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Aaron Baker’s monstrous Honey Badger mountain bike trike by Adaptive Reactions

Photo: Michael Darter
Photo: Michael Darter

Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane assistance.

Now, he owns and operates an adaptive gym, C.O.R.E., and has built this bad-ass fat trike mountain bike. The official name is Stinger, but Aaron nicknamed it the Honey Badger thanks to the way he rides it – getting nasty over the trail and kicking up on one or two of the three wheels.

Built by Reactive Adaptations, you can check out the details below…

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Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane […]

Posted in Advocacy, Fatbike, Gadgets & Hacks, Industry News, Mountain Bike7 Comments

Specialized Adventure Dispatch: Sarah Swallow rides S24O through Humboldt Redwood State Park

Life has a funny way of working out sometimes. I first met Tom Swallow in college and convinced him that he should come work with me at a bike shop which I had been working since first starting in the industry. It was at that shop that he met Sarah after she was hired on from the local bike rental. Soon they were married, and after the shop sold and sort of imploded under the new ownership, I made my way to Bikerumor, and Tom and Sarah made their own path with Swallow Bicycle Works. It wasn’t long until they became the hub for adventure riding in the area and gradually worked their way up to their incredible TAT ride – crossing the country by bike on the Trans-America Trail. Typically reserved for dual sport motorcycles, the Swallows crushed the 4,970 miles in 87 days. A ride that many thought wouldn’t be possible.

Which brings us to the present and the fact that I am not at all surprised that I am writing about their latest rides as part of the Specialized Adventure Dispatch. Say what you want about the program, but riders like Sarah (and Tom) are the real deal – which I can only assume the same for other Adventure Dispatch riders like Ty Hathaway as well…

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Life has a funny way of working out sometimes. I first met Tom Swallow in college and convinced him that he should come work with me at a bike shop which I had been working since first starting in the industry. It was at that shop that he met Sarah after she was hired on from the local […]

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Greg Minnaar takes the new Santa Cruz Tallboy for a South African Epic of his own

Did you catch the launch of the new Santa Cruz Tallboy this morning? If you overslept like Greg, you should catch the rest of the video then head over to read about the new Tallboy and its sister, the Juliana Joplin. If you ask us, it looks like Greg may have had a bit more fun on his own epic…

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Did you catch the launch of the new Santa Cruz Tallboy this morning? If you overslept like Greg, you should catch the rest of the video then head over to read about the new Tallboy and its sister, the Juliana Joplin. If you ask us, it looks like Greg may have had a bit more […]

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After bikes show up for sale at Sam’s Club, Trek says ‘Not so fast’

Trek bikes not to be sold at Sam's Club (2) Trek bikes not to be sold at Sam's Club (1)

In what surely must have seemed like the start of end times for dealers, yesterday it was pointed out that Trek mountain bikes were for sale online. But not just any online store – on the “Shocking Value” section of the Sam’s Club mobile store. The news quickly spread through Facebook as more people seemed to share their disappointment over the matter.

But the whole thing seemed a bit odd. Why were there just two entry level mountain bikes that seemed to be taken down as soon as they went up?

Apparently Trek found it odd as well. According to Trek’s Eric Bjorling, they are “just as surprised as anybody” to see them show up for sale online. Eric went on to say,

“Our suspicion is that somebody sold a bunch of bikes to Sam’s Club and they sold them through their website. Our legal team is looking into it and will decide what further action we can take. We have no plans on selling bikes to Sam’s Club or any other big box retailer.”

So while you may have been able to snag a Trek through Sam’s Club for a brief moment, it wasn’t a sanctioned sale from Trek, and it shouldn’t happen again.

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In what surely must have seemed like the start of end times for dealers, yesterday it was pointed out that Trek mountain bikes were for sale online. But not just any online store – on the “Shocking Value” section of the Sam’s Club mobile store. The news quickly spread through Facebook as more people seemed to share […]

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Tailfin slices up new rack and pannier system made especially for carbon road bikes

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Tailfin TAILFIN_11

Every so often you want to haul more than normal. And sometimes it may be for long distances. If that is the case, your race ready, carbon-everything road bike may be the ideal tool, but it’s one of the least adaptable bikes for more than a seat bag, and wearing a backpack for more than 20 minutes is annoying.

Tailfin has come up with a pretty slick system that is light weight, easy to install & remove and it will work on any road bike with a quick release rear wheel. And it’s carbon frame and seatpost safe!

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Every so often you want to haul more than normal. And sometimes it may be for long distances. If that is the case, your race ready, carbon-everything road bike may be the ideal tool, but it’s one of the least adaptable bikes for more than a seat bag, and wearing a backpack for more than 20 minutes […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Concept, Kickstarter, Road Bike13 Comments

Hey ‘Merica, get this cycling kit to celebrate the 4th of July

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(Editor’s note: Sometimes, the product description from our readers says it all. This is one of those times. Enjoy!)

My name is Nick Hand, and I designed this kit for the 4th of July. It is very over the top, it was conceived during a 4th of July ride last year and after a few beers. My buddies and I just thought there were no awesome kits to wear for the 4th of july. Just a normal stars and stripes kit. So we thought about all the awesome things about America and we put them on the kit. There is a majestic Eagle of course. Then there is my buddy Reid riding the Eagle with a beer. Then everyone knows that dragons are awesome, so we had to put a dragon on there. And dragons breath fire which is super awesome so there is some bad ass fire. The bibs have the stars and stripes on them, and if you look closely you can see a hidden image under the flag. Finally on the arm are a talking Sloth head and Cat head. Why, you may ask. Just because I can I guess. And isn’t that what Merica is all about? Doing what ever you want and doing it more bad ass than the rest of the world?!

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(Editor’s note: Sometimes, the product description from our readers says it all. This is one of those times. Enjoy!) My name is Nick Hand, and I designed this kit for the 4th of July. It is very over the top, it was conceived during a 4th of July ride last year and after a few […]

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SOC16: Onza Svelt mountain bike tire smooths the XC rough

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The Onza Svelt 29er XC race tire was teased at Taipei, we spotted them racing at Sea Otter and got a little more detail. Designed as a fast rolling but robust XC race tire, they come in a healthy 2.25″ width for 29ers only. A 27.5″ may follow, but considering the intentions, 29er was the place to start.

Center knobs are low and well ramped for minimal rolling resistance, but with flatter trailing edges for better braking. It gets their dual compound rubber, and the dust shows exactly where it transitions. The softer, grabbier rubber on the side knobs held on to Sea Otter’s notorious dust much better, shown here as the lighter color.

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The Onza Svelt 29er XC race tire was teased at Taipei, we spotted them racing at Sea Otter and got a little more detail. Designed as a fast rolling but robust XC race tire, they come in a healthy 2.25″ width for 29ers only. A 27.5″ may follow, but considering the intentions, 29er was the […]

Posted in Mountain Bike, Sea Otter Classic4 Comments

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Bikepacking Newbury Crater, Oregon

bikerumor pic of the day Bikepacking Newbury Crater, bend, oregon

Photo submitted by Dan Casioppo, “Descending the Horse Butte Trail near Bend, OR, after our attempt to reach Newberry Crater (hint: it is still covered in impassable snow).”

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Photo submitted by Dan Casioppo, “Descending the Horse Butte Trail near Bend, OR, after our attempt to reach Newberry Crater (hint: it is still covered in impassable snow).” We always love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with […]

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Juliana hits the trail 29er spectrum with new Ultraviolet Joplin

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Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29 27 plus joplin womens mtb mountain bike_-23

As the sister company to Santa Cruz Bicycles, it probably comes as little surprise that when the Tallboy 2 gets an update, so too does the women’s focused Joplin. For awhile now the companies have shared frame technology but with different builds suited to their target audience. For Juliana, that target is clearly the female mountain bikers of the world and while the bike uses the same frame as the all new Tallboy, it does get a few modifications to make it “women’s specific”…

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As the sister company to Santa Cruz Bicycles, it probably comes as little surprise that when the Tallboy 2 gets an update, so too does the women’s focused Joplin. For awhile now the companies have shared frame technology but with different builds suited to their target audience. For Juliana, that target is clearly the female mountain […]

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