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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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Daily Grind: Kona Wah Wah pedals reviewed

Bike magazine got a hold of the new Kona Wah Wah pedals, and they wondered aloud whether they are "the best bang for your buck in a flat pedal." They then expounded by saying, "The flat-pedal market is awash is fancy, wafer-thin models that'll cost you a mint. ... And then there are the decidedly blue-collar Kona Wah Wahs. Kona first issued these flats back in 2007 and what you see [in the photo below] is basically the original recipe. At 17-millimeters, the Wah Wahs are plenty thin and..

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Daily Grind: The Coastal Crew documents logging in British Columbia

"Logging and forestry can [create] a love/hate relationship in our region. On one hand it's unfortunate to see our massive forests be mowed down, but on the other hand the hundreds of years of logging have brought us access to so many parts of the mountains." So are the words of the Coastal Crew, a group of mountain bikers in British Columbia who create videos about their lives in the stunning northern forests. In a recent video, the crew checks out an area of the mountain where loggers..

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My Red Mountain: Get to know the resort with local Mika Hakkola

As the father of three boys, you might think that Mika Hakkola, marketing and communications manager for British Columbia's Red Mountain Resort, might be a hair too busy to get out and enjoy the region's endless outdoor recreation opportunities on his own. That's far from the case, as he spends quality time outdoors with his family, including his wife, Colleen, as well as finds the time to feed his own rat, which, in summer, means trail running, mountain bike riding, and occasionally..

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My Loveland: Explore the resort with local John Sellers

John Sellers has worked at Loveland, Colorado, for nine years and he, well, loves it. He commutes over daily through the Eisenhower tunnel from nearby Dillon--in the winter with his skis and board and come summer with his bike and other toys. "I love it all," he says. "Skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and anything that gets me outside exploring the mountains. And this is a great place to do it. There's plenty of sunshine, cool mountain temps, and infinite opportunities to get..

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My Copper Mountain: Get to know the resort with local Chris Landry

Chris Landry, 39, has lived in Summit County, Colorado, for the past 13 years, moving from Denver to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. An avid snowboarder, skateboarder, mountain biker, and hiker, he's gone from caterer to liftie to his current seven-year role as lift supervisor. "After one season in Breckenridge I realized how much I missed Copper Mountain," he says. "Not only for the great people, but also the awesome terrain, in both winter and summer." A former BMX and..

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Daily Grind: Testing for Bible of Bike Tests begins

Every year, Bike magazine puts out the Bible of Bike Tests, which is the most thoroughly researched gear guide in the bike industry available today--and the Bike magazine crew just got started with this year's testing in Fruita, Colorado. While the crew obviously drinks a lot of beer, rides a lot of bikes, and has a lot of fun, the testing process is arduous work that involves arguing, 4:30 a.m. wake-up calls, and bloodshed. Says Bike magazine correspondent Vernon Felton: "We will also put..

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