What if this was your only choice for a drivetrain?

From wider tires to single-chainring groupsets, traditional drop bar bikes are evolving. Too bad traditional cyclists aren’t evolving as quickly. But that may change as a new batch of 1x drivetrains from leading component makers aim to simplify drop bar bikes. (republished from the Taipei Show Daily)

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How to choose your next bike vacation

When Ritchey asked for some blog ideas, we offered a few that we thought would resonate with their customers. Mountain bike tourism is especially on the rise in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and elsewhere, and the hospitality industries there are coming up with amenities and resources specifically tailored to two-wheeled tourists.

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What’s more precious than gold to a mountain biker?

Water (and sunblock) more than anything else wields mighty power in Granada, probably owing to summertime temperatures that often soar above 35C/95F. Luckily abundant public water fountains are a nice perk to riding around Granada so you can go forth fearlessly on that 4-, 6-, or even 10-hour ride, your hydration requirements will be met.

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A mountain bike ride for climbers

If climbing is your thing, then Granada is your sweet spot. As with most mountain bike or road rides here, this ride allows you to dial up or down the suffering depending on how you feel that day. The main features of this circular loop include an 8.5 km (5.3 mi.) dirt climb with a grade that ranges between 4.5 and 15%, and another shorter paved climb that tops out at 31% at its steepest part and then heads into some tricky — sometimes hike-a-bike singletrack for 2 km (1.3 mi).

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