Whittingham’s workspace is a place most mountain bikers only dream about. Running a business out of a shop is no easy task though; it requires a knack for organization and an ability to stay focused.
Fabrication

Finally Naked Sam Whittingham's 20-Year Journey to Bike-Building Simplicity

In 2008, Sam Whittingham won the President’s Choice, People’s Choice and Best in Show awards at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

His endearing fixed-gear creation combined 1890s wooden rims and grips with modern hubs and disc brakes. Maybe
even more notably, he won the attention of show-goer Lance Armstrong, who bought the award-winning bike and flew Whittingham to Austin, TX to ride it with him. For a custom bike...

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As a self-employed artist living in Whistler, BC, Kate Zessel spends a lot of time in the mountains. Powder days are a big perk of being your own boss. Photo courtesy of Kate Zessel
Personalities

Elements of the Wild The Interconnected Art of Kate Zessel

You could say Whistler-based biker, skier and illustrator Kate Zessel’s business started in the back seat of her family’s car in the 1990s.

It was there that, while road tripping from Vancouver, BC to Whistler on weekends to ski with her family, Kate’s dad would capitalize on the chance to impart some business knowledge to Kate and her two siblings.

“He’d put us in the car at like 3 p.m. every Friday and drive up to Whistler,...

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Every problem is solved one part at a time. Newton finds some suitable bearing replacements for a bottom bracket at the BC Bike Race.
Personalities

Fraser Newton Successful Nonconformity

Below Fraser Newton’s name on his Anthill Films business cards is his title: “The Swiss Army Knife.”

And really, there is no better way to quantify not only the multitude of skills Fraser brings to a job, but also his appetite to get the job done.

Throughout the last decade, Fraser has managed bike shops, run mechanic programs for renowned international mountain bike races, run point for conventions, tech’d for boutique gyms,...

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For Bellingham’s hardcore bikers, the Bike Ranch is a frequent hangout during winter months. Billy Lewis blasts out of the quarter pipe as the rest of the crew watches on.
Lifestyle

A Work in Progress All are Welcome at the Bike Ranch

It’s a drizzly January evening as I step out of my car at the end of a long gravel driveway in rural Whatcom County.

I can make out a handful of vehicles, each with a bike rack, although there’s no one in sight. Occasionally a faint whoosh tha-thump echoes in the distance, the sound of bike tires on wooden ramps. Not far off, an old horse arena is ablaze with light in the winter darkness. Welcome to the Bike Ranch, a lighted, covered...

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Photo: Dan Cole
Coffee

Coffee is Art Experiencing the Third Wave in Seattle

It’s no secret Seattleites love their java, but many might be unaware the city is known as the birthplace of second-wave coffee.

The first wave, which kicked off in the 1900s, introduced coffee to the masses, while the second refers to the drink becoming an experience, rather than just a cup of caffeine.

The city far from disappoints when it comes to excellent craft coffee roasters and brewers, and a good cup of coffee is...

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While individual adjustments of sound might be minor, collectively they give video a whole different feeling.
Personalities

Superb Sounds The Undetectable Work of Keith White

You don’t see Keith White’s artwork, you hear it—and ideally, it goes unnoticed.

He’s the master mixer and audio engineer behind many (if not most) of the action sports world’s feature films and polished edits. When you hear the unmistakable whirring of a hub, a tire slow-motion drifting through a loamy corner or birds chirping in the distance, chances are it’s a sound White added or enhanced to bring beautiful shots to a new level...

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The Skagit Valley and Bay deliver a beautiful backdrop to the region's farmland. From grain to yeast, Garden Path Fermentation strives to source local. Photo courtesy of Skagit Valley Malting
Fermentation & Spirits

Beer Gone WIld Live Performances at Garden Path Fermentation

Brewing beer is a science, and an integral part of science is experimentation.

But more often than not, there’s one ingredient that brewers want to stay consistent: yeast. Traditional-style beers are brewed with specific yeast strains in a controlled environment to create different styles and flavors.

Garden Path Fermentation, a brewery/winery/cidery/meadery in Skagit Valley, WA, is taking a different approach. They use 100...

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*Meat eaters, rebel and use corned beef and real smoked gouda!
Recipe

Frankenbike Sandwich Santenello's Snack

While new bikes are a beautiful thing, they never stay that way for long.

As parts begin to break and are slowly replaced—maybe a bent derailleur at first, then eventually a wheel—they become a heterogenous mixture of matching graphics and paint. These creations are equally as exquisite in their own right and often have more personality. Known as the Frankenbike—maybe even complete with different-sized wheels front and back—these...

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Personalities

Drawing Her World Diversity, Inclusion and Connection with Brooklyn Bell

I couldn’t help but sneak looks whenever she shifted her journal into view.

On the pages of Brooklyn Bell’s small notebook were detailed and magical destinations, swirling with colors and full of mountains. We were sitting next to each other onstage in North Vancouver, speaking at a NSMBA conference on diversity in media. The confident and bright lines that had caught my eye were a stark contrast to Bell's nervously tapping foot....

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Winter water temperatures of Northwest rivers can fluctuate between 36 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit—or incredibly cold. Matthew DeLorme casts into the frigid waters of the Sauk River.
Lifestyle

The Off Season Photographer Matthew DeLorme Finds a Fresh Perspective on the River

For us in the World Cup press corps, winter is a venerated time.

Summers usually consist of grinding 12- to 16-hour days and they take their toll. Don’t get me wrong, we are lucky to witness the moments we capture on our cameras as intimately as we do. As far as a job goes, hanging out with your mates all day in the dirt cracking jokes and shooting photos is pretty damn great.

But when the season ends and I’ve come home and my...

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From routing and cutting to gluing and welding, the list of tools required for a full-scale buildout is not short. Tyler Earnheart puts in some late night hours on Jill and Bryn's van.
Adventure

The Things That Matter Most Building Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson's New Adventure Van

As inhabitants of planet Earth with an innate curiosity to explore, it’s only natural we feel the urge to move.

Searching for new vistas and being dwarfed by new mountain ranges proves a never-ending quest, and nothing enables us in that pursuit more than a mode of transportation. Two wheels provide ample possibilities, but four with a roof increase those opportunities to a near-infinite number when considering distance and...

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Photos courtesy of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Community

Dirty 30 Three Decades of Building Washington's Mountain Bike Community

I used to have a kickstand on my mountain bike.

My naiveté prevented me from recognizing this flagrant offense within the world I had just discovered.

A weekend trip to the Methow Valley with a childhood friend gave me a taste for knobby-tire two-wheel machines, and I spent the ensuing months ravaging through old copies of Mountain Bike Action magazine. I needed a bike. Stat.

And once I had that bike—a yellow Giant...

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Northyards Cider Co.’s offerings are the result of many years of learning and experimenting— combined with even more years of disliking beer— and they’re delicious.
Fermentation & Spirits

Changing the Game North Yard Cider Co. Does Things Differently

You can wade through a lot of muck, without sinking down into it, if you have a dream. Alison Round would know.

Lanky-legged and flat-bummed, she’s poorly built for hauling ass up and down slash-filled mountainsides, so after five years of uninspired tree-planting, she segued into an 11-year career as a Canada Post mail carrier. She hated every second, and was sustained only by the outlandish idea of becoming a craft cider maker....

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Recipe

Popped Pumpkin Seeds Santenello's Snack

We all need a great riding snack.

One that cures our noshing needs yet delivers 25 percent more pop* to our session. Before and during the shred, or with aprés drinks, nothing leaves me more pumped than pumpkin seeds. Loaded with great flavor and crunch, pumpkin seeds are a lot of nutrition in a humble, affordable package. Health benefits include: high levels of magnesium, zinc, iron, B and E vitamins, help controlling blood sugar,...

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It may only take up a third of his garage, but Tony’s tiny art studio has birthed an inordinate assortment of wild ideas.

The Serpentine Experiment Bryn Atkinson and Tony Baumann’ s Snake Bike

The garage door is open as I park outside of Tony Baumann’s house on a hot July afternoon, but there’s no sign of the man himself.

I duck under the door, following voices into the small, hand-built painting studio that occupies a third of the garage, where I find him chatting with professional mountain biker and Bellingham resident Bryn Atkinson. Between them is a red-bellied black snake, a species native to Bryn’s home of eastern...

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Recipe

The Power of Chimichurri Santenello's Snack

You’ve been riding all day. You’re completely drained, devoid of all energy or culinary creativity.

But here’s the problem: you promised your significant other dinner, and just invited your famished ride buddies over as well. You’re already an hour-and-a-half late. People are hangry, especially your better half. Your only chance at redemption is to cook something unreal, and quick. But you blew out your derailleur on the ride (hence...

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In Pemberton, BC, the beverages are as rewarding as the climbs, and the good company is just as plentiful. Photo: Katherine Wood
Community

Pemberton Bike Club An Unrivaled Community of Women Riders

According to Trailforks.com, 14.1 percent of riders in Pemberton are female, compared to 9.9 percent in the extended neighborhood of Whistler and the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, and 9.5 percent for the province as a whole.

Fifty-two percent of POCA members are women. Their average age? Thirty five.

So how does one of the steepest, most challenging mountain bike areas wind up with the largest percentage of women riders around? That’s...

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The beautiful scenery of Pemberton, BC is always on display, be it Mt. Currie in the Summer or the Aspen trees in the fall. Photo: Blake Jorgenson
Fermentation & Spirits

Fiercely Low Key Sweat, Booze and Family in Pemberton, BC

Pemberton, British Columbia is the land where bikers earn their turns.

Climbs are as brutal as the descents are steep, and any posts on the Bike Pemberton Facebook page alluding to shuttling (“gasp!”) tend to earn a sizable community reprimand. As Ian Kruger, president of Pemberton’s Off Road Cycling Association (PORCA), says of the local scene: “It’s not necessarily for the timid, but provides some pretty incredible returns. Our...

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As the first urban mountain bike park in the United States, Colonnade opened the door on an entirely new realm for the sport—and thanks to the then-fledgling Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, set the bar for what community-based advocacy could accomplish. Carson Storch styles a 360 while demonstrating proper under-Interstate form.
Community

The Colonnade Effect A Place to Ride Under Seattle's I-5 Corridor

Born in the dank and trash-strewn emptiness below I-5, Seattle’s Colonnade city mountain bike park doesn’t seem revolutionary.

Located directly beneath the interstate, the 7.5 acres of trails and jumps are a far cry from a “natural” setting. But despite its humble, grimy origins, Colonnade helped open land for mountain bikers across the country— although not without turbulence.

Back in the early 2000s, Puget Sound riders...

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If Whistler’s best hotels earn a five-star rating, then Eric Porter, Carl Moriarty and Margus Riga’s preeclipse accommodations would qualify for a few billion. The trio enjoys a stunning view of the Milky Way high above the bustle of Crankworx.
Adventure

Celestial Brutality An Earned Eclipse on Lord of the Squirrels

The plans to get there were loose. The specifics of “there” were even looser.

The time, however, was not. At 9 a.m. on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse would arc across North America—the first time such a celestial event would be visible from the entire contiguous United States in nearly a century. And while the eclipse wouldn’t be “total” in Whistler, BC, it would still be rare.

Myself, Carl Moriarty and photographer...

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With 20-plus instruments, nightly guest appearances, and—obviously—a few bikes for inspiration, Chromag’s Jam Room off ers endless possibilities for mind-melting music. It’s also pretty good for post-work stress relief. Photo: AJ Barlas
Community

Mother Groove Auditory Glory in Chromag's Jam Room

The people of Chromag love to jam.

Our band is called the Rotor Bolts and we are pretty awesome. We don’t play out; the only way to see a show is to invite yourself to the Jam Room.

By jam, I mean make music. Start with a simple beat and let everyone layer in and fi nd their place, sometimes resulting in a mother groove. During an evening session, the six of us—myself, Ian Ritz, Sean Dinwoodie, D’Arcy Burke...

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Fresh air, beautiful sunsets and…free yoga? Bellingham’s Boulevard Park doesn’t disappoint. Photo: Skye Schillhammer
Lifestyle

A Different Kind of Flow Lacy Kemp's Yoga in the Park

At sunset on select summer nights, a cluster of people unrolls colorful mats on the grass of Bellingham’s Boulevard Park.

Bikers and joggers pause to watch as the group begins to work through a series of poses, their movements slow and smooth in the warm breeze. At the helm is Lacy Kemp, who—among many other things—works for Kona Bikes. This gathering is one of those “other things:” Yoga in the Park, a free yoga class aimed at...

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Whether hopping planes to the next Crankworx stop or posting up at Retallack Lodge, Micayla Gatto never stands still for long. Photo: Margus Riga
Personalities

Micayla Gatto Moments of Progress

Micayla Gatto is a professional mountain biker.

She’s also a professional artist, professional broadcaster, professional traveler, professional online persona, and could legitimately be a professional musician. Some weeks she’s the face of Crankworx as their roving field reporter. Other days she’s simply crashing at my house between sponsor meetings and travel obligations. I’m lucky to call Micayla one of my closest friends, and even...

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Recipe

Salmon Slayer Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. cooked sockeye, or your favorite PNW salmon. Bake, cook, or grill—whatever’s clever. Cook until fully done, then chill. Shred that salmon!
  • 2 tbsp. Vegenaise—Better trail travel than mayo. Add more if salad feels dry.
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice—Hand-squeezed (good training for DH arm pump).
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley.
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chopped dill (because everything
  • ...
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While commercial brewing is a long way from a home-sized setup, the knowledge Frank Trosset gained from his home-brewing days has been vital to Aslan Brewing Co.’s success. Photo: Brandon Watts
Fermentation & Spirits

A Living Beverage Frank Trosset's Hacks for Next-Level Home Brewing

It may seem a strange statement, but brewing beer is actually a type of farming—the livestock are just a lot smaller than a cow or chicken.

A single cell, to be specific.

Yeast, beer’s key ingredient, is a live organism, and just one of the many variables a brewer must master to make a quality beverage. Like raising any other farm animal, doing so requires knowledge, attention, skill and an inordinate amount of patience....

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