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Crash-proofing: How to Stay Up on Your Bike This Summer!

People crash way too much on their bikes. Staying up on your bike is a lot easier than you might think even when things are really dicey.

In recent years I've seen a LOT of very fit racers on very nice bikes just hit the deck. Almost always needlessly. I try to speak up on the subject and suggest some ways we can not have such things happen again but nobody is interested…

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A Pow-wow of DIYers: Rootsimple chats with OYB

Thanks, Erik, from Rootsimple.com! He just did an interview with me for his podcast. He and his wife have a biz, host events and teach classes along the lines of OYB only they're in LA…

Why is Snowsport Fun? -> *Glide *Rhythm *Payoff

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…

Fellow Toilers in the Field: DIY Educators

I recently visited family in LA. We have a friend there, Leyna Lightman, who is car-free and bikes around town in her sparkly gold helmet, teaching classes, working in gardens and bakeries, and helping people get together…

Fatbikes on Ski Trails: Grooming Needed

Snowbikes are the big new thing. They're now popular in winter around here. I'm guessing they're more popular in places with marginal snow conditions. When it's nasty they can still be fun while skiing might not be possible…

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Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream

by Pete Vordenberg, US Team Head XC Coach Reg. list price $18. Paperback, with photos. 191 pages. What's So Special About This Ski Book? Momentum is "the best XC ski read ever," says Bob Gregg, editor of Master Skier magazine. ...

Pot Shots from a Grosse Ile Kitchen by Lucy & Sidney Corbett

Pot Shots from a Grosse Ile Kitchen by Lucy & Sidney Corbett ...

POTLUCK, a Florida smuggling thriller, Jack Rudloe, new

A modern-day small-town smuggling thriller written by an inside expert in the region, and published by OutYourBackdoor, here's a candid and realistic thriller about the interactions of small-town coastal fishermen, the special interests who ruined th...

Primitive Technology: Ancestral Skills, V.2, ed. by D. Wescott

Primitive Technology: Ancestral Skills, V.2, ed. by D. Wescott ...