Biking

SoCal's Secret Empire

(PLAY) Idyllwild Before Dark: You don't have to pull an all-nighter to enjoy the conifer-lined singletrack on the 24 Hours of Adrenaline: Idyllwild mountain-bike course,...

New England High

(PLAY) White Mountains Classic: With 100 years' experience operating huts in the Whites, the

Bike the Tour Route

IN THE WORLD OF PRO CYCLING, finishing your first three-week stage race is a huge rite of passage. In the world of amateur cycling, riding a course like the Tour de France is one of the most...

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...

Hard

a) Swing Grivel's revolutionary X Monster ice tool because of how damn cool it looks, then dedicate yourself to mastering the mixed rock-and-ice routes at which it excels. ...

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...

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