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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Most Recent Posts

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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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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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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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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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Kayaking Robinson Preserve

It was an excellent and relaxing day meeting a few new kayakers with the Kayak Explores & More Meetup Group from Sarasota, FL. Thanks guys for an awesome morning!

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What makes a snapshot a photograph?

What makes a snapshot a photograph? While I’m not always a fan of sticking strictly to the rules of photography I don’t believe that you should be allowed to break them if you don’t know how to apply them. So here are 5 basic rules that you should keep in the back of your mind the next time you pull out your camera. Try them one at a time, or mix a couple together to see the different results.

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YOKARO Wireless TPMS – Epic Fail

The Epic Fail! No this system is not designed to stop blowouts – however it is designed to warn the drive when one does occur, but it didn’t! My truck/trailer setup allowed plenty of working distance between the brail and the furthermost sensors, just a tad over 19 feet.

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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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