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The Basics of Bike Maintenance

In this how-to we review the basics of bike maintenance: how to fix a flat, how to adjust shifting and how to clean your bike chain.

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Dads, Look No Further

80 Perfect Gifts for Father’s Day

Your padre taught you (almost) everything about life you couldn’t learn from the classroom or the cache of treasures stashed under your older brother’s bed. Through his actions, you gleaned the proper way to conduct yourself in a crowd and how not to putt. Deciphering the method to his madness is now clear with the wisdom of hindsight. It is, and always was, about tracing his footsteps while avoiding his detours.

This father’s day, prove he’s taught you well and solidify your position as the favored son by giving him something to help him improve on one of the many facets of his already impressive game.

Here are 80 excellent suggestions.

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Where family hordes are far away

10 Forgotten National Parks

10 destinations for untouched landscapes without the crowds or bustle of Yellowstone — you know, the stuff you were looking for in the first place.

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High Fliers

Buying Guide: Flieger Watches

What started as a batch of 1,200 watches made in 1941 for the German Luftwaffe has since become one of the most iconic watch designs in history. Today Fliegers are made by both household-name German brands and a set of potent up-and-comers, in both classic styling and with an artistic license, at bank-breaking prices and for only a couple hundred bucks. Here are our favorites.

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Sun Time Grooves

The Playlist: Summer Tracks

What’s a guide to the perfect summer without a few tunes? In this inaugural playlist, we give you a few grooves for the shore, pool or an impromptu bbq bash.

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$14 Well Spent

Complete Guide to 2014 Summer Films

Summer is movie season, and in a chaotic era of remakes, reboots, trilogies, and $14 movie tickets, it’s nice to have a guide. We’ve gathered a mix of big names, indies that aren’t disastrous or unbearably depressing, and some sneaky under-the-radar flicks, all of which should be worth your while. Oh, and we threw the rest at the bottom for you to stream after a long day at the pool.

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Have Fins, Will Travel

Three Diving Adventures to Plan Today

Swimming with Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas, exploring the Northern Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef, or crossing the thermocline boundary to explore ghostly WWII wrecks in Papua New Guinea might sound daunting, but whether you have three days or two weeks, there’s time enough for one of these adventures.

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Spray tans, wine coolers and badminton. Not.

Welcome to Summer 2014

People who live in the tropics have a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s nice to drive around with the top down all year; on the other, most guys seem to end up with too-slick hair, too few closed buttons and a CGI tan. (Not to even get into the issues of equatorial squalor.) For the rest of us in multi-season climates, the arrival of longer days, fewer layers and colder beers is eagerly anticipated. Last we checked it was 72 degrees outside GP HQ, so we’ve decided to pull the trigger on our 2nd annual Summer Preview a few weeks shy of the solstice. What’s in store should keep you plenty busy until things really heat up: we’re visiting legendary car races, debating the best films of the season, taking you along on the summer’s biggest bike race, visiting the best festivals in America, mixing up the Michelada three different ways and much more. Axial tilt be damned: summer starts today.

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Going Down?

Weird Happenings in Elevator History

As Jay-Z’s recent run-in with his wife’s sister in an elevator at the Met Gala has shown us, our daily lifts into the sky can be a source of great intrigue. In fact, Solange’s flurry of fists and stiletto kicks represents only a minor blip in the elevator’s sordid history. Here are a few of our favorites that don’t have to do with farts or gruesome deaths.

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Collateral Damage

Godzilla, The Small-Scale History of a Big-Scale Monster

Sixty years ago, a sweating young man named Haruo Nakajima put on a 220-pound lizard suit and trounced a miniature version of Tokyo. Today, Legendary Pictures’ irradiated Godzillasaurus, three times the size of the original, is crashing through Hawaii and San Francisco on screens across the country. This is the story of how $1.5 million and a rubber suit launched a billion dollar franchise.

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Work Hard AND Smart

Rewind: (Fitness) Knowledge is Power

In sports and fitness, training plans and pounding the pavement can take you a long way. But sometimes it takes more than a blue collar work ethic: it helps to have bits of wisdom from seasoned vets, deep scientific insight and cleverly-designed products. Since kicking off Limits, we’ve scraped together knowledge about everything from the effect of caffeine on endurance to importance of VO2 max testing. We still fall down at stoplights occasionally, no amount of wisdom can prevent that. Here’s what we’ve learned.

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Bring An Enemy

10 Most Dangerous Hikes

Stick anyone next to a cliff and they’ll inch forward and peek over; put anyone in a supercar and they’ll double the speed limit. We all want to stay safe and comfortable, sure, but in those moments when we lose our footing and time slows to a crawl, we are undeniably living in the moment. Call it suicidal or call it truly living. Here are ten trails that return hikers to their baser need: staying alive.

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And they said the West was wild

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part Two: The East

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we’ve broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the East — Japan, China, Russia, India and Australia — flexes its stuff.

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15 Hikes, 15 Days

15 Best Day Hikes in the Northeast

These day hikes are not pretenders. We surveyed the northeastern U.S. to find the best 15 hikes, spread out across 9 states. If you have a car (in some cases you don’t even need one), you can find an accessible 10 miler with manageable distances, notable views and unique trails for a long, fulfilling Saturday.

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Essentials for a quicky with mother nature

Kit: The Perfect Day Pack

Most day hikes require a peanut butter sandwich, a water bottle and maybe some bug spray. But for the weekend warrior who wants to crush in one day what most people stroll in three, there are a few indispensables. Here are our favorite necessities and extravagances for spending a day burning through some miles on the trail.

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A Compendium of Wearable History

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part One: The West

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we’ve broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the West — America, Britain, Germany, France, and the unlikely Brazil, Argentina and Peru — flexes its stuff.

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Workers of the world, unite!

The Cubicle Workout

Even the cubicle-bound among us want, and can achieve, a basic level of fitness without waking up for 5:30 a.m. brick workouts or going for a long post-work run. We suggest a combination of simple high-intensity interval workouts, stretches and easy lifestyle changes that can make you a relatively fit person.

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A Cheese Professional Talks Aging

Caveman Wisdom

If you walked into your place of employ and found mold colonies growing on your workspace, chances an alarm would sound: time to improve your hygiene. Not so for Brian Ralph. In his world, this is just another day at the office. This gives him a particular view of the world — and you can learn a lot from a guy like him.

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From Seed to Smoke

In Aging Cigars, a Newer Frontier

Aging is a well-known part of the cigar-making process. Ask for specifics beyond that fact, though, and things get murkier. The deeper questions of why the process works, how long it takes to make a good cigar great, and the exact role of aging before and after cigars are rolled get little attention, so we asked Jesus Martinez, owner of Martinez Cigars, a store that’s been family-owned and running for 40 years.

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Two Experts, Three Cellars, and a Lot of Big Beers

Cellar’s Market: A Guide to Aging Beer

In our own beer cellar, we’ve got a couple bottles of Brooklyn Black Ops, a Firestone Walker Parabola and a Perennial Abraxus — all great beers, but we could use a few additions. For some new suggestions, as well as some tips on beer aging, we contacted our friends at The Cannibal NYC, who run extensive cellaring collections, both personally and professionally.

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A Quick, Drunk History of Milwaukee

At one time considered the “Beer Capital of the World”, Milwaukee was home to four of the largest brewers in the U.S. Now the city is home to only one: Miller Brewing Co. We examine the rise and fall of the foamy city.

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From hash to hashtags

The GP Guide to SXSW

SXSW is a culture unto itself today, defined as much by its concentration of Google glass, hashtags and corporate bar tabs as it is by concerts, movie premiers and software launches. Spend enough time here and you might start believing the internet is a real live place. Looking at it all through the lens of the present, it’s hard to believe the festival was started 27 years ago by a few staffers at the Austin Chronicle who wanted to attract bands and artists from around the world to the eclectic music scene of Austin in hopes of exposing the city as a hotbed of talent. Here’s how to make your visit a great one.

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Laptop, upgrade thyself

Guide to Life: Breathe Life Into Your Old Computer

When you pull a brand new MacBook Pro out of the box it looks so neat and sleek and immortal; it’s hard to imagine a day when that thing will be so slow it’ll make you want to drive an adze through it. But age, lack of space and low memory have set their marks on it. Computers get old and tired and confused, just like people. Fortunately, computers are easier to freshen up than people, and if your machine is three or four years old and lagging, there are some easy solutions to improve its performance, saving you some money and frustration in the process.

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True friends stab you in the front

Guide to Life: Keep Friends as You Get Older

Like many things in life, maintaining friendships turns out to be more work than originally expected — not that it’s unpleasant work, but there’s more to it than paying for the 30-rack of Bud or lending the car for a Wendy’s run at midnight. Friends require time and attention, commodities that seem ever more scarce as we get older. We asked GP staffers in their 20s, 30s and 40s — the age range of our crew — to weigh in on the challenges and triumphs of keeping friends as they get older.

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Excerpts from an Intro to Spanish Butchering

Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

Any book that introduces “a sharp implement, a capacity to witness death, and a good amount of blood” as self-evident truths in the business of slaughtering pigs has our attention. Jeffrey Weiss’s new book, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, is much more than spectacle: it’s an authoritative resource on Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques, complete with recipes for traditional Spanish dishes, handsome photography and anecdotes from the author’s personal experience. In this excerpt, provided to GP by Agate Publishing, Weiss describes taking part in a matanza (“pig slaughter”) in Extremadura, a rugged region in western Spain.

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Cue the applause

Guide to Life: How to Properly Break in Pool

You’ve seen him. “That guy”, who tries to hit the cue ball as hard as he can, only to send it directly into the corner pocket. He scratches tables, bends cues and almost took your eye out on your way to the bathroom. Don’t be that guy — learn the fundamentals to a good billiards break and never worry about limp breaks and miscues again.

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Dress to Impress

Guide to Life: Pack a Suit

You have a job interview. Or maybe it’s a wedding. Either way, you need to pack a suit. Unfortunately, they’re not the easiest things to fold — not well, anyways. Any schlub can throw one in a bag, but keeping it wrinkle-free requires a little extra work. Sure, it’s a hassle. So is tying a double windsor knot. But if you want to keep a prospective employer (or the cute redhead at the reception) focused on something other than wrinkles, it’s a hassle that you’re going to have to own. Stay crisp and professional with these simple steps.

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Know Your Terroir, Love Your Terroir

Uncorked, Part Two: A Guide to Important Wine Regions

The current food-obsessed climate may prize terroir in everything, from beef to coffee to olive oil, but winemakers aren’t new to the game — they’ve been sniffing the soil and praying to the grape gods for centuries. Wine at its best is spiritually, ritually, and tribally connected to a place, and knowing the major wine regions provides some basic insight with which we can approach the wine aisle or pick a bottle at a restaurant. Here’s our guide to the 10 essential wine regions of the world.

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Put down the bow and arrow, dummy

Guide to Life: Be Romantic

Being in love is great. You just need to figure out the right combination of sweetness and mischief to make that flame burn brighter. This beginner’s guide to being romantic should get you started.

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Beyond the standard periodical

Guide to Life: Read Better Magazines

Switching up your periodicals is a great way to expand your horizons and change your tendencies. Just like you eschewed Highlights and SI Kids, it’s time to explore some new frontiers when it comes to what’s arriving in your mailbox. We’ve picked ten of our favorites from an incredible crop of literary, sports, lifestyle, food and business magazines that will inspire you to do everything from cook the perfect brisket to master the nuances of Japanese cobbling.