Buying A Used Bike

Looking to purchase a used bike, learn the tail-tell signs of an overly used bike are. Not knowing can cost you hundreds of dollars more in new components.

VSSL Flask & Flashlight

VSSL Flask & Flashlight

This is one of my favorite products that I have reviewed and the cool factor is off the charts. When I first got this flask, I was like “This thing is sweet!” Is it a Flashlight or a Flask? It goes both ways and can be used as either.

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Biking & Kayaking at Cypress Glen

Biking & Kayaking at Cypress Glen

Named one of the “10 Coolest Places You’ve Never Been in North America” by the World Wildlife Fund, Withlacoochee State Forest is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast. Activities include miles of trails for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and canoeing.

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Photography with Action Cameras

Photography with Action Cameras

The GoPro is a very tiny action “video” camera with a very tiny sensor and a very tiny lens. It will in no way compete with a $5,000 DSLR with an equally expensive $5,000 lens attached. It’s not even going to compete with a $500 DSLR/Lens Kit. It’s just not going to happen! And by understanding the limitations, will also set acceptable expectations.

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Video:Spaghetti O’s MTB Commercial

Video:Spaghetti O’s MTB Commercial

As some of you know I like to dabble in the video world – here is a TV Commercial I shot for Spaghetti O’s a while back that I totally forgot about. I used Mountain Bikers for the actors!

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Be Your Own Mechanic

Be Your Own Mechanic

Breaking down my require a walk out to the truck, but in many cases, that can be avoided with a little know-how. Here are some tips for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to know, just a bit more.

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When did you start cycling?

When did you start cycling?

I got the nod form Singletracks.com for a photo of me from the 90s – this is form the 1997 NORBA Nationals Big Bear Lake, CA. I took 3rd at this race. Now I’m 51 and still just as hard on the trails as I was back then. But a wee bit slower, ha! I was sponsored by GT Bicycles, Bullet USA and Qranc USA to name a few. The ZZYZX Fork was one of the first tripple-clamp forks on the market and made by Dan Hanebrink – this was an amazing time to be Downhill Racing!

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Protect Your Frame

Protect Your Frame

A while back I saw a really sweet Frame Bag designed with the Colorado Flag – and two thoughts came to mind. a) Would that fit on my bike (I ride a small frame)? b) What’s all that Velcro going to do to the finish of my carbon frame? After some digging I was able to find a smaller version of the frame bag called a 1/2 bag, but the whole idea of sand and crushed granite (Colorado’s dirt) didn’t sit well with me.

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Body Weight

Body Weight

Mountain biking is a game of numbers; how far, how fast, how light, etc. In this world of numbers, few remember the most important – your body weight.

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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, I give them away to followers of The Outdoor Life blog who have subscribed to my 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!