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They don’t need to be huge—just big enough to store all your gear and all your dreams

Initially, Andres was all about adrenalin—downhill, drops, roots, ruts, berms, rock ‘n' roll. But Bea was more intrigued with the mythical side of mountain biking: the soul of the trail.

At the most recently declared national park, the adventure starts and ends with the 1,000-foot-deep New River Gorge. The 73,000-acre stretch of rugged canyon in West Virginia is home to Class IV+ whitewater rafting, some of the best rock climbing on the eastern seaboard, purpose-built singletrack, and more than 100 miles of hiking trails that capture this dramatic part of the country.

Riding kit is expensive. Here’s how to keep it looking, smelling, and performing its best.

Beta tests this year’s newest mountain-bike offerings

A bevy of mapping apps exist to track and plan trips for different outdoor activities. Here’s the best one for running, cycling, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and skiing.

How to buy your first bike, grill, paddleboard, sleeping pad, and more

Six lady shredders, sizes 4 to 16, tried nearly all of the mountain-bike overshorts on the market to find the ones that truly fit, flatter, and perform

“The M.U.L.E. carries its share for big adventures,” wrote our 2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide cycling gear testers. “The 14-liter pack features an included tool roll, a dedicated slot to carry an e-bike battery, and a new ventilated back panel.”…

There you are, at the bottom of a hill, on foot, or on your bike, or on skis, ready to start up. But are you really ready? Here are a few strategies you might consider. 1. Choosing More Pain for Less Time by Going Faster over Less Pain for More…

A few choice words on how to not be an A-hole on the trail

During the height of the pandemic, bike sales and participation flourished—and things don't appear to be slowing down. Here's what you need to know to kick off your cycling season.

When it comes to summer spins, a light, breathable kit can make all the difference

Five clever field repairs that can salvage your day out on the trails

A genre-defining trail bike is now even more versatile—and even more fun

Why this long-time cyclist is still in love with mechanical

Outdoor athlete Alex Showerman spent years trying to escape a secret about herself, only to crash headlong into it

In New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, local stewards have banded together to persuade private landowners to allow access to backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and other kinds of outdoor recreation

Carefree pedaling starts with a great kit

Our favorite new kit for two-wheeled adventures

These quick-change sunglasses are some of our favorites for cycling. The glasses come with two interchangeable lens options that switch out with magnetized clamps. The ChromaPop lenses provide sharp, high-contrast color definition to keep you seeing clearly on the bike.

‘Girls Gotta Eat Dirt’ isn’t your typical #inspirational stoke video

This isn’t just a film about three best friends riding bikes in Silverton, Colorado. It’s the story of everything that happens in between.

It’s an affordable piece of gear that makes rides more carefree

It provides climbing and descending performance in equal parts

Tested for style and durability, these tops can handle anything coming down the trail

The best way to refuel after a perfect day of adventure? With your crew at one of these ideally located watering holes.

Cyclist and explorer Kate Leeming ventures across Namibia's Skeleton Coast in this series

Wild Rye makes some of our favorite women’s MTB apparel. “Wild Rye nailed the stretchy-durable balance here: the Freel moves just right in the saddle, but the fabric isn’t so thin that an errant piñon will shred it,” our tester wrote in our 2019…

With light as the theme for this film, Kilian Bron guides us through Cappadocia, Turkey, in a way that will make your jaw drop

By the age of 14, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys. Athlete Jaime Hill is working to keep girls inspired.

Whether you’re after a beachfront campsite, some good juju, or a cabin built for mountain bikers, we’ve got a spring travel deal for you

Earning an FKT on West Highland Way is no small feat, as it boasts a meaty 10,351 feet of climbing, parts of which require a hike-a-bike

In her quest to master a quintessential cool-kid trick, Outside contributor Kim Cross found the sweet spot at the crossroads of work and play

This view is mind-blowing, but one wrong move could send most riders careening down hundreds of feet

Landmark Trailworks has carved out what is arguably one of the world’s most renowned bike parks

Totally normal ways to keep the conversation moving

Everyone says modern lids are better than ever. But because of outmoded testing and unreliable information, it's never been harder to figure out whether that's true.

Activity and sales data suggest that there are still more cyclists than ever before

The mountain-bike community needs to focus less on access and more on climate change

It's never too cold to ride outside. (Well, almost never.)

Sarah Sturm was searching for a purpose beyond competing and found it through coaching young women

This 100-mile trail, normally ridden in multiple days, has turned into a one-day challenge

Keep the adventures going through the changing seasons with these smart staples

Hot wax isn't just for skis. Using it can result in a cleaner, longer-lasting drivetrain with less maintenance.

New technologies and better materials have enabled a few willing brands to make bikes with big wheels and extra-small frames feel nimble and fast

Eduardo Arruda shows us why trail building and mountain biking helps him live life to the fullest

You can tell a lot about a person by the bike they ride

Makeovers of these fan favorites are worth a spin

Outdoor brands are creating face coverings designed for exercise and outdoor activities like biking and running. Do you need them, and do they work? We break it down.

'Common Ground,' narrated by photographer Jimmy Chin, reminds us that turning a passion for the outdoors into action requires a plan

From trails to post-ride tacos, the decorated Mountain Bike World Cup champ shares her favorite Northern California spots

Mountain-bike world-famous slickrock at our 62 Parks Traveler's 14th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park in a year

The graphic artist, writer, and mountain biker wrote a poem about her complicated definition of racism

It took 16 riders several weeks—and countless laps—to find the most comfortable, protective, and versatile lids for downhill, cross-country, and everything in between

Last month the fitness giant tightened its paywall and announced it was recommitting to core users. Here's what has to happen for that to work.

Santa Cruz Bicycles celebrates the launch of its latest full-suspension ride, the 5010, by bringing back something truly retro

The company's brand-new SB115 evolved from its super-capable SB100 cross-country model. The latest rendition is even more versatile and well suited to being an everyday trail bike for many.

In his test of the Journey Hydration Pack series, our tester wrote: “Ultimately, the Journey packs offer a comfortable ride, which is exactly what you want from a bag when you’re flying down singletrack.” The Journey includes an insulated bladder system, so if cold water on your ride is…

We included this mountain-bike shoe in our roundup of the best gifts for cyclists because it’s stylish, functional, and comfortable. We especially like the grippy Stealth S1 rubber for sticking to flat pedals while on rough trails. Plus, the suede-and-mesh upper looks good enough around town during off-the-bike adventures.

This shoe is stylish enough for around town but has the technical chops for charging down singletrack. The dot-rubber Stealth Phantom outsole is key for gripping flat pedals even on bumpy rides and is non-marking, so you don’t have to worry about them messing up floors inside. Plus, the shoes…

The professional mountain biker has never made race a platform. But amid the protests against racial injustice, he opens up about being Black in a predominantly white sport, the challenges he's faced on and off the track, and what we can all do to address bias in the outdoor community.

Breathability and grip are the focus of the Air, both of which are key when you’re shredding singletrack. The upper is designed from a Lycra mesh that keeps things cool, while the palm benefits from sticky synthetic leather. Just don’t buy a pair expecting extra cushion, because there’s no padding…

'Working Woman's Trans BC Enduro' follows two cyclists as they prepare for a six-day mountain-bike race in the Kootenay Range

This shoe was one of our favorite pieces of men’s cycling gear in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The AM7s don’t get major points for style, but the comfortable fit more than made up for it. With a moderately still midsole, we found the shoe ideal for a few…

With states across the country experimenting with phased reopenings, here's what the rest of the summer could mean for outdoor adventure

For those unfamiliar with northwest Arkansas, the region is quickly making a name for itself as a paradise for both road and mountain bikers

This task might seem daunting, but it's actually quick, simple, and cheap to do at home

This was the most exciting mountain-bike category of our test

The inside scoop on the locations for the 2020 Outside Bike Test

'Vision's Path' profiles mountain biker and trail builder Henry Lanman​​​​​​​ on his quest to create the ultimate trail

Trail machines are more versatile than ever

What we learned from riding the best bikes of the year

Yes, it involves nonstop time in the saddle, lots of beer, and plenty of technical jargon

These innovative whips rode to the top of the heap