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Category Archives: Biking

The Illusion of Progress in Sports Technology

A few years ago, I spent a week cycling through the Italian and French Alps with a deluxe tour group whose selling point was a pre- and post-ride dose of electric brain stimulation. Protocols were based on what the Bahrain Merida cycling team was trying at the time, zapping neurons to enhance performance and recovery. […]

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First Ride: The 2023 Santa Cruz Tallboy Gets Updated, Not Overhauled

This article was first published by Pinkbike.com. For Santa Cruz, the previous generation of the Tallboy was a bike that became something of a cult classic. It seemed to resonate with nearly everyone that rode it, inspiring all sorts of unique custom builds, some of them focused on eking out as much downhill performance as […]

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Opinion: The Pace of Change in the MTB World is Slowing Down, and I’m All For It

What comes next in the world of mountain bike technology? That’s a question I’ve found myself asking lately, since it seems like the frenetic pace of change in the mountain bike world has slowed down a little. It’s hard to say if this adjustment period would have been as noticeable without the pandemic—supply chain shortages […]

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gravel Cycling (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Everybody understands the appeal of riding a bike, but when it comes to competitive cycling, many Americans are baffled or indifferent. What is the allure of bike racing, anyway? Is it the grandeur of the Tour de France? The raw adrenaline of downhill mountain bike racing? The human dog track that is velodrome racing’s Keirin? […]

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As E-bikes, Scooters, and Onewheels Become More Popular, Cyclists are Getting Squeezed Out

There was a time when riding a bike in the city was simple, if a bit dicey. There were cars, and there were traffic lights. You avoided the former, you ignored the latter, and if you were lucky you managed to stay alive. What could be easier? Today, things are a lot more complicated. In […]

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My Doctor Prescribed Medication to Lower My Cholesterol. I Used My Bike Instead.

They say love can be everlasting, but this little saga began with my wife impatiently imploring me to get more life insurance. After spending the first two years of the pandemic off the bike—for reasons I’ll explain soon—I had begun to ride a bit around Los Angeles, a city with limitless sunshine, spectacular canyon roads, […]

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The Gear a Non-Bike Racer Used to Race 142 Miles

I recently trained for and raced the Steamboat Gravel Black Course, a 142-mile grind in the ranchland and mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I only had six weeks to train for the race, which worried the hell out of my cycling coach, Matt Cramer, partner at the United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy. His advice with […]

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Why You Should Buy an E-bike Instead of an Electric Vehicle

Even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused oil prices to shoot up, electric vehicles were having a moment. The ad lineup for the Super Bowl is a reasonable barometer of automakers’ priorities, and for the 2022 game, six companies, from Chevy to newcomer Polestar, ran commercials featuring electric vehicles (up from just one last year). […]

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Lachlan Morton Is Riding the Colorado Trail to Honor Kenyan Cyclist Sule Kangangi

Australian pro cyclist Lachlan Morton is riding the 539-mile Colorado Trail this week as a way to honor his late friend Suleiman “Sule” Kangangi, of Kenya, who tragically died in August while racing the Vermont Overland gravel race. Morton set off on the famous route across the Colorado high country on Tuesday, September 6. He […]

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