How to Build a Route for Riding Somewhere New

Frankie T. Smith
Photo credit: pixdeluxe - Getty Images
Photo credit: pixdeluxe – Getty Images

From Bicycling

While the go-to routes in our backyard that we’ve ridden countless times over the years will always hold a special place in our hearts, there’s something to be said for getting out and exploring new areas.

Whether this means squeezing in a bike ride on a weekend road trip getaway with the family, or hopping on a plane and traveling to a far-flung destination, there are must-ride routes all over the world that are worth checking out.

Obviously, traveling and riding during COVID-19 makes extensive exploring more challenging for everybody. (For the most up-to-date information on areas you may be traveling to, check resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regularly.)

But if you are getting out there at some point soon or are planning a trip in the future, it’s easier than

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Preparing For A Big Drop

For much of the first half of this year, consumers stuck at home as the coronavirus circled the globe. Many people only dreamed of taking off to faraway lands or cruising across oceans and seas to exotic locales, while the industry that provided those services saw its own dreams turn into nightmares.

Domestic travel spending in the U.S. is on track to crash some 40% year-over-year to $583 billion from $972 billion last year, according to a recent U.S. Travel Association-commissioned report. That comes as domestic trips taken by U.S. residents dip to 1.6 billion, a 30% drop from last year and logging the lowest figure since 1991—another recession year—the group noted.

And that doesn’t include the pandemic-induced fallout from the international side. “International inbound spending is expected to freefall a whopping 75%,” landing at about $39 billion from $155 billion a year ago, according to the research by Tourism

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Paris Men’s Fashion Week Spring 2021

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Forging ahead and building his fresh, independent fashion label, Cool TM, Thomas Monet offers an example of what’s emerging, even in an environment of global crisis.

Monet will present a collection at Paris Men’s Fashion Week for the first time, bringing an example of how new propositions can be built from lessons of the past — while also being molded by the constraints of the present crisis. 

The designer has 15 years of fashion experience under his belt at brands as diverse as Yiqing Yin, Balmain, Daniel Cremieux and Faith Connexion. 

He worked with Christophe Decarnin at Balmain and Olivier Rousteing was a schoolmate at the ESMOD fashion school in Paris.

Not long ago, he took a pause from the fast pace of fashion design and embarked on a period of travel and reflection.

“The rhythm had been extremely dense and

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Plumbing Basics


We stock leading brands that you can trust like Speedfit by John Guest and Cuprofit from Conex Bänninger so you can fit with confidence. This table shows a list of occupations with job duties that are similar to those of plumbers, pipefitters, leaking taps and steamfitters. About 66,100 openings for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters must be able to lift and move heavy tools and materials.

Equipment And Tools

Specialized plumbing tools include pipe wrenches, flaring pliers, pipe vise, pipe bending machine, pipe cutter, dies, and joining tools such as soldering torches and crimp tools. New tools have been developed to help plumbers fix problems more efficiently. Lead was the favoured material for water pipes for many centuries because its malleability made it practical to work into the desired shape. Such use was so common that the … Read More