October 16, 2020

Good Gear: Protect Your Head and the Planet with a Helmet

Thousand

When lifelong cyclist Gloria Hwang heard that her friend had died in a head-first bicycle accident in New York City, she wanted to know one thing: Was he wearing a helmet? But as Hwang grappled with the loss of life, she already knew the answer. Her friend had skipped his helmet probably for the same […]

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September 30, 2020

The Perfect Kit: Gravel Biking

gravel biking

Autumn means cool weather, beautiful colors and a good chance to catch a quiet moment out in the mountains. A gravel bike can quickly get you to that small stand of aspens or that quiet brook far from the road and trailhead. But as great as solitude away from the crowd is, flat tires, changing weather […]

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September 26, 2020

First Look at the New Co-op Cycles CTY e-Bikes

Co-op Cycles CTY e2.2 Electric Bike

Since launching in 2017, Co-op Cycles bikes have been designed not just for our community but with them—a process REI calls cooperative design. This fall, with that same approach in mind, Co-op Cycles debuts its first-ever e-bikes with the new CTY e2.1 and CTY e2.2 models. In developing the new line of e-bikes, the co-op […]

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August 12, 2020

Which GoPro Camera Should I Get?

gopro hero8

Like most (all?) tech, action cameras keep getting better every year. So it used to be that the best available option was the newest model, but with last year’s releases of both the GoPro HERO8 Black and MAX cameras, adventurers have two current models to choose between. We’re here to help you make that decision. […]

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August 3, 2020

REI Presents: Pedal Through

"Pedal Through" film cast riding bikes through Oregon

The following article was originally published by Travel Oregon. Available to read here. Analise Cleopatra had never ridden a mountain bike before. The 29-year-old Portland filmmaker had never gone camping, either, and she suffers from long-term anxiety. Yet in September 2019, she embarked on a major adventure to push herself out of her comfort zone: […]

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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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