mountain biking

July 31, 2020

How to Ride Your Bike Like a Kid Again

11-year-old on a bike going over a ramp

My manual needs work. Watch a biker who can perform a good manual, where the front wheel of the bike stays off the ground in a perpetual wheelie, and it’s a thing of beauty—like that biker is toying with the natural laws of gravity. When I attempt this trick, it’s short-lived, a few seconds on […]

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July 31, 2020

This Badlands Race Isn’t Canceled

Maah Daah Hey

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly.   his year hasn’t been kind to race organizers (or anybody else, for that matter). Major foot races like the New York City and Chicago Marathons, and bike races like the USA Cycling […]

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July 28, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Mountain Biking

mountain biking

It’s prime time for mountain biking. Around much of the country, the weather has warmed up, the dirt is tacky and the trailheads are reopened. So, whether you’re new to mountain biking of the local King of the Mountain, hit the pedals and enjoy. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite items to shred this […]

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June 7, 2020

Uncommon Challenge: Shifting Gears

bike commuting

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  y bike tottered. My screaming quads and rasping lungs made their opinion very clear: No gear was low enough for this hill. I was biking through SeaTac, Washington, on my way from Seattle to REI Headquarters in Kent, where I’d started working […]

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May 15, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Road Biking

road biking

Editor’s note: Most REI stores are temporarily closed. Read the new letter from our CEO explaining our COVID-19 response, including new services and store reopenings. For more information, review our FAQs. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow local guidelines regarding travel, and check access to outdoor spaces […]

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May 7, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Go Biking with Your Kids

kids bikes

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we temporarily closed our retail stores nationwide. For more information, review our FAQs. 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 and others during social distancing. Follow local […]

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April 2, 2020

How to Mountain Bike in Tucson

Tucson Mountain Biking

Sunny Tucson, Arizona is famous for its giant, sculptural saguaro cacti—and for good reason. But did you know the city is also surrounded by five different mountain ranges ripe for riding? So whether you're downtown or down the road, here’s how to get the best of the city's massive trail network while on two wheels.  Sample Both […]

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March 31, 2020

Easy DIY Home Bike Maintenance: How to Clean Your Drivetrain

A close up image of the drivetrain on a road bike

Looking for new ways to spend time while responsibly sheltering at home? This productive task has the added benefit of helping you prepare for your next fresh-air excursion. Plus, it helps keep important components of your bike—your chain, chainrings and cassette—in good working order. Here’s how.     Set up your bike and gather your […]

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March 24, 2020

Biking and Mining In Arizona’s Borderlands

From my vantage point on the road to Montezuma Pass in southern Arizona, I can see a faint, rust-colored line in the sand 1,500 feet below that delineates the border between the United States and Mexico. Just 25 miles earlier, I practically rode my bike into Mexico at the ghost town of Lochiel; amid the […]

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