Biking

Rage Against Your Machine

THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU DEFINES AN "EXTREME COMMUTER" AS SOMEONE WHO SPENDS MORE THAN THREE HOURS GETTING TO AND FROM WORK.This is usually understood to be by car. It's not...

The Ride of Her Life

I arrived in Afghanistan on the eve of the September parliamentary elections, concluding 30 hours of travel on a commercial flight that dropped toward Kabul in a steep spiral,...

2011 Trips of the Year: Bomb Patagonia

La Confluencia Lodge, a 16-year-old operation in Argentinian Patagonia, sits at the isolated confluence of the glacial Río Azul and Río Encanto Blanco. In the surrounding river valley, the lodge...

Mexico Is Safer than You Think

In December, at the Cancún climate talks, Mexican president Felipe Calderón declared that "Mexico must become a champion of adventure travel," promising new investments in the industry. Does...

2011 Trips of the Year: Ride France

Cyclomundo's six-day, five-night ride from Lake Geneva (1,220 feet) to l'Alpe d'Huez (6,100 feet) is both beautiful and brawny. Over the course of the 224-mile trip, cyclists tackle some of the...

You Make the Call

Dog or No Dog?It happens during the planning of almost every group wilderness outing: somebody will ask if he can bring his dog. The answer depends on the dog and the owner...

Take a Spin

More than 350,000 tourists cycle in New Zealand every year. It's no wonder: the country is safe, the scenery is stunning, and even the back roads are paved and well maintained. It's also...

Das Bike

Electric bicycles aren't known for high performance, but that's changing. The BlackTrail, from Germany's PG-Bikes and UB Composites, tops out at 62 miles per hour, making it the world's fastest...

Hoppy Trails

You go to Sonoma County just for wine, right? Nope. Santa Rosa, the county seat, has some of the best beer (five award-winning breweries within a 35-mile radius) and mountain biking (some 40...

Insomniac, Maniac, Miracle

UNLESS YOU'RE ONE of the few thousand rabid followers of the niche sport of ultracycling, you may not have heard that Jure Robic died in a mountain-biking accident on September...

Two Wheels Are Better Than Four

DOESN'T LOOK like much of a city, huh? Bingo. Bicycle City (bicyclecity.com), a 160-acre community now in the works in the...

The Answer is Flow

MOUNTAIN-BIKE trails are often a disappointment—either over-the-handlebars steep and littered with hazards, or flat, easy, and boring. That's because most of them weren't...

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