Outdoor Adventures

April 8, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: My E-bike

photo of blue ebike on lawn in front of water.

I fell in love with my e-bike while scrolling through my Twitter feed last summer. Someone shared a photo of the Tern electric bike and I knew I had to have one. With an electric assist and the ability to carry up to 440 pounds of cargo, I started thinking about all the things I […]

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April 2, 2021

Coming to a City Near You: New Mountain Bike Trails

Person riding bike with city in background.

Henry Aiyenero works at One City School, a charter elementary on the south side of Madison, Wisconsin. The school serves a diverse group of underprivileged students. When the pandemic hit last spring, classroom life switched to Zoom. No longer could Aiyenero sit beside the 6- to-10-year-olds and help them if they were struggling with a […]

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April 2, 2021

For Cyclists, E-Racing Mixes Competition and Equality

screen shot of women riders during first virtual Tour de France bike race

I am at the start line, sweat dripping down my temples. The countdown for today’s bike race, the Zwift Pro/Am Race Series, is on. Ten more seconds, then it’s full gas. I try to calm my race nerves and remind myself of all the training I put in. The banner drops, and off I go, […]

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March 31, 2021

Where Can I Ride My E-Bike on Federal Lands?

Person riding electric mountain bike

The Arizona National Scenic Trail spans 800 miles between Mexico and Utah and weaves through deserts, mountains, canyons, wilderness areas and national parks. One of 11 National Scenic Trails in the country, it is in the company of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. But unlike those two trails, the Arizona Scenic Trail […]

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March 30, 2021

REI Presents: Cycle of Ancestry

Mario Ordoñez-Calderón with bikepacking gear along Yucatan Peninsula bike route

“Cycle of Ancestry” is a film about Mario Ordoñez-Calderón, a first-generation Mayan American who bikepacks 1,500 miles through the Yucatan Peninsula to explore his cultural heritage and learn about how your roots can shape your future. CREW: Director, Cinematographer & Co-Writer: Ryder England Producer & Writer: Mario Jesus Ordoñez-Calderon Creative Director & Film Editor: Ari […]

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March 26, 2021

Gear I Hold Dear: My Camping Pillow

my camping pillow

I always thought that camping was supposed to be uncomfortable. Everything from abandoning four walls and a mattress to rubbing your heels raw from big miles in big boots to sticking to the plan even when the skies open requires some amount of resilience. I believed that part of the glory of backpacking is in […]

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March 15, 2021

How to Build Your Own Smart Indoor Bike

Smart indoor exercise bikes have been all the rage of late—and for good reason. These calorie-squashing workout machines bring professional-level cycling instructors and virtual cycling communities into your living room, giving you both a great workout and a chance to interact with (or compete against) other riders. But they tend to be expensive. Many run […]

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March 11, 2021

First Look: New Hiking Boots from REI Co-op

The secret is in the name. When Isabelle Portilla and her team of product designers and strategists began noodling on the idea of building REI Co-op’s first-ever footwear line, they went straight to the heart of the business: co-op members. “They told us they were ready for us to enter the footwear space,” says Portilla, […]

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March 10, 2021

The Perfect Kit: Leisure Biking

three people biking

There are days when you feel like suiting up in head-to-toe spandex and going as far and as fast as your bike will take you. And then there are days when you just want to feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair as you spin down the street. For the […]

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