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.

Big Red 3.5 Gallon Parts Washer

Review: Big Red 3.5 Gallon Parts Washer Dealing with mud, dirt, sand and even snow - parts on your bike are going to get dirty and sometimes a simple washing is just not going to cut it. It is also recommended that at least once a year you break down your...

read more

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...

read more

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,...

read more

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.

read more

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!

read more

Homeless Camps

After watching the KRDO13 clip, I was curious to know why the city’s hands were tied – it didn’t make sense to me. I contacted Aimee Cox (Community Development Manager for Colorado Springs) and spent an hour on the phone with her. This was an excellent conversation that lead to some discoveries that I don’t think the public readily knows about (I didn’t). But first a little back story to the homeless situation.

read more

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.

read more

Big Johnson Loop

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

read more

Stoned in Colorado

Recently I went to a local bike shop here on the south side of town and as soon as I walked in the doors the odor was so overwhelming it upset my stomach. Then the owner comes around the corner – totally stoned out of his mind “can I help you”? Like I’m gonna leave my prize ride with him, I don’t think so!

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

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!