It’s Light Season: It’s Time for You to Get Illuminated

It’s Light Season: It’s Time for You to Get Illuminated

I am seeing more cyclists using headlamps (the proper name for a front light), but I am still seeing a lot of riders without lights or inadequate lights. You wouldn’t drive a car without lights so why do so with a bike? The most common “explanation” I hear is that lights are “too expensive”. Have you checked out hospital rates lately? With new lights from long-time providers of bike lights, NiteRider and Light & Motion, expense shouldn’t be an excuse. Prices have dropped for high-lumen lights by more than 60%.…

The Levi Effect: The Untold Story of Levi Leipheimer

The Levi Effect: The Untold Story of Levi Leipheimer

When I was approached to review the movie, “The Levi Effect: The untold story of Levi Leipheimer”, directed by Frank Matson (Race Across the Sky) and brought to us by Bikemonkey, I thought to myself, “…what effect?”…

Utah High School Mountain Bike League Has Successful First Season

Utah High School Mountain Bike League Has Successful First Season

Mountain biking is a relatively new sport. Long-standing American pastimes like baseball, football, and basketball have thick record books, and a near stranglehold on the sports culture and focus in the United States. For generations, kids have dreamed of playing left field at Fenway Park, and adults have escaped war, economic depression, and the drudgery of every day life watching those kids live out those dreams. But that is starting to change. More and more kids in the United States are dreaming about racing bikes, rather than putting on baseball cleats. Mountain bike racing, once thought as a fringe game for fringe people, is gaining momentum and devotees of all ages.…

Bike Review: 2012 Bianchi Sempre

Bike Review: 2012 Bianchi Sempre

New is good. Everyone should get a new bike every few years. And tradition is good. Everyone should have an Italian bike. And colorful is good. Everyone should have a bike in his favorite color. And new components are good. So this year, I got a new red Italian bike. A Bianchi Sempre, to be exact, to which I had mounted the SRAM Red gruppo.…

University of Utah is now a Silver Level Bike Friendly University

University of Utah is now a Silver Level Bike Friendly University

The University of Utah was recently designated as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly University. The League of American Bicyclists recognizes communities and universities that excel in five major areas: education, enforcement, engineering, encouragement and evaluation of cycling (the 5 E’s).…

ENVE Composites Continues to Build Success and Great Wheels

ENVE Composites Continues to Build Success and Great Wheels

Three years ago I wrote a profile for Cycling Utah on ENVE Composites (formerly EDGE Composites) and its history. Since that time the company has grown by leaps and bounds and further solidified itself as a major player in the high end bicycle parts world. ENVE designs and manufactures top notch carbon fiber wheels , forks, tubing, seat posts, handlebars, and stems.…

Which Wheel is the Right Size for Mountain Biking?

Which Wheel is the Right Size for Mountain Biking?

In the beginning there was one mountain bike wheel size, 26 inch. In the late 1990's the 29 inch wheel was introduced. It promised to be faster, smoother, more efficient. One thing it did do is start a debate about what is the best wheel size for the mountain bike.…

The Last 24 Hours of Moab

The Last 24 Hours of Moab

It has been eighteen years that mountain bikers have been coming to this little valley Behind the Rocks outside of Moab, Utah to race the 24 Hours of Moab. I have attended for the last twelve years and they have all been memorable experiences. This was the final year that Laird Knight and Granny Gear productions are organizing this event.…

GoPro Hero2 Review

GoPro Hero2 Review

I had the opportunity to try out the GoPro Hero2 camera this summer. For those of you who don’t know about the new generation of mini-video cameras, it’s time to get outside and have a look.…

Jane Paine Rides to Work, the Gym, and on Bike-A-Dates

Jane Paine Rides to Work, the Gym, and on Bike-A-Dates

Jane Paine’s job involves encouraging people to conserve energy. As a Senior Engineer for ETC Group, an energy efficiency consulting firm in Sugarhouse, Jane wants all of us to incorporate energy efficiency into our daily lives. In order to practice what she preaches, she rides her bike to work nearly daily year round.…