… and tiring! Grinduro did not disappoint this year. Expect our Reportage to go live tomorrow morning. ‘Til then, soak in some more riding.
I love clean and simple design, especially when it’s applied to something like a helmet. These look great! See more information at Rapha.
The newest shoes from Giro uses the best of both worlds by joining the convenience of a strap with the comfort of laces. The Sentrie Techlace uses an Easton EC70 carbon sole and a Boa system strap. Check out more information at Giro and expect your local dealers to receive stock later this year.
It turns out, riding in Williams Lake, BC has quite a lot to offer. Giro takes a few rippers out to document the fun. Check out a full photospread at Giro.
If you ride downhill or race enduro, chances are you spend a lot of time in a full-face helmet. The Giro Switchblade is a throwback to their first removable chin bar helmet. Back in 1998 they created the first mainstream mountain bike helmet with a removable chin bar and now, the design has been updated to include ASTM Downhill Certification…
Now to answer everyone’s pressing question: no, this will not make you shred like Aaron Bradford, but it’ll keep your smile pretty when you eat shit trying to!
Let me start by saying that if you haven’t been to Downieville, you’ve gotta go.
And if you haven’t raced the Downieville Classic, well then you’ve gotta do that too.
It’s one heckuva weekend.
The 2016 Downieville Classic happened Aug 6-7, marking the 21st edition of this race. Most people are there for the Classic Cross Country race, but the lucky few who clicked “Register” faster than anybody else compete in the prestigious All Mountain event—it sells out in seconds. The AM racers not only do in Saturday’s XC race, but also the famous Downieville Downhill on Sunday. Here’s the catch: you have to use the exact same bike for each event—don’t even think about changing your tires because they’ll catch you at weigh-in. Choose your gear wisely.
Cycling shoes need to be many things and it hasn’t been until recently that being reflective was even an option. If you love the Climber’s Shoes platform, but wanted a little bit more flash, be sure to check out the Reflective Climber’s Shoes. Available in a neon yellow and navy blue. See more at Rapha.
Check out Dustin’s and other’s hand-painted shoes at Giro’s blog.
… like mine are? Giro has seven flavors of laces to spruce up your lace-up cycling shoes, all in stock and shipping now. Be sure to head into your local dealer to order a re-up!
Grinduro was one of the most hyped events of the 2015 and it delivered one fun weekend in the Sierras. This year Grinduro returns to Quincy so mark your calendars!
Photos by Josh Sawyer
Giro’s marketing manager, tandem slayer and all around bad-ass, Amanda Schaper wanted to add a bit of fairy dust to her already magical Tinker Bell costume for this weekend’s SSCXWC. She took her Empire VR90 ‘cross shoes and spent a few days masking off various layers of spray glue and sparkles. The end result is something else! If you’re going to the SSCXWC this weekend, make sure you give Tinker Bell a high five and a beer handup!
Check out more photos below of these awesome shoes below.
I almost don’t want to show you these, because as you might have guessed, they were a gift to “friends and family” of Bike Mag. Ever since architecture school, where I explored WWI razzle dazzle camouflage and its potential for a building’s façade I fell in love with the seemingly random pattern language. Since then I’ve enjoyed seeing it appear literally all over pop culture and now, the cycling industry.
My favorite dirt shoes are the Empire VR90s and while I’ll always default on black, these shoes are a piece of art. I’m honored to own a pair so to the crew at Giro and Bike Mag, thanks for making them happen! Check out more photos below.
… and suddenly I really want to go. The only thing better than this video are the photos. See those at Giro!
Giro just posted their official recap video and photo gallery from the Grinduro weekend. The video does a great job at capturing the vibes from the weekend and their photo recap at Giro touches on even more. Head on over and check it out.
If you missed our coverage from the weekend, don’t miss it!
When Joe Parkin approached Giro’s Dain Zaffke about a new race format a few years back, the initial reaction the two had was more than a chuckle, rather than any degree of seriousness but the seed had been planted…
Why not make a new race format? Part gravel grind and part enduro. Grinduro. You get the best of both worlds, competition and socializing on bicycles. A few segments would be timed: a fire road climb, a fire road descent, a road time trail and a singletrack descent. The event would prove to bring about a rather interesting dialog: what is the most diverse bicycle in your stable?
I’m not sure if I’ve ever looked more forward to a cycling event as Grinduro. The format is sure to bring about competition, yet I doubt many people will be taking it seriously. Personally, I’m gonna be in party ride mode. Especially after these next few weeks!
To liven up the environ, Giro’s got a few fun products slated to launch at Grinduro and of which we already looked at in this year’s Interbike coverage. These knuckle gloves will be a hit, I’m sure…
What is still, to this day the best bang for your buck MTB or ‘cross shoe, the Privateer just got a bit of a facelift. Introducing the Privateer R, the newly-designed shoe from Giro. I’m eager to check this one out in person!