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5 Best Fall Fragrances
Cologne and fallen leaves.
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5 Best Commuter Mugs
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5 Best Affordable Dress Watches
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10 Great Vintage Cameras
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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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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.

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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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Roughing it ain't so hard

Tested: Sea to Summit Sleeping Mat

A soft, supportive sleeping pad turns going-to-ground into camping and sleep into slumber. Sea to Summit’s Comfort Plus Insulated Sleeping Mat promises big comfort and insulation without sacrificing portability. We took one for a few nights under the stars to find out if it delivers.

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Seeking The Gods' Delight

Photo Essay: Heli-Hiking British Columbia’s Tantalus Range

As far as recreation goes, heli-hiking is expensive. But it’s also a means for everyday folk to access remote, sometimes impossible-to-reach parts of the world — like the peaks of the Tantalus Range in British Columbia — in a four-minute helicopter ride, instead of a four-day slog. It’s only when you see the other side of the ridge that you realize you’d never tasted a wild berry or truly seen the color blue (reserved only for the types of lakes hidden in the mountains).

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All Hail the Disc

The Giant TCX Advanced Pro 0 Is a Cyclocross Game Changer

Giant has emerged as a super power in cyclocross with weaponry that puts it ahead of the pack in the form of the TCX Advanced Pro 0 ($7,450), a fierce machine that’s fully strapped with everything that’s changing the game.

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Smooth Is Fast

How To: Train for Cyclocross Like a Pro

You must have a finely tuned engine to compete in Cyclocross, but highly polished techniques can save you huge amounts of time over the course of a race. UCI cyclocross World Cup overall champion Lars van der Haar put on a clinic for us in Los Angeles, where he recommended polishing these five skills to boost overall ‘cross performance.

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23-Year-Old Cyclocross Champion

30 Minutes With: Lars Van der Haar

Slight at 5’7” and 128 pounds, Dutch cyclocross star Lars van der Haar, 23, wields heavyweight power at the races. He rides with a style so explosive that it inspired American cyclocross fans to coin the phrase “Go van der Haarder”. Like Belgian Sven Nys before him (#svenness), van der Haar has transcended the bounds of the sport and stands perched on the cusp of becoming a legend.

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NEW GEAR AND STORIES, FRESH FROM THE FARM

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 23, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: San Francisco bans Lorde, jumping determines athleticism, Messi v Ronaldo (plus Suarez), the fight for Colorado rivers and more.

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Remembering a true adventurer

For Alistair Farland: A Special Thanks

Remembering the life of Alistair Farland.

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We asked and you answered.

15 Best Day Hikes: Readers’ Choice Edition

Here they are: the 15 best day hikes, as told by our readers. All of the words and images below are straight from your submissions to our GP best hikes competition. We edited and condensed as necessary (some of you really like to type) and shot for widest possible range of locations and types of stories. What we were left with is a diverse hodgepodge of outdoor activity, organized from west to east, starting with Hawaii in the Pacific and ending with St. John in the Atlantic. Without further ado: 15 favorite hiking destinations, as told by GP readers, for GP readers.

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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.

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Gear for an Open-Wheel Beating

Kit: Taking on Baja

Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything — because anything can, and will, happen.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 16, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: extreme fitness in America, a look back at Landon Donovan’s career, the state of MREs and more.

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Simplify and add lights

Want or Not, the Trek Lync is The Commuter Bike You Need

A week with the Trek Lync 5 proves it’s the commuter bike you need, whether or not it’s the commuter bike you want.

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Learning the way of the climb

Postcard: Learning to Climb in the Gunks

2:00 p.m. EDT | New Paltz, NY — I’ve never met a more playful group of people than rock climbers. The experienced ones seem to have the best sense of humor when they’re standing on the edge of a cliff.

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Stow and Go

The Tern Eclipse S18 Gets the Folding Bike Right

Meet the folding commuter bike that will steamroll your fixie.

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7 Pants, 2 Wheels, 1 Handsome Dude

Bike to Work in These 7 Pants

Commuting cyclists require a specific type of pant. These seven are designed to handle the wind, rain, grime and out-of-control cabbies.

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Lights, Engine, Action

The Vanmoof Electric 3, An E-Bike That’s Not Quite Electrifying

Vanmoof claims they’ve built “the world’s first intelligent commuter bike”. We took their word to the road, pedal testing to see if something worthy of the Stedelijk can hang on American tarmac.

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The Everest of Sailing

The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race

In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth — and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here’s a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.

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Instead of Gatorade and Gu, Chianti and Lardo

Postcard: Roadside Assistance, Italian Style

1:00 p.m. CEST | Gaiole in Chianti, Italy — Actually, we’re something like 30 miles outside Gaiole in Chianti. Jeff‘s seat tube keeps falling, which makes sense because we’re riding pre-1987 road racing bikes as L’Eroica requires, and the mechanic had reamed his tube (the bike’s) something serious to get the seat post into it yesterday.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 9, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the seedy and contemptible world of bike theft, an argument for shaving your legs, the best ski towns and more.

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The Real Ironman

30 Minutes With: Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander is one of the greats in triathlon. He was kind enough to join us for a jog in Central Park, where talked food, training and one of the great scandals in Ironman history.

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Triathlon on a budget

Gear for the Triathlon Newbie

Here’s a little secret: You don’t need to spend a lot to race in your first triathlon. These affordable options will get you to the finish line with enough money in the bank for a post-race beer.

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Across America, the 7 Best Triathlon Training Camps

If you’re the sadomasochistic type who looks at numbers like 70.3 and 140.6 and drools, you’ll find plenty of company at these triathlon camps.

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Can One Jacket rule the shoulder seasons?

Testing the Versatility of Patagonia’s Nano-Air Jacket

The Nano-Air jacket will replace half your closet during the fall/spring. We test the versatile new offering from Patagonia.

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Exploring an Unwelcoming Gem

Exploring the Harsh Beauty of the Cascades

The North Cascades aren’t exactly user friendly. There are no drive-up views for the minivan crowd. Plush lodges and charming hamlets are few and far between. Rangers usually spend a lot of time telling you what a miserable time you’ll have if you put yourself at the mercy of the park’s capricious and violent weather. But with some grit and serious sweat, adventurers who press through those barriers reap major rewards. Photographer Chris Burkard covered our own recent trip.

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Lessons from Mountaineer and Ultra Runner Ben Clark

How To: Run Faster in the Mountains

Mountaineer and ultra runner Ben Clark shares his tips on becoming a faster runner, whether your aim is a local 5k or, like him, 14,000-foot peaks over 100 miles.

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Birds of a different feather

7 Synthetic Jackets That Challenge Natural Down

With the price of down in flux and recent innovations in synthetics, you can now get a jacket that warms like down but performs better in wet weather. These are the best synthetic down jackets.