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Cyclocross: Backwards Fun Lets Autumn Shine

Cyclocross is so backwards that it keeps surprising me. Today was a rainy, slushy day. Yesterday it was cold and decent for skiing. Then it warmed to 45F and light rain overnight. The sidewalk was icy this morning then turned to slush. It was NASTY out. Overcast. Who would want to go out in such weather?

I had a little neighborhood CX race planned for Bancroft park in Lansing…

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Review: Woody's Dutch Oven -- light, compact

Dutch ovens are huge, heavy, cumbersome cooking tools that people love and have in their families for generations. How do they fit in with canoeing and backpacking? …

The Joy of Running with a Bike

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Lansing Bike Party: Spring Fling & More ... Much More!

(BUMP FROM MAY) Yesterday's "Lansing Bike Party" ride had more going on than you could shake a stick at. More layers than a cake! It had everything I love about bike socializing…

"Easy, Cowboy": The Big Uncle Tim California Adventure

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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 ...