Erica Howland

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I transformed my Jeep into a moving house to travel Africa for 2 years — here's what it was like to build

A few years ago I drove a Jeep from Alaska to Argentina. I learned a lot on that trip about where I want to go and what kind of vehicle I want to live in.<p>After years of saving and planning, I bought a 2007 four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to turn into a house on wheels to drive around …

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BIY 2 Bike Kit – Build your own bamboo bike in just 5 hours?

They say ‘if you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself.’ But what if you have zero experience? According to the folks at bamboo bee bicycles, …

A Guide to Types of Bicycles

1 of 20<p>Identifying Bicycles<p>Put on your pith helmets and get out your binoculars, folks. Before you, the long-awaited <i>Field Guide to Bicycles (First Edition)</i>.<p>This multi-volume guide, covering most known species of the family Birota, is a must-have for avid bike-watchers. However, because of its size, …

9 Healthy Reasons to Drink Beer

There may only be one National Beer Day (April 7), but don't let that keep you from celebrating this beverage year-round.<p>Think of all the reasons we ride for beer. There’s the obvious—after a hard ride, it tastes like the liquid equivalent of a high-five—and the less proven—it functions as a PED …

The Best Ways to Carry Booze by Bike

Standard Flask<p>Amazon<p>The standard robably the most ubiquitous liquor container ever. If you’ve been a groomsman at a wedding in the past two decades, you probably have at least one floating around your kitchen. Made of stainless steel and available in 8- or 12-ounce versions, it's an excellent size …

Make the Most of Your Trainer Time with These Indoor Cycling Workouts

Riding indoors needn't be boring—and it can make you fit fast<p>Chances are your typical indoor ride goes like this: Hop on trainer, pop in Season 4 of <i>Mad Men,</i> fight off trainer boredom long as you can stand it. But spending hours on the trainer can be overkill.<p>Indoor workouts "are harder than riding …

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The 13 Best Rides in National Parks

1 of 13<p>Sun Notch Vista<p>Rim Drive, Crater Lake National Park<p><b>Where</b>: Klamath County, Oregon<b><br>When to go</b>: September 19 and 26, 2015<p>Crater Lake has long been included in lists of “Dream Rides” for good reason—the views are incredible. Ride the 32-mile road around the deep-blue lake’s perimeter for the …

Quick Off-Bike Workout

Ideally, you’d be able to fit in a bike ride whenever you want. Unfortunately, reality often gets in the way, and sometimes that just doesn’t work out. When you’re in a time pinch, this five-exercise circuit can get you moving. Do three sets, resting a minute in between.<p><b>Move 1: Shoulder …

‘Bikes vs Cars’ Documentary Promotes Bike Commuting, Disparages Auto Lobbying

A new award-winning documentary makes the case that the world would be a better place if most people ditched their cars—and its filmmakers are out to prove that with data derived from a companion smartphone app.<p>Focusing primarily on cycling advocates in car-centric Los Angeles and São Paulo, …

Get the Power to Gun It with These Cycling Intervals

<b>Over-Under (see image above)</b> <br>Warm up with 20 minutes of easy spinning at a rate of perceived exertion (RPE) of 3 to 4 on a scale of 1 (very light effort) to 10 (maximum). Push yourself to right above lactate threshold (RPE of 8) for a one-minute interval—you should be able to say only three or four …

Benefits of Bike Riding - 5 Reasons You Should Ride a Bike Every Day

For most, kitting up for hours-long rides every day might seem like an unattainable dream. Clocking serious mileage on a daily basis <i>does</i> require more work than your average amateur cyclist can manage, but daily riding itself is not only very feasible, but it can also positively affect your life. …

How to Get Fast in One Season

<b>Set Up a Reward System<br>The rider:</b> Rick Gravley, 48 <b><br>The breakthrough year:</b> Gravley’s breakout year started at the end of 2013, when a routine doctor’s visit for some back pain revealed that his “creeping weight” had actually hit 270 pounds and he was borderline diabetic. A year and 85 dropped pounds …

9 Wonderfully Delicious Rides You Gotta Experience

From cookies to beers to gourmet offerings, riders eat well on these culinary cycling adventures<p><b>Bottega Gran Fondo</b><p><b>What:</b> This event features gourmet food stops with snacks made by famous chefs (including our recently profiled chocolatier Chris Kollar). In the past, riders have stopped to munch on …

How 6 People Gave Up the 9-to-5 Grind to Ride Bikes

These cycling vagabonds ditched traditional lifestyles for everything from #vanlife, to pro aspirations, to touring with a pup. Here are their tips for taking the plunge.<p><b>Alex Bowling: International Van Life</b><p><b>Why:</b> “A few years ago I put all my possessions into storage, got a PO Box in Toronto, and …

11 Places To Travel As A Solo Female Traveler

Whether it's for love, adventure or both, women are taking solo vacations like never before. Is there a location you think is especially favorable to women traveling on their own?<p>Whether it's for love, adventure or both, women are taking solo vacations like never before so travel website Trippy.com …

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How One Man Got More Than 300 Kids Mountain Biking

The Seacoast Velo Kids founder shares his secrets to cycling success<p>Rich Matthes sometimes can’t believe he created a mountain biking nonprofit from scratch, and that he once got 300 kids on mountain bikes in a single day. His wild success is in part explained by his infectious love of cycling, and …

Bike Kickstarters We Love: The Grillrider

This rolling outdoor grill is an all-in-one party on wheels<p>E-bikes, folding bikes, folding e-bikes that fit in your pocket and interface with your commuter helmet to flash a holographic map of your city out onto the road—it’s <i>hard</i> to keep up with the latest progression of nonsensical bike technology …

What Happens When Bicyclists Obey The Law?

Be careful what you ask for. On July 29, San Franciscan drivers—who often complain about cyclists flouting regulation—got a taste of what happens when cyclists strictly comply with traffic laws.<p>Across America, the law stipulates that cyclists and drivers follow the same traffic regulations, like …

Kind Strangers Step In to Help an Elderly Man Fix His Roof

He says the kind gesture has restored his faith in humanity.<p>California resident Richard Dubiel describes is someone who likes to take on projects himself — instead asking for help. But when neighbor David Perez spotted the 75-year-old trying to attach shingles to his roof, he knew he had to step …

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Pigskin Literature: The Best Books Ever Written About Football

For a long time baseball was considered the National Pastime and, as many writers liked to affirm through baseball’s rich bibliography, that sport …

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Bucket List Places You Need To See In The Next Decade

"Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?" What if instead of a dreaded job interview question, this was asked as a travel challenge? Suddenly the whole world opens up.<p>You had better start thinking, because the world will look very different in the next decade than it does today. For …

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America's Most Romantic Train Trips

If you've been thinking about sallying forth with a companion, consider a train trip to discover Wes-Anderson-film-levels of nostalgia and beauty. From the Napa Valley to Maine, riding the rails has never been so romantic.<p>If you've been thinking about sallying forth with a companion, consider a …

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15 Things NOT To Do In Paris

The next time you're in the City of Light, don't fight with crowds in tourist traps, eat at the wrong restaurants, or wait in line at the Eiffel Tower.<p>It's impossible to see and do everything when visiting Paris, so why waste time doing anything that isn't worthy of your hard-earned vacation hours? …

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Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?<p>(Photo: Vilnius, Lithuania/Shutterstock)<p>You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe …

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8 Extraordinary Places to go Whale Watching in Latin America

Get up close to the whales and their calves as they migrate to the warm waters of Latin America.<p><b>Get up close to the whales and their calves as they migrate to the warm waters of Latin America.</b><p><b>1. ARGENTINA</b><p><b>From Wild Patagonian Shores</b><p>Head to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn on Patagonia's rugged …

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Paris' Most Secret Streets You Need To Walk

Ah, Paris. From its famous food to the stunning architecture, hell, even its snobby locals, we love pretty much everything about the city (not to sound too American, but have you seen the Eiffel Tower?!).<p>And now there's a guidebook, written by a local journalist, to show us all the hidden nooks and …

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5 Tips to Help You Save Money While Traveling

When I started preparing for my trip, I did a lot of research on the planning process on the internet. There are a number of things I did to prepare, and I thought I'd share some tips on how to help you travel for less money.<p>Before I quit my job to take my first trip to Europe, I had no idea what I …

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5 American Cities You Should Visit In 2015

In 2014, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Richmond were the coolest place to be. But with a new year brings a new set of cities to add to your bucket list. Luckily, we've found some surprising spots Americans are trekking to most, courtesy of Hotels.com's Hotel Price Index.<p>Whether it's a small-ish town …

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