Justin Skay

To E or Not to E

Where to stand on E-bikes E-bike sales are flying up mountains in gears as high as those of their purely people-powered counterparts wobbling cross-country in granny gears. This thanks to an almost effortless turn of pedals, a couple of decades of battery research and development, and the atomic torque of trillions of electrons that are …

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Cyclist crossing Monroe towards Kendall Yards.

Over the Ice and Through the Snow: Winter Bike Commuting

Inland Northwesterners overwhelmingly adore winter sports. We daydream about hulking piles of the powder many flatlanders dread. When the first flakes fall, we assault mountains and trails in droves on snowboards, snowshoes, and skis. We remake roads and parks into Nordic ski, sledding, and fat biking playgrounds. We find a hundred ways to have fun …

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Photo of Chaco Frontier Boot.

Outdoor Gear Review: Chaco Frontier Boot

Chaco is the well-known purveyor of some of the world’s hardiest, most versatile, and highly repairable sandals—proven mainstays of amphibious recreation. Boasting the same cushy footbed that makes those sandals a standard, their Frontier waterproof boots are equally adaptable to shoulder-season urban or forest forays where wet, cold feet might make you moody. Full-grain leather …

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Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Accelerating Spokane’s Cycling Future with Protected “Cycle Tracks”

In a recent comprehensive ranking of the best cities in the U.S. for riding a bicycle, peopleforbikes.org placed Spokane at the bottom of page 8. Its rating was of 1.6 out of 5, in the seemingly unsavory company of such underachieving cycling cities as Reno, Nevada; Casper, Wyoming; and Little Rock, Arkansas. The categories for …

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Photo of Jerry Johnson Hot Springs by Angie Dierdorff.

Winter Lodging and Hot Springs Along Idaho’s Lochsa River

The region’s coziest winter camping is located along Highway 12 in Idaho’s Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The Lochsa Lodge, a historic, year-round resort on the Lochsa River just an hour west of Missoula, has wood stoves, clean bathrooms, a nice restaurant, and a bar with a selection of mostly local brews on tap. Also, this …

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