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  • A new breed of bikes built for 'gravel grinders'

    A new breed of bikes built for 'gravel grinders'
    The bike industry, always in search of the next big thing, stumbled upon it a few years ago in the form of hundreds of underground events and races being held on gravel back-country farm roads throughout the Midwest and the Great Plains. These "gravel grinders" are now everywhere. Naturally, so is a new category of bikes specifically built for them — and everything else, it seems. Like road bikes on steroids, gravel grinder bikes are built to go fast and handle abuse, with disk brakes, burly frames, taller handlebars (for an upright riding position), wide tires (for better traction on dirt and gravel) and a design with lowered cranks, a longer wheelbase and slacker head angles (for better long-distance comfort and stability). Not surprisingly, they turn out to be good at just about everything: touring, commuting, riding around town, some mountain biking — and even for cyclo-cross, multi-surface races that use similar but slightly more agile bikes. In short, if you want a go-fast, long-haul, indestructible, any-terrain bike, look at a gravel grinder, even if you're miles from a gravel road.
  • Kyung-sook Shin's 'I'll Be Right There' finds artful solace

    Kyung-sook Shin's 'I'll Be Right There' finds artful solace
    In the Seoul of Kyung-sook Shin's new novel, "I'll Be Right There," university students wander the hilly city on foot. They take in its vistas, its hidden histories, writing in journals and reading literature. And every now and then, they're struck by a...

    Game Time: 'Kingdom Hearts Re:coded'

    Kingdom Hearts Re:coded DS/$39.99/Available Now Square Enix left the gaming community in shock when it unleashed the role-playing game "Kingdom Hearts" on the unsuspecting masses. The Tokyo-based company managed to meld its already successful "Final...

    Like/dislike: Em Waymire

    Like/dislike: Em Waymire
    At night, Em Waymire, 22, undergoes a spooky transformation. She becomes Ann, a creepy and comical ghost. After growing up in Deale, and graduating from Frostburg State University in 2010 with a degree in theater, Waymire decided to move to the heart of...

    Jingle belles: Holiday home tours light up the season

    Jingle belles: Holiday home tours light up the season
    Baltimore's Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour is often less about cookies than it is about the houses that open their doors to serve them. "These are Victorian houses, and they are almost always under construction or restoration," said Sylva Lin....