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Introducing the sleekest earth-friendly transportation since George Clooney dropped a hybrid engine in his Jaguar. ELLSWORTH’s THE RIDE is the first bike to incorporate the revolutionary NuVinci hub, which uses a series of tilting spheres to offer a seamless progression of pedaling options from easiest to hardest. Imagine having your…

I'm 51 years old and want to do long-distance rides down the Australia coastline. I can't decide between a cross or road bike (I've always had a mountain bike). What would be best for me? Becky Wollongong, NSW, Australia

I need a racking system for snowboards and skis that will also work for surfboards and bikes. I’m open to a trailer hitch system for the bikes, because I’m not sure I can lift my bike onto the car. I have a 2002 BMW 530. What do you recommend? Ann Culver City, California

...to travel smarter, go faster, dress better, eat right, work less, and play more.

If pro cycling is so dirty, why can't I make a clean break?

Who can resist a good mystery, the kind that leaves you both rattled and baffled? Certainly not us. So it's with sinister pleasure that we bring you 13 tales of unrighteous deeds, inexplicable vanishings, supernatural weirdness, and the stuff that nightmares are made of.

Italian cycling legend Ottavio Bottecchia's macabre end remains murky.

You trust Outside Online’s Gear Guy to answer all of your pressing questions about buying, using, and rehabbing gear. Now get his advice on the best buys for your friends and family this holiday season.

Japan's got more going for it than bright lights and temples—namely, some of the best places in the world to ski, climb, kayak, bike, and surf. Bow down to the wild, wild East.

Who says you need fossil fuels? Four adventurers—including Laird Hamilton, who paddled the English Channel—circle the globe under their own steam.

It's time to take a fresh look at how to make the most of your 48 hours of weekend freedom. From high-adrenaline blasts to ultimate Zen sessions, we've created 37 custom plans to match every mood. Start packing—your adventure starts Friday.

Do spinning classes help you burn fat quickly? John Smith Mii, FL

Here's how to ship your ride without snafus

Meet the Champions Club, an elite group of bike-crazy execs who are richer than Croesus, can hammer with Lance, and are donating millions to ensure a gold-plated future for U.S. cycling

Get the most out of long summer days with featherweight performance gear for running, riding, climbing, and hiking

Go-fast gear for your next adrenaline-fueled run-climb-bike-hike-paddle through the woods

After a breakout year, this native Colorado triathlete is ready for the world stage

From sleek and sexy road machines to mountain-taming single-speeds, the big news about this year's best bikes is trickle-down technology that makes cutting-edge performance accessible for every rider and any budget

For the best workout when cycling, is it best to pedal at a higher rpm in a low gear or a lower rpm in a high gear? What are the advantages of each? Somebody in... Chicago, IL

All it takes is one trip to change your life - and we've got 40 of 'em. Dreaming of close encounters with cheetahs or penguins? Want to climb a mountain in Peru? Experience an epic trek in China? One trip, one world - that's all it takes.

I like to road cycle, and a good workout for me is 35 to 60 miles per ride. My husband doesn't enjoy this. Do you know of any vacation spots where I can ride while my husband hikes and/or mountain bikes or can otherwise entertain himself? A spot where he can meet me at the end of my ride as we travel would also be nice. Denise St. George, Utah

Time to tune up that garageful of gear (we don't mean lawn chairs) and devote your next outing to full-throttle fun.

Window shopping is nice, but there's nothing like wrapping your fingers around the sharp, hard edges of a new pair of skis to spark the urge to give (or get). To help you savor the mood this holiday season we present the year's best bounty in all its lust-worthy forms. From the slickest bike to the toughest laptop, these are the gifts you'll want to have—a

Don't fix your dream ride with duct tape and twist ties. Keep it running smoothly with the ultimate home bike garage.

Dr. Bob Breedlove, 53, one of the country's top endurance cyclists and one of the sport's most beloved figures, died on June 23 while competing in the RAAM transcontinental bike race. Frequent Outside contributor Stuart Stevens trained and raced with Breedlove on several occasions and spoke with him just hours before his death.

I currently running but I also want the ability to hop on a bike and keep up. How hard is it to switch between biking and running? Phillip Escondido, California

How to see your stomping grounds as a concrete jungle.

A new test for bike saddles promises to protect you from getting numb or falling limp. Go nuts!

So, you have to ask, when it comes to the great outdoors, is anything OK anymore?

Outside magazine, Family Vacation Guide The Islands of Summer Where your only concerns will be what time the tide will turn and where you left your flip-flops Santa Catalina Island, California It may seem hard…

Outside magazine, October 1995 Leeward Islands By Matthew Joyce, Tom Morrisey   The islands of the Lesser Antilles' northern chain may share a location sheltered from prevailing northeasterlies, but that's about all they have in common. Name your sport, then pick your island.

Meet your secret muscles—and find out how these hidden assets can leverage your leap to peak performance

Wellness Secrets of Adventure Athletes

Beta-tested by Olympians and elite athletes, the wizardry of neuromuscular training will hardwire you for peak performance

California’s Skylonda Lodge Q: I like dried fruit, camping and bugs. My wife likes brie, soft beds and spas. Question: Where can we go in August where we can hike and bike by day, and have a full service resort at night? — Philip Cordova…

Rocky cliffs of the Italian Dolomites Q: Can you tell me anything about renting bikes in the Dolomites? My boyfriend and I love road biking, but we only want to spend 3-4 days on our bikes… any brilliant ideas as to specific areas to ride through?…

Grueling workouts are the only way to get ready for long-distance endurance, right? Wrong.

The year's most intriguing guided adventures

Of course they do—they get to trek with camels. But you can, too! We’ve got the COOLEST TRIPS, TOP TEN TRENDS, EXPERT ADVICE, AND BEST NEW PLACES TO GET LOST IN 2003. So what are you waiting for? Giddyup! Star…

Is a great beach more than a gazillion grains of sand mixed with sun and water? You bet. Here, the 15 best for families.

WARNING: If you are pregnant, or have kids of any age, read on. This report contains information guaranteed to provide you with the premier places to rest you head. Then rip it in the great outdoors with your wee ones. Access and Resources 888-502-9612 www.cheatmountainclub.com Ten…

The road less pedaled: storm clouds approaching in the English countryside Q: My son and I are planning to cycle the length of the UK in June, 2002, including Wales and Ireland if possible. I need to find out who might help me in planning the route.

We’ve learned a lot in a quarter-century of roaming the planet. This month, to kick off Outside‘s silver anniversary, we’ve chosen 25 bold, epic, soul-nourishing experiences that every true adventurer must seek out—from the relatively plush and classic to the cutting-edge and hard-core. All that’s left for you is the…

Are your workouts an exercise in solitary refinement? Supercharge your performance with a little help from your friends.

Nothing comes easy for the riders of the TOUR DU FASO, West Africa's tortuous answer to the Tour de France. Their bikes are beaters, the heat is infernal, la dysenterie is inevitable, and every year the locals get shown up by European interlopers looking to find an exotic thrill. But for Jérémie Ouedraogo and his teammates—proud citizens of the fourth-

Aussie arch: waves and rock off Port Campbell, Australia Q: My girlfriend and I are looking for a two-week winter trip in a warm climate. We are pretty strong bikers but would like beaches and hiking, too. Any thoughts? — Bram Weinkselbaum, Venice, California…

Me, myself, and bike on a 1,253 circumnavigation of the South Island

Rock-ride recipe: sun bathed cliffs and scrub at New Mexico’s Pajarito Plato Q: Where’s a good spot to go mountain biking near Albuquerque, New Mexico? Any suggestions for other types of outings in the area would also be appreciated. — Janet Washington, D.C.

Injury, pain, the psychology of recovery, and getting back on the trail

On Ireland's western fringe, the mystic highlands of Connemara hide an unexpected kingdom of adventure.

Train as hard as you want, but until you've tapped the secrets of top-notch form you'll be all go and no flow

How to pull off a bike tour on your own two wheels.

Beyond L.A.'s tangle of freeways, you can pedal, snorkel, and kayak your way to a truly great outdoor weekend.

Q: I’m traveling to Ireland with a friend next week who wants to spend some time on the Aran Islands. Is there anything to do there besides stare at the ocean (hiking? biking?)? Trail trimmings: a winding stonewall in the Aran Islands — Alex Cohen, San…

On the rough road in Uganda, where visions past and future clash, and all things flow from the mighty river.

Using cutting-edge techniques, three young mavericks set out to tackle one of the hardest routes in the Himalayas

So, feeling like a plunge down a Himalayan river, a race up the face of a Patagonian spire, or a ski expedition to the North (or South—that's O.K. too) Pole? Feeling a little scared? That's why we call them Tough Trips.

A corps of rock rats in a hurry is putting the pedal to the mettle in big-wall climbing

What gets the equivalent of 1,000 miles per gallon, doesn't pollute, will save the world, and transports you in breezy style? Your bike.

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