Bike Touring

Just outside of Boston, the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway runs 10 miles from the quiet suburban town of Bedford to the bustling edge of Cambridge. I ride the length of this paved rail-trail nearly every weekday to work and back again—more than 6,000 miles to date, and counting. Beneath shady woods, alongside tranquil meadows, past landmarks…

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Leave it to the treacherous roads and drivers of Boston to inspire somebody to create a bicycle horn that sounds like a car horn—and is just as loud. The Loud Bicycle Horn That somebody is Jonathan Lansey, who invented the Loud Bicycle Horn, a 23-ounce decibel-pumping unit that mounts to your bike tube just below…

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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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You have likely heard of Google Glass, the futuristic, Internet-connected eyewear created by the search engine giant. Thing is, that’s just the highest profile example of a technology soon to appear in the world of outdoor recreation. This spring, Recon Instruments is releasing the Recon Jet, a pair of augmented reality sunglasses that displays real-time…

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Prior to breaking my wrist this winter cycling season, I had the opportunity to break in a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Gloves. Quick review: Warmest cycling handwear I’ve used. Fits large hands well. Worth considering for other cold-weather pursuits. Here’s the best snapshot of their capabilities: I left for an hour-long…

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On day three of my five-day bike tour, I stopped riding. Gravity and the south side of the Kittatinny Ridge had defeated me. I’d expected a day of uninterrupted, flat pedaling along the Delaware River. But small nuisances that don’t show on a map—that you wouldn’t even notice in a car—mounted. A bit of flood…

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