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The 12 Best Electric Bikes for Every Kind of Ride

The 12 Best Electric Bikes for Every Kind of Ride

The concurrent crises of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change have prompted many of us to rethink how we live our daily lives. For millions of Americans, that included hopping on an ebike, whether we rented one from a bike-share or bought our own. 

For years, electric bicycles were bulky, inconvenient, expensive machines whose usefulness (and battery life) was limited. Slowly, that has changed. Ebikes are now lighter, more attractive, and more powerful than ever. You don’t need to be physically fit to ride one. It gets you outside, reduces fossil fuels, reduces congestion, and it’s fun

Over the past few years, my fellow Gear writers and I have tried almost every kind of electric bike, from the best heavy-duty cargo bikes to high-end mountain bikes. We’re always testing new bicycles, so if you don’t see one you like now, check back later (or drop me a note!). Once you get one, check out our favorite biking accessories, bike locks, and gear for a bikepacking adventure.

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Updated August 2021: We’ve reorganized our guide for clarity, added new models like the LeMond Prolog, added a list of honorable mentions, and removed older models.

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The Best Running Gear for Hot Summer Days

The Best Running Gear for Hot Summer Days

As the runner’s rule of thumb goes, you should always dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer than it is. That’s why you see racers in singlets and shorts when it’s 45 degrees out: Once your furnace gets going, winter turns to spring and spring turns to summer.

But what do you do when it’s already summer? When a heat wave sets records seemingly every month, and when the humidity rises along with the temperature, making the ambient air feel like an oppressive sweater? Well, for one, you reset your expectations. You’re going to be slower, and everything’s going to feel harder. You should also think a little more about your running gear—make sure you have enough water and are as comfortable as possible.

There’s no across-the-board truism for running in the heat, and acclimatization is a hell of a drug: Some folks don’t leave the house without enough water for an overnight camping trip, while some camels can happily lope along under the blazing sun for an hour without noticing. Either way, make sure you’re prepared, from the best shoes to sunscreen to hydration packs. Anything to stay off the dreadmill, right?

Be sure to check out our fitness tracker picks and our favorite trail running shoes.

Updated July 2021: We removed older picks, like Supergoop sunscreen, and added new ones, like the Coros 2 and UE Fits.