My Chinese carbon mountain bike

Buy a Chinese carbon frame – yes or no?

So, you’ve been surfing eBay looking at new bikes, and you keep seeing carbon frames at ridiculously low prices offered by sellers in China. There has to be a catch, right?

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Industry Nine Trail 245

Industry Nine Trail 245 Review – The wheelset of choice for angry bees

Are you thinking about upgrading your MTB to Industry 9 wheels? I needed a new wheelset when I was one of the last serious mountain bikers on earth to retire my old 26er, and that’s what I picked. Here’s my Industry Nine Trail 245 review which includes some easy setup tips if you’re turned off […]

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MSR Windburner Stove System

MSR Windburner Stove review

Is there anything worse than being cold and wet on a camping trip and you can’t get your stove to heat water for hot coffee or a warm meal? It happened to me recently when I hiked up to camp on a ridge, and a strong wind the next morning kept my pot from coming […]

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2019 Subaru Outback

2019 Subaru Outback review – sometimes older is better

When someone hit my 2013 Subaru Outback from behind last year – totaling it – my first reaction was to be pissed that I’d soon be back to making a car payment. Still – as I looked for the silver lining – I rationalized the car had over 130K miles on it and would soon […]

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Snow Peak titanium French press

Snow Peak titanium French press review: Great coffee in the woods

I love to camp, but there are some things I refuse to do without when I’m “roughing it” including a comfortable pillow and real coffee. After years of reliable service from my dad’s old aluminum percolator, I decided to downsize and lighten up a teenie bit for backpacking trips with the Snow Peak titanium French […]

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Shimano ME3 Cycling Shoe

Shimano ME3 Cycling Shoe review – I’m not a fan

Don’t you hate it when a key piece of your cycling gear fails on you and you find yourself at the mercy of whatever your local bike shop has in stock if you don’t want to be off the bike for days? That happened to me recently when the buckle snapped off on my Specialized […]

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Optimus Vega Stove

Optimus Vega Stove review – light her up!

When I was a kid, my parents had a great big Coleman two-burner suitcase camping stove that was powered by white gas, and I just loved the little pump to pressurize the fuel tank. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. But as I’ve gotten older and wiser, my love affair with white gas […]

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Keith Titanium Frying Pan

Keith Titanium Frying Pan review – aka I find out that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing

Dehydrated backpacking food has been a surprise and a revelation to me in recent years. It’s so easy and it tastes so good! Still, it does have a really high salt content and fresh veggies are so much a part of my daily diet at home that after a couple of days of “just add […]

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Clementa Pinckney

The Charleston church shooting, a personal perspective

Clementa Pinckney was one of those eloquent activists that stands like a small pillar of granite in a rushing river – refusing to yield and shaming the power brokers into doing the right thing every once in a long while.

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