Cycle

January 29, 2020

Pioneering a New Way to Pay for Trail Building in Rural America

Two mountain bikers ride a trail in Athens, Ohio

Athens County in Southeastern Ohio could very well become Appalachia’s next mountain biking hub. At the heart of that potential lies the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail System, a proposed 88-mile network of singletrack that will weave through 9,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest. Few public roads bisect the Baileys tract, so for trail builders, […]

The post Pioneering a New Way to Pay for Trail Building in Rural America appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

January 1, 2020

How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps

A person stands on a rock overlooking Lake Tahoe near a mountain bike trail

Chris McNamara has ideas—big ones. A professional climber and writer based in South Lake Tahoe, California, he also has experience acting on them. Like in 1999, when he needed more beta on big wall climbs, he founded the forum SuperTopo and proceeded to write 10 guidebooks on the subject. The idea he’s working on now […]

The post How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

January 1, 2020

How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps

A person stands on a rock overlooking Lake Tahoe near a mountain bike trail

Chris McNamara has ideas—big ones. A professional climber and writer based in South Lake Tahoe, California, he also has experience acting on them. Like in 1999, when he needed more beta on big wall climbs, he founded the forum SuperTopo and proceeded to write 10 guidebooks on the subject. The idea he’s working on now […]

The post How to Get Trails Built In Three “Easy” Steps appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

December 30, 2019

How to Cycle Indoors

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our retail stores nationwide from March 16 through March 27. Learn more about that decision and review FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself […]

The post How to Cycle Indoors appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

December 27, 2019

How to Start Cycling Indoors—And Make It Fun

A little rain or snow doesn’t have to put the kibosh on outdoor bike rides. In fact, cyclists often discover that with the right gear (and attitude), wintertime riding can be plenty safe and enjoyable. But some days, even diehards decide they’d rather not brave the elements—and that’s when indoor cycling offers a fun alternative. […]

The post How to Start Cycling Indoors—And Make It Fun appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

December 19, 2019

The Case for Renting Ski Gear

Winter sports can feel downright difficult to pull off smoothly. You’ve got tough winter weather and heaps of gear to transport from one place to the next. (Have you ever tried stuffing a giant ski bag into a too-small rental car before? It’s not recommended.) Want a solution that makes that commute a little bit […]

The post The Case for Renting Ski Gear appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

November 26, 2019

More Women Than Ever Are Winning Endurance Cycling Events

In early August, 10 days, two hours and 48 minutes after setting out from the start line in Burgas, Bulgaria, 24-year-old German Fiona Kolbinger rolled into Brest, France, to win the seventh edition of the Transcontinental Race, one of the world’s premier self-supported, ultra-endurance cycling competitions. Kolbinger didn’t just top the women’s category. She won […]

The post More Women Than Ever Are Winning Endurance Cycling Events appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

November 18, 2019

Winter’s Arrival Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stop Riding 

The air is colder, the days are shorter and the leaves are changing colors. Take the cue and do some routine maintenance on your bike so you can keep riding through the winter. Slop, snow, frost, dirt and general dampness will do a lot more to your rig than make it dirty. Ignore them and […]

The post Winter’s Arrival Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stop Riding  appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.

November 12, 2019

Welcome to the Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia

It’s breakfast time at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway and the final day of the third annual Bikepacking Summit, a three-day grassroots event that’s equal parts summer camp and bikepacking seminar. Mulberry Gap co-owners Kate and Andrew Gates stand behind a counter flipping pancakes while greeting a steady stream of cyclists. “This is my dream […]

The post Welcome to the Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia appeared first on REI Co-op Journal.