SpokedMountain Biking & Cycling News

Bike Magazine Exclusive: Timbuk2 Especial messenger bag

Messenger bags are often no-frills beasts of burden. Timbuk2's new Especial bag, however, defies convention. This thing brims with cool features that make it easier to use, more resistant to crap weather, and even safer (by making you more visible at night). We're just scraping the tip of the iceberg here. Check out the video for more.

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Daily Grind: Bike magazine reviews the Shimano MO-88 trail shoes

Everyone can use a new pair of shoes, even the folks over at Bike magazine, who get shoes sent to them without even asking for them, including the Shimano MO-88 trail shoes. "Call me an idiot. No, seriously. Albeit my expectations weren't the highest to begin with, to say I'd underestimated the MO-88s would be a massive understatement. As far as durability is concerned, I'd put the MO-88s up against any other shoe on the market. And that's not a statement I'm making lightly--these..

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Gallery: Dew Tour Toyota City Championships BMX Finals

Garrett Reynolds won the inaugural BMX Street Dew Cup at the Dew Tour Toyota City Championships in San Francisco by landing a huge 360 bar-to-bar down grind on the nine-stair feature, a nollie 180 barspin, and a rail ride to tail-whip out. Chad Kerley and Bruno Hoffmann rounded out the podium.Riders were vying for the coveted Dew Cup as they competed in BMX Street, BMX Dirt, and BMX Street Style events.San Jose native Ryan Nyquist took advantage of his hometown setting..

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My Crystal Mountain: Explore the resort with local Martin Rand

When he's not working as a professional boot fitter on the mountain in the winter, die-hard Crystal Mountain local Martin Rand is a gung-ho biker who hits the region's trails rain or shine. At 59 and single, he's lived near the Washington resort his entire life, confessing to skiing, climbing, cycling, surfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and flyfishing as his favorite pastimes (let's see, leave anything out?). He's also an avid bike racer, competing in mountain biking, time trial, road, and..

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Dew Tour takes over San Francisco with the Toyota City Championships

Set in the heart of San Francisco, the second stop of the Dew Tour is taking place Thursday through Sunday as the Toyota City Championships. The four-day event is free to the public and features six events: BMX dirt, BMX street, BMX streetstyle, skate street, skate streetstyle, and FMX. More than 200 athletes from over 18 countries are confirmed to be competing, and they have their eyes on the coveted Dew Cup, which will be awarded to one winner from each discipline...

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Daily Grind: Fruita, Colorado revealed

Every year the crew at Bike magazine travels to some far-off place to test bikes and gear and more bikes for their annual gear guide, the Bible of Bike Tests. The place they travel to needs to be special, because it needs awesome trails and "the right mix of trails. After all, we're not simply testing cross-country bikes or trail bikes or all-mountain bikes or downhill bikes. We're testing all of the above (as well as a veritable crap load of gear)," Bike magazine wrote. This year, they..

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My Mountain High: Explore the town with local Kim Hermon

Only 15 miles off Interstate 15, Wrightwood, California, is a town of 3,300 without a traffic light. And that's exactly how Mountain High marketing director Kim Hermon likes it. Located at a moderate 6,000 feet, the town's gone from cattle settlement to apple orchard to recreation hotbed, letting you ski and ride all winter and camp, fish, bike, hike, and paddle all summer. "It's truly a land of four seasons," he says of the resort in the heart of Angeles National Forest. "There's..

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Sponsors begin to sever ties with Lance Armstrong

Sponsors are beginning to sever ties with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who is currently embattled in a growing drug controversy.Early Wednesday morning Nike Inc. said it would no longer support Armstrong, citing "insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled [it] about those activities for more than a decade" as the reason for the decision, according to a release. "Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance..

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