Nudging CX to the Next Level: Nearly There!
April 22, 2013 - I think the CX scene is *almost* there in terms of rebuilding a new core in US sport cycling. Only a few more pieces in the puzzle are needed. I'm no expert -- it's just a hunch.
To show you how close CX is, right now it has the sport, and the mayhem, and the silliness that's needed (new issue #20 of CX Mag has a good silliness quote). They have... > Read Article
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.) -- https://www.facebook.com/outyourbackdoor
OYB also has a huge eBay Store which lists 400+ items by topi... > 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
OYB Looking for Freelance/Part-time Work!
May 13, 2013 - Do you have any projects that the OYB skillset can help you with?
Bikes, boats, skis, skills ... and media/web/biz/social/event/hand work relating to same.
That's the resume'! : ) 20 years of it!
Want to do something together? Lemme know!
...Or if you know of anyone, please pass the word along.
Thanks. > Read
Momentum Mag: Rockin' the Bike
May 06, 2013 - The new issue of Mo Mag is supposedly their Buyer's Guide but it's also jampacked with Bike Culture and reports on Safe Streets politics. It's awesome.
They have a fairly long profile of Mark Gorton, a multi-talented biz whiz who's behind a lot of NYC's recent safe streets projects. It's inspiring. Lots of good quotes that seemed more striking t... > Read
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CX Your Roadbike for Better Summer Fun!
April 29, 2013 - I just had fun doing a little underbiking in the true CX style. What's that, you ask? Well, nowadays a lot of CX bikes are just that CX bikes. But back in the day, CX is what roadies did in the winter. On their road bikes. You know what that did for them? Well, they had winter fun but they also got to know their road bikes a LOT better. I just did ... > Read
Cyclocross Mag #20: Worlds + Gravel
April 25, 2013 - Just got the new issue of CX Mag. It has a lot of background on the Worlds. It's neat how they don't try to cover the event 'as it happened' -- that's what their website does. Instead, they go deep.
And they include a cute pic that includes Ol' Antler Helmet! : )
More at http://www.cxmagazine.com -- a sub is only $20, so c'mon. It's a small, ... > Read
S24O Rose Lake: My First S24O!
April 23, 2013 - I've been hankering to do a Sub 24 Hour Overnight bikecamping trip for years now. It's been hilariously frustrating trying to find an evening that's free and with nice weather -- and we aren't even busy people.
The Midwest is complicated in a way for this kind of camping, since the best seasons for it are spring and fall -- sketchy times, weath... > Read
The Dirt Rag version of "Ski What Ya Ride"
April 16, 2013 - I wrote up a version of my "Ski What Ya Ride" concept for Dirt Rag a couple seasons ago. I can't tell if I posted it here yet, but in case I didn't, here it is. It'll be ready and waiting to help ya kick off next winter! Or I can post-date it so it kicks back into gear then.
They were going to use it in their print mag but the season got NUKED ... > Read
Cyclocross Magazine: Gilly the Superfan, Issue #19
April 13, 2013 - I just got Issue #19 of Cyclocross magazine. And there I find yet another reason why I'm digging CX so much. The darn thing just blew me away yet again. Usually it's the events themselves that blow me away but this time it's the mag! Very cool!
There's a big article about this superfan, Gilly. He dresses in a Ghillie suit and hides out on the r... > Read
"believe me, if you know someone who has never used a lawnmower, cannot/refuses to catch a ball, and has never worn shortpants as an adult then you better be very careful....they might just wanna make you their gardener one day or have you strip down to your shortpants while you're dancing in a cage in their basement....."