Biking

Slick

From the smartly concealed cables to the matte silver finish on its aluminum frame, Trek's nine-speed Soho is one handsome commuter. Disc brakes handle wet weather and a rubber...

J'Accuse

ON SEPTEMBER 5, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong made a remarkable announcement: He said that he was thinking of ending his retirement, at that point a mere six weeks old, and...

Spinning Uluru

AYERS ROCK IS LIKE an inverse Grand Canyon. Instead of a giant chasm, the near-six-mile-circumference, 1,115-foot-high, 300- to 400-million-year-old arkose sandstone monolith sticks out of the...

Friends forever

IT'S ONE OF THE GREAT IRONIES OF TRAVEL: You meet someone on a journey, come to know them intimately in just a few hours, then never see them again. You promise to keep in touch, but it seldom...

Custom Cool

Seven Cycles Elium SG Road Bike Frame only, $3,595; as tested, $7,500; www.sevencycles.com WHAT YOU GET: This...

Hit the Bottle

WHEN I WAS RACING BIKES in the 1980s, we still had no idea what we were doing when it came to sports drinks for endurance. We knew we needed more than simple water to replace the calories and...

Uvex Wing RS bike helmet

A fun statistic from the Washington D.C.-based Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute: Expect to crash every 4,500 miles. Furthermore, if you're not wearing a helmet, expect to die: head injuries cause...

Answer Accelerator Mountain Biking Gloves

You might wonder why a daily bike commuter who lives mere blocks from his office, in a flat city, would need to wear a pair of gloves for his ride. I hardly see anyone wearing helmets, let alone...

The Tour de France Mysteries Solved

How do they go to the bathroom? Why do they shave their legs? How can I become a podium girl? Answers to these and other pressing questions... [

Cycling Kerry

The spectacularly scenic Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile road loop in southwestern Ireland, is not to be missed. What you'll want to miss is the crowds and tour buses that flock here. To enjoy the...

El Almendral De Relleu

On southeastern Spain's glorious yet built-up Costa Blanca, where hordes of sun-and-surf worshippers go for Dionysian revelry, billing El Almendral de Relleu as a casa rural might be a...

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