Single Speed USA is more about mountain biking with friends, new and old, having fun and enjoying some local brews than it is about going fast on high tech 11-speed full suspension race bikes. Held in a different location each year, locations earned by competing in some crazy cooked up contest, this year it migrated to Deborah, Iowa, a small college town in north east Iowa surrounded by limestone bluffs, trout streams and challenging mountain bike trails. With the BikeIowa.com crew, Dave Mable brought his mic and camera (and a full suspension, fully geared bike… quite the opposite of everyone else there, except for at least one guy, whom you’ll meet) and started recording. His goal? Take you to Decorah to enjoy the atmosphere, trails and meet some of the crazy folks who came from as far as Arizona and New England to laugh, have some beers and push their single speeds to the top of Van Peenen Bluff. There is some cussing here and there, as you might expect. It is a fully Single Speed Crowd. Thanks to Jesse Reyerson (Spinner), who organized the event this year, for kindly welcoming the entire BikeIowa crew into the SSUSA Posse.
To find out where and when the 2023 event is, follow SSUSA on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks also to Eric from Embark Good Energy for the samples of his pure maple and sea salt energy packs. Check it out and fuel up for your next ride at www.embarkmaple.com
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