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INSIDE KNOWLEDGE • WE BEGGED SOME OF THIS ISSUE’S COOLEST RIDERS FOR THEIR BEST ADVICE
THE SELECTION • BECAUSE #BIKEISTHEWAYOFLIFE
WHAT WE’RE RIDING • OUR IDIOSYNCRATIC BUT EXPERT ENDORSEMENT OF AWESOME BIKE STUFF
IT’S NOT THE BIKE, IT’S THE MAN
THE TEST ZONE • NOTES, OPINIONS, USEFULTIPS, AND THE COOLEST GEAR FROM INSIDE THE WORLD’S MOST RIGOROUS BIKE AND GEAR TEST CENTER
ROAD SHORTS • We’re testing a bunch of road shorts now. After putting in heaps of miles, here are 4 tips from our testers.
GREAT MUSCLE MAKERS
GET STRONG AND FAST IN JUST 13 MINUTES—SERIOUSLY!
LIFTING: NOT JUST FOR THE OFF-SEASON ANYMORE • Mounting evidence shows that cyclists should strength train year-round for whole-body health benefits, including:
HOW TO WORK IN YOUR WORKOUTS • The ultimate goal is to build you up, not beat you down. Here’s how to balance your barbell and bike time so the former doesn’t leave you with heavy, dead legs for the latter.
WHY I LOVE GETTING LOST, AND HOW I ALWAYS GET HOME
GEAR TO GET LOST
THREE WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SUSPENSION
IS THIS $2,700 SUSPENSION FORK BETTER? ORJUST DIFFERENT?
AWESOME TELESCOPIC FORKS
THE DAY YOU SELL YOUR BIKE IS THE DAY YOU SEE ITS SOUL
GET THE MOST OUT OF SELLING YOUR BIKE • Nick Martin is the founder of The Pro’s Closet, an online business that sells higher-end pre-owned bicycles. Before founding the company, Martin funded his racing career by helping athletes and teams sell used sponsor bikes and gear.
THE BENNO BOOST E. OFFICIAL BIKE OF PEOPLE WHO DO AMAZING THINGS.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN AMATEUR TRAINS LIKE THE PROS
TOUR-READY GEAR FOR MORTALS • Among Team Alpecin’s top-of-the-line bike, kit, and accessories, Canfield believes this gear improves his performance most.
THE 10 GREATEST BIKES OF ALL TIME
BIKES ARE HERITAGE • One of the astounding marvels of the bicycle is that from the very beginning we got it right—140 years after the first appearance of the pedal-and-chain-driven two-wheeler, its form and how it functions remain essentially unchanged. And rather than make bikes feel old-fashioned or turn them into anachronisms, this unbroken connection to the past is a rich legacy that colors, informs, and influences us. Ernesto Colnago is our last living direct link to our deep history. His masterful C64 is the product of it.
WHY THE C64
THREE MORE BIKE INDUSTRY OBSESSIVES
BIKES ARE CHILDHOOD • Independence, mastery, liberation, exploration—whatever deeper concepts lie inside that pure shout of euphoric joy when a kid takes those first unaided pedal strokes, we can say for sure that learning to ride a bike is one of the great moments of life. And the Strider revolutionized how kids learn to ride, helping them balance before they’re out of diapers, and spawning a generation of cycling prodigies.
WHY TRAINING WHEELS SUCK
3 KIDS THAT PROVE THE POWER OF STRIDERS
WHY THE STRIDER SPORT
The Best Next Bikes
BIKES ARE FOR BANGING AROUND • From jumping plywood ramps in the street to a spontaneous brewery-tobrewery crosstown pedal on a summer evening with friends, bikes inspire us to play. Perhaps the purest form of this is mountain biking in the woods with friends, scraping and skidding and smiling till it hurts. The Marin Hawk Hill is the best example of the accessible,...