Monthly Archives: March 2017

20 months

What have we learned in the last 20 months? That when Little Bear is outside most of each day, every day, life is pretty simple.  His appetite for motion is insatiable, and the world of streets and four walls doesn’t … Continue reading

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Backpack problems, and answers

In the last few months I’ve had impetus from several directions to hit the reset button on backpacks as completely as possible.  Shake off and re-examine as many assumptions as possible before I put them into practice.  This bag, and … Continue reading

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A diversion for nostalgia

There was a brief time, which some will remember, when I was at least ok at mountain biking.  That time ended when we moved to Montana and I discovered that while that state has fantastic riding, it has even better … Continue reading

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The tranquil and ridiculous

The Colorado Plateau specializes in blending the sublime and the ridiculous, the tranquil and the absurd.  The rules one finds elsewhere in nature generally apply, but in the high desert are often bent, to the point of breaking.  Canyons get … Continue reading

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Evaluating backpack capacity in the real world

…aka the most exciting topic ever. It’s important to get the right size pack.  For evidence, I refer to the above photos.  Having to strap stuff outside is occasionally necessary, but it’s almost always bad style, and often somewhat hazardous … Continue reading

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Patagonia Sun Stretch shirt review

As I mentioned last week, there are some, stifling hot, occasions when even the lightest knit baselayers aren’t up to the task.  The latest light (100 grams/meter or less) poly baselayers dry fast, but there’s something about the wicking process … Continue reading

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NAHBS 2017; bikes and components

It’s Sklar, not Skylar.  According to Adam himself a common mistake.  Thankfully his last name isn’t Smith, but rather the name of some Finnish metal band.  So if you see any outlets with the above photo and the later name, … Continue reading

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NAHBS 2017; bikepacking bags

Towards the end of 2011, when I was putting this series together, there were only three established bike bag makers: Carousel Design Works, Revelate (then Epic) Designs, and Porcelain Rocket. (Bedrock, and likely a few others I overlooked, were getting … Continue reading

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NAHBS 2017; postscript and introduction

Last and first; it would be peculiar to attend the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and be anything less than awed by the passion and experience laid out in physical objects, under one roof.  And it would be downright eerie … Continue reading

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The Blackfoot-Clearwater Question

The Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project, an organization founded to steer the future of public lands long the southwestern edge of the Bob Marshall Complex, has reached its goal. Senator Tester introduced the Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act the other week, and for fans … Continue reading

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