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!

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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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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...

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Washing Your Bike

Very often bikes come to me to be tuned and they are totally dirty. Washing your bike is essential – to keep things working as expected.When washing your bike, this is the time to pay attention to all your components and make sure they are tight, no cracks or anything is broken or warn and needing replaced. Speaking of tight, you need to know how your bike is put together, take your time and get intimate with all your components – so that when something does start to get lose – and they will – you’ll be able top catch it before any damage can occur.

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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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Winter Cycling Pants

Review: Sobike NENK Winter Cycling Pants With temps in the mid 20's I had the opportunity to try out a pair of Sobike NENK Winter Cycling Pants. It is often I get goodies in the mail and I look at them and say, hmmm... I don't think so? But not this time....

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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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To Strava or not to Strava?

Want to switch from Strava? With all the negative connotations that Strava can bring, some folks have been looking at other solutions. In the Strava threads, cyclists state that they would entertain a different solution if: It provided like services If...

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Oil Well Flats

Located in the climate capitol of Colorado, this new trail system is rideable year round. This trail system is comprised of fun singletrack trails with a variety of difficulty and terrain making it a great off-season destination when the rest of the front range is covered in snow and you want a little variety from Pueblo Reservoir.

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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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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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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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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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