Cycling Gear

I bike commute nearly 30 miles on most weekdays—and I hate wearing a backpack while I do it. Wearing one turns my back into a sweaty mess, obscures my high-visibility jacket or jersey, and can sometimes restrict circulation to tingling fingertips. So I instead have a rear bike rack and ride with a pannier that carries my…

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This year we asked AMC front- and backcountry experts across the Northeast to share what’s on their personal holiday wish lists. Perhaps not surprisingly, responses ranged from heavy reading to a ski-trail groomer and everything in between. Maybe you’ll find gift ideas below for the outdoor fans in your family—or for your own list. What…

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I bought it as a joke. And then last week the skies ripped open. Right when I needed to ride home. Rivers of water rushed down the bike lane. Darkness surrounded me. Traffic sprayed me. I rode, upstream, through flooded bike lanes and treacherously wet and low-visibility conditions. But I was wearing my freshly purchased…

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The climbing rope my husband, Pete, purchased in 1993 never saw a harness after 1998, but we still have several pieces of it around the house. It has kept kayaks fastened to car roofs, held drying laundry on camping trips, and even towed a stuck car. In the warm months, it is a makeshift tree…

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Outdoor enthusiasts with mobility impairments can now explore off-road, going where standard wheelchairs cannot. Developed by the Boston-based company GRIT, the Freedom Chair is propelled by a patented drive train of gears and levers. Unlike a push-rim wheelchair, which can waste up to 90 percent of a rider’s effort, the Freedom Chair operates more like a bicycle: The rider pumps the levers to go…

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A bicycle is widely considered to be the most efficient form of human-powered transportation in existence. Indeed, studies have shown that a bicycle drive train is able to transmit up to 98.6% of the rider’s energy output directly to the back wheel. Compare that to an average car, which only converts 14 to 30 percent…

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Mayors spend a lot of time thinking about roads, bridges, mass transit, and other systems that make cities livable. But when Boston University researchers surveyed 89 mayors last year, nearly 40 percent said that if they received a modest grant for extra infrastructure projects, they would spend it on parks or bike and pedestrian improvements….

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Got a bike? What about the right tires for your ride? Understanding the basics of tire sizing, tread selection, and a few other common features will help you choose wisely when it comes time to shop for replacement tires. Measure Twice Bike tire dimensions are indicated by two numbers, such as 26 x 2.0 or…

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When it comes to biking, you can never be too apparent to drivers on the road, especially at night. Reflectors, bike lights, and bright, high-visibility colors should all be no-brainers, but what if you want to announce your presence with an even more striking display? Here are three options to consider. Spin hypnotic color There’s one…

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Proper bike tire inflation is essential for the safety, comfort, and durability of your tires. A few key tips: Buy a floor pump with an integrated pressure gauge—an invaluable tool for proper inflation. Recommended pressure is listed on the tire’s sidewall and ranges from roughly 30 to 50 pounds per square inch (psi) for wide…

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