Ride it out of the Eye of The Storm – Vancouver filmmaker & rider Tristan Deggan, together with Jay Boysen and Ride NF set out to capture the feeling of escape we get all from riding our bikes. As COVID-19 still rips through the world, in Tristan’s new Eye of The Storm, it’s a story more of being inspired to dig deep and pedal further into the woods.

“I wanted to express the stress I felt when COVID came close to home. The distant threat
of the spread seemed like it would never effect us, but when it did I felt so privileged to
have a sport to escape the downpour of awful global news and local anxieties. I am sure
that riding has come as a necessity for many, but I still hope this film can inspire some
to disconnect even for a ride, and to appreciate this very special sport during these
times.” – Tristan Deggan

“COVID-19 has effected each and every one of us to a certain degree. I count myself
lucky to live and work in an area where I was able to keep accessing my local trails, and
pick away at some build projects. Shooting this video with Tristan (from a safe social
distance!) and building trails was my way of coping with everything. Hope everyone
enjoys the video, we had a great time making it!” – Jay Boysen

Both also want to give a shout out to ‘Dangerous Dan’ Cowan for building most of the trails on Bowen, “it wouldn’t be the same place to ride without him”.

Where to ride

  • Snow Summit Bike Park opens this weekend – Do you know what it takes to turn a winter ski resort into a summer bike park. Snow Summit shows us how they actually have to rebuild all the berms that cross the ski slopes every spring, and just how much raking they have to do. Summit Bike Park In southern California opens today in the San Bernardino National Forest, so it’s time to get out and turn in some socially distanced laps down the Snow Summit mountain. BigBearMountainResort.com

Contests

  • Win a super light carbon DT Mon Chasseral wheelset! – DT Swiss are giving away a set of their latest and incredibly light PRC 1100 Dicut 24 Mon Chasseral disc brake, tubeless carbon wheels. Get a look at the full details of the 1266g, 2950€ carbon wheelset here, the lightest they’ve ever made! To register to win you need to follow DT Swiss on Instagram, then like their contest post, and answer this question in the comments there “What will be the first climb, mountain or pass you will take this wheelset on if you win?”. You have until this Sunday to give it a shot. Instagram.com/DTSwiss

Gear & Deals

  • Let the light ZiZZO Liberte folding bike zip you around town – Looking for that balance of convenience, affordability & lightweight performance in a city bike? The Liberte by ZiZZO, out of Union City, CA might just be it – at just 23lb/10.4kg & just $430, you get an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain and lightweight alloy folder frame. Like every ZiZZO, it ships direct to your door fully assembled, pre-folded with inflated all-terrain tires so it’s ready to ride out of the box – not even any tools needed. Built for quick cruising around town, it’ll also get into some light off-road adventure around the beach or park, folding small enough to join your summer holidays in the trunk of a car, or back of your #vanlife. ZiZZO.bike

  • Save 20% on Sweet road & gravel Protection – This weekend only, Sweet Protection is lopping a fifth off their road, gravel & commuter bike gear. From their Outrider MIPS helmet to glasses and riding clothing, save for a limited time. The sale is limited to select color options, so dig around to find the deals. SweetProtection.com

  • Factor brings back Consumer-Direct bike sales – Without much fanfare, Factor says they have moved to a ‘hybrid’ sales model that pairs their 75 US dealers where you can get one of their bikes with a direct-to-consumer approach for their high-end carbon road bikes. While the brand was essentially already consumer-direct when they we building wild F1 prototypes a decade ago, by the time they started building production bikes and sponsoring World Tour pro teams, they needed a dealer network to keep up with demand. Now as the industry becomes more nimble, and consumers more informed, Factor is getting back in touch with their riders. FactorBikes.com

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