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Bike Parties: Biking for the Fun People!
June 13, 2015 - Bike Party -- a new way to make friends and explore a city by Jeff Potter (photo by R. Frith) More people are biking nowadays, and they're having more fun at it. Lansing is joining in. The focus point for the most bike fun in our city these days is the Lansing Bike Party (LBP), a loose-knit group that meets Fridays then heads out to explo...  > Read Article
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OYB Action on Facebook! ...and eBay!
August 21, 2012 - OYB has a couple other big ways to keep in touch or to shop the indie outdoors. I have an OYB Facebook Page where I post more timely items and event dates. (More people leave comments there, too -- even though it's cinchy to do so here.) -- ...  > 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 *bike culture *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...
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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 Article

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 Article

"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 Article

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 Article

Bikes + Cars = Love (it ain't that hard)
May 20, 2016 - I think we should celebrate a year of no fatalities for bikers around here. Maybe even a year of no bad local cars injuring bikers. Word gets out and I don't recall any. It was also a year of thousands of great interactions with car drivers! Drivers have been great to bikers around here for the past year! Hooray! Thanks, drivers! Bikers lov...  > Read Article

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

Women's Bikes Could Be So Sweet!
May 15, 2016 - Women's bikes share a problem with kids bikes. ...They're all overbuilt! In a normal market women's bikes would be half the market, right? I assume that's the case in Europe and Asia. So it's no market to sniff at. How might women's bikes differ from others? There are size and proportion issues for one thing. I want to draw attention to WEIGH...  > Read Article

Here's a Quote...
"Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.

There are love dogs
no one knows the names of.

Give your life
to be one of them."