James Wood & Sons

Postcard: The Oldest Barbershop in Edinburgh

2:30 p.m. GMT | Edinburgh, Scotland -- That’s what the guy in the shop selling scarves told us, anyway: that James Wood & Sons, Wood’s for short, was the oldest place to get a cut in Scotland’s capital city.

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A Good Rummage Is Hard to Find

Postcard: Glasgow’s Barras Market

The Glasgow Barrowland Market, aka Barras Market, was meant to be a destination, a must-see stop our tour of Glasgow, the gem of the East End. We found something slightly different.

An Adventurer's Breakfast

Postcard: Full Scottish Breakfast

I go to bed each night thinking: I’ve eaten plenty, and tomorrow I’ll have a light, healthy breakfast. Yet here I am, eating my third or fourth full Scottish in as many days.

Carving a Winner

Prepare A Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey, Like a Pro

The Thanksgiving turkey is the one dish each year that’s make or break, and it’s all yours. Get the turkey right and you'll be giving warm handshakes and sipping bourbon all night; dry it out and you’ve brought a dark cloud over the extended family. The good news is, roasting the big bird is easier than running the fumblerooski against the in-laws -- and that works every year. To find the most direct route to turkey perfection, we consulted with chef Harold Moore for his foolproof recipe.

In [hot] vino veritas

Mulled Wine, 3 Ways

Mulled wine is the perfect drink for the holiday season: just pleasant and alcoholic enough to warm everyone up, but not like handing out rounds of high-octane Manhattans that could turn Thanksgiving dinner into an episode worthy of Jenny Jones. We tapped the expertise of Jane Elkins, former and current barkeep at some of New York City's best cocktail haunts, for three variations of mulled wine, each rooted in tradition and brushed up with ingenuity from behind her bar.

Fully-Loaded Underwear

Athos Apparel

Athos' electromyography sensor-laced compression clothing brings something fundamentally new to wearable biosensors, reminding us that we’re not on our way for a sci-fi world in which data streams from our shirts, shorts, sports bras, baby onesies and boxers -- we're already there.

The Best Running Shoes

Sketchers GOrun Ride 4, La Sportiva Bushido, Inov-8 F-Lite 235

Variety is generally endorsed as spice of life when it comes to things like food and sexual positions, but it’s mostly been ignored in the world of running shoes. In our view, there is no single pair of shoes that’s ideal for running or working out; there are shoes for different kinds of terrain and different workouts, and these are the three we liked best in 2014.

Your Bike is Now a Robot

Copenhagen Wheel

In an increasingly robust e-bike market, the Copenhagen Wheel brings something new to the table beyond the typical beefy bike with a motor.

Cider Comes of Age

Aaron Burr 2013 Mamakating Hollow Homestead Cider

Of all the ciders we tasted this year, Aaron Burr Cidery’s 2013 Mamakating Hollow Homestead Cider was the most exciting, a 500ml bottle if of nectar that connected us to Colonial America and gave us nice little buzz, too.

Carving a Winner

The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

From the Archives: The Thanksgiving turkey is the one dish each year that’s make or break, and it’s all yours. Get the turkey right and you'll be giving warm handshakes and sipping bourbon all night; dry it out and you’ve brought a dark cloud over the extended family. The good news is, roasting the big bird is easier than running the fumblerooski against the in-laws -- and that works every year. To find the most direct route to turkey perfection, we consulted with chef Harold Moore for his foolproof recipe.

Americana in a bottle

The Spirit of Autumn: Best American Apple Brandies

If you're into vintage -- your dad's aviators, reclaimed wood counters, old military watches -- then it doesn’t get much more old school than apple brandy, a spirit distilled from the hard cider of fermented fresh apples and then aged in oak.

In [hot] vino veritas

Mulled Wine, Three Ways

From the Archives: Mulled wine is the perfect drink for the holiday season: just pleasant and alcoholic enough to warm everyone up, but not like handing out rounds of high-octane Manhattans that could turn Thanksgiving dinner into an episode worthy of Jenny Jones. We tapped the expertise of Jane Elkins, former and current barkeep at some of New York City's best cocktail haunts, for three variations of mulled wine, each rooted in tradition and brushed up with ingenuity from behind her bar.

New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: November 6, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the new Miss Reef calendar, inside a bike messenger stage race, the complete guide to building a campfire, what's killing triathletes and more.

A board meeting you want to be part of

The Best Snowboards of 2014

Today the construction materials and technology that go into snowboard making produce rides for every body type, terrain and personal preference. These five boards are some of the finest in each category.

Your table is ready, sir.

The Restaurant Issue

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Wet trousers and world-class scallops

Postcard: Lunch at The Three Chimneys Kitchen Table

1:00 p.m. BST | Colbost, Isle of Skye, UK -- We parked the truck somewhere in the north of Skye and picked up our rental Lapierre road bikes. It was very cold and raining hard, the aftereffects of Hurricane Gonzalo on the other side of the Atlantic, but we wanted to get a ride in and figured: let's just bike to lunch. Lunch was at The Three Chimneys, the Isle of Skye's best restaurant with a newly minted Michelin star.

Read Them and Eat

The 25 Best Restaurants in America

This year, like last year, we did our fair share of dining. We hunted for barbecue in Texas, ate all the burgers in L.A. and went inside the new American supper club. We found that, like television, restaurants are in the best form they’ve ever been. These are 25 of our favorite restaurants in America, chosen by our editors and writers across the country for their newness, their hospitality and the quality of their food — though not always in that order.

An e-bike with a brain

The Bicycle Wheel, Reinvented

With the highly anticipated Copenhagen Wheel, from MIT-born Superpedestrian seeks to improve urban biking. In an increasingly crowded e-bike market, it might be the most successful attempt so far.

High on a Scottish View

Postcard: High Noon in Glasgow

12:00 p.m. BST | Glasgow, Scotland, UK -- After two delayed flights we stumbled through Glasgow airport at the crack of dawn and dumped our bags at a hotel. Like any respectable New Yorkers, we asked where the best coffee was and then jumped on the subway to the West End to consume several rounds of it.

To stop a thief

Lockdown: 10 Solutions for Securing Your Bike

From the Archives: Cities are graveyards for stolen bikes, with bent wheels and ragged frames hanging off anything nailed to the ground. Remains. The air is thick with the ghosts of bikes that were stolen completely -- Fujis, Treks, Surlys. You can almost hear their cute little bells chirping. Estimates for stolen bikes in the U.S. between one and two million per year, and they're difficult to get back because most people don't write down serial numbers or register their bikes -- and bike theft isn't exactly law enforcement's number one priority. The good news is that with a serious lock, proper locking technique and the good sense to take the darn thing inside at night, we'll all meet again in the bike lane when the sun rises tomorrow.