Fatbikes on Ski Trails: Grooming Needed
March 13, 2016 - Snowbikes are the big new thing. They're now popular in winter around here. I'm guessing they're more popular in places with marginal snow conditions. When it's nasty they can still be fun while skiing might not be possible. When it's icy, they can keep rolling -- altho big studs on a regular mtbike seem to bite better than commercially studded fat... > 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
MI BC XC Trail Ski Party Series Schedule for 2018
December 05, 2017 - MI BC XC Schedule:
*Potto Raid - ever ski the Potto? here's a chance to do it w a gang. gorgeous, ridgey, technical challenge. go there first by yourself and learn how to do the descents (esp the last big one by Silver Lk). this is a 4-stage raid. 3-4 hrs. bring food, wax, maybe protection. parking lot potluck apres'. Sunday Jan 7, 10am, no sno... > Read
It's Not About the Bike/Boat/Ski -- Then Again, It is
October 12, 2017 - This is a tale of two worlds. Racing and partying. In both the tools used both matter and they don't matter. Let's compare and contrast how...
In racing it's not about the tool you're using, it's about your preparation and attitude. At the same time, it IS about the tool: you need whatever is needed to get in the door at whatever level you're pl... > Read
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
Cyclocross 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
"Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you,
You must travel it for yourself."