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April 21, 2011

Here's a list of sites I enjoy. At the top of each section in bold red are OYB
advertisers: they're special people: they "get it" and act on
it. A rare combo. If you visit any of their sites, let em know where you
found em. --JP




A.N.T.---custom ANT bikes for transport, not sport

modifier, accessorizer and consultant for recumbents

Bicycle Classics---a rare resource for parts for quality vintage bikes

The Bicycle Shop ---a friendly, smallworld bikeshop in Grayling, Michigan,
that has everything from commuter stuff to racer stuff with good diversity
around it all

godfathers of recumbenteering, from recordsetting to grocerybikes, since
the start---also supporting OYB since the start

Hostel Shoppe---the
hugest store for recumbents and much else in the USofA, offering a wonderful
free color print catalog

Recumbent Cyclist
---the one and only loyal, committed, been-around-forever
magazine about recumbents

Bicycle Quarterly
---the only magazine of vintage
bikes, versatile bike design, evaluation and history

Volae Recumbents ---a builder of the new breed of "high racer"

Wallingford Bicycle Parts ---another of the very few places that one can get quality
saddles, luggage, supplies and accessories for the classic-(or versatile)minded
cyclist (a New Orleans shop that's going to need recovery assistance, presently
run from an out-of-state travel trailer)

WizWheelz Recumbent Trikes ---a lead player in the hot new scene of 'bent trikes:
comfort, stability and speed: from start to stop and even ice and snow

Practical Pedal -- new magazine, blog, website for useful everyday riding and more

Fully Loaded Touring -- a photo gallery of touring rigs on tour

Bicycle Fixation -- a website of bike glories, stories and city bike action

Cyclofiend -- ever more tasty, cutting edge bike culture

Bike Forest -- a huge gallery of homebuilt bikes; a super bike designing software program---intro version is free, I think; amazing project pics (canoe bike trailer action galore!); rockin' indy bike spirit

C.H.U.N.K.666 -- razy
homebuilder chopper dudes

Classic roadbikes galore

Bicycle Paintings, by
Taliah Lempert

Transportation Alternatives, NYC

'BentRider Online Magazine

Cycling News -- world bike racing news (UCI

VeloNews -- bike racing
news (UCI only)

VeloVision -- diverse bike culture
magazine site (all bikes)

The VVofA Home Page -- mt-bike cult guru VVA,
also OYB book author

Rivendell Bicycle Works -- catalog of cool,
hard to find, great bikes and bike stuff

HPV Home Page -- HPV info

WISIL HPVers -- HPV info resource for great
midwest club

Varna Innovation -- current world record
speed bike

M5 -- source of fine
Euro recumbents and low-racers

Birk -- gorgeous website for builder
of gorgeous HPVs

Development of the Virtual Edge -- world's
fastest bike info

Thys Roeifietsen -- the world's best row-bike:
supercool, elegant, fast!

Crazy Joe Kochanowski's
-- infamous homebuilder's "urban assault bike" website


XC Skiing

The Cross Country Ski Shop ---a great pro XC ski shop to hang out at and get cool
stuff at, in Grayling, Michigan

---a friendly site for citizen
skiers to learn a lot and have fun; Michigan emphasis

SnowFlea Telefest ---a bigtime downhome northwoods ski weekend with great
food and music in Canada up near the Soo

Master Skier magazine
FasterSkier.com --racing news and info website
NordicSkater --a huge variety
of skates for touring, SPARK!sleds and other goodies

--Dave Dermott's great info on this nifty tool
Cross Country Ski World --US Masters skiing,
Cross Country Ski Shop --Dick Fultz's shop
in Grayling, where Jeff shops
ERNordic Home Page
Akers Ski, The X-C Specialists
Silent Sports Magazine Home Page


Haul Kayaks
---the best builder of folding
kayaks, uses wood framing: classic yet most advanced

Kruger Canoes ---renowned
builder of the partially decked, extremely versatile canoe design that
Verlen Kruger used to paddle 100K+ miles of adventure waters over the past
20 years
FoldingKayaks.org ---Mike Edelman's great roundup site for all things related to folding kayaks.

peephens.org ---The world of the classic Peep Hen micro-cruiser sailboats, courtesy of, once again, Mike Edelman!

Old World meets New
  Solomon Carriere: worldclass canoe racer,
northwoods "Metis" Indian  
Messing About in Boats OnLine --online resource
for world's best small boat mag
Craig O'D's Cheap Pages
--fun boat stuff to make at home


---a source for creative outdoor endurance events, hosted by Chris Kostman,
a recordsetting racer who often participates in his own events. It's the
home for the next big thing in U.S. ultra-cycling: the 2006 Trans-Am---the
first self-supported race across America with no sleep deprivation.

Bellevue Valley B&B ---a friendly and very affordable resort just
north of the Soo with access to worldclass XC, backcountry, and rivers
(host of the annual Snowflea Telefest!)

Silent Sports Magazine ---the only magazine dedicated to aerobic outdoor sports
and adventure. Friendly, personable, and all about events and sports that
everyday people affordably do for health and fresh air. Has a Midwest emphasis
with a whole-world orientation. Not slick or fancy: just great articles
on bike, run, XC, paddle and all their friends, steadily for many years

Uncommon Adventures ---an adventure, trip, guide and GOURMET FOOD service
from one of the best in the business. Michael Gray has been making wonderful
trips happen for people for decades now, to several amazing parts of the
world that he knows well and shares expertly: Michigan, Montana, Florida,
Honduras. Kayaking, flyfishing and great food are the focal points of what
he offers: very affordably!


General Outdoors & Gadgets

The Knife Domain
---an online knife
shop with the best prices around on many classics (plus some superthrifty)

Mystik Longbows
---maker of fine selfbows in gorgeous character wood, very affordable heirloom
items you can hunt and shoot with every day. He also sells supplies and

teaches clinics, has done so for a long time.

Raven Farm

---my brother Kelvin's sawmill, exotic lumberyard, farm and orchard

Gulf Specimen Marine Lab ---the only independent marine life educational aquarium
on the Gulf Coast---small and personable, but offering the most amazing
things to see in a very natural setting (you'll hear birds in the trees
as you wander from tank to tank). It's also a hardworking lab providing
specimens for institutes all over. Hosted and started by OYB writer, Jack
Rudloe (the thriller novel "Potluck").

FindaScope.com ---Mike Edelman's HQ for DIY telescope action, great for the layman who just wants to look up, in focus.
Cultery-to-Go --the
most beautiful website of elite world knives, wow.

Doublepush.com --fast new way to inline speedskate
To MapQuest!

Organic Guide
Organic Crop Improvement Association

Conference Center
--lowbow info
Laguiole's famous french
--cool, countrystyle knife
Agri-Fab ® 21"
--supposed to be world's best push mower
Victorinox. Original Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knives
Welcome to the GWPCA Website --German Wirehaired
Pointer dog info
NAVHDA Home Page --Versatile dog breeds info
CMP --Civilian Marksmanship Program--where
the public can shoot in military-style events and buy an M1 of their own.
Also nice $75 target .22 rifles and more.
Fulton Armory --this guy shows you how to
take care of your CMP M1
for defense with a knife
--real world drills



Morgan & York>
---a smallworld highclass wine, cheese and meats store, offering artisan
and local foods

Small World Coffee ---this is the real smallworld shop, right?  :
)  SWC offers hand-selected and hand-roasted coffee from a small team
of owner-operators who are constantlly called in to train (and rescue)
the cafes and coffees that are supposed to be the best. You'll never find
people more intense about the idea of "best service NOW." Talk
about pro's!

Michigan Brewing Company ---a microbrew with nerve and Michigan style. Not started
as a marketing concept. Started to make great beer. Bobby also bought one
of the oldest Belgian breweries, Celis, and makes that, too---and pleases
the tough Euros with his work. Also has a bar and eatery and courtyard.
Located in a plain metal building behind a gas station at I96 & Webberville.
Look for the Harleys out front. A hardworking, goodtimes microbrew.

Bloodshot Records ---a Chicago record label that started today's "country
punk" scene. They've greatly helped bring country back to its whisky,
great voices and great songs roots. Hard-driving creative stuff. 10X as
good as Nashville. Honkytonk lives!

Richard Dobson Music ---Dobson plays trueblue Texas singersongwriter "folk'n'rockin"
country. He's one of the Austin godfathers. He's been raved about by the
likes of Townes v. Zandt, John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Guy
Clark. As a result we find him most appreciated in *Europe*, where he lives
and regularly plays, tours and records. That is, he's a no-hoper for Nashville
today. I reprint his "greatest hits" collection CD so we don't
suffer too much over here in the U.S. Dobson also writes great reports,
memoirs, stories and prose, a la his "Gulf Coast Boys" about
his years touring with Townes and working oilrigs.

Underground Literary Revolution --activism
to improve the US literary scene
Current Book of The Daily Bulletin --Jack
Saunder's homepage for world literature
Road Food --info and forums about good hinterlands
eateries from Jane and Michael Stern
A Michigan Slow Food blog ---Mike Edelman is into homestyle food. Here's his take on the southern Michigan slowfood scene.

Welcome to Vagabond Productions --a great
legend of the underground publisher
Jim Haizlett --folk music, family guy, web
The Animal Rights FAQ

Eye Control --our pal Joey's photo webblog
Rollerderby online -- Lisa Carver's candid
pop trailer culture website
Nerve Magazine - NerveCenter
--sensualist site for brainy hedonists
Zine World --the Reader's Guide to the Underground
--the only big review zine
TAM Interview - Al Ackerman
--twisted interview with an underground legend
Sobaka --inside
culture info about the Balkans
Bloodshot --new country
music label
Crad Kilodney --one of the
best failed writers ever, Canadian
Intel Dump --a blog of
Iraq war insights; pro-soldier, questions military
Winds of Change --a blog/site
of internat'l progressive insight


LitVision Press
---an indy publisher and website dedicated to promoting the best in indy
lit! Publisher of Jack Saunders' latest audacious novel "Bukowski
Never Did This."

West Side
---a couple of left-handed guys
run this classic used-and-rare bookstore in Ann Arbor. They do special
work and help with fine bok repairs, all the time, forever and ever. They
are also a dealer in Edward Curtis and Alfred Steiglitz photography. No
website, yo. Personal service all the time. And staunch supporters of indy

Alternative Press Center
Online Directory

ABE--Book Search --great
place to find cheap old books
BookFinder.com: Search for Out of Print and Used

Small Press Review
--textfiles of public domain classics
MobyLives --a literary issues and
discussion website


Integrative Philosophy

The Puhek Page --by the host of our weekly
integrative studies meetings
Peaceful Jihad --Islam explained
for moderns
Kebzeh --a Caucasus integrative
technique applicable to any religion or worldview


Water Buffalo
 Suzuki GS750---a cool old very fast stylish motorcycle, can be bought
Yamaha 650 Special fan club

---for a simple, classy bike that sounds great, can be had cheap
Greatest all-vehicle
racer of all time
 Do you know Tazio? Here's a great quick bio.

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