The best in bikes trickles down from what professionals use on race day. These are the team bikes being used by pros in this year’s Tour de France — and you can get them right now.
New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: a $20,000 bicycle, survival kits, nightlife after the Tour de France, and more.
To and From, safely and in style
If you’re thinking about joining the bike commuter set, you’ll need the essentials: bike, helmet, lights, lock and a handsome leather wine bottle carrier. We’ve got it all in this Kit, plus much more.
Big Boned Bikes
The Global Fat Bike Summit reported that fat bike sales doubled from 2011 to 2012, then doubled again from 2012 to 2013. The category is growing, and the ease with which the oversized tires float over sand, snow and technical rock sections is to thank. Whether you’re looking for something to ride casually through the winter months or a race monster, we’ve got five bikes to cover your needs.
Gear for the diehard winter rider
Fat bikes can effortlessly glide over snowy conditions like a set of snowshoes, and they’re cushy enough for riding in frigid temps without shattering your frozen tuchus. But the bike can only take you so far. Staying warm and dry — and returning home with all your fingers and toes — requires the right set of gear for when the weather decides to take a serious turn for the worse. These winter fat biking essentials will help you battle the worst Mother Nature can throw your way.
Cyclocross racing pits riders on bikes with drop bars and knobby tires against each other on multi-lap courses over a mix of grass, dirt, pavement, sand, mud and sections that force riders to carry their bikes over barriers and up stairs and hills. Racers attack from the line, and the intensity doesn’t diminish for the duration of the 30- to 60-minute events — it’s a redline-all-the-time, full-contact affair. With participation doubling over the past five years, it’s also the fastest growing segment of competitive cycling in America. Some attribute this growth to the more laid-back, beer-primed environment at cyclocross races, but cool bikes certainly don’t hurt. We’ve got three rigs that make the grade from the starter’s gun well past the finish line.
Gear worth its weight in...
Competing in endurance mountain bike racing requires a significant amount of time on the bike. There are days when you eat your breakfast and lunch on the go, get on your bike before the sun comes up and even get lost in the woods trying to find six hours worth of trails. We all settle into distinct collections of gear to make the bike our home, but for us, this kit offers the perfect blend of performance, durability and comfort.
Connect to your bike
If you’re riding a bike for exercise or hobby, chances are you’re clipping in and experiencing the pleasure of an efficient ride with optimal power transfer. Though we have three contact points with the bike — pedals, saddle, bars — the connection to the pedals via the shoes is the only one that’s mechanical, so it’s essential that the shoe fits properly. There’s no single good choice — there are a lot of them, at different budgets, with different materials and closures. We’ve picked out 10 road bike shoes that cover the spectrum, letting you become one with the bike. Namaste.
Cocoon Slim Backpack Backpacks hold a lot of stuff and they stay out of the way, leaving your hands free. Thing is, compartments that are actually cavernous holdalls turn ‘packs into bulky messes. SLIM is so named for a reason: all loaded up, this pack is only 3.5 inches thick. The back compartment is for…
Kings of the Hill
‘Tis the season to be tempted by a whole new model year of mountain bikes, and we’ve got some good news. Dialing in your own personal style of off-roading has never been easier — once you wade through the overwhelming amount of options, that is. There’s a different bike for just about every type of trail and rider, and even some that claim to do it all. You need a bike best suited to the kind of riding you enjoy, but that also won’t keep you from the occasional change of pace (or any surprises the trails throw at you). As part of our week-long series on bikes to celebrate the launch of Limits, we’ve picked our favorites for racing enduro, downhilling, or just getting out for a weekend adventure ride.
Defy Bags Defender Workcase Made (in the U.S.A.) from military canvas, reclaimed truck tarps and leather, the bag is sealed shut by kickass buckles; inside is a protective computer pocket. The modern workplace equivalent of a handcuffed-to-the-bad-guy briefcase, which is completely awesome. $332 (★) Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14 Surround Sound Speaker System Anodized aluminum…
Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Santa wouldn’t be nearly as efficient had he but one tiny reindeer out front of the ole sleigh instead of the de rigeur eight. Belkin, taking a play out of Saint Nick’s book, hitches up eight ports for ultra-fast gadgets in one fell, 20x-faster-than-USB 2.0 swoop. $300 Jazz. New York in…
Let's get cyclical
The dictionary defines a bicycle as “a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddle like seat.” That certainly covers the gist of the invention, but after centuries of design evolution, the world of bikes has grown…
Hard Working Roadie
Weighing in at a mere 235g (for 1/2 pair size 42), the completely redesigned Specialized BG S-Works Road Shoe ($350) has become a favorite amongst pro riders searching for the best in comfort, fit, and efficiency. So, what better way to check in on the fervor than don a pair ourselves?
Make cake of your next trail run on the Specialized Stumpjumper. The Ned Overend endorsed and developed bike is equipped top to bottom with some of the most sophisticated suspension workings. Some of which we have yet to understand. Features: FSR M5 Manipulated Alloy Frame Specialized AFR Shock with Flow Control Valve Fox Talaz 100-140mm…
Experience true luxury in road cycling with the royal S-Works Roubaix Dura-Ace. Specialized’s amazing S-Works FACT 10r carbon frameset combines awesome speed and unmatched comfort for the best ride of your life. Its Specialized Zertz vibration-damping elastomer inserts make riding incredibly comfortable on any road. Plus, the S-Works carbon crankset is incredibly stiff for unbeatable…