Biking

Freewheeling

AS WE RIDE UP TO THE FISH FARM, a mob of women crushes against the tall metal gates. They have walked here through suffocating heat and humidity, from mud huts dotting the Western Sahara veldt,...

The Road to Lanceville

THE LIGHTEST LID Weighing less than this magazine, the GIRO ATMOS helmet is most notable for what it is not—heavy. The secret is a carbon-fiber lattice running through the shell...

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Dominican Republic Coast-to-Coast Mountain Biking [2004 Winner] The Dominican Republic's mountainous interior and long stretches of unimproved roads make...

The Road to Lanceville

JAMIS SATELLITE, $680 THE PITCH Road-bike pricing comes down to earth. YOUR MONEY BUYS... This 22-pound-14-ounce bike is designed to grow alongside a cyclist's skills...

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Italy Biking the Southern Hills [2004 Winner] An east-to-west odyssey across the sole of Italy's boot, from Bari to Lamezia Terme, weaves through...

Made to Order

The promise of Himalayan ecstasy beckons from the cover of a slick brochure. It would be the perfect trip if it didn't involve sharing a tent with a stranger. And, well, maybe if it started a...

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California Backpacking the John Muir Trail [2004 Winner] Every mile on this classic American ramble along the spine of the Sierra has a highlight. If you're...

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Kyrgyzstan Trekking with Mountain Nomads [2004 Winner] If the fact that rural Kyrgyzstan contains more horses than cars isn't evidence enough that you're in...

The Road to Lanceville

LITESPEED SOLANO, $2,795 THE PITCH Reenact Breaking Away aboard this deluxe titanium long-hauler. YOUR MONEY BUYS... A more affordable version of the flagship...

The Road to Lanceville

WANNA RIDE JUST LIKE THE BIG TEXAN? Guess what—you've got company. Road-bike sales nationwide increased 35 percent between 2001 and 2002, from $187 million to $252 million, a trend that is...

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Kenya Climbing Mount Kenya [2004 Winner] Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, has 2,283 feet on 17,058-foot Mount Kenya, but Kili is mainly a trekker's...

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Turkey The Best of the Lycian Way [2004 Winner] Callisthenes, an ancient Greek propagandist, once wrote that when Alexander the Great's army approached the...

Anse Chastanet

MY FIRST DAWN on St. Lucia, a big teardrop of an island wedged between Martinique and St. Vincent in the Lesser Antilles, was disappointing. I'd flown in on the dark of the moon and arrived at...

The Soft-Shell Game

THE MOST FUNCTIONAL CLASS of garment to come along since the waterproof-breathable jacket, soft shells have arrived en masse this winter. These technical woven numbers put the priority on...

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