Why Buy From Your Local Bike Shop? Five Big Advantages

It’s a common scenario: something on your bike is broken. Maybe it’s just worn out after it served you well for a long time. Or maybe you overcooked it into a corner and went down, sending your bike bouncing through the woods and destroying the part long before its time. Maybe it’s time to retire …

Julbo Pipeline Sunglasses for Mountain Biking

Here’s a new pair of eyewear from Julbo that was designed with the mountain biker in mind. The Pipeline is offered with four lens choices but for trails I say stick with the Zebra lens. With a lens shape that’s similar to the Julbo Dirt sunglasses that I tested last year (66mm), these shades offer …

SRAM IPO: Good Investment?

image courtesy SRAM.com SRAM is preparing to go public which means individual investors may soon have the chance to own shares in the bike component maker. Recent documents filed with the SEC reveal some interesting facts about the world’s #2 bike component maker: From 2006 to 2010, SRAM grew revenues about 17% per year to …

THE F-1 Short and Sport Jersey Review

I’ve been wearing THE gear – helmets, armor, and soft goods – for a while and I’m a big fan. So I was stoked recently to get my hands on the F-1 short and Sport Jersey. One thing you can always count on with THE: there’s always more than what meets the eyes. The F-I …

Specialized Renegade Control MTB Tire Review

Spring is here! After what seemed like a long winter, the trails are finally starting to dry out and firm up. For me, that means it’s time to switch out my knobby, grippy winter tires for lighter and faster summer tires. I used a Kenda Small Block 8 (SB8) the last few summers, but after …

Waltworks Custom Bicycles

I recently had a chance to sit down with Walt Wehner, a mountain bike XC racer and the guy behind Waltworks Custom Bicycles, to talk about local trail use, bike commuting, beer, oh…and building custom mountain bike frames. Walt currently builds pretty much any bike frame style that you can think of including road bikes, …

Rockshox Revelation RLT Ti Review

It may come as a Revelation to some that RockShox has a solid line of trail forks for mountain bikes this year. While the company has always been well known for sleek XC-oriented forks, the trail-ready Revelation models are well positioned in today’s trail fork market. I’ll be reviewing the mid-level RLT Ti fork which …

Icebreaker Grace Crewe Women’s MTB Jersey Review

icebreaker merino wool

Up until now, I’ve been hesitant to try a wool bike jersey for a number of reasons. First, I live in Georgia and the Colorado girl in me would say an Atlanta winter hardly justifies the need for wool. Also, most of the wool (sweaters) Ive owned in the past didnt feel soft against my …

WTB Bronson 2.3″ AM Tire Review

WTB Bronson

The WTB Bronson 2.3″ AM tires are ready for action in a variety of terrain. Weighing in at 810 grams, these tires feature a large number of relatively small, low-profile knobs along the center of the tire with prominent knobs along the edges for aggressive cornering. The Bronsons are also UST compatible for an easy …