Cycling

The Specialized Tarmac Pro Disc Race Explains

Why Your Next Road Bike Should Have Disc Brakes

No one likes disc brakes, right? Wrong. Out of 5,000 cyclists in the Gran Fondo New York, a whopping 1 percent rode disc, and GP corresponded Matthew Ankeny was one of them.

Aiming to Break 10 Hours at Lake Placid

BMX King Dave Mirra Takes on Ironman

With 24 medals, Dave Mirra is one of the most dominant athletes in the history of the X-Games. Now he's taking on triathlon.

A Bucket List for Bikers

The 25 Best Road Cycling Routes in America

From incredible rambles through the heartland to national park tours, coastal cruises and breathless mountaintop finishes, these are the 25 best routes for road cycling in America.

Testing the BMC Teammachine SLR01

This Bike Will Make You a Superhero

Daredevil has his heightened senses and his armor. I have the Teammachine SLR01. We both spent a little time picking ourselves up off the pavement.

The Man in the Pink Jersey

Postcard: Contador Leads at the Giro d’Italia

Spaniard Alberto Contador leads at the Giro d'Italia, a 21-day, 2,166-mile bicycle race through Italy. Let's just say it's not your average leisurely tour through wine country.

Keeps it Comfy Down Under

The Ultimate New Zealand Cycling Kit

100 miles is a long time in the saddle, even in a beautiful Middle Earth landscape. This kit will save your ass.

The New Zealand Issue
Hitting the Trail in Wanaka

Do as the Locals Do, Ride a Mountain Bike

Singletrack isn't for sissies. NZ's mountains are steep and aggressive, and they're best tackled on a bike, with courage.

The New Zealand Issue
Give Old Man Winter the Finger

Cold Weather Cycling Gear, from Head to Toe

When the weather turns bitter you've got two options: lose out on riding time to Mother Nature or arm yourself against the elements with a stockpile of gear.

Won't Drag You Down

Aero with Cervélo: The New S5

With wind-tunnel fluidity and lab-engineered stiffness, the new S5 is made for straight speed on the open road.

Riding Levi’s King Ridge Gran Fondo

The Climb, the Coast and 103 Miles to Burn

On a hundred-mile ride, you learn something new about every twenty. Matthew Ankeny reflects on the highs and lows of the biggest century in Sonoma.

Beyond Your Standard Messenger Bag

The Best Modern Takes on the Commuter Bag

Once you've got your bike, which you should by now, the next step is to pick up the appropriate accessories. For commuters, second only to a helmet is a suitable bag that holds the necessities and, beyond that, meets specific, personal work- or looks-related criteria. The next thing to consider is the style of bag -- backpack, messenger or something else entirely? We've got all of the above, with a preference toward backpacks.

Jaw-Dropping Film of Freerider Andi Wittmann

Framed

Intended to be the first in a series, this gorgeous profile of German freerider Andi Wittmann will be all we get -- tragically, the full set of videos didn't pan out. Watching this jaw-dropping pilot, we can't imagine why.

Rack 'em up

Make Bike Rack

Indoor bike racks come in all shapes and sizes, most of them trending toward "modern chic" or "classic natural". Some just look like ugly contemporary sculptures. The Make 001 Bike Rack ($180), first product of fledgling design group Make, combines the best of both worlds with an unpresumptuous shape and clean design.

Keep Calm and Pedal On

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France

Professional cycling has been brought in to the limelight lately, and what’s being exposed isn’t pretty. With no shortage of content, Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle co-authored The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs ($17)....

Ride with the (ice) pack

45NRTH Wolvhammer Cycling Boots

The idealism of commuting by bike meets reality in the upper latitudes, where induced wind chill can quickly turn digits into frostbitten pink popsicles. 45Nrth, denizens of the great white north (Minnesota), enshroud your feet in veritable toasters with their Wolvhammer Cycling Boots ($325), allowing you to hammer winter rides like a Minneapolis metal band....

Safe Sprinter

POC Sports Tempor Helmet

Cycling helmets often look space-age goofy, but they’re also badass (they show you’re into hurtling down hills, don’t they?) and absolutely necessary to keep you alive. The POC Sports Tempor Helmet (~$570) incorporates incredible aerodynamics and ventilation for time trial cyclists while maintaining the utmost in safety — and a unique look to boot. We’ve...

BMX Ballet

40 Years in Paris

In the film short “40 Years in Paris” shot and directed by J.C. Pieri, Frenchman Alain Massabova pirouettes through the City of Light in a visual tribute to both flatland BMXing and one of the world’s greatest cities. Massabova, a 40-year-old father, dances easily atop his orange bike, using skills gained over 27 years of...

Sortie it out

Diamondback Sortie 3 29

Building upon their popular Sortie 26″ platform, Diamondback recently entered the 29er field with the Sortie 3 29 ($3,500), full suspension trail bike packed with technology and features. The larger wheels obviously contribute to the bike’s slightly larger size, but with the extra inches come several advantages — 29″ wheels have a larger angle of...

One man's quest to build his ultimate city bike

Kit: The Ideal City Bike

Living in the city is an awesome experience. There’s plenty of things to do, new faces everywhere, and an energy that can inspire when the situation calls for it. But getting around a city, even with good public transportation, can be frustrating at times. With that problem in mind, often the easiest and least stressful...

Hitting the wall

NoMo Designs Tour de France Posters

So you may not ever make it to the Tour de France. It’s one of the few athletic events that has spanned over a century, and it is truly a spectacle (on many fronts). You don’t have to be a fan of cycling to appreciate the brutal race, which is evident in its sheer distance,...

Green with energy

Smart Brabus E-bike

E-bikes are all the rage lately, giving riders the ability to pedal when they feel like it…or take a few minutes off and let the onboard motor help out. They provide something for the best and worst parts of all of us. The Smart BRABUS e-bike (TBA) takes the niche to the next level, combining...

Get pumped

Lezyne Alloy Floor Drive

Some floor pumps ensure the only workout you get is an exercise in frustration. Leaky chucks, short reach tubes, shoddy construction — they take up space and don’t put air in tires. Lezyne’s Alloy Floor Drive ($80) floor pump is the old Silca Track Pump reincarnate, plus. The well made Floor Drive features a 7000...

We thought it'd be bigger

Knog Strongman U-Lock

There’s a reason bouncers at clubs look like suited-up gorillas with earpieces—perception is a key proponent to security. If you look like you shouldn’t be messed with, chances are, you won’t be. The Knog Strongman ($100) follows this line of thinking with its aggressively designed, silicone-molded steel frame, and backs up its looks with a...

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