Biking

Rolling Wonders

WITH THEIR AERO WHEELS AND SLEEK DESIGN, tri bikes—time-trial models favored by dedicated triathletes—will get any cyclist salivating. No surprise they're one of the industry's fastest...

Rolling Wonders

TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THE BENEFITS of 29-inch wheels, consider the monster truck. The bigger the wheel, the bigger the stuff it can roll over. Which explains the rise of the 29er as an...

Rolling Wonders

LEMOND CHAMBERY / $2,100, 18.9 lbs Why It's Cool: Traditional geometry and classic European styling with less weight, thanks to the aluminum-carbon-hybrid frame.The...

Rolling Wonders

GARY FISHER PARAGON / $1,760, 25.6 lbsWhy It's Cool: No-nonsense, all-out performance from the original 29-inch-bike builder.The Ride: You can't talk about 29ers...

Rolling Wonders

THE CARBON-FIBER REVOLUTION CONTINUES. As engineers refine the way carbon is constructed and shaped, road bikes get wispier and tougher. When combined with more traditional materials like...

Rolling Wonders

BIKES, LIKE CELL-PHONE PLANS, should come tailored to your needs. That's what you finally get in 2006: a slew of highly refined models suited to your riding preferences. Want a road ride? Now...

Rolling Wonders

BIANCHI W.U.S.S. / $1,340, 23.3 lbs Why It's Cool: Who doesn't want a hard-cranking machine with Italian panache at a rock-bottom price? The Ride: It may be...

Dialed

Call them your dancing shoes. PEARL IZUMI's new silver OCTANE road shoes come with a patented titanium-and-carbon-fiber plate and a mini-reel so you can snug them up and go. At 10...

Rolling Wonders

TREK EQUINOX 9 / $2,200, 20.5 lbs Why It's Cool: You get wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamics, carbon-fiber add-ons, and a responsive aluminum frame—without busting your bike...

The Wanderlist

CYPRUS (2006 Winner) Mountain-Biking the Trails of the Troodos Price: $1,895 Difficulty: Strenuous For a trip to fat-tire nirvana, try this six-day...

Human Nature

Sheik Schussing Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates Opened: December 2005 THE CHALLENGE: Build a 280-foot ice-capped mountain in a flat desert where temperatures...

The Wanderlist

BRITISH COLUMBIA (2006 Winner) Mega-Yacht Heli-Skiing Price: $36,000 per day (for 12) Difficulty: Moderate When the B2 A-star helicopter drops you...

The Wanderlist

ITALY (2006 Winner) Walking the Piedmont Price: $3,995 Difficulty: Moderate This six-day introduction to the still-quiet agricultural region 40...

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