Renting vs. Buying Equipment

When renting, there are no long conversations with your spouse about how much all that dust-collecting gear cost and where you’ll be storing it!

Not cool!

As we deal with all the rain and the up coming winter the trials tend to become muddy. I am seeing an alarming amount of fat bike photos tearing up the trails all over the Internet! Here are a few common things to remember. Even though our 4.8" tires do...

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Zwift – a new way of indoor cycle training.

Indoor Cycle Training Fitness, Game or both? Winter is here and while here in Colorado we have been experiencing some great weather days, sometimes it’s still difficult to get out and ride. We all have been there, staring at the bike in the trainer. "God,...

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Converting to Tubeless

I ran into an issue recently with the new +Borealis Bikes Carbondale Rims and converting them to tubeless. I have seen this before – so I thought this would be a good post for those that run across the same issue. The rims have a fairly deep concave inner surface and that made it very difficult to get the 25mm Stan’s NoTubes tape to seat correctly without any wrinkles.

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My name is Chris, I am a Clydesdale!

We are not riders that you will typically find in the front of the pack unless it’s a windy day and others want to draft off us. Nor will you’ll see us on the podium of the Tour de France because we’ll be spending too much time at the beer tents along the route. When we talk about “shaving weight”, it’s typically not about shaving grams by swapping aluminum for carbon, more so about dropping pounds by swapping that ½ pound burger for a ¼ pounder!

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Protecting Our Right to Bike

We all know that I am an advocate for protecting our right to bike in Colorado Springs for both on road and off. With a deep appreciation and passion, can be fairly out spoken at times. But as a single voice, that passion can only go so far. Posting online and getting on the news all have an effectiveness, but the power to get people to listen lies in the power of many. The more squeaky wheels (no pun intended) the more “oil”. Targeting that squeak through positive organized directing, gets things done!

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Training Partner

Knowing that in 6 weeks I will be pulling a loaded trailer up in the Colorado Mountains for my overnight trip, I thought that it would probably be a good time to start getting used to having a trailer io the back of my bike. I’m estimating that I’ll have about a 20 pound load on a 16 pound trailer – I really need to get used to having all that weight behind me.

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Big Johnson Loop

Big Johnson Loop Riding the roads of the Fountain, Colorado - Big Johnson Lake with Pikes Peak in the background.  

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Hard OTB

Just got on the trail at Ute Valley Park (Colorado Springs, CO) yesterday - and without any warning I was on my back!

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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!