The Cycle Life

The Helmet Set to Revolutionize Mountain Biking

Smith Optics officially announced its entry into mountain bike helmets yesterday with the debut of the Forefront. Before you start with the, “Oh brother, another bike helmet?”...

Previewing the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The USA Pro Challenge resumes its meteoric ascension to one of the most important bike races in the country when the third edition kicks off in Aspen on Monday. Even though it overlaps with the...

Testing the New Garmin Vector Pedals

After almost three years since showing prototypes of its pedal-based power meter system, Garmin has released the product to market.

The Six-Month Test: Moots MX Divide

Let’s start with a full disclosure. I am a big fan of Moots. I have friends at the Steamboat Springs, Colorado, company, and believe in their small-batch, high-quality mission. I also love...

Experience the Tour: Get Close

Unlike many sports that keep their pros cordoned off from the public, cycling provides opportunities to get up close with your favorite riders. (No, not by chasing alongside in a

Experience the Tour: Eat Some Fromage

It’s inconceivable how the French stay thin. Every meal felt like an orgy of whole-cream dairy, succulent grilled meats (with plenty of duck), and bread, bread, and more bread. It’s...

Experience the Tour: Tune in on TV

You don’t have to go sit by the roadside every day to appreciate the race. French TV airs every stage in almost its entirety, and nearly every restaurant and bar in the country will have...

Experience the Tour: Pick a Home Base

You could chase the race in a camper van, but if you’d rather spend more time in the saddle than behind the wheel it’s better to choose somewhere central and daytrip to the stages....

Planning the Ultimate Cyclist Vacation

Earlier this summer a friend of mine told me that he wouldn't sell his memories of riding at the Tour for any amount of money. He said this right after I mentioned that I’d be following...

Experience the Tour: Climb a Few Cols

From Annecy, you can easily ride the Col de la Colombière, Col de la Croix Fry, Col de Mont-Revard, Montée Semnoz, Col des Saisies, Col de la Forclaz—and the list goes on,...

Experience the Tour: Go to Paris

Hotels are hard to get. The streets are slam-packed with humanity. Stores are closed because it’s Sunday. But it is worth every inconvenience and hassle to make it to Paris and watch the...

Experience the Tour: Don't Miss the Caravan

Set aside at least one day to stand by the roadside and watch the hours-long procession before the racers arrive. The high-speed parade doles out melodrama (as in the Chippendales model wearing...

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