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‘The History of Mountain Biking’ – magazine review

February 25th, 2014

The History of Mountain BikingI read lots of mountain bike magazines. There’s currently a four foot high stack of them in my back bedroom. I’ve taken out subscriptions to all the major ones at some point over the last 20 years and even had articles and photographs published some of them.
So I am always a bit sceptical whenever I see a feature on the history of mountain biking. Experience tells me that it’s usually a disappointing sidebar feature which is compromised by brevity and sometimes spoilt by inaccuracy.

A few publications, notably the now defunct Privateer, have got it right though. Nice long in depth articles from highly regarded sources; so when ‘The History of Mountain Biking’ landed on my doormat I wasn’t expecting to be impressed.

On a first quick flick through of the 154 pages I was struck by the lack of advertisements. In fact unlike the mainstream magazines which have so little content compared to the volume of adverts, this had none, apart from on the inside covers. This was all content; a good prospect.

Scanning through the list of contributors revealed a range of very highly regarded journalists and significant figures in mountain biking’s past and present.
Tym Manley, Charlie Kelly, Steve Worland, Jacquie Phelan, Steve Behr, Wende Cragg to name but a few…

The first article written by Tym Manley, is engaging and well written, summing up the story behind the ‘official’ rise of the mountain bike in California. It’s in depth and really sets the scene, introducing many of the key figures of the time.

Rawland Elgokse bullmoose handlebar & stem review.

November 10th, 2010

Rawland ElgokseWelcome to the first in the very occasional series of Retrobike product reviews. First up on test is a Elgokse bar / stem combo manufactured by Rawland Cycles. In case you are wondering Elgokse is Norwegian for bullmoose which given the bars shape is very apt.
The bars bring the classic 80s bullmoose design right up to date. They are constructed from chromed steel, the bars themselves are 700mm (27.5″) wide with plenty of sweep and them stem is 100mm plus/minus 6 degrees. The stem is 1 1/8” ahead but the package is supplied with a quill adapter.

Living mostly in the 1990s when it comes to bikes my normal bar of choice is the 23” hyperlite, possibly with bar ends. As such I was genuinely interested to log some miles with a wider bar with more sweep. Read on for the full review…. (more…)

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