And then there’s the other Tokyo—a calmer, more traditional Tokyo. This is the Tokyo found down quiet side-streets, along riverside pedestrian paths and on two-wheeled escapes to the city’s surrounding mountains and forests. This is the Tokyo of meticulously manicured imperial gardens and the countless temples and shrines dotted throughout this otherwise bustling capital. In these seemingly disparate halves, there is an unlikely unity. Modern and traditional don’t simply coexist. They complement one another with the past guiding progress to create one of the world’s great cities...Request the full story
Joel Caldwell isn’t one to sit still. Light enters through the living room window of his warm Brooklyn apartment as Joel talks excitedly about an upcoming trip he’s planning. This one’s to Senegal. A return to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is forthcoming, he states, but not before he heads out to Montana next week, of course. A brief glance through Joel’s portfolio illustrates a similar restlessness, a mixed palette of past excursions—the greens of the Mongolian Steppe, the stark black and white of winter on the Pamir Highway, the golden hues of the American Southwest...Request the full story

Often overshadowed by regional cycling meccas France, Spain and Italy, Portugal is unlikely to break into one of the top five holiday destinations for cyclists. Even Portugal’s own “Grand Tour,” the Volta a Portugal, gets sandwiched between the Tour and Vuelta, leading many elite racers to stay home. Cyclo-tourists flock to the big three for the history, the culture and more importantly, the climbs: France has the Alps, Spain has the Pyrenees and Italy the Dolomites. So what’s left for Portugal?

While Portugal’s tallest peak lies 1450km west on the Atlantic archipelago of the Azores, the country still has plenty of up, and more than enough #roadslikethese to satisfy even the most well-traveled of cyclists. Acting as the perfect base camp to explore every ascent, descent and pasteleria in between is Portugal’s capital—and perhaps the country’s capital for cobbled climbs: Lisbon...Request the full story

...Next year will mark the company’s thirtieth anniversary, and while Paul Price has big plans for the next chapter, he characteristically plays his cards pretty close to his chest, hinting simply, “I think we’ll have some surprises next year.” Whatever surprises may come, it’s safe to say the team at PAUL will be ready for them. After all, while their brakes may be famous for their stopping-power, the company is perhaps best recognized for its staying-power. As for what new products are on the horizon, you’d have to ask Paul Price— but for now it’s morning in Chico, and the trails are calling...Request the full story

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