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You asked for affordable rides, we listened. Aaron Gulley reviews the best mountain bikes for value-minded buyers.

Have doping scandals made you want to swear off the Tour forever? Here are five reasons not to pull the plug on this year's race.

With Shimano XT parts (plus an XTR derailleur), Trek’s proprietary dual-chamber technology in both shocks, and adjustable geometry, this aluminum model is the best value.

The stout chromoly tubing on Jamis’s Aurora Elite (27 lbs) gave us confidence, even on circuitous descents with full loads.

Still fumbling around with wires and a prehistoric bike computer? It's time for a performance boost. Here are six ways to enhance your next ride, from the headlight-taillight combo Light & Motion Urban 500 to the data-collecting Garmin Edge 200 to the iBike Sports iDash Phone Booth, which you can buy as an all-in-one bike computer.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Linus Gaston 3.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Tern Link P7i.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon 29.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Blue AC1.

The only thing more epic than that monster attack or spleen-bruising crash? Reliving it all with friends over an adult recovery drink at an establishment that loves your kind.

After 1,700 miles of testing and 27 flat tires, we bring you the must-have extras for bike commuting this year, including the Brooks Team professional saddle with a supple leather shell; DZR's Minna, a pimped-out black leather-and-canvas sneaker with lots of bike-friendly features; and the Club Ride Go West jersey.

Outside picks the best mountain bikes of spring 2012, including the Salsa Horsethief.

Outside picks the best utility bikes of spring 2012, including the Raleigh Furley.

Eight pieces of Outside-endorsed gear for your mountain or road bike, including the Shimano SH-M315s, complete with synthetic uppers that feel as supple as suede house shoes; Pearl Izumi Launch Kicker shorts, loaded with trail-savvy technology; and Castelli BodyPaint 2.0, the plushest bibs we've ever worn.

Outside picks the best road bikes of spring 2012, including the BH Zaphire/Tiagra.

The rankest mountain roads for testing your cycling mettle

Refuel with these bacon-cashew rice cakes from sports physiologist Allen Lim

If there’s one bike tour that’s a must-do, it’s this Colorado cruise: snowcapped peaks, open valleys, and winding blacktop through the Rocky Mountains. The best part? You don’t need to be an endurance freak to finish.

We break down the best sites, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and apps for travelers, bikers, gear nerds, and more

Outside picks the essential tech tools, including the OtterBox Defenders Series case.

The best sites for expert race commentary, gear reviews, and bike porn

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Surly Pugsley bike.

Our exclusive interview with embattled three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador

Six exercises to help you strengthen your body's weakest links

Recover faster with these five superfoods

How professional skier and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety recovered from a debilitating knee injury.

Injuries are a fact of life. Here's how to recover faster.

The Shinamo Ultegra Di2 6770 shifting system was one of our editor’s five picks for Gear of the Show at the 2011 Interbike show.

The Brooks John Boultbee Criterion Jacket was one of our editor’s five picks for Gear of the Show at the 2011 Interbike show.

The Ibis Ripley 29er was one of our editor’s five picks for Gear of the Show at the 2011 Interbike show.

The Giro Reverb was one of our editor’s five picks for Gear of the Show at the 2011 Interbike show.

The Garmin Vector was one of our editor’s five picks for Gear of the Show at the 2011 Interbike show.

Breakfast is necessary if you want to tear up the countryside, hit the pool, or simply get through a gym workout. Pick the right one.

Old favorites and new standbys in the energy-bar world

How to ensure you get the calories you need

Get faster by getting leaner.

Forget complicated meal plans. Build good eating habits around basic food knowledge, and keep these three guidelines in mind.

Everything you need to know to fuel properly this year

Six superfoods, plus a recovery drink that uses four of them

Ultramarathoner Josh Cox's attempt to break the 50K world record through proper nutrition and hydration

The recipe for a 100-mile day in the saddle

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Kelty's Mockingbird rucksack.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Nalini's Cotone base layer.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including the Presso espresso maker.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Nau's Motil Commuter.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Glide's Mali' skateboard.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Lomography's Fisheye No. 2 Shiawase camera.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including WaveJet's Personal Water Propulsion Pod.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Nike's + SportWatch GPS.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Jawbone's Jambox boom box.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Icebreaker's Realfleece Sierra Hood.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Merrell's Wilderness Canyon hiking boot.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Revo's Backbay sunglasses.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Patagonia's Ultralight down shirt.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Arc'teryx's Veilance Partition Coat.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Look's 695 race bike.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Timberland's Lite Trace Mid boot.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including the Surly Pugsley mountain bike.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Quirky's Switch Modular Pocket Knife.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including the Nemo Isopod 100 tent.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Look's Keo Power pedal.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Hoka One One's Mafate running shoe.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Stanley's Nineteen13 Lunchcase.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including DZR's Concubine shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Five Ten Hornet shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Look Keo Blade Chromoly Pedals.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Mammut 9.6 Climax Rope.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized S-Works Prevail Helmet.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Metolius Wood Grips Compact Training Board.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the La Sportiva Python Slipper.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the G-Form Bike Shoe Insoles.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Giro XAR Helmet.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Sidi Spider Shoes.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Garmin Edge 800 GPS bike computer.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized S-Works Epic 29ER mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Giro Factor Shoes.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Club Ride Go Long Jersey.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the WTB Nano Tires.