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.
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There is No Offseason: Lift Year-round
January 17, 2013 - Here's a scary thought/tip: Keep lifting weights year-round.
Yeah, even during your seasons to keep the "umph" and "pop" you want, you can't rely on the sport itself. Human-power sport reps are too low-effort, too high-cadence by'n'large. Gotta keep hittin' the weights year-round.
I used to think I could get by lifting we... > Read
Prediction: Hipsters will discover XC Skiing
January 12, 2013 - Someday...
Young people will XC ski. And ski shops will pop up alongside cafes. And there will be youth media for these skiers. And a cold weather outdoor fresh air hipster scene will happen. Flasks. Bota bags will make a comeback. And certain kinds of clothing will be seen on the trails, or at least somewhere there's snow, ca... > Read
Weather & the Nordic Spirit
December 15, 2012 - Last year's low-snow winter has nothing to do with the static state of XC. XC doesn't stand alone -- it doesn't even need snow to be full-on! The Nordic mindset is holistic. It easily endures cycles of lo-sno/mo-sno by hopping over to any available fresh air fun with friends, solitude, picnics, what have you.
The crisis is t... > Read
Outdoor vs. Ski Culture -- What's Growing and Why?
December 15, 2012 - Worth noting...
*XC skiing so far has caught NONE of the recent huge explosion party-vibe of cyclocross and gravel-grinder biking (though it's a totally natural fit).
*Canoeing has caught NONE of the huge boom in SUP (though canoes make great SUPers on rivers and quiet lakes). I still have hopes that both bad situations ... > Read
Group Biking Skills: Gotta Learn 'Em to Be a Roadie
September 27, 2012 - I just read the following article as reposted on the Beatthetrain.org forum. (Here's the original link. Check out the comments: 350+! http://carolinacyclingnews.com/2011/09/01/lost-art-of-the-group-ride/#comments)
(They're a Detroit bike club that puts on an intense regular urban ride plus the Mad Anthony Cyclocross race at ... > Read
Fall Outdoor Action: The Best! (with Better to Come!)
September 05, 2012 - I'm excited about fall training! It's my favorite training time of the year. ...Coz it means getting ready for the biggest fun season of the year! ...SKIING!
Here's my plan... Something different for every day, sometimes two-a-day: *rollerski; *trail run; *CATski; *yard weights; *calisthenics; *cyclocross; *dirt road rides;... > Read
"Just Ride": Fave Tip in New Book by Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bikes
September 05, 2012 - "Just Ride" is a dandy new bike book showing that there's are whole other ways of skinning the bike cat. ...Than the Racer-Wannabe cat, specifically. It's about the casual fun biking cat.
One of my fave tips in this tip-packed book is about finding the right seat height. He suggests starting definitely way too high then lowe... > Read
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 ... > Read
Get Bad Drivers Off the Road!
July 31, 2012 - Driver safety is a relevant issue in the Outdoor Life, so I cover it here. In short: People who cause dangerous car crashes MUST be gotten off the roads! Wrecks are THE PROOF of unsuitability for driving. Testing that requires higher skills would be nice, since it happens before the wrecks and would obviously tend to prevent wrecks,... > Read
Team OYB Visits the Bike Museum of America
July 15, 2012 - I thought I posted this link here last spring along with my other Ohio Roadtrip links.
Well, better late than never!
Here are some pics from our tour of this wonderful Museum.
There are details of the visit in my main Ohio Roadtrip report. > Read
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Mud Runs -- New Craze Featured in Silent Sports
June 28, 2012 - The new Silent Sports issue has a cover story about the phenom of "Muddy Buddies." I'm thinkin' the concept has an OYB-ish vibe: a diverse, challenging event designed for fun not "results." Apparently finishing times aren't even kept in some. It shows desire to do more than mono-action -- where the usual is to show up, ride (or what... > Read
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Get Fitter: Ride a Heavier Bike
May 31, 2012 - People usually think that a lighter bike is better if you're after fitness and fun. But, really, that's not the case. If you're after fitness, heavier is always better: in any group of riders going a particular pace the one riding the heaviest bike is the fittest. If you're after fun the bike simply needs to work well and fit you. (A... > Read
Bikes and Common Sense: Save the World?
May 28, 2012 - Hugely the most car trips are 3 miles or less, right?
What would be the impact if people biked, say, HALF of those short trips?
Right now, what, 1% of such trips are biked, probably. ?
But why stop there? Why not add just ONE more common sense sort of thing to our world-saving mix...
How about when it's hot out if we let... > Read
10% Off Sale on EVERYTHING at the OYB eBay Store!
May 17, 2012 - I dunno if you know OYB has a store at ebay, but it does! (I've posted about it here before.) We're now up to 400 items!
But here's the news: I started a 10% off everything sale!
Now, it's all priced good'n'low to begin with, so this is kinda crazy, but it's meant to jumpstart our new and hugely expanded listings.
I have d... > Read
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