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The Trail to Zen

The sweat drips off the end of my nose. I gave up worrying about it a long time ago. About the same time that the burning in my legs faded to the back of my mental space. Some people lock themselves in dark rooms with timers while they sit on folded blankets to get to this spot. Not me, I…

#s24o

We usually think of grandiose, epic-level expeditions when we start pondering bikepacking trips. Or at least we did until last July. Joey Sparkles and I attended the Specialized product launch in Morgan Hill. This is a trade show. We spend our days seeing product, listening in on seminars and being sold stuff. The evenings are filled with mingling and then you end up in your…

Torch Frameset

Fire. It glows and is always unique. Used by the ancient Greeks to represent the pinnacle of sport, it has for years been the symbol for extraordinary efforts in human strength. Specialized captured that essence and created the Torch Series. Glowing orange when cool and turning to a burning yellow when it’s hot, the Torch products are unique, limited and…

Trail to Zen: Have you met Shirley?

As part of our ongoing coverage of the shop’s True Grit 2017 contenders, I spoke last week with Shirley Leydsman, our merchandising specialist, event planner, and all-around “cute-ifier” of the shop and shop events. She is hands down the nicest person in the shop, but don’t let her niceness fool you: her drive, fearlessness, and determination make her a fierce…

Mesquite Madness

The sun is shining in Mesquite, the Joshua Trees are always green, the sky is pretty much always blue and the temperatures in March are borderline heavenly. How heavenly? Well, if you’ve been stuck on your trainer all winter with grey skies and freezing temperatures, how does an average high of 74 sound? That’s what we thought, amazing! Mesquite Madness is a great season…

Trail Closure

The Virgin River Trail will be closed under I-15 for the next few months. You can still ride the trail as an out and back, but you will not be allowed under the bridge as construction occurs on I-15. There are two detour routes around the closure. The map below shows the closure area and the two detours.

Prospector: Feed Your Soul!

  Pensively looking out my window at another, albeit rare, rainy Southern Utah day that I cannot mountain bike, I think about my rides on Prospector and how much I enjoy riding that trail. Prospector is a fun trail that has something for almost everyone. It is generally flowy and fast, with some technical parts (but not enough to make one…