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Most bike tires feature a bead, the raised element around the inside edge that locks the rubber against the rim. Wider tires are measured in inches according to their bead-to-bead diameter and width, for example 26 x 2.0. Most adult-sized bikes use 26-inch tires, though 29- inch tires can be found on an increasing number…

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Alcohol stove fuel comes in two principal types: ethanol and methanol. Ethanol (ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol) is what we consume in beer, wine, and liquor. Pure ethanol burns the cleanest of any fuel, but is expensive and hard to find. Denatured alcohol (methylated spirits) is ethanol that has been rendered undrinkable (and thus exempt…

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To lace hiking boots properly, begin at the front of your shoe by cinching the laces over the top of your foot (the instep) just enough to prevent the front of your foot from sliding side-to-side. Do not overtighten them or you will begin to compromise circulation.  Once you reach above the instep, where the top…

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In more than 90 percent of bicycle fatalities, the rider was not wearing a helmet. Don’t become part of this statistic! Make sure your bike helmet fit is optimized to your noggin. It should feel snug but not uncomfortably tight and sit level on your head. The front should rest no more than one inch above…

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Chafing on the hips is a common problem, especially with heavier loads and for hikers whose hips have little or no curvature to support a waist belt.  To minimize potential pressure points, wear pants or shorts with a smooth waistband.  For extra padding and waistbelt support, tie a fleece jacket evenly around your waist.  To help…

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COVER PHOTO: BRIAN HORST AMC OUTDOORS MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Hills, Hollows, and Beyond: Backpacking the Susquehannock Trail System Rail-Trail Effect: On the Success of the Minuteman and Other Bike Paths Browse all features VIEW FROM AMC Leaders in Trail Work Browse all View from AMC VISTAS (NOW “CURRENTS”) Cottontail Conundrum Dissolution…

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A selection of fun, odd, and useful jargon for canoe parts and paddling: Air Lock: What happens if you try to lift a capsized canoe straight up. Bang Plate/Stem Band: A piece of reinforcement on the bow for extra protection against impacts and abrasion. Broach: Turn broadside to an obstacle, such as waves, wind, or…

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The difference between true north and magnetic north is known as the magnetic declination or variation. If magnetic north is west of true north—as is the case throughout the Northeast—it’s a west declination. If east, then it’s an east declination. To convert from a true bearing (one determined from a map, for example) to a magnetic…

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Approximately 5 million people in the U.S. have a bunion on one or both feet. Located at the base of the big toe on the side of the foot, this bony protrusion is often at particular risk for blisters. Here’s what you can do about it:  Purchase sufficiently wide hiking boots. They should not feel…

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One of the biggest drawbacks of smartphones is their limited battery life. To keep them running longer in the backcountry, consider the following:  Don’t leave GPS-powered apps running. Even with the screen off, these apps are still constantly tracking your location—and rapidly draining your batteries.  Turn off wi-fi and set your phone to airplane mode…

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