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Bike Canoe Trailer: It's a Cinch!
July 06, 2016 - (BUMP FROM May, 31, 2009.) I've long wanted to create a simple trailer for towing a canoe behind a bike. A lot of times when I'm biking and I come across some tasty water I suddenly want to get paddling---especially when the waterway is going my way or when it's a shorter way to go my way. To me, the two joys fit together--the glide of a...  > Read Article
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From the Desk of OYB HQ... Up North News
OYB Action on Facebook! ...and eBay!
August 21, 2012 - OYB has a couple other big ways to keep in touch or to shop the indie outdoors. I have an OYB Facebook Page where I post more timely items and event dates. (More people leave comments there, too -- even though it's cinchy to do so here.) -- www.facebook.com/outyourbackdoor ...  > Read Article

Robert Mosher: New OYB Staffer!
March 09, 2012 - I am pleased to mention that for the past while OYB has had the privilege of the assistance of an enthusiastic and talented outdoorsman, a fellow bike and boat buff (and old climber besides): Robert Mosher. He is a local kindred spirit who wanted to pitch in. He's been making it possible for OYB to get twice as much done as before, on the much-n...  > Read Article

OYB has an eBay Store!
March 07, 2011 - I've launched an eBay store for OYB. I've had the Outyourbackdoor username there for a few years, which I've used to sell luggage, books, magazines and other goodies. Heck, Martha and I have been eBaying since it started and we together have 1000+ sales with a 100% rating since, like, 1994. But I've ramped things up there, with over 100 items...  > Read Article

Donate! Help the OYB cause...
March 06, 2011 - I've had several people recently ask how they can support the OYB cause. I've been relying on my offerings of great books'n'goodies that you can't hardly get anywhere else as being the best way. "Money for stuff" is the only way I can understand making a living. But I can accept that OYB *stuff* isn't right for everyone. Also, I don't want to ...  > Read Article

Let's See Your Comments!
December 01, 2010 - Each of our OYB articles is now followed by a brand new, easy to use "Reader Comments" section, hosted by the 3rd party provider, Disqus. If you have a reaction to the story or had a similar experience or a tip to pass on, please do! (No more tricky registering via my Forum.) The OYB Forum is probably disabled right now, but really you should fe...  > Read Article

OYB Wall Calendars?
November 30, 2010 - What if each year I started offering Wall Calendars in the various main OYB themes? That is, diverse, candid, indie presentations of... *outdoor activities (w/ XC ski come winter!) *DIY fun in Michigan *bike culture *traditional seasonal outdoor subsistence sport (hunt, fish, trap, bow, gun, dog, snare, atlatl, flint, osage, net) *XC ski ...  > Read Article

OYB 10---Print Window to Modern Folkways
September 02, 2010 - [$6 postpaid.] This biggest-ever issue of OYB is a great way to get a full-figured view of the OYB scene! (I thought I was out of stock, but I just found a couple dozen. What fun! First come, first served...) The OYB "catazeen" has to be the only magazine of authentic, informal, do-it-yourself, indy adventure and outdoor culture. It also gives d...
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New MI XC Ski Blog!
November 06, 2016 - I just started a new blog dedicated to Michigan XC Skiing. We'll see if folks like using it! mixcski.blogspot.com It's a place where people can showcase everything related to Just Plain Skiing in the Snow! It'll also be mostly about Michigan, downstate MI at that, but, really, anywhere...  > Read Article

"Who Was That Guy?" Fun at a Crit! (What happens will shock you!)
July 24, 2016 - Our local team hosted a city center crit yesterday. I went and volunteered and have to say I was pretty bored. Zero spectators or promotion for this full day of racing around the Capitol. (Organizers short-staffed of course, but also PR is just not a priority.) I marshalled a far corner by myself for hours. Just me, a quarter mile of road, and the ...  > Read Article

Lollygagging: Fishin' and Floatin'
June 08, 2016 - I'm usually not so big on just hanging loose. I'm relaxed when moving. But there's a time for just sittin' there. Normally I like using a boat, a canoe, and having a boat that's meant to be used. But there's a time for A FLOAT. So much of water culture is based around floating already that it rankles. Because it's not really water culture: ...  > Read Article

Here's How to Get CLOUT for Outdoor Sport!
May 14, 2016 - Hey, if bikers and canoers and such want to fix their situation instantly just set up a licensing system and excise tax like hunters, fishermen, boaters and ORV drivers use. OK, here's my rant about it, kitchen sink and all. TL / DR. ...Yeah, too long, didn't read. Both barrels! Let's see what you think and if it makes a dent... But you say "...  > Read Article

Social Rides & Bike Helmets
May 01, 2016 - The helmet thing keeps popping up in the bike party scene. ...In a minor way, but still. Should people wear a helmet on a bike party ride? ...If they want to. Should they comment to others about this? No. There actually isn't much of a "helmet war" left in the bike party, social riding scene, thankfully. But it does pop up occasionally. Mos...  > Read Article

OYB Retro Pannier -- Modified Vintage Swiss Army!
April 14, 2016 - [$60 postpaid in USA for ONE pannier. Internat'l customers pay excess postage.] Presenting the Original OYB Classy Retro Pannier! Dang, they're sharp. (And I just received fresh inventory of base bags from Switzerland!) UPCYCLED The base cases I use to create this pannier are high quality, rare, vintage Swiss militar...
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Why is Snowsport Fun? -> *Glide *Rhythm *Payoff
April 13, 2016 - This is my mantra. And I'm not kidding. I think it deserves traction. I'm a missionary of snow fun! So why is skiing fun? Why do we play in the snow? I say that IT'S ALL THE SAME! All skiing is one! I'm the Dr. Bronner of skiing! Snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross country... you name it. Snowshoeing even! Ice-skating! ...Heck, most e...  > Read Article

Here's a Quote...
"I tried to help him with my experience, telling him that he was one of my nearest neighbors, and that I too, who came a-fishing here, and looked like a loafer, was getting my living like himself; that I lived in a tight, light, and clean house, which hardly cost more than the annual rent of such a ruin as his commonly amounts to; and how, if he chose, he might in a month or two build himself a palace of his own; that I did not use tea, nor coffee, nor butter, nor milk, nor fresh meat, and so did not have to work to get them; again, as I did not work hard, I did not have to eat hard, and it cost me but a trifle for my food; but as he began with tea, and coffee, and butter, and milk, and beef, he had to work hard to pay for them, and when he had worked hard he had to eat hard again to repair the waste of his system -- and so it was as broad as it was long, indeed it was broader than it was long, for he was discontented and wasted his life into the bargain; and yet he had rated it as a gain in coming to America, that here you could get tea, and coffee, and meat every day. But the only true America is that country where you are at liberty to pursue such a mode of life as may enable you to do without these, and where the state does not endeavor to compel you to sustain the slavery and war and other superfluous expenses which [directly or indirectly] result from the use of such things. For I purposely talked to him as if he were a philosopher, or desired to be one."
Thoreau (whose Walden would be unpublishable today)