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Category Archives: Biking

The Marshall Fire Swallowed Up My Bike Trail. But Life Is Slowly Coming Back to It.

My first lap on Colorado’s Dirty Bismark Trail after the Marshall Fire tore through it on December 30, 2021, took place on a sun-soaked, windy morning, eerily similar to the day of the blaze. As I passed through the first trailhead gate, I was flooded with anxious anticipation mixed with fear of what I’d see—or […]

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You Should Ditch Your Old Sandals for Bedrocks. Trust Me.

This article is part of Outside’s Sandal Battle. Vote for your all-time favorite here. Like clockwork, every five years or so, an ugly sandal gets its wings. In 2012, Céline sent models down a Paris runway in fur-lined Birkenstocks. Sales of the hippie-lite footwear doubled. Then, in the late teens, practical Tevas started showing up […]

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Why Cyclists Can Handle Heat Better Than Runners

Something is always lost in translation from the lab to the real world—a fact that’s captured in the concept of “ecological validity,” the extent to which the conditions in an experiment match those you’d encounter in the wild. One way around this problem is to skip the lab entirely and search for patterns in naturally […]

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Hot Take: Bike Companies Should Keep Doing What They’re Doing

Bike companies get a lot of crap. Mostly, they get it from their own customers, who complain about things like increasingly expensive products and ever-changing component standards. With regard to the latter, the go-to example is generally the bottom bracket, which in recent years went from a relatively simple threaded affair to a creaky bulbous […]

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Testing Nine Mountain Bikes Under $3,500

Thanks to the crazy world of mergers and acquisitions, Outside Interactive, Inc. now has many of the most experienced bike nerds, shape throwers, and gear snobs under one roof—the Pinkbike Field Test is back, in conjunction with Beta. And, yes, we’re hosting a portion of the goods from the test on Outside, with exclusive access […]

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Is Fox’s New Live Valve 1.5 System Ready for Prime Time?

The Fox Live Valve was officially introduced to the mountain bike world in 2018, but the rumor mill around Fox developing an electronically controlled suspension system started churning years before then. Fox delayed the release of Live Valve for so long that by the time it landed, the buzz around it had already faded. And […]

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Cuyahoga Valley Is One of America’s Great Underrated National Parks

63 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road, practicing COVID-19 best safety protocols along the way. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and […]

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