Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt writes on design, technology, science, and culture, among other subjects, for many publications, including Wired, The London Review of Books, and Popular Science. He is contributing editor to Artforum and the design magazine Print and I.D., contributing writer of the popular blog Design Observer, and columnist for Slate.

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Did Airbnb Kill the Mountain Town?

Living the dream has never been easy in the West's most beloved adventure hamlets, where homes are a fortune and good jobs are few. But the rise of online short-term rentals may be the tipping point...

Biking Across America on a Diet of Fast Food

Fueled by Pop-Tarts and fast food, 52-year-old software engineer Kurt Searvogel is out to break the record for the greatest distance pedaled in a year. What motivates a man to ride more than 200...

A Taste of Italian Cycling Comes to California

Each year, in the rolling hills and strade bianche of Tuscany, thousands of riders set out to conquer challenging climbs and tricky descents on pre-1987 equipment (drop-tube shifters, non-aero brake...

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Inside the Mad, Mad World of TripAdvisor

The Koryo Hotel does pretty well on Trip-Advisor, all things considered. The Internet never—and I mean never—works. The towels are “thin,” the sheet thread count low, and the milk powdered.

Why Cyclist Is a Dirty Word

The Ride on Chicago is at once political and apolitical: advocating for empathy on the road and a less fraught cyclist-society relationship.

Boulder Cyclocross

The Masochist's Guide to Cycling

Road cyclist Tom Vanderbilt was curious about the branch of his sport that was part Crossfit and part Tough Mudder. So when a cyclocross clinic came to a nearby town, he was among the first to sign...

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How Strava Is Changing the Way We Ride

A new social-media app for cycling has more than a million riders racing, cheating, and even dying for virtual supremacy over the world’s roads and trails. A recent convert to the cult explains how...

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Born in the USA

Used to be technical outerwear was manufactured almost exclusively in China. No longer. Tom Vanderbilt reports on the growing number of gear makers producing apparel in the USA.

Jeff Rice records the chilling rasp of a rattlesnake for the Western Soundscape Archive

You Need to Hear This

Recording engineer Jeff Rice is on a mission to preserve the sounds of nature. Why? Listening to them might actually make us healthier.

Buffalo Bayou Paddle Trail

Urban Waterways

From farm shares to bike shares, these seven flashes of genius are reinventing a metropolis near you.

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