CARVING A NICHE
Words by Joe Schwartz
Images by Bruno Long
Do the backcountry trails outside the energy-efficient, luxurious Purcell Lodge in British Columbia have what it takes to satisfy the appetite of the adventurous mountain biker? A lucky crew of riders finds out.
BIKEPACKING THE LAST BEST PLACE
Words by Trina Ortega
Images by Scott Haraldson
Touring fire lookouts in remote, unpopulated Yaak, Montana, offers a much-needed opportunity to lose track of time, face fears, and gain a sense of place.
Words by Paul Torme
Images by Dave Clock
Best known for its blue waters, Lake Tahoe’s dirt is on the rise. For one former local, returning to ride in Tahoe offers time to reflect on the healing powers of trails, teamwork and friendship.
WITH THE GRAIN
Words and Images by Devon Balet
Chris Conner’s idea to build a wooden bicycle came out of beer-infused hallucination. When he sobered up, he questioned the idea, but he knew he was on to something and began using skills he gained from hand-crafting guitars, furniture and boats to establish Conner Wood Bicycles.