Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag issue #173, published in October 2013. By Paul de Valera Mountain biking is a province of firsts. Repurposing cruisers for dirt… Read more
Words by Frank Maguire, photos and illustrations by Jon Pratt and Shea Ferrell of Flowline Trail Design
By Josh Patterson, photos by Sterling Lorence
By Josh Patterson
By Leslie Kehmeier
Words by Josh Patterson, photos by Shannon Mominee and Josh Patterson
Headsets are assembled by hand before packaging.
By Josh Patterson, Photos by Adam Newman
By Greg Galliano and Melanie Strong
Deus ex machina: Chris Currie
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I need to replace my rear derailleur. What are the differences between the short/medium/long cage? Does the length of the cage matter that much?
by Josh Patterson
Photo by Michael Darter
I have acquired a used Shimano XT770 crankset. The big ring is trashed and I am going into sticker shock at Shimano’s replacement prices. Anyone have luck with other brands i.e., Blackspire, FSA, Race Face for this particular model? I have a hard time throwing down $60-$100 for a chainring.
A conversation with Warsaw, Missouri’s Mac Vorce
By Peter Hoecker
By Karen Brooks
Marla Streb is a legend. If you don’t know this, you’ve been riding recumbents, or not riding at all. Seriously, she was a dominant force in the downhill scene in the ‘00s (with a couple of Single Speed World Championship titles thrown in), and has a captivating personality. Now, Streb is focusing on family and managing her former race team.
How did you transition from racer to team management?
By Andy Beach
It’s the middle of the week. The living’s easy because I’m riding hard with my crew, dubbed “Pelotronix.” We’re devouring some of the best trail on the San Francisco Bay Area mountain biking menu. Even tastier is the fact that we dine alone, having not seen a single rider since wheels went down—and we won’t for the rest of the ride, guaranteed. It’s just us and the woodland creatures because the Sun is not among the stars shining above. It’s around 10 p.m.
Observed trials, once a popular sport in the USA, has gone into hiding. A cycling event that became a UCI world championship event in 1984 (six years before mountain biking), has disappeared from the collective radar of mount
By Nikolai A. Braun
By Frank Maguire