Fill 'Er Up
So you want to go harder? Start by improving your diet.
What should I do for recovery if I hit my knee when falling?
I banged my knee falling off my bike and now it's sore just below the kneecap. How long should I lay off it, and do you have any recovery suggestions? Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico
Caution: Bike Freaks At Work
When a company like Specialized dreams up a new ride, design teams are deployed, test frames are destroyed, and the stakes are huge. With the 2009 Epic, the goal was suitably grandiose: to create the fastest, most responsive mountain bike aroundand earn a world championship to prove it.
Bike the Sierra Madre
Whats the best jacket for biking during the winter?
I ride my bike to class every morning, and as the temperature drops, I have a jacket problem that is two fold. 1) My fleece does little to stop the piercing cold winds. 2) My hard shell retains too much body heat, and I feel like Im in a furnace. What do you recommend? Bary Charlottesville, Virginia
Train: Bell Volt Bike Helmet
Train: Selle San Marco Mantra Bike Seat
Train: Crank Brothers Cobalt XC Wheel
Which GPS will allow family to track a cross-country bike trip?
My son is cycling the Lower 48 starting on January 1, and I would like some way to keep up with him. Is there a GPS unit that can accomplish this? Karen Atlanta, Georgia
How can I tell if a bike helmet fits my child properly?
My nine-year-old son informed me that my helmet fits him. I wear an adult medium helmet. Do I really have to go with one thats youth specific? Dave Sierra Vista, Arizona
Whats the updated word on cold-weather biking gear?
You answered a question in 2004 about the best gear for cycling in freezing temps. What's changed since then? John Alexandria, Virginia
Farm Spin, Sonoma, California
What type of bike seat should I buy to avoid dage downstairs?
I'm in my 20's, ride to work three times a week, and put in a couple hours in the saddle most weekends. Should guys my age be concerned about the long-term negative impact downstairs? Or are the special seats marketed to protect the nether regions a ploy? Scott Freeland Washington D.C.
Bike-friendly Congressman Earl Blumenauer talks to Outsides Matthew Fishbane.