Todd Balf

Todd Balf

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Why Haven't You Heard of Marshall "Major" Taylor?

In 1896, Marshall "Major" Taylor finished the Six Day Bicycle Race in Madison Square Garden, having completed a record 1,732 miles on the 0.1-mile track. He was the lone African American in the...

Todd Balf
Apr 19, 2018

The Biomechatronic Man

MIT research scientist Hugh Herr lost both legs below the knee after a 1982 winter climbing ordeal. In less than a year, he hacked his prosthetics to allow him to climb again, and he went on to...

Todd Balf
Sep 6, 2017

Unbroken Misery in the Frozen North

By the winter of 1854, the crew of the Advance had been trapped for almost two years, their ship frozen in a bank of ice somewhere below the North Pole. Some had lost limbs to scurvy and frostbite;...

Todd Balf
Apr 17, 2012

Plug and Play

Can electric bikes make inroads with people who don't usually ride? Or are they doomed from the start by their hefty price tag and an elitist bike culture? Todd Balf motors the hills of San Francisco...

Todd Balf
Jun 28, 2011

Check Out My Wood!

How a carpentry-challenged nonsurfer built a classic wooden longboard with his own kook hands.

Todd Balf
Oct 5, 2009

Tribe of Pain

Bike racing's most hellish climb isn't L'Alpe d'Huez or Mont Ventoux; it's New Hampshire's Mount Washington

Todd Balf
Sep 1, 2004