Behind the 9: Pedal Damn It! It’s always been a Niner thing.

Pedal Damn It. A simple phrase for a simple bike. Back in its fledgling stage, Chris Sugai, one of Niner’s founders, had six or maybe seven different bikes and each one was a singlespeed. A self-professed bike geek, and a wee bit younger at the time, Sugai enjoyed the simplicity …

A Bomb’s Journey: Rebecca Rusch’s Return to Laos

Rebecca Rusch just keeps moving. She’s flown around the world this year promoting her film, Blood Road and raising awareness about the dangers of landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO). The film has garnered numerous accolades and on one leg of her journey, she returned to Laos to tell this story …

Is there really good mountain biking in Kansas?

When you think of the State of Kansas, what picture comes to mind? Flat plains? Fields of agriculture and livestock? Yes, and no. In fact, the guys over at Cameron Mountain Bike Racing, as part of their 28,000 miles across the U.S. this past season, spent a little bit of …

Bikepacking the Swiss Alps? A look at Nam’s Preparation

Switzerland by bike? Sounds heavenly to Tenzim (Nam) Namdol one of this year’s smiliest Blackburn Rangers. Here’s a little behind the scenes from Nam about her bikepacking preparation. (Oh, and we also snuck in her application video about why she wants to ride Switzerland and her connection there.) Pre-Ride Test …

An Alpine Adventure: Bikepacking on gravel from Torino to Nice

Would you say “Yes,” if someone suggested bikepacking roughly 700 km (435 miles) from Turin, Italy to Nice, France.  On the ride, you’d wind your way through the Alps and camp a bit along the way.  In Christian Smith’s case, the answer was, “Yes.”  Here is the story of his trip from …

Behind the Nine: Womble, Earth Roamers and Tire Geekery with Niner’s Brad Brown

Boxes of stuff – frames, components, tires – everything you need to build a Niner bike, are the domain of Brad Brown, Niner’s Warehouse magician. If it has the Niner name on it, Brad and his team have gone above and beyond to make sure everything is in order and …

End of the Line: Blackburn Ranger rides the Creeper, arrives at the Atlantic

On April 22, Ivan Kilroe left the Port of Astoria in Oregon on his TransAmerica ride. The final destination? Yorktown, Virginia where he arrived a little less than five months after he first started turning the cranks eastward. Here’s the final leg of his journey in his words and pictures. …

Searching for Dirt Treasure in California: Nate Adams and Kirt Voreis Hit the Road

Nate Adams and Kirt Voreis, along with sidekick, Harrison the dog, hit the road in search of sublime singletrack and dirt jump fun in California. For more info on the bikes Nate and Kirt ride go here:  RIP 9 RDO and here: JET 9 RDO