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 thou... > Read
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, driv... > Read
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 ... > Read
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 att... > Read
Here's How to Get CLOUT for Outdoor Sport!
May 14, 2016 - Hey, if bikers and canoers and such want to fix their situation instantly just set up a licensing system and excise tax like hunters, fishermen, boaters and ORV drivers use.
OK, here's my rant about it, kitchen sink and all. TL / DR. ...Yeah, too long, didn't read. Both barrels! Let's see what you think and if it makes a dent...
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Social Rides & Bike Helmets
May 01, 2016 - The helmet thing keeps popping up in the bike party scene. ...In a minor way, but still.
Should people wear a helmet on a bike party ride? ...If they want to. Should they comment to others about this? No.
There actually isn't much of a "helmet war" left in the bike party, social riding scene, thankfully. But it does pop up oc... > Read
Crash-proofing: How to Stay Up on Your Bike This Summer!
April 27, 2016 - People crash way too much on their bikes. Staying up on your bike is a lot easier than you might think even when things are really dicey.
In recent years I've seen a LOT of very fit racers on very nice bikes just hit the deck. Almost always needlessly. I try to speak up on the subject and suggest some ways we can not have such ... > Read
Announcing: Type B Coaching!
February 08, 2016 - You're not a Type A personality? Don't worry! Oh, you don't worry, anyway. Good!
You still might benefit from some skills development if you wanna do outdoor sports. They do all involve skills after all! Nobody can do them automatically, except at the total-duffer not-actually-using-the-gear level. But you don't have to buy f... > Read
An Inside Look at the Best Ugliest Tire!
November 03, 2015 - There's a secret world that some have heard about but very few have visited. ...The innards of a Tubie Tire!
I love my Challenge Grifos. I've used 'em for years. They are trashed beyond belief and they are still the best tires I've ever experienced!
I've shredded them and impaled them and their sidewalls are disasters but ... > Read
Anything HOT Needs Serious Practice!
October 21, 2015 - WELCOME TO CX SEASON!
Yeah, the season is half over, but not everyone is a freak from the get-go. If you're just catching the fever, and want a better feel for the mayhem of this scene, read this. Maybe it's mostly for next year, but what the hey, it can't hurt...
Cyclocross is a high-energy, explosive sport where once yer ... > Read
Cute Bike Rides: Rambleneur, Errandonee...
October 19, 2015 - Here's a cute blog that introduced me to a few cool new kinds of biking. Of course, they're kinds of biking that thousands of us freaks have long been doing but it's fun giving them names. Or just having fun with names.
It's written by a woman. Always fun to discover more bike party women!
I saw my first cute bike ride term... > Read
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The Normalizing of Reality (Seasons R Us)
October 04, 2015 - Sometimes my OYB quest makes me laugh. I enjoy trying to encourage folks to just get out there and have some fun. Every day. In the fresh air. Year 'round.
But why is this weird? Why do I even have to try to do it? How could it be otherwise?
Doesn't everybody need fresh air activity every day year 'round?
I mean, it MUST... > Read
Team OYB's Hollywood & Radio Adventures
May 25, 2015 - Here's a little update about the cultural adventures we've had around here lately.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind. On a wide range of fronts. Where to start?
A couple years ago a food reporter heard about my roadkill tendencies at a Chicago cocktail party.
He wanted to write a story about roadkill and the OYB way of life. He... > Read
Best, Cheapest Way to Ship Bikes and Skis
January 31, 2015 - I think that most people don't know how to do this, or they get burned when letting others do it for them.
The best, cheapest way to ship BIKES is FedEx Ground 3-Day. You can ship a bike box with bike plus maybe 30 lbs of luggage, etc., for about *$45* across the USA.
As for SKIS, there's only one way to go: USPS Priority.... > Read
Violence against Bikers: Civil Rights?
June 06, 2014 - Jan Heine just mentioned a big deal: Cyclists are experiencing a Civil Rights fight. It was shocking to me to see it finally put that way. (He said he saw it somewhere earlier.)
It's what I've been living almost my whole life. I wonder if PTSD even plays into it.
Think about it. Like thousands of other Americans, I've been bi... > Read