May/June 2011

There are a lot of different blister prevention and treatment products out there for your feet. There’s only one problem: All of them must stay in position to protect the blister or hot spot. The best blister product on Earth won’t do your chafing heel any good if it slips off and ends up on…

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May, the merry month of flowers and warm days and lengthening daylight, is National Bike Month. With summer just around the corner, it’s a great time to think about bike safety for children. Tom Ebersold leads about 30 bike trips a year for AMC’s Connecticut Chapter, several of them geared for families with children. He…

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Before I was actually a mother, Mother’s Day was one of my favorite days of the year. In the Pacific Northwest, where I lived then, I spent the second Sundays in May hiking up post-eruption Mt. St. Helens in a party dress with a group of similarly dressed friends, skis stuck into our packs. When…

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Bike locks come in only a handful of basic designs. Now an inventor in Tewksbury, N.J., has introduced a radical titanium rethink of the entire genre: the TiGr lock. The TiGr lock is an ultralight titanium band long enough to secure your bike frame and both tires to a post or other object up to…

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Backpack styles have proliferated in recent years, creating a dizzying rainbow of high-tech, specialized designs in all shapes, sizes, and weights. Today’s packs are often created for very specific activities. A growing spectrum of load-carrying technology is used. Lightweight and ultralight styles are increasingly common. An astonishing range of fit adjustments are available. And recycled…

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When the Appalachian Mountain Club decided to erect a mountain hut at Madison Spring in 1888, club officials called it “the most considerable single undertaking on which the Club has yet ventured.” Construction ran over budget, with a final cost of $739.50, but by February 1889 the structure was ready for its first overnight guests….

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Bicycles are simple. Two wheels on a metal frame adorned with handlebars, saddle, and a bunch of gears. Yet these basic elements can be configured in a multitude of ways, creating a diverse bicycle kingdom for every pedal-powered activity under the sun. So which bike species should live in your garage? DID YOU KNOW? More…

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