Biking's Abatross: the Safety Fetish
May 19, 2016 - It's boggling to me how people put bicycling into this weird separate category in life where safety fantasy is a fetish. Yet most folks just for grins do all sorts of things that are tons riskier. Nor do they have such views of safety elsewhere in their life. Like people who go by few rules will go ape for rules in biking. Or people who are carefre... > Read Article
Robert Mosher: New OYB Staffer!
March 09, 2012 - I am pleased to mention that for the past while OYB has had the privilege of the assistance of an enthusiastic and talented outdoorsman, a fellow bike and boat buff (and old climber besides): Robert Mosher.
He is a local kindred spirit who wanted to pitch in. He's been making it possible for OYB to get twice as much done as before, on the much-n... > Read Article
OYB has an eBay Store!
March 07, 2011 - I've launched an eBay store for OYB.
I've had the Outyourbackdoor username there for a few years, which I've used to sell luggage, books, magazines and other goodies. Heck, Martha and I have been eBaying since it started and we together have 1000+ sales with a 100% rating since, like, 1994.
But I've ramped things up there, with over 100 items... > Read Article
Donate! Help the OYB cause...
March 06, 2011 - I've had several people recently ask how they can support the OYB cause. I've been relying on my offerings of great books'n'goodies that you can't hardly get anywhere else as being the best way. "Money for stuff" is the only way I can understand making a living.
But I can accept that OYB *stuff* isn't right for everyone. Also, I don't want to ... > Read Article
Let's See Your Comments!
December 01, 2010 - Each of our OYB articles is now followed by a brand new, easy to use "Reader Comments" section, hosted by the 3rd party provider, Disqus. If you have a reaction to the story or had a similar experience or a tip to pass on, please do! (No more tricky registering via my Forum.)
The OYB Forum is probably disabled right now, but really you should fe... > Read Article
OYB Wall Calendars?
November 30, 2010 - What if each year I started offering Wall Calendars in the various main OYB themes?
That is, diverse, candid, indie presentations of...
*outdoor activities (w/ XC ski come winter!)
*DIY fun in Michigan
*traditional seasonal outdoor subsistence sport (hunt, fish, trap, bow, gun, dog, snare, atlatl, flint, osage, net)
*XC ski ... > Read Article
OYB 10---Print Window to Modern Folkways
September 02, 2010 - [$6 postpaid.] This biggest-ever issue of OYB is a great way to get a full-figured view of the OYB scene! (I thought I was out of stock, but I just found a couple dozen. What fun! First come, first served...)
The OYB "catazeen" has to be the only magazine of authentic, informal, do-it-yourself, indy adventure and outdoor culture. It also gives d... > More Info > Purchase
Key to a Boom in XC Skiing? ...Marketing!
September 10, 2017 - "Adapt or die." ...XC skiing is fading most everywhere, and this is a disaster in its own right. But it's especially hurting in areas where snowfall is becoming sketchy. Why? What can be done?
Even in sketchy places there always is SOME snowfall, even QUITE A BIT, and such places in snowcountry are generally within an HOUR'S drive from better sn... > Read
'Cross Fever: How to Enjoy the Muddy Little World of Barriers & Off-Cambers
August 29, 2017 - I can't believe I haven't yet posted my two bits about CX skills! I've been going nuts about it for a few years now and have posted a few general items but CX is about skill, so c'mon!
There are a couple books in print about the esoteric world of CX. Actually, it's not that freaky but fans do go nuts and so it's worthy of books. (Altho, I tried ... > Read
Bike Tip: Bend Your Arms for Relaxed Safety!
August 28, 2017 - Most sport riders today I see are riding with STRAIGHT arms, or nearly so. This is good for checking bike fit, and it's OK as another hand position while riding. But most sport riders are using it as their main position. ...Even a lot of pro's today do it! (And they seem to be crashing more than they used to!)
In reality, when you're riding fast... > Read
A Roadie Primer: How to be a Rider of Road Bikes
June 05, 2017 - (bump from 8/16) There is a lot of info out there on road riding. It's kind of a technical side of biking. It relates to being a "roadie." Lately, however, I have to say that this has been a somewhat unappealing aspect of biking for me. Even so, it's an aspect requiring a lot of skill. And it's fairly popular. And the truly needed skills simply are... > Read
My Forever Annual Song of Winter
December 15, 2016 - Every year it seems like I am compelled to write something about how great winter is and how lame are people who whine about it. It's an evergreen. Because each year I get stunned yet again by people who it really seems would know better.
It happened again already this season.
We live in downstate Michigan. There are thousands of gungho bike... > Read
"Who Was That Guy?" Fun at a Crit! (What happens will shock you!)
July 24, 2016 - Our local team hosted a city center crit yesterday. I went and volunteered and have to say I was pretty bored. Zero spectators or promotion for this full day of racing around the Capitol. (Organizers short-staffed of course, but also PR is just not a priority.) I marshalled a far corner by myself for hours. Just me, a quarter mile of road, and the ... > Read
Bike Canoe Trailer: It's a Cinch!
July 06, 2016 - (BUMP FROM May, 31, 2009.)
I've long wanted to create a simple trailer for towing a canoe behind a bike.
A lot of times when I'm biking and I come across some tasty water I suddenly want to get paddling---especially when the waterway is going my way or when it's a shorter way to go my way.
To me, the two joys fit together--the glide of a... > Read
"Ambrose Bierce said that whenever you see something true in the newspapers it is followed immediately by a correction and an apology. Which is why you so seldom see anything true in a newspaper."
— Jack Saunders on the relevance of truth today, a la Bierce