Tested: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie

Tested: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie

The northeast section of Lost Valley Trail in Weldon Spring, Mo., is notorious for its succession of toothy rocks and loose pebble. Imagine riding on the side of a highway with rumble strips and road debris, and you get the idea. It can be a jarring experience, unless...
Tested: Icebug Zeal RB9X

Tested: Icebug Zeal RB9X

It was the traction of the Zeal that made a lasting impression. The big rubber studs gripped mud, ice and snow like cleats on fresh turf — and they’re spread out on the sole so mud didn’t get stuck. The non-absorbing upper meant the shoe also stayed drier. The Zeal...
St. Louis Gear Standouts

St. Louis Gear Standouts

St. Louis is known for a lot of things — the Gateway Arch, beer, baseball, weirdly satisfying fringe foods. (I’m looking at you slingers and gooey butter cake.) One thing that doesn’t initially jump to mind, though, is outdoor fashion. A growing number of local...
Tested: Energy Drinks

Tested: Energy Drinks

Some athletes swear by the wing-giving boost of energy drinks. If you’re one of them, here are six easy-to-find selections (I got mine at Supplement Superstores, GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe) and what you can expect after indulging. To keep my testing methods simple and...
Tested: Elby 9-Speed

Tested: Elby 9-Speed

Pedaling around an asphalt parking lot probably didn’t allow me to experience the Elby 9-Speed in its full glory, but it did give me a lot of room to play with this fun, comfortable, sophisticated ebike. First things first, the Elby is a smooth operator — and I mean...
Tested: Specialized Turbo Levo Hardtail Comp 6Fattie

Tested: Specialized Turbo Levo Hardtail Comp 6Fattie

As I casually pedaled up the final climb from Lost Valley to the Hamburg Trail in Weldon Spring, Mo., I couldn’t help but smile, and maybe feel a little guilty. Riding up a steep, gravelly, quarter-mile-long hill shouldn’t be so easy. Yet there I was ready for more...