The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

The Outdoor Life

LIVING THE DREAM

LIVING THE DREAM

The Outdoor Life signifies a culture of men and women whose souls are restless and ache for a glimpse of sunshine & fresh air. I am the Average Joe living The Outdoor Life one day at a time. Waiting and planning for that next adventure. I am an avid cyclist, kayaker, surfer, hiker, backpacker, camper, swimmer, equestrian, hunter, fisherman, and photographer. However, it’s not about the activity; it’s about the adventures I experience during these activities. For me, The Outdoor Life is not something I do; it’s something I live!

This website started as “My Life on Two Wheels,” and as I progressed into different activities, I believe it is only right to give them the respect they deserve. With over 30 years of professional and recreational experience, I love being able to pass along information about great companies that fit into an outdoor lifestyle. I have hands-on experience with every product posted here. Companies send me products to test and others are products I feel can benefit my outdoors needs. However, it’s not all about product reviews! You’ll find information on different places to go, rides I have ridden, rivers I have floated and my experiences at each. I’ll show you how to get things done and on the cheap. You’ll watch as I succeed and fail, laugh and cry–but remember it’s about the adventure and the smile you come away with!

Thank you, Amanda, for putting up with my obsessed need to be free in the outdoors! You are the love of my life and will always be my 1st obsession!

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Replacing Your Chain

Replacing Your Chain

Replacing your chain does not have to be difficult. In this short 3 minutes, I show you how to get the correct length every time!

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Buying A Used Bike

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.

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My name is Chris,  I am a Clydesdale!

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.

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Camping & Traveling by Bike

Camping & Traveling by Bike

Camping & Traveling by Bike Bikepacking on the road or in the mountains, it's always an adventure! Bikepacking offers a unique way for solo and group adventure junkies to find and access new places, meet new people, and encounter new personal challenges anywhere...

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Kayaking Shell Key Florida

Kayaking Shell Key Florida

Shell Key has been designated as one of the state’s most important areas for shorebird nesting and wintering and it serves as an important study area for these species.

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Kids Kayaking Solo

Kids Kayaking Solo

Kids Kayaking Solo Kids as young as 4 years old can kayak solo! Kayaking is an excellent outdoor activity that can be enjoyed as an adventure sport as well as a recreationally by people of all ages. This has caused a tremendous increase in the popularity of kayaking....

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Multitools by Lever Gear

Multitools by Lever Gear

The Toolcard Pro & Bit Vault Two EDC tools to make everyday life a bit easier. The first thing to consider when looking to purchase a multitool is, do you want one that you will wear on your belt or are you looking for something more compact and light to just put...

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Does Light Really Matter?

Does Light Really Matter?

Review: Adding a small waterproof light to your next shoot will open up an endless array of opportunities to get creative.

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Kayaking Gum Slough Springs

Kayaking Gum Slough Springs

Kayaking Gum Slough Springs If you've done much paddling around Florida, chances are you've heard about Gum Slough. Located on the Withlacoochee River near Inverness, this is one of Florida's wildest spring runs. It's not hard to find, and isn't really...

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Big Red 3.5 Gallon Parts Washer

Big Red 3.5 Gallon Parts Washer

This is often a job that you might outsource to a bike shop and is packaged as a “Tune-Up” and it’s usually the most expensive super deluxe tune-up on the list, ranging from $150 to over $250 bucks!

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Central Florida Cycling

Central Florida Cycling

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.

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Kayaking with Dogs

Kayaking with Dogs

Kayaking with Dogs Taking your canine companion with you on the water. Some may think these two can't be combined, but yes, it is absolutely possible to kayak with your dog. Not all dogs are going to want to go kayaking. Some dogs do not enjoy the water or may be...

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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!