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Cute Bike Rides: Rambleneur, Errandonee...
October 19, 2015 - Here's a cute blog that introduced me to a few cool new kinds of biking. Of course, they're kinds of biking that thousands of us freaks have long been doing but it's fun giving them names. Or just having fun with names. It's written by a woman. Always fun to discover more bike party women! I saw my first cute bike ride term in a comic strip i...  > Read Article | Go to Website
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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.) -- ...  > 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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"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

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

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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