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Because demoing bikes and gear, exploring great locations, and celebrating afterward with new friends, craft beer, and music is way more fun than riding alone

Book a room and score perks, like a stargazing kit, bike-park access, or a hiking guidebook

Based on firsthand experience, the performance payoffs make the investment worthwhile

With so many great options out there, how do you pick the right one? Easy: at a demo event, like the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

Go ride a bike in one of these five up-and-coming singletrack meccas

I used to think these gatherings did nothing but clog local trails. But then I went to the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival and realized they're a hugely beneficial community event.

We love this town for its world-class trails, but it also caters to those who like to pedal in many other ways

Last December, 15 testers gathered for the annual Outside Magazine Bike Test, in which we select the rising crop of the coming year’s bikes and ride the bejeezus out of them to determine which are the most promising.

Jeremy Collins is something of a dirtbag Renaissance man. He’s put up bold first ascents in his home crag, northern Arkansas’ Sam’s Throne.

Among the benefits to hitting the trail in winter? No mosquitoes. But there are more!

I want to plan a rugged weekend in the Southwest with a group of my buddies. Some aren’t very outdoorsy, others are moderately experienced, and one could vanish for a week in the woods with nothing but a knife and dental floss and come back fatter and stronger. What would be a fun, not-too-cold adventure that would please everyone?

Saloons so good you'll take an adventure just to see them.

BEST: SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER, WHEN THE SAND IS COOL FIRST ENCOUNTER: Sun Spots I can’t tell you if we saw the sun set on the North Rim and rise on the South Rim or if the order was reversed. It doesn’t matter. What I remember is that I was seven…

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