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Denver: No. 1 in REI's Cycling Town Showdown

We're calling it a landslide victory: The votes are in, the riders have spoken, and Denver is the champion of REI's inaugural Cycling Town Showdown. Our 8-city bracket tournament concluded Wednesday with the Mile High City positively dominating the championship voting round, topping Portland 1,334-337.

Which City Is No. 1 for Biking? REI's Cycling Town Showdown Continues to Narrow the Field

Boom! Portland has taken its place at center court in the inaugural REI Cycling Town Showdown. Who will join them? That's up to you, the voters. Join the fray by making a comment on REI's Facebook page in today's knockdown semifinal. Cycling Town Showdown is REI's unscientific but entertaining 8-city bracket tournament to determine which U.S.

Mesquite Motorcycle, UTV, ATV, street, dirt bikes Dealer - Action Kawasaki Suzuki

Action Kawasaki Suzuki dealer in Mesquite, Texas offers brand new and pre-owned Kawasaki, Suzuki, Beta motorcycles, sport bikes, dirt bikes, UTVs and ATVs. Services, parts and financing available.

Going Up: The High-Altitude Life of REI Member #14

Today's guest blogger, REI employee Stacey Cook, shares her interview with Virginia Kelley, a climber and REI member from the co-op's early days. For Virginia Kelley, who recently turned 100 years old, her own life's history can be something of a revelation.

Guidebook Getaway: A Book for Exploring Zion and SW Utah Both On and Off the Beaten Path

Headed to Zion and its surrounding region any time soon? Consider taking this guidebook along. Favorite Hikes In and Around Zion National Park , a 2012 release from independent publisher Sharp End Publishing, is written by 2 hiking buddies, Tanya Milligan and Bo Beck, a pair of southwest Utah locals.

Need Inspiration for Bike to Work Day? REI's Bike-to-Work Regulars Share Their Stories

Friday is National Bike to Work Day. Will you be riding? Lots of REI staffers routinely ride to work, so I asked around to see if anyone had stories to tell. It turns out they did: * Brian Foley, REI headquarters, south of Seattle. His commute: 18 miles one-way, 2-3 times a week.

Introducing the Scenic Long-Distance Trail You've Probably Never Heard Of

As a pretty active and well-read hiker, I am quite familiar with hiking's classic long-haul routes: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. I've traveled parts of, or at least dreamed about, some well-known regional trails, too, including the John Muir Trail (California), the Wonderland Trail (Washington) and The Long Trail (Vermont).

What to Do (and One Crazy Thing Not to Do) to Avoid Lightning Strikes

Lightning is serious stuff: It strikes approximately 400 Americans per year and around 10% of strike victims die. We at the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, however, do not recommend the treatment given to Alexander Mandón, a 20-year-old Colombian man who has been struck by lightning 4 times and survived.

A Cool Mother's Day Story: Climbin' Mamas Remind Us Why We Love Our Moms

Mother's Day is Sunday, and we at REI want to salute moms everywhere and offer a special nod of appreciation to all the moms who have sparked a love for the outdoors in their kids and their friends.

An REI Pack Fitter's Secrets for Choosing the Right Backpack

As an avid backpacker since 1969 and a backpack fitter at the REI Arcadia, Calif., store, I've seen and heard a lot of misinformation regarding choosing the right backpack. This is the first of 3 blog posts intended to provide solid beta, quash rumors, right wrongs, overthrow dictators... okay, I'm overreaching here.

Need Ideas for Getting Kids Outside? The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book Offers 448 of Them

What would it take to convince your kids that the outdoors is at least as cool as the TV, the family game console or mom and dad's tablet? Maybe they just need the grown-ups to offer a little inspiration. Maybe you could start with one of these ideas: * Create a nature scrapbook: Grab a camera, markers, glue and a scrapbook.

The Gear Junkie on REI: Urban Biking Tips

REI Blog editor: Welcome, readers, to our regular new feature with The site's editor/founder Stephen Regenold will talk about new products, gear trends, destinations and personalities in the world of fitness, adventure and the great outdoors. Today's topic: riding your bike in the city. Traffic, potholes, pollution, pedestrians, signs, signals, crowds and one-way streets...

My 3 Simple Tips for Becoming a Backcountry Gourmet

There are many perfectly fine prepackaged meal options on the market for backpackers nowadays, but it's nice to go one step beyond on occasion and add something special to the meal. The best part is that it can be so easy to do.

'What's Your Denali?:' Thinking About the Glass Ceilings of the Outdoors

Today's guest blogger is Laura Swapp, REI's diversity and inclusion director: I am not black, and I am not going to summit Denali-at least not this year. But I do think that the Expedition Denali team has a game changer on their hands. And I love a game changer: something that is big, unexpected and transformative.

Southern Appalachia Mountain Tour by Bike: 825 Wonderful-Miserable-Unforgettable Miles

Editor's note: Today's guest blogger, Ching Fu (below), the outreach specialist at the REI Asheville, N.C., store, recounts the soaring highs and chilly lows of her bike tour of the entire Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway last summer. It had been raining for 3 days straight, and I was ready to just be home.

When the Weather Forecast Calls for a 70% Chance of Rain, What Exactly Does That Mean?

This is a good question to ask during the season of spring showers. Posssible answers: 1. That 70% of a geographic area has a 100% chance of getting rain. 2. That rain will fall during 70% of the day (i.e., almost 17 hours). 3.

Is It Ever a Good Idea to Stretch? How About Cooling Down? Recent Studies Offer Clues

Should athletic people stretch? If so, when? Author Gretchen Reynolds, the inquisitive Phys Ed columnist for The New York Times, has been evaluating studies on stretching recently. Earlier this month she cited 2 studies that reinforce the "growing scientific consensus that pre-exercise stretching is generally unnecessary and likely counterproductive."

Strength Is Beautiful: Expedition Denali's Message to Aspiring Women Mountaineers

Editor: Today's guest blogger is Erica Wynn (below) of Expedition Denali, the all African American team of mountaineers seeking to climb Alaska's Denali (20,320') this June and inspire more diversity in the outdoors. With only 6 weeks until I climb Denali, I have a growing anxiousness that inspires action.

Huge L.A. Ride Points to Bright Urban Cycling Future-REI Has Tips to Get You Started

When an estimated 150,000 happy Angelenos take to the streets of their famously car-dominated city for a day of bicycling, you know a movement is happening. Urban bicycling is showing signs of taking off. L.A.'s 6 th CicLAvia event yesterday took bike riders for 15 miles along a car-closed route from downtown to Venice Beach.

John Muir's Birthday: A Date to Reflect on the Literary Gifts of a Famed Conservationist

Sunday, April 21, marks the 175th anniversary of John Muir's birth. Why this date matters to so many modern-day outdoor-loving people: * A native of Dunbar, Scotland, Muir became early advocate of wilderness preservation in the United States and in 1892 was named the first president of the Sierra Club.

Camp Recipe: Cooking Kabobs and Rice on the BioLite Wood-Burning Stove

Springtime in New England brings melting snow and a chance to get back on our rivers for some whitewater paddling. I love having hot food at the take-out to help satiate the hunger that comes from miles of paddling in the chilly air.

National Park Visitation Up 3.8 Million in 2012; First Free-Entry Days of 2013 Arrive April 22-26

Bargain hunters, take note: National Park Week, when national park entrance fees are waived April 22-26, is on the horizon. So if you've got the time, what park might you visit next week?

Beware of Dog: The Little-Known Story of the Poodle-Dog Bush and Its Nasty Bite

Ever hear of poodle-dog bush? Not many people have, but don't let the plant's cuddly name fool you. Touching it can trigger an intense skin reaction as miserable as anything poison oak or poison ivy can induce.

Climb On: REI Employees Add to Their Gear Savvy at Joshua Tree

Today's guest blogger, REI employee Emily T. (shown below), shares her recent experiences at an REI training event for climbers. It's practically a job requirement that REI employees have a lot of fun. One of the best ways we do this-and learn how to serve you better-is to use our products out in the real world.

Runners, Have You Tried the Muddy New Breed of 'Fun Runs?'

Lots of organized running events aren't just about running anymore. Not even close. Now there may be fences to scale, bogs to hurdle, trenches to crawl through, fire to run through and always mud-lots and lots of mud.