Dirt Rag Dirt Fest – Pennsylvania 2019

Dirt Rag Dirt Fest – Pennsylvania 2019

MTB Ben and Ben Welnak headed out to Pennsylvania to attend the 2019 Dirt Rag Dirt Fest and talked with a variety of guests. Listen in to the discussions and be a fly on the wall at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest. If you’re thinking about attending in the future, check out the Dirt Fest website.



Maurice Tierney is the Publisher and Founder of Dirt Rag Magazine. He sits down with Ben and Ben to discuss the history of Dirt Rag, Dirt Fest, and more. A great discussion if you’re looking for some insight into what Dirt Rag is all about, have a listen!


Nicole Bloch is a Dirt Rag Dirt Fest groupie. She is a huge fan of the event, the people, the atmosphere, and makes sure to put it on her calendar every year.

About Erra Creations: Erra Creations was imagined in 2011 after messing around with my great grandmother’s broken costume jewelry, then a mocking dare by my best friend to make jewelry from used bicycle parts, and everything since has been created from crazy ideas by me and wonderful custom requests! Handmade with love and care, Erra is a fun look at things we use in our lives and adorn our bodies and homes with.

Erra Creations – https://www.erracreations.com/
Erra Creations on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/shop/erracreations
Erra Creations on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/erracreations/
Erra Creations on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/erracreations
Email Nicole – shoperra@gmail.com


Martin Kozaczek is the guy behind Second Spin Cycles and Be Kind Rewind. He’s an expert in the world of vintage mountain bikes and clearly has a passion for them. His goal with Second Spin Cycles is to deliver fully restored, turnkey, vintage mountain bikes to bike enthusiasts. In this interview, Martin share stories of old bikes, his current bikes, finding vintage mountain bikes, and riding his cool finds rather than just putting them on the wall. Ben & Ben were happy to get the opportunity to sit down with Martin and get a glimpse into his wealth of vintage mountain bike knowledge. Now you get the chance by listening in! Enjoy!

Second Spin Cycles – http://www.secondspincycles.com/
Be Kind Rewind on Dirt Rag – https://www.dirtragmag.com/articles/be-kind-rewind-fat-chance-team-comp
Second Spin on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/secondspin/
Second Spin on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/secondspincycles/


Bryan Shipley is a Market Coordinator for REI’s Mid Atlantic Region. He joins MTB Ben and Ben to discuss Washington DC’s outdoor market and REI’s work, advocacy, and role in that area, as well as beyond that area. It’s great to hear about the work that Bryan and many others from REI are doing and the time and money. The guys discuss bringing groups and users together, working with NICA, and getting new people into the sport.

REI – https://www.rei.com/
REI on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/reifindout
Ben Moon – https://benmoon.com/
DC Adventure Film Festival – https://www.facebook.com/DCAdventureFilmFestival/

Dirt Fest PA #9 – Tröegs Independent Brewing

MTB Ben and Ben Welnak are your hosts for this episode while at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest in Pennsylvania in May. They are joined by the crew from Tröegs Independent Brewing that is based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Tim (Brewing Manager) , Mark (Brewer), and Jancy (Marketing & Events Coordinator) join the show to chat about Tröegs, their beer, what makes a good pilsner, events, Dirt Fest, and more. It’s a fun time getting out and having some great conversation with those making the craft beer scene what it is. Grab a brew and listen in!


Founded in Pennsylvania in 1996 by brothers John and Chris Trogner, Tröegs Independent Brewing is driven by a sense of adventure and curiosity. From the beginning, our brewery has been built by family, friends and kindred spirits who share a love of great beer. 100% independent.

Tröegs Independent Brewing – https://troegs.com/
Tröegs on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/troegsbeer/
Tröegs on Twitter – https://twitter.com/troegsbeer
Tröegs on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/troegsbeer/
Tröegs on Untappd – https://untappd.com/troegsbrewingcompany
Susquehanna Mountain Bike Association – http://sambabiker.com/samba/
Dirt Rag Dirt Fest – https://www.dirtragdirtfest.com/

Dirt Fest PA #8 – Michael Delano of Giant Bicycles

Michael joins the guys to discuss. Michael is the Account Executive for Giant Bicycles and Liv Cycling for the Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina areas. He has been with Giant since 2003 and has a lot of experience in the cycling world before his time at Giant. Michael discusses the Giant and Liv bikes and the brands, shares his thoughts on the improving the cycling community, gender and bikes, advocacy, and more.

Giant Bicycles – https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us
Liv Cycling – https://www.liv-cycling.com/us

Dirt Fest PA #7 – Billy and Sharon Crandall of VanDOit

Billy and Sharon are new brand ambassadors for VanDOit. After a lot of time and effort put into finding a van, Billy googled “adventure van” and the rest is history. They share their thoughts on life on the road in their VanDOit, discuss the company and van options, and share some of the Dirt Fest experience.

VanDoit – https://www.vandoit.com/
VanDoit on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOEIZiQLi4ZqWQvNMvRmZqQ/videos
VanDoit on Pinterest – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOEIZiQLi4ZqWQvNMvRmZqQ/videos
VanDoit on Twitter – https://twitter.com/vandoitco
VanDoit on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/vandoitco
VanDoit on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/vandoitco/

Dirt Fest PA #6 – Troy Stewart – Marketing Director at Handup Gloves

Best for Grabbin’ Bars & Beers! Troy is the Marketing Director at Handup Gloves. They sit down for a good chat about the Handup brand, design inspiration, the bike world, and more. Troy was a great and fun guest to have on. If you’d like an honest take from the Handup crew, listen in!

Handup Gloves – https://handupgloves.com/
Handup Gloves on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/handupgloves/
Handup Gloves on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9lczcrDiZxOzx9miAJgoMA
Handup Gloves on SnapChat – https://www.snapchat.com/add/handupgloves

Dirt Fest PA #5 – Patrick Reed of Dirt Components

Patrick Reed is the owner of Dirt Components in Austin, Texas. He sits down to share the story of Dirt Components, the products, running a small business, the new frame project and the life of an entreprenuer.

Dirt Components – https://www.dirtcomponents.com/
Dirt Components on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dirtcomponents
Dirt Components on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/dirtcomponents/

Dirt Fest PA #4 – Brendon VoelkerWhite Dot Productions/Happy Mutant CBD/”Demo Jesus”

Brendon has some unique experience and perspective. He has spent several years in the bike world and enjoys a lot of time on his bike and he is now an ultrarunner and owns White Dot Productions, which is the only trail running guide company serving the 500,000+ acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They chat about a wide range of topics to give you some idea of what the Dirt Rag Dirt Fest experience is all about.

Happy Mutant CBD – https://www.thehappymutant.com/full-spectrum-cbd/
White Dot Productions – http://www.whitedotproductions.com/
White Dot Productions on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/whitedotadventures/
White Dot Productions on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/whitedotadventures/

Dirt Fest PA #3 – Harlan Price – Owner of TakeAim Cycling

Harlan Price is an experienced and successful rider and instructor on the East Coast. He is the owner of TakeAim Cycling. He sits down with the guys to discuss several topics related to mountain bike instruction, including dropper posts, skills, coaching vs instruction, and more that will get you thinking about what feeling you may be missing on your next ride.

TakeAim Cycling – https://www.takeaimcycling.com/
TakeAim Cycling on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TakeaimCycling/
TakeAim Cycling on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/takeaimcycling/

Dirt Fest PA #2 – Doug Dalton

Doug Dalton joins the guys to chat about Dirt Fest, the cycling industry, and a lot more. Doug is an industry veteran who has spent time as a World Cup level mechanic, Brand Manager, SRAM Senior Brand Ambassador, and many other things. Learn more about Doug right HERE.

Follow Double D on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/doubleddalton/

Dirt Fest PA #1 – Intro

MTB Ben and Ben sit down for an intro episode after getting all set up and ready to record with others.

Dirt Fest #0 – Super Quick Special Intro

Ben Welnak gives you the quick scoop on what you’re going to hear on Mountain Bike Radio soon.