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It’s never about the destination

Adjusting the GoPro on top of Pikes Peak at 14,114 feet above sea level!

As a cyclists diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I try to ride my bikes every weekend and get away at least once a month to somewhere epic. I ride my road and cross bike 2-3 times a week. I have a small bike shop in Riverview, FL where I try to help other cyclists learn about wrenching on their own bikes through private and public workshops. As a mechanic for the past 20+ years of The Gravity Garage, I specialize in upper-end Mountain, Road and Cyclocross bikes. In the past 30 years, I have ridden all over the US, from west coast beaches of San Diego, the deserts of Barstow/Joshua Tree in California, the Red Rocks of Nevada, all throughout the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and now the gator filled preserves of Florida. With elevations from Sea Level to the top of Pikes Peak at 14,114’. Rides as short as an hour to overnight bike packing trips. Sand, snow, mud, dirt, rocks, hard pack, asphalt & concrete – my adventures have been awesome and I am blessed with the ability to keep riding even at 52-years-old and all that that brings with it! This is a few ramblings about some of my journeys!

Transplant: From Colorado to Florida:

Riding the Flats vs the Mountains

Riding the Flats vs the Mountains Who's really the winner? I see a lot of people asking about going from Flat elevations to mountainous/hilly areas - then the lot of snarky comments about how riding the Flats is for pussies, real cyclists need elevation,...

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Mountain Biking Balm Boyette Preserve

Balm-Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve Balm Boyette is much more secluded than some  of the other. There is a 2-mile ride in on double track before you even get to the trails! Early morning rides are almost guaranteed to be filled with local wildlife including white-tail...

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Central Florida Cycling

Central Florida Cycling The first 30 days! Some of you may know that I have recently moved from Colorado to Florida, the Tampa area to be more specific. It’s now been 30 days since my first ride and here are some of my thoughts and opinions about a cycling...

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Bikepacking in the Colorado Rockies:

The Journey Not the Destination

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success! When reaching out beyond your limits, it is always best to do it with true friends. This trip was no exception…

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Planing the Route

You have a starting point and a destination, but what about the route in between? When exploring the backcountry on a bike expedition, a plan should be in place as to the specific route. Going off unplanned more often than not, when a well equipped biker with a GPS feels the urge to break off the main route and blaze a path into the unknown, can take an unexpected turn, one that at first seemed more efficient, now requires more energy, longer trail time and possibly lead to dean ends or worse – to just getting lost! As thrilling as trail blazing may seem, this is the time to stick to a plan.

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Getting There

Above: Borealis Echo with 4.8" wheels pulling a modified BOB Yak Trailer Getting There - The Rig For the "Average Joe" bikepacking is not all that much different from backpacking or even packing with horses. It's all about getting as deep into the woods as you...

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Inspiration to Ride

The Inspiration to RideAs the days go by and I get older (51 now) I sometimes ask myself - what new adventure can I get into? As my wife and friends can attest - I have a restless soul, and the prescribed treatment is “Get Outdoors”! It’s always been that way, since...

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Why Bikepacking

Bikepacking the Colorado Rockies? When I first got to Colorado over 18 years ago (fresh off the racing circuit) I heard about this winter cross-country skiing thing where skiers could ski a short distance from a hut to another hut - and make a sweet weekend or...

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All Trails Lead to Riches!

All season long, I am outdoors testing new products and consider them for reviews, some I keep, many I don’t. For the ones I don’t keep, once reviewed and photographed, Il give them away to followers of The Outdoor Life who have subscribed to our newsletter! Products are typically for Biking, Hiking, Backpacking, Kayaking, Camping, and other outdoor activities. Once I accumulate 3-4 items, I use an online random picker and select a name for each item, email you for your address and send it on its way. No strings attached!