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July 29, 2019

First Look: Riding the new Co-op Cycles DRT 3.2

In late 2016, REI announced a complete revamp of its cycling program, including a new flagship bike brand, Co-op Cycles. The move signaled the company’s desire to up both the caliber of its cycling offerings and its credibility in the bike market. “We heard from our members that we have to make bikes and bike […]

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July 22, 2019

The Hometown Hero for Mountain Bike Trails in Wilmot, Wisconsin

“I’ve been living in a mosquito net fixing culverts all week,” said J.T. Robinson over speakerphone through the aforementioned mesh headwear. “But I get to leave early today to meet some volunteers to work on mountain bike trails at Silver Lake.”  Robinson was unceremoniously digging through mud, managing trail erosion and dodging West Nile in […]

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July 19, 2019

Shifting Focus

Heading up the bike trail.

he barn where Amanda Seigle and Devon Beam live is tucked behind several fenced-in properties at the edge of a secluded neighborhood in Flagstaff, Arizona, near the base of Mount Humphries. Ponderosa pines line the dirt driveway, and the high desert sun sneaks through the towering trees to warm the clearing. It’s a little over […]

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July 17, 2019

Do I Need Cycling Socks?

Cycling Socks

If you enjoy riding your bike but don’t consider yourself a hard-core cyclist (yet), you might wonder if you need cycling-specific socks. Can’t I just wear basic workout socks and be done with it? Yes, you absolutely can. But, just as there are welcome details like subtly padded zones in hiking socks, certain characteristics in […]

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July 5, 2019

Tidy Up Your Gear Storage

Use a rod to hang jackets, packs and other gear.

I’m just your average hiker/backpacker/dabbling cyclist/SUP enthusiast/occasional car camper. Sound familiar? If you’ve caught the multisport bug like I have, then you probably have enough gear to not only tackle any activity, but to outfit your friends, too. You also probably have a gear closet, garage, shed or storage area that could benefit from some […]

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July 1, 2019

The Complicated Story Behind Bike Helmet Safety

It’s obvious why we wear helmets while riding a bicycle. Research shows that cycling is responsible for more head injuries than any other sport or recreational activity. So even though we don’t intend to crash on our bike when we start pedaling, a helmet is an assurance that if we do crash, a layer of […]

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June 27, 2019

Ayesha McGowan’s Inner Struggle

Ayesha McGowan leans on the handlebars of her bike while wearing a helmet, glasses, and a bike jersey

On the first day of 2015, Ayesha McGowan published a to-do list on her blog, “A Quick Brown Fox.” On her list:  Get more women/women of color on bikes Upgrade to Category 2 Finish Top 5 in any given Track Crit Win another State Championship Race in a state I’ve never been to before Spend […]

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June 24, 2019

U.S. Mountain Bike Organization Gets More Kids On Bikes—But Aims for More Equity, Diversity

Demonte Cosby rides his mountani bike on a trail through a dense green forest

At first, Demonte Cosby did not like mountain biking. It was 2015. Cosby was 13 years old and living in a public housing unit in Richmond, Virginia. He was used to traditional team sports. He’d tried swimming, basketball, soccer, football and baseball, but he said he never felt entirely engaged with the activities or the […]

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June 20, 2019

Asheville’s Best Mountain Biking Isn’t Where You Might Think

A cyclist makes their way through thick, green brush on a mountain bike with a blue sky in the background

Asheville’s best flow trail is hidden under three feet of tall grass and briars. That’s what I decide as I ride Alexander Mountain Bike Park, pedaling through patches of thick brush that lead to a few hundred yards of butter-smooth trail before succumbing to more grass and thorns. It’s frustrating, slow-paced riding because of the […]

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