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While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …


An Oral History Of How “Game Of Thrones” Went From Crazy Idea To HBO’s Biggest Hit

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.W. Weiss, and HBO brass recall how the show (barely) got off the ground.<p>On Sunday night the fifth season of HBO’s epic fantasy series <i>Game of Thrones</i> premieres, and at this point, there is no questioning its epicness. With nearly 20 million viewers per …

TV Series

Are Reform Conservatives Serious?

A crop of young thinkers trying to steer the right toward the future needs to both vanquish the Tea Party and show it has more than just a marketing campaign.<p>After Lyndon B. Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964 and during the rush of progressive legislation that followed, Republicans decided they …

Replace Derailleur Cables and Housing


Your Bike Pedal Guide

Simple tips to buy, use, and maintain the mechanisms beneath your feet<p><b>Think Quality</b> <br>Most of us don’t need the priciest pedals. But when you spend even $50 more than the cheapest model available, you upgrade from lower-quality steel alloy to stainless or titanium, giving you a stronger pedal that’s …



Where to Use Bike Lubricant

To keep your ride's moving parts moving, the right lubricant is key.<p>For some, bike lubricant is an unglamorous necessity. But for obsessives, it transcends the utilitarian function of keeping moving parts moving, and becomes the bike-maintenance equivalent of wine—lube snobs, like fine-wine …

Track Down

Test Your Fix-It IQ

Up your game with this bike-tuning and maintenance quiz<p>Do you think you’re a master mechanic? Use this quiz to find out just where you rank in the world of wrenches. Even better, challenge your know-it-all friends to a quiz-off and find out who really knows their stuff.


How to Wash Your Bike

Four common missteps—and three tips to a fast cleanup.<p><b>WHILE THERE ARE SOME OVERZEALOUS ODDBALLS</b> out there who meticulously polish their headset spacers with Q-tips, most of us treat bike cleaning as a quick chore—if we do it at all.<p>But in your rush to get the job done, you can make mistakes that …


101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know

Your guide to a longer cycling life—for your bicycle, your gear, even a few friendships<p>Your bicycle doesn’t run on leg power alone. It also needs a little lube, a lotta­ love, and a good ­listen. You may not know every remedy your bike needs to live a long life, but you can gain enough wisdom along …