OYB Bike Bag -- Modified Vintage Swedish Military Surplus
April 08, 2013 - [$45, postpaid in US. Postage is about $8, so bag cost is only $37.]
The OYB Bike Bag is ready for action!
This bag used to be the 7-Way Bag but now it's the Bike Bag.
(I only have a few 7-Ways remaining.) You can use it anywhere on a bike, but it has no shoulder or waist straps. And it comes by default with a superb stick m... > More Info > Purchase
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
It's Totally Late to Prep for XC Skiing, but Start Anyway!
December 09, 2013 - If you haven't been getting ready for XC Skiing yet, you're way late. But there's no time like NOW to get going.
The main idea in Michigan skiing is that our winters are sketchy these days. So when snow hits you gotta hit it running! And be fit enough to enjoy it all before it melts for a week then comes back.
If you're not ready, our first... > Read
The Joy of Running with a Bike
December 05, 2013 - Cyclocross is a good way to get in a little running for those who can't run as much as they'd like to anymore, but who still like to go fast or put in a couple miles.
What you do is you blaze along on the bike, hop off smoothly and run a hundred glorious feet, say, then hurdle smoothly back onto your bike and ride some more.
Heck, even runn... > Read
What to Take on a Big Day Ski Tour?
November 27, 2013 - A friend recently asked me what I brought when doing a Big Day ski on ungroomed trails.
'Course: it all depends.
I googled my OYB site and found a few leads but I was surprised that I hadn't diagrammed it all out already!
OK, here's how we roll.
We start with a fanny pack with pouch area and water-holders.
We plan on a water bottle o... > Read
For Autumn Views: A Recumbent Bike!
October 28, 2013 - It might be silly to buy a bike just for the views, but maybe not...
A regular bike keeps your head tilted toward the ground and you have to lift your head to see the sky. An upright city bike doesn't have this feature, tho. Well...with a recumbent bike your head is naturally inclined skyward and you have to tilt your head down to see the road.... > Read
Roadbike does Cyclocross! --Fun!
October 07, 2013 - Two pics from after my rain-ride yesterday on my yard trail. Rain for CX is like snow for XC... Too bad I'd hosed off the bike before taking the pics. Bikes are even prettier when they're muddy -- just like more snow makes skiing look more gooder. Yeah, I'm kinda psyched about my sweet ride. --19 lbs!
I like it that it has a buncha 30-yr-old par... > Read
The Bike Shop Show: for Michigan CX Fun!
September 30, 2013 - Michigan has quite the fun CX scene. Does everywhere? Well, to capture this fun, these two guys run a Podcast. They report on races and cool stuff. They even went out to Cross Vegas last week! What a great way to keep up on our local action during your morning commute. Or while you're riveting bike luggage in your workshop... (Yeah, Michigan CX Rac... > Read
Free Camping! --Dispersed Camping in Michigan
September 23, 2013 - Hopefully most other states have Dispersed Camping as well. I'm pretty sure that it's legal on all Federal Forest land.
If you're tired of paying RV-like rates to pitch your tent just head to state or federal lands that are more than a mile away from an established campground and camp as you please for free for up to two weeks.
I've been not... > Read
"Wash off all wonderings-why
Don't take those with you
to the big watertank."