January 14, 2019

Rebuilding Appalachia

Prior to 2012, Anniston, Alabama, was about as far away from a mountain bike destination as a community could get. Located in the northeast quadrant of the state at the southernmost tip of the Appalachians, Anniston was mostly remembered as the site of one of the most high-profile environmental injustices in the nation. Between 1929 […]

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January 3, 2019

How to Visit and Explore Patagonia

Tents sit in front of jagged spires in Patagonia.

n paper, Patagonia is simply a region. A 260,000-square-mile expanse of land that covers the southern half of both Chile and Argentina as they narrow into nothingness at the bottom of the globe. But in person, Patagonia feels like a test lab for adventure, where every possible environmental variable has been turned up to 11. […]

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January 3, 2019

New Study Reveals Why Biking Is a Healthy Form of Transportation

bike commuter on a bridge

Is there something about riding your bike that makes you feel better? Well, it turns out science may validate your experience. An article recently published in Environmental International suggests that those who use a bicycle as a form of transportation may maintain higher levels of self-perceived health than drivers, walkers and public transportation users and […]

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December 19, 2018

After the Blaze, A Trail’s New Beginnings

Editor’s note: Trails are just one part of a community that must be cared for after a wildfire. This article focuses on the efforts communities in California have taken to rebuild trails following the Valley and Thomas fires in 2015 and 2017. REI is also contributing to efforts to help support the lives of those […]

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December 17, 2018

Mountain Biking: A Glossary of Terms

Mountain bikers can be difficult to understand. They use a coded lexicon that sounds like some combination of jargon and birds of paradise mating calls. I’ve been hanging around mountain bikers for the past decade and I’m still adding permutations to the endless inventory of synonyms for “stoked.” This is not a comprehensive guide. But […]

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December 7, 2018

Wheel Love for the Trail

Two mountain bike riders standing by their bikes

Not all mechanical problems can be fixed on the side of the trail, but in many instances, mountain bikers can find a homespun solution to limp their bikes home without incident. Utah-based mountain bike guides Shaun Raskin and Weston Deutschlander of Inspired Summit Adventures are particularly invested in keeping their clients’ bikes rolling. “Reviews tend […]

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December 7, 2018

How to Travel and Explore Tuscany

Tuscany life.

Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is world famous for its wealth of art and architectural gems, superb red wines and farm-to-table cuisine. It’s one of the most-visited places in Italy for these reasons, but there are also wild areas—from its Mediterranean coast to its hills and mountains—where active travelers can find adventure.   […]

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November 19, 2018

Jenny Kallista Learned to Change a Flat Tire at Age 8. Now She Trains New Mechanics

Jenny Kallista, the 45-year-old founder of the Appalachian Bicycle Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, cranked out her first pedal strokes at 4 years old. She mastered how to change a flat at age 8 under her dad’s direction at home in Illinois. Then, as a teenager, she asked a bike shop for an apprenticeship. Her […]

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November 8, 2018

Four Lesser-Known Destinations to Ride This Winter

Just because winter weather is arriving doesn’t mean that mountain bike season is over. On the contrary, many regions in the south remain snow-free with miles of trails that are rideable year-round and just now starting to hit their prime. These areas can be hot in the summer, but in the winter, mild temperatures yield […]

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