 8

Bike magazine tested the 2012 Specialized Demo 8 in last year's Bible of Bike Tests and came away impressed with the rig. There's a reason you see a hell of a lot of these things in the lift line in Whistler, British Columbia. Here's a short clip from Specialized about the 2013 bike and, arguably, it's most famous pilot.

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Video: The story behind Bontrager’s latest tire

There was a time, not so long ago, when Bontrager tires had a reputation for, how do the French say it? Sucking ass? Yes, that's it. Sucking ass. In the summer of 2010, however, Bontrager teamed up with renowned motocross, ATV, and bicycle tire designer Frank Stacy to design their new line of treads. End result? Bontrager tires ... not sucking so much anymore. In fact, Bike magazine has been downright impressed by quite a few of the Stacy-designed models. Kudos to Bontrager and Stacy. Check..

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