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I'm at the training camp of Saxo Bank, the team of 2009 Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck, in the Canary Islands. We're about to go out for a ride this morning before the winds kick up. We'll be sitting in on a bike-fit session with Schleck this afternoon, then…

Exercise enough and you can eat whatever you want...Right? Wrong. Trust me, I spent a full year dieting. What I learned could change your life.

Winter weekends are short and dark—which means you need to be fast and smart. Beat the blues with one of these surprisingly affordable escapes.

Advances on the web changed the we heard about adventures, breaking news, and victories. Tweets and posts and friends and low budget videos changed…

In light of our November feature on fear (“FLAT” by Jennifer Kahn) about Scott Macartney's near-death crash during a ski race, it's time we take a look at some other heart-stopping “yard sales.” From snowboarding into boulders to an entire peloton running directly…

The 2010 Vuelta a Espana route has been announced, Velo News reports. The race will begin with an evening stage in Seville on August 28. Riders will then cover over 3,300 km in the 21-stage race.    This year's Vuelta includes only one time trial made…

Researchers are MIT have designed a bike wheel that saves the kinetic energy generated by braking and stores it for later use, when the rider needs a boost, The New York Times reports. The energy goes into a battery inside the wheel's hub, a sleek…

What gear do you recommend for bike commuting in winter? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

Alberto Contador says he's moved on from his dispute with Lance Armstrong over team leadership during the Tour de France, Reuters reports. “I want to think about sport. I'm not interestedin the polemics. For me 2009 is finished. Now…

I got a chance to talk with Damion Hickman, the president of TeamVeloSport/Sho-Air in SoCal. Aside from running the team, Damion also owns his own designstudio and has several cycling clients. Check out his work at damionhickman.com. What was your first job as a designer?It was at GT…

Lance Armstrong said the RadioShack Pro Tour team is taking a  “team approach”, reports VeloNews. The nine-member team won't be focused solely on Armstrong's objectives, but will instead try to succeed as a team. Armstrong also said he feels better this December than he did at…

People give when they know it will buy something tangible. We asked directors at five organizations to tell us what donations from $50 to $50K would accomplish.

By Stephen Regenold Jeans rarely do double duty as performance wear for active types. But this month Quiksilver releases three sport-specific pants that are fashionable enough and can squeak by for cyclists and skaters looking to jump a curb or kickflip a set of stairs while wearing…

BMX was born when some kids somewhere (commonly thought of as SoCal) started racing their modified 20’ Schwinn Stingrays and created a revolution. These kids were jamming through the dirt, heavily influenced by the motocross heroes of the '70s. As for today, well, my buddies–Mario Correa, Neil Adams, Mark Sheetz–and…

Photo: Anne Mustoe from her website By Mary Catherine O'Connor For some people, the only kinds of bike rides to go on are the epic kind. Such was the opinion, it seems, of Anne Mustoe,…

Attention, all cynics: You can change the world. But don't take our word for it. Here are people combining big ideas and bold adventures, including our first-ever Reader of the Year.

Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy is the latest outfitter to specialize in "voluntourism," that sometimes contrived marriage of far-flung travel and community service. MIKE KESSLER checked out one of their new cycling trips in Vietnam. Initially, he was skeptical. Now? He works for the company.

The UCI has ordered Astana to produce a formal bank guarantee in 24 hours before the team can be approved for ProTour status for the next year, VeloNews reports. Astana has already missed the October 20…

The roster for Team RadioShack, finalized by manager Johan Bruyneel, was announced today and will include seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong among its 26 riders coming from 16 different countries.  “It is a well balanced…

The International Cycling Union will deliver a proposal to the International Olympic Committee that looks to create a gender balanced track race program for the 2012 London Olympics.  The new program will give equal gold medal opportunities to both men and women.  The Beijing Olympics held seven track events for…

Athletes caught doping in Austria could be charged with fraud and face up to ten years in prison, the AP reports. Previously, possessing and selling drugs was a criminal offense, but the actual use of the drugs was not. Austria recently put forth this…

My racing partner and I, Mario Correa, placed second at the 24 Hours of Moab this year. It was a tough course–the first six miles served up some rocky terrain, so it was game on right away. Because we were going to do a lot…

Katie Compton, who currently rides for Planet Bike, crushed at the first round of the Cyclocross World Cup in Treviso, Italy, catapulting her to the commanding lead position in the latest UCI Cyclocross rankings, with 420 points, followed by Daphny van den Brand (280 points) and Chistel Ferrier-Bruneau (240…

Spanish cyclist Alberto Fernandez has been suspended for testing positive for EPO, an endurance-boosting hormone, reports Yahoo! Sports. It is said that Fernandez was targeted for further testing because of suspicious results from samples for his biological passport. It is unknown whether further…

I caught up with Breckenridge native Josh (“Toast”) Tostado after his 24 Hours of Moab National Championship Men's Solo title win. Racing is nothing new to this guy; whether in snow or dirt, Toast knows how to have a good time, even after visiting those dark places in the mind…

By Stephen Regenold Touted to be a “storm fortress” with a pedal-specific cut, the Cyclical Shell offers a solid waterproof/breathable top with a svelte look tailored for commuters and the urban single-speed set. It employseVent fabric, which is commonly used in outdoors- and mountain-oriented…

The UCI has come out with a 12-page response against the French anti-doping agency's earlier claim that Astana received special treatment in doping tests during this year's Tour de France. According to…

Lance Armstrong will race in the 2010 Tour of California, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. It will be his second consecutive race there; this time, as part of his newly…

UCI regulations introduced in July outlining a model ProTour team contract could affect which team Alberto Contador will ride for in the near future. Astana has missed the contract deadline for Contador, which leaves the Spaniard a…

By Stephen Regenold At $180, the Outlier 4Season OG Pants are a specialty productcreated for a small, affluent market niche. Essentially, these are “performancedress pants,” a unique hybrid for office workers who bike commute or activetypes who want a comfortable pair of pants to do double duty…

By Mary Catherine O'Connor This Saturday, October 24th, will be action-packed.Normally, this would not be news for Outside readers, for whom most weekendsare packed with biking, skiing, boating, etc. But this year, it's news. October24th is the much-anticipated international day of action, designed to…

My racing partner, Mario Correa, and I did the 24 Hours of Moab Championship Race. This venue is always full of surprises. Being so late in the year had its effects on me, no doubt, and I remembered the few times I did Moab previously: think beers and s'mores. This…

Alberto Contador and his team, Astana, are now ranked number one in the UCI world standings, VeloNews reports. Contador has 527 points, followed by Alejandro Valverde with 483 points and Samuel Sánchez with 357 points. Astana has 1,100 points,…

Interesting story from CNN today about the booming market for electric bikes. There were 200,000 of them sold in the U.S. alone last year. We still haven't caught up to Europe, where e-bikes are reportedly the fastest selling category in bike shops, or China, where there are…

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme unveiled the route for next year's Tour in Paris today. The 2,237-mile race will start in the dutch city of Rotterdam and wind through Belgium before taking a clockwise loop around Paris. The route includes six mountain stages, with three of those…

A recent study on cycling injuries presented at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons found that injuries at one trauma center had increased significantly over the past 11 years, reports Medical News Today. Even…

Organizers of the Tour de France unveiled the course for 2010 today, revealing that cyclists will be crossing the Pyrenees Mountains in next year's race, according to the Associated Press. Both Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador were present at the ceremony. The route planned for…

Prosecutors in Paris have launched a preliminary investigation into several teams who raced in the 2009 Tour de France after finding suspicious medical material, according to the BBC. The teams involved have not been named. The preliminary investigation, which is required by French law to determine…

Summer cycling season is ending. What would you recommend for winter riding clothes? Matt Clinton, CT

USA Cycling reports that the 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships as well as 24 Hours of Moab are expected to draw more than 4,000 athletes, support crew and spectators to Utah this coming weekend (Oct. 10-11).  Beyond the $24,000…

The athletic equipment that made the cut for our second annual celebration of the best in design and technology.

Lance Armstrong has signed a three-year agreement with Michelob ULTRA to become the beer's new spokesperson, according to VeloNews. Armstrong will appear in two new commercials for the company that are scheduled to air in 2010, and will also be a part of their new product packaging.

The tools and gadgets that made the cut for our second annual celebration of the best in design and technology.

Outside's guide to the best new concepts in gear, garb, human performance, and green.

“Race Across the Sky,” a documentary about this year's Leadville Trail 100, will premiere October 22. The event will feature a panel discussion with Lance Armstrong, his coach Chris Carmichael, and Dave Wiens, among others. Click…

Maybe. Denver will be the first city in the U.S. to launch a Paris-style bike-sharing program. A $50 annual membership gets you free use of bikes at drop-off stations around the city. Minneapolis, Boston, and Miami to follow. Huffington Post has the full story here. —John Bradley…

In his new travelogue, Bicycle Diaries (Viking, $26), celebrated musician/artist/writer David Byrne talks about rethinking cities around the bike—and reveals that one has been his primary mode of transportation for 30 years, both at home and abroad. JEREMY SPENCER picks the brain of the world's coolest bike-commuting advocate.

The easiest way to build fun and adventure into every day? Lose the car keys and ride your bike to work—and everywhere else. Herein you’ll find the knowledge, tips, bicycles, duds, and gear to pull it off in style. Saddle up!

CARRY-ON Ortlieb Back-Roller Classic Courtesy of Ortlieb Like to haul bigger loads, like a laptop, on a rear rack? Get ORTLIEB's grab-and-go BACK-ROLLER CLASSIC (pair, $165; ortliebusa.com), one of the toughest, and best-looking, waterproof panniers available. Check out 2009's best commuter bikes and our bike…

The easiest way to build fun and adventure into every day? Lose the car keys and ride your bike to work—and everywhere else. Here's how to pull it off in style. Saddle up!

Is there one singular multi-sport, multi-purpose helmet out there? I like to participate in most outdoor sports, kayaking, biking, ski/snowboarding, climbing, etc. Are there any multi-sport helmets that would work for all those sports? Having four different helmets seems like a waste. Ad Hood River, OR

This is very cool. The video needs to be edited down to about 25 percent of its current length. But the contest and the result are great. (Found via Lance Armstrong's Twitter feed) —John Bradley Twitter: johnwbradley…

I still use cages on the pedals of my Bianchi. I find it easier to get in and out of the pedals than clips. However, I cannot find shoes that are designed for cages. Do such shoes exist? Andy St. Paul, MN

What is the best storage case to protect my iPhone while kayaking/biking/running? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What is the best way to pack your bike for a flight? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

Healthy. That's the word we kept coming back to. And we don't mean a fit or skinny population; we're talking about a city's cultural vibrancy, economic well-being, and overall quality of life. Presenting our picks for the 10 best cities in America, from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Plus: Our 10 favorite small towns.

I?m a bike commuter of seven months, and fortunately those months have all been dry. Now monsoon season is upon us and I need a jacket to keep me dry on the way to the office, one that?s light enough to carry there when the rains come in the afternoon. Jacob Tucson, AZ

Exclusive galleries from two new books by Jan Heine: "The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles" and "The Competition Bicycle."

I just starting out on a bike and plan on cycling daily, both by the lake and around town. I was wondering how good Marin bikes are, particularly the Marin Kentfield FS? Is it comfortable for a woman, and what is the difference between 17 inch and 19 inch? Is this bike okay for a beginner? Thank you. Nancy Chicago, IL

Angry bike mechanics are going extinct. And that sucks.

Turns out your old PE coach was right. Yes, it hurts, but the new thinking about athletic pain is clear: Keep moving.

1. Mt. Borah Custom With seven-week turnarounds and minimum orders of just six pieces, Mt. Borah makes custom cycling gear easier than ever. Jerseys from $83; mtborahcustom.com 2. Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX The handmade CX can handle pressures up…

Ah, Mexico. Land of hot sand, cheap beer, and a foolproof cure for seasonal affective disorder: endless adventure.

Like nearly everything Crank Brothers makes, the new Cobalt XC mountain-biking wheels are as beautiful as they are high-performance. You’ll want to wash off the mud before you even hit the finish line ($1,000; crankbrothers.com).

The narrower nose and arrowhead shape of Selle San Marco‘s Mantra saddle were designed to minimize chafing ($260; sellesanmarco.com).   Sella San Marco Mantra Bike Seat…

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 Outside’s Matthew Fishbane.

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Flatten your bike tire on a thorn and you can patch the inner tube or swap in a new one—no problem. Damage the tire itself (say, by tearing your sidewall on a sharp rock)—much bigger problem. Here's a quick field solution to keep you on the roll.

I had to give up my truck, so now I’m looking for a bike rack for my car (for three bikes). I very short, so a roof rack probably won’t work. Do you recommend a hitch rack? Janice House Springs, Missouri

I'd like to get a bike to ride the Katy trail. I'm nearly 60 and haven't ridden a bike in years. Should I get a mountain bike or a hybrid? And do you have any suggestions for gear? Phyllis Rolla, Missouri

Our correspondent tests out one of the wackiest fitness hybrids yet: a full-body-throttling rower on wheels

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A maverick fashion mogul has assembled a team of cycling's most infamous riders. And wait till you hear how he plans to save the sport.

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My friend and I are very interested in going to watch the Tour of Flanders in Belgium. However, rather than ride along the course, we want to find a tour company to drive us around while we watch the race, hang out with the locals, eat frites, and drink beer. Do you have any suggestions? Thomas Hilal Los Angeles, CA

What is the best way to train for hills if you do not live in an area where there are hills? Thank you. Martin Indianapolis, Indiana

The Classic Powder Skiing Once you experience Alta's powder, you too will be an Altaholic ALTA SKI AREA, Utah: Not only does Alta get twice as much snow as less blessed resorts—it averages 500 inches—but its flakes are also lighter and drier. Maybe that’s why nearly 80 percent of…

WORKBENCH Fix a Flat A man doesn’t like to admit he’s never changed a bike tire. But there’s shame, and then there’s hiking ten miles when you could be riding. Let us help you avoid both indignities. Always carry…