Mountain Biking

Studded bike tires provide remarkable traction on snow and ice but don’t fully replicate the regular all-rubber grip you experience on dry asphalt. Think of riding with studs as the biking equivalent of walking on sand-covered ice. You can walk or bike as you normally would, but any abrupt or sharp turn can cause you…

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One of the biggest challenges of winter cycling is keeping your fingers from becoming icy popsicles of pain. Over a decade of winter bike commuting, I’ve tried multiple solutions—a whole universe of gloves, lobster claws, and mittens—and to date the best, warmest option I’ve found are Bar Mitts. Constructed from thick 5.5mm neoprene, Bar Mitts…

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The guy lives at the North Pole, where there’s no shortage of snow. Plus he’s got a team of flying reindeer to get him wherever he wants to go during the off-season. As the holiday season approaches its exhausting crescendo, you’ve got to wonder: What does the big man do to unwind post-Christmas? As the…

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Over time, dirt and body oils steadily permeate your sleeping bag and rain jacket, decreasing their warmth and breathability. Practicing some basic outdoor gear maintenance can extend the life of your equipment. Wash them once every season or two, depending on how often you use them. Apply leather conditioner to your hiking boots at least…

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As a hiker and road cyclist I saw mountain biking as a potentially perfect combination of the two, allowing me to cover more miles of swoopy single-track trail in less time than it takes to hike. The problem was, I fell a lot. And I couldn’t keep up with my friends, which led to stress…

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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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Rhode Island’s largest area open to mountain biking sits in between some of New England’s largest cities. The 14,000-acre Arcadia Management Area, tucked just off Interstate 95 near the Connecticut border, is less than 30 miles from Providence and can be reached from Boston, Hartford, and New Haven in less than two hours. Arcadia’s dense…

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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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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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