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Go Fast Camper’s Truck and SUV Pop Up Rooftop Tents are Perfect for Car Camping

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Go Fast Camper’s Truck and SUV Pop Up Rooftop Tents are Perfect for Car Camping

I know this is a cycling site but over the years, we’ve covered so many events where car camping is a theme and have spent many a weekend in the wilds of the Southwest with MTBs in tow. I get a lot of questions about our setup, so I’m tackling a big part of it with this article. If you don’t like cars and think they have no place on a cycling website, no worries, you don’t have to read this…

For the past few years – since moving to California – I’ve traded the jet-set life for road trips. I used to fly two or three times a month out of Austin, Texas, all over the world. These days, I like to make longer, meandering road trips out of assignments, or events and spend the summer months almost exclusively living out of our truck, sleeping in the Go Fast Camper Roof Top Tent.

Not wanting to limit our traveling experience, we’ve tried a number of sleeping arrangements in the Cruiser, but the Go Fast Camper has really been the best overall. These rooftop tents are the best on the market and while it comes at a hefty pricetag, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Read on below for our in-depth look at these unique campers.

Inside the Ultradynamico Pop Up at Blue Lug Kamiuma

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Inside the Ultradynamico Pop Up at Blue Lug Kamiuma

After a helluva a time getting through all the Tsunami craziness at Grinduro Japan this past fall me and the Salsa crew finally got back to Tokyo.  The rest of the posse had to take off around 4 am the next day, leaving me with about half a day in Tokyo to myself! Bené and Patrick had invited me to swing by Blue Lug for a pop up they were having to showcase there oh so éspecial new Ultradynamico Tyres. Having seen the amazing custom builds coming out of the shop for years I was excited to see what the shop was about.

Philly Bike Expo: Engin Cycles Gilded Ti Hardtail

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Philly Bike Expo: Engin Cycles Gilded Ti Hardtail

Yes, you’re right. That ain’t gold. It’s anodizing. Drew from Engin Cycles is a master of the craft that is designing, engineering, and fabricating titanium bicycles. At this year’s Philly Bike Expo, Engin’s hardtails commanded attention with this one, in particular, bringing the bling. Its incredible anodization and design work was done by Jake Beadenkopf.

The build kit here includes the best of the best with SRAM AXS, RockShox Reverb dropper, Pike fork, and some beautiful Industry Nine wheels.

With such intricate masking and design work on a bike like this, one can only ask the question: “what will it look like dirty?!” If you’re the owner of this amazing Engin, please do us a favor and post some photos in the comments of how it looks with some dirt on it. I think I speak for everyone reading this when I say you have one stunning bike!

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OutBraker Allows You to Modulate Your MTB Braking Power

Whether you’re new to MTB riding or have a loved one just getting into the sport, or perhaps you can only brake with one hand, Outbraker has a solution for your hydraulic brakes. The OutBraker was purposely developed to endos over the front wheel and provide stabile braking power. It also allows you to create an optimal braking force when braking by modulating pressure right before the wheel’s lock-up point – that zone that represents the best braking performance.

Their Double system allows riders to maintain perfect braking modulation of both the front and rear brakes with one lever.

This video explains the OutBraker but for more information, head to their website.

Philly Bike Expo: Beardman Bicycles 26″ Rigid Tourer

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Philly Bike Expo: Beardman Bicycles 26″ Rigid Tourer

With clearance for a 26″ x 3″ tire and a bright, rambunctious color combination, this Beardman Bicycles was a real attention grabber at the Philly Bike Expo. The bright colors normally could distract from the details of a bike but it’s impossible to glance over some of the unique features. For example, it has a front and rear rack, with removable rails, in case you’ve gotta bring a big ol’ pizza pie back home.

The theme of this year’s Beardman was spooky, with a skeleton losing its hand to the King Cage Many Things cargo cage and a RIP grave marker on the front rack, precisely cut by Derek at Kannaly Metal Works. Beardman makes custom racks, which pair nicely with their segmented forks and precision welded frames.

Did we mention this beaut’s for sale? Holler at Beardman for the scoop! It’d look so good covered in your home dirt.

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The Postman

We watch a lot of videos over here, yet few come close to this level of perfection! This is the Postman:

“Clinging to the frayed edges of the ragged shores of the Isle of Harris, a singletrack path navigates its way above cliffs, around bays. Three friends make the trip to not only ride the Postman’s Path to Rhenigidale, but find out more about its history.

Until a road to the village opened in 1990, the path was the only overland link between Rhinigidale and the outside world. Kenny Mackay – the last postman to walk the track shares his stories – tales of community, survival and love.

They leave with a deeper understanding that this trail goes beyond being a simple physical connection between two places. It symbolises the emotional and practical ties to the landscapes humans call home.”

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A Plan with a Van: building trail with the Free Radicals

If you haven’t already been digitally or physically introduced to Mark and Will of the Free Radicals well now is your chance.

Cut to: You watching the video

Yes cinema, the magic of the motion picture, the simulacra of modern life. Sure this could all be smoke and mirrors but I met these two IRL I can tell you its not* that they give off the same “truly good human” vibe that carry in this video.

I am not the only one who has been bowled over by this good vibe wave,  my local trail boss – a highly esteemed curmudgeon and renowned hater – has also seen into their souls and has welcomed them into our tight knit cohort of riders and this say’s so much.

They’re good people doing good things. Taking action, doing work, paying it forward. So thanks Free Rads and thank you to all those other builders, advocates and riders named or not putting who are putting in the work telling the tale of our trails.

*I suppose I could be part of the simulacrum as well, World on a Wire anyone? But if that’s the case its very likely you are too so then does it really even matter?

 

Ponied Up with Salsa Cycles’ Rustler 150mm Trail MTB

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Ponied Up with Salsa Cycles’ Rustler 150mm Trail MTB

Alrighty, y’all today we are talking about the Rustler from Salsa Cycles, their new “ultimate trail bike” with 130mm of split pivot rear travel and a 150mm Rock Shox Pike taking care of business out front. Now that’s about enough for numbers for awhile, I ain’t no nerd talking about leverage ratios at an Interbike booth ok? We’re gonna talk about feelings today; how was your ride yesterday? How are you doing today, like actually? Go ahead, tell me what’s good below.

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We the People’s 27.5″ Avenger Has Old School MTB Vibes

Klunkers and Cruisers, the early mountain bikes, took to the fire roads of Marin back in the 1970’s. Klunkers had a derailleur and hand brakes while Cruisers had coaster brakes only. The disambiguation of these two terms doesn’t count for much these days, as just about any bike that looks like this will be dubbed a “klunker”. We the People’s newest bike, the Avenger, is a 27.5″ rigid MTB with klunker/cruiser feels and disc brakes. We’ll look at the predecessor to this bike, a 26″ version, in detail this week but this bike, with a coaster brake would be all kinds of fun! Or just ride it as is. See more on the Avenger at We the People and see more photos below.

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GoPro’s Rampage Highlights

It’s one thing to watch Rampage from a boom or even drone’s point of view but to watch it from the rider’s point of view is something else entirely… GoPro compiled a highlight reel from their athlete’s Rampage runs and it’s mind-bending!

Philly Bike Expo 2019: Moth Attack

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Philly Bike Expo 2019: Moth Attack

For the tenth anniversary of the Philadelphia Bike Expo, PBE introduced a diversity and inclusivity scholarship to support women, trans, POC frame builders who have been underrepresented at bike shows and the industry at large. SRAM is stepping up to sponsor the PBE Inclusivity Scholarship inaugural class consists of Moth Attack, Pedalino Bikes, Schon Studio, and Untitled Cycles.

Philly Bike Expo 2019: Schön Studio

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Philly Bike Expo 2019: Schön Studio

For the tenth anniversary of the Philadelphia Bike Expo, PBE introduced a diversity and inclusivity scholarship to support women, trans, and POC frame builders who have been underrepresented at bike shows and the industry at large. SRAM is stepping up to sponsor the PBE Inclusivity Scholarship whose inaugural class consists of Moth Attack, Pedalino Bikes, Schön Studio, and Untitled Cycles.