Opinion


ASS Does Downieville: A trifecta of debauchery

Booze, guns, kids, trail building, and the legend of Stinky Larry highlight this week’s Angry Singlespeeder dispatch from up in the hills around Downieville.

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ASS Does Downieville: More to Downieville than Butcher and Pauley

Downieville Classic downhill and cross-country routes barely scratch surface of region’s expansive ride opportunities.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Stop whining about cost of bikes

Nobody cares whether or not you can afford that new bike that so-and-so just released. So please stop your whining.

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ASS Does Downieville: Broken bars, busted wheels, bruised egos

The Angry Singlespeeder checks in from his summer home to report on a weekend filled with wrecked equipment, stitches, and a big fall off a steep cliff.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Singlespeeds aren’t dead. They just smell funny.

The ASS’s fellow scribe and mountain biking buddy Eric McKeegan said “singlespeeds = dead”. According to Eric, what used to be a thriving tribe of counterculture misfits is misfits no more. They’ve moved on. The ASS retorts “Singlespeeds aren’t dead. They just smell funny.”

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ASS Does Downieville: Bear chasing and more from MTB Mecca

The Angry Singlespeeder checks in from his summer haunt in Downieville, California, with tales of bears, rampage and romance.

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ASS Does Downieville: The rider who cried wolf

The Angry Singlespeeder checks in from his summer haunt with a message about accident reporting protocol. He also rode his bike a lot.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Has Sea Otter gotten too big?

The Angry Singlespeeder believes that if event organizers want to keep Sea Otter healthy, strong and relevant moving forward, they have to keep in mind the old adage, bigger is not always better.

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ASS Does Downieville: How to not get shot or pissed on

Whiskey drinking, tall tales, gut busting climbs, and the search for an abandoned jeep. Just another day in Downieville.

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ASS Does Downieville: Don’t Get Hurt. Or Lost.

The bike road trip season opened last weekend in Downieville, CA. It is filled with fun, adventure and danger so be careful out there.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: The Happy e-Fat Biker

Our resident hater of all things modern and fun may have turned over a new (electric) leaf.

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Opinion: Stop hating on race promoters

Bike race promotion is one of the hardest and most thankless jobs around. It doesn’t pay very well, either. The author ask that we not cast the first stone but rather be the one to offer a helping hand.

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ASS Does Downieville: Documenting season of work & play

The Angry Singlespeeder is posting up in one of world’s most unique mountain bike locales for the summer, and for better or worse he’s going to tell us about it.

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Opinion: Confessions of a trail dumb downer

Creating and maintaining trails is a difficult subject. Who decides how difficult the trail should be? How do we balance the needs of the many forces pulling the trail quality in all different directions?

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Just Don’t Get Hurt

The Angry Singlespeeder: Go big or go home? Maybe not. The ASS lays down his thoughts on the Affordable Care Act for the mountain biker.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: I am so over the road

The ASS trades his knobbies for skinny tires and finds out he’s been missing absolutely nothing.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Legendary Kamikaze returns as awesome, inclusive festival

The legendary Kamikaze makes it’s triumphant return with something for everyone.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Foaming at the mouth about CrossVegas

Beer and foaming in Las Vegas: The Angry Singlespeeder throws down on over-the-line fan behavior at CrossVegas

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Will e-bikes short circuit mountain biking?

The Angry Singlespeeder asks a pertinent question—Will e-bikes short circuit mountain biking?

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The Angry Singlespeeder: A comic tragedy – thoughts on Robin Williams

The Angry Singlespeeder reflects on the passing of comedian, actor and fellow cyclist Robin Williams.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Does Levi Leipheimer belong in mountain biking?

The Angry Singlespeeder looks into complaints about confessed doper Levi Lepheimer racing at Downieville. His perspective might surprise you.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Why the Downieville Classic is my all-time favorite

There are many mountain bike events that capture the essence of our sport, but in my mind, the Downieville Classic does it best.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: We need primitive trails

With all the world seemingly abuzz about manicured flow trails, the Angry Singlespeeder pines for a more primitive, raw trail experience.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: The Trans-Sylvania Epic – Death by rock

The Angry SInglespeeder takes on rocks, ruts and raucousness of Pennsylvania’s Trans-Sylvania Epic.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Think you’re hardcore? Think again

Think you’re hardcore? Think again. ‘Blind Bobby’ McMullen defies odds and redefines the word.

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