GOOSEBERRY MESA ESCAPE

Recently spent some time camping at one of my favorite mountain biking destinations, Gooseberry Mesa just outside of Hurricane, Utah. The early November trip surpassed expectations with clear skies and weirdly mild temperatures. The vest, tights and long-sleeve jerseys never came out of the gear bag. Even the nights around the campfire required no more than sweatpants and long-sleeve T-shirts. THE RIDING Got to admit that jumping on the South Rim Trail is getting a bit too challenging for this old man. That one needs to be worked up to…

PIVOT MACH 429 CARBON LONG-TERM MEDITATION

  Back in my good old Mountain Bike Action days, three riders (and sometimes only two) tested over 50 bikes a year. As soon as I’d cozy up to a bike, it was time to send it back. So leaving the magazine gave me the first opportunity in 20 years to perform an honest-to-God, long-term bike review. I have logged more miles and hours on this Pivot Mach 429 Carbon than any bike since my 1993 GT Xizang. If the glove fits I picked up this slightly used Pivot Mach…