Posts by Julie


Testing new gear each year may be the best part about being a writer for the outdoor, fitness, and wellness industries. And because I prioritize adventuring and staying fit in the outdoors as much as possible, I put a lot of wear and tear on my gear week after week. But ultimately there are just some pieces of gear that I come back to almost instinctively. I tend to reach for them due to comfort or quality. I use them more because...

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Just 20 percent of participants in National Interscholastic Cycling Association mountain biking are girls. But by 2023, the middle- and high-school program is gunning for girls to make up more than one-third of its bikers. The nationwide youth mountain biking program started a decade ago in California. NICA now represents 31 leagues, including newly inaugurated teams in places not typically associated with the sport: Kansas, Kentucky,...

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If you know me, you know that I’m convinced that music enhances every training experience from trail running to road riding. Yes, I know that I’m not an outdoor “purist” when I’m covering up the sounds of chirping birds and the wind whistling through the trees. But believe me, my heart flutters when I’m kicking ass up the side of a mountain to the tunes of … well, that’s another story. Also, I’m aware that wearing...

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The Austrian kids’ bike brand woom, already ubiquitous in Europe, is tackling a trickier American market with its first off-road ultralight bicycle. Family-founded in Vienna in 2013, woom — like “zoom” — makes a line of lightweight bikes for kids ages 1 and a half through 14. The colorful aluminum series, ranging from a low step-through balance bike up to an around-town 26er for teens, has caught on in Europe, where riding bikes...

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Great mountain bike accessories make riding smoother, safer, and more fun. Here’s your mountain bike kit shopping list for spring. We asked Mark Matthews, Hydro Flask ambassador and professional mountain biker, for his top MTB accessory picks for 2019. These are the items the adventure-seeking, trail-building fanatic just can’t seem to ride without. Read the article at GearJunkie.com

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