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5 Best Fall Fragrances
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5 Best Commuter Mugs
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Friday, October 31st
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Seeing Through the Art

Viewfinder: The Art of Glass Blowing

For Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, the art of glass blowing is less than transparent.

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The Restaurant Issue

By JEREMY BERGER

Food has become a lot of things in recent years: a hobby, a fetish, a touchstone of cultural sophistication, molecularly presented, fresher and more delicious. Most of all, we’ve been riding a wave of interest driven by better restaurants with chefs and staffs who care about using real ingredients to make food that’s better than ever. And not just in big cities: the reign of Applebee’s and TGI Fridays in suburban strip malls is coming to an end. In this year’s Restaurant Issue, we take our annual survey of the 25 Best Restaurants in America, cook with star chefs, visit one of New York’s great pizza makers, read the best new cookbooks and more. No need for reservations. Your table is ready.

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All wound up

Timekeeping Selects: Hamilton Chrono-matic “B”

For the twelfth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re presenting a first-generation self-winding chronograph: the historic Hamilton Chrono-matic “B” ($3,400).

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Less Ralph Lauren, More Murderball

Photo Essay: Bike Polo in Seattle

Bike messengers are a rough lot. So it’s not surprising that they were the early adopters of hardcourt bike polo, a tougher take on cycle polo. We paid a visit to the Seattle Bike Polo club at Cal Anderson park in Capitol Hill for some body-checking camaraderie.

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A twisted, artful rabbit hole in Idaho

Postcard: Stumbling Into Freak Alley

Boise, Idaho, 9:28 a.m. A huge deformed potato leers from the side of a building, plastered on the brick like a perverted ad for Ore-Ida. But this spud only shills for Boise’s not-so-hidden oddity: Freak Alley Gallery, a collection of local artists’ whims, painted with vigor and a poppy-field vibrancy of colors throughout a series of side alleys in the city’s otherwise quiet downtown.

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Your checklist for a beefy LA lunch

Hunting LA’s Best Burgers

From the Archives: The city of Los Angeles is known for Hollywood stars, sprawling traffic…and gourmet burgers. Yes, that sandwich concoction that first appeared in the late 1800s has become a staple in the City of Angels. There are the obvious picks like Umami, Father’s Office, Apple Pan and of course In-N-Out; but a quick Yelp search for “burger” reveals almost 6,000 places to sit and enjoy ground meat on a bun. We spent a week seeking some of the lesser known but equally (arguably more) loved options.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: October 31, 2014

Today in Gear: BMW reveals the new X5 M and X6 M, Talja woodcarving kits, turkey-skin footballs, affordable duffles and more.

Thursday, October 30th
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Check, Check

USB Digital Microphones Are the Perfect Entry-Level Recording Tool

Aspiring podcasters and DIY rockstars in training, take note: you don’t need to go whole hog on a home studio to get your feet wet with home recording. All you need to get started is the right digital microphone.

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Logic Need Not Apply

God Bless the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

225 kilometers an hour? It’s 0.62, right? Why the hell can’t I figure it into miles? So 124 plus like 14 or 16 or…shit-shit-shit time to brake. Turns out mental math is a lot more difficult when solved howling down the main straight at Summit Point Motorsports Park in the most powerful sedan ever made.

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Steel frames, gravel roads and good wine? Per favore.

Photo Essay: Classic Bikes and Tuscan Vistas at L’Eroica

By JEREMY BERGER
Photo by JEREMY BERGER

The scenery is just one of the things that’s made L’Eroica one of the greatest organized rides in the world since Giancarlo Brocci founded it 30 years ago to help preserve the strada bianche, or white sand and gravel roads of Tuscany.

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Vintage gear for old Italian roads

The Handsome, Throwback Magic of Italy’s L’Eroica Bike Race

In 2014 bike parlance, L’Eroica is the ultimate gravel grinder, a 38-204 kilometer ride along the strade bianche (“white roads”) of Tuscany, Italy, with ascents steep as 23 percent grade and sketchy, sandy downhills as a reward for the hard work. Unlike the Dirty Kanza, though, you won’t find riders toeing the line in Gaiole in Chianti with carbon bikes, electronic shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. L’Eroica’s done old school.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 30, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the heretic of bike fitting, an inflatable jacket, bacon-wrapped trout and more.

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A Quick Survey of 8 Boot Styles

Fall’s 22 Best Boots

From the Archives: While shoes are busy arguing semantics in a boardroom, boots are out in the garage welding shit. Shoes spend their weekend shanking golf balls while boots are going over, around and through every surface on earth. Boots have long belonged to the movers and shakers of history, and dammit if they’re not going to keep going. We picked 22 of our favorite boots over 8 types to keep every man moving.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: October 30, 2014

Today in Gear: An affordable commuter bike, the fastest produdction Audi ever, Filson’s new Restoration Department, and more.

Wednesday, October 29th
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A Wicked Ride in the Western Sierras

Viewfinder: James Kelly’s Downhill American Dream

For most people, the American dream is owning a nice house or making a comfortable living. James ‘The American Dream’ Kelly lives a little differently — his dream involves whipping by traffic at 50 mph on a skateboard.