Biking

From mtb to cyclocross, fixies to road bikes, we review the greatest new bike gear.

Lake Cycling Winter Biking Boots

Lake Cycling touts its new MXZ301 bike shoes as the "ultimate in cold weather cycling footwear." But these aren’t truly bike shoes. The MXZ301 model -- insulated leather high-tops with neoprene cuff closures -- are indeed full-on winter biking boots. Read More...

January 8, 2007

Winter Biking Tops

Riding a bike through cold, sleet and snow requires a litany of specialized equipment, not least the jacket and top you wear against the wind. Over the past two months, in temps ranging from 40 degrees down to near zero, I tested two new tops made to provide warmth, comfort, freedom of movement, and breathability while pedaling fast through cold weather. Read More...

January 8, 2007

Bike-Jor, or how to wear down your hyper dog

I am the proud owner of a 90-pound Weimaraner named Rodney, and Rodney is one tough bugger to wear down. We run three to five times a week together, but he still needs more. Enter: Bike-joring. I’ve written two stories in the past month on so-called dryland dog sports (one for New York Times; another […] Read More...

December 11, 2006

The “aero-slippery” bike jersey, from Castelli

Maybe Castelli named its new Split Second Jersey—available late-winter/spring 2007—a bit too modestly. Fifty-Eight Second Jersey would be more accurate. Recent aerodynamic testing at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel determined that wearing the Castelli Split Second Jersey could shave nearly one minute off a rider’s time over a 40-kilometer distance. After months of […] Read More...

December 6, 2006

‘Performance’ Flip-Flops

The proverbial flip-flop sandal just barely passes for a shoe. It offers little support and no toe protection. It's made to be worn casually, for comfort, convenience and little else. Read More...

July 21, 2006

Adventure bikes – Surly Pugsley, Evingson Cycle Voyageur

Essentially beefed-up mountain bikes with massive tires, adventure bikes have been manufactured by custom shops since the late 1990s. Surly Bikes, a company based in Bloomington, Minn., debuted the category's first mass-produced model when it shipped its Pugsley frame in mid 2005. Read More...

July 14, 2006

Review: Co-Motion Streaker Single Speed Bike

An hour into a long bike ride last week, I had an epiphany. Though I'd ridden through the city, on streets and sidewalks, and then turned south on a fast paved trail to ride for several miles, I had not once touched the brakes. Read More...

July 13, 2006

Cold-weather cycling jackets

Wintertime bike riding is not for the meek. Numb hands, slippery sidewalks and unplowed trails, windburn, road spray and endless dark evenings can make even the heartiest two-wheeler surrender to a stationary bike indoors at a health club. Read More...

January 31, 2006

Professional Bike Fitting

Fine tuning a bike to fit a rider’s precise body dimensions -- down to millimeter increments -- is a regimen often associated with serious road bikers and Tour de France athletes. But there is a movement in the cycling industry to push professional fittings to bike commuters and recreational road riders, and proponents tout performance and comfort gains that will benefit even the once-in-a-while biker buff. Read More...

October 25, 2005

Surly Singulator – Single-Speed Bike Conversion

There comes a time in the lifecycle of a bike when the cost to replace certain components becomes unjustifiable. New derailleurs, chainrings, cranks, bottom brackets, cassette gears and other parts can quickly add up to several hundred dollars in expenses. Read More...

May 6, 2005

Princeton Tec Bike Light Reviews

On the very periphery of the outdoors genus, there exists a group of bike heads and gear junkies who will not think twice about putting down $500 on a high-power bike light system. Granted, the light cannons manufactured by companies like NiteRider and Light & Motion -- which create... Read More...

April 6, 2005

Kona bikes: Jake the Snake, Unit

Kona Bicycle Company designs and manufactures bikes made for such esoteric cycling categories as dirt jumping, urban cruising, single speed and cyclocross. The company's philosophy eschews all-around bike models, instead focusing on specific niche designs made to perfectly match a rider's given style or terrain. Read More...

September 17, 2004

Shimano M120 bike shoe review

Riding a bike without your feet clipped to the pedals can be compared to skiing without poles. Both sports work either way, but like ski poles, clipped-in bike shoes provide a higher level of performance and efficiency. Read More...

June 15, 2004
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