Stages Dash L50 Long Term Review

Stages Dash L50 Bike Computer

The Stages Dash L50 is a Feature Rich Cycling Computer The Stages Dash L50 offers GPS mapping, turn-by-turn navigation, heart rate, power, and of course all of the expected speed, distance, and cadence functions. It also features a bright and vivid display that can be customized to your own preferences. It is compatible with...

Solitude Sports Tee Shirts

Solitude Sports Tee shirt

Solitude Sports official T-shirts are now available! Classic Guys / Unisex Tee $26.99 This heavy cotton t-shirt is made of durable, 5.3 oz, pre-shrunk, 100% cotton material and is perfect for a graphic print. This best-selling, classic fit is ideal for men and women who prefer a little more room in their shirt. Due...

Honda Odyssey Camper Van Conversion

Honda Odyssey Camper Van Conversion

Minivan Camper Conversion For some time now I’ve been wanting to travel out west. For this I wanted a vehicle that would allow me to sleep inside, carry a variety of outdoor equipment, camera gear, and get decent gas mileage. Initially I was considering a Sprinter, Promaster, or Ford Transit to convert. All of...

Klean Kanteen Review

Kleen Kanteen review

I've had my Klean Kanteen Wide 40 oz. single wall water bottle since 2008. It's not sexy, it's not expensive, and it's not the item that most gear heads would ever brag about. But it is reliable, durable, and trustworthy. Exactly what you want in a backpacking partner. Of all of the backpacking and...

Camping on South Manitou Island

Camping on South Manitou Island

South Manitou island is located in Lake Michigan about seven miles from Leland, Michigan and is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It was once inhabited and home to farming and logging and was an essential re-fueling stop during the steamship era on the Great Lakes. During the 1970’s it became part...

Beaver Island Water Trail

Kayaking the Beaver Island Water Trail

  Beaver Island is an amazing sea kayak destination. With the addition of the new Beaver Island Water Trail, it just gets better! It’s rather special to me since it is where I had my first sea kayak lessons. Being a remote island in Northern Lake Michigan, the water is clear (and cold), the...

Three Foot Passing Laws and Mutual Respect

Three Foot Passing Laws and Mutual Respect

Recently a Facebook group member posted an angry response to how bike clothing manufacturer, VOmax Apparel responded to a comment on one of their Facebook ads. This particular group is a private group for former cycling industry members.  The member was aghast that a cycling company would suggest mutual respect and cooperation with drivers...

Upcoming 2020 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

Kayak rescue

Symposiums are a great way to learn kayaking skills. Taught by experienced paddlers, typically, ACA or BCU certified coaches; one can learn an incredible amount of useful information in a fun, safe, hands-on environment. 31st Annual WMCKA Symposium Montague, MI 22nd TO 25th, 2020 Port Austin Kayak Symposium Port Austin, MI Friday, June 19...

Bike Tools Plus

Bike Tools Plus

Are you working on your own bike and you need a tool to do the job? Or maybe you are looking for information on bicycle tools? We recommend Bike Tools Plus. Billed as “An Encyclopedia of Bike Tools and More!’, it is an exhaustive listing of bicycle tools, you can find almost any tool....

Ritchey Ultra Mountain Bike Review

Ritchey Ultra Mountain Bike

Tom Ritchey builds good bikes. Seriously. The Ritchey Ultra is however beyond good. It should be, as Tom has building mountain bikes since the dawn of mountain biking. The Ultra is the newest distillation of Ritchey’s more than 40 years of experience. Between geometry and tubing selection, the Ultra serves up a bike that...

Things to do on North Manitou Island

Dimmick-Point-North-Manitou-Island

North Manitou Island is located eight miles off the coast of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. To get there requires a ferry ride, an overnight stay, and planning. With that in mind, visitors often ask, “What are the things to do on North Manitou Island?”Backpacking and Hiking on North Manitou IslandNorth Manitou Island is...

Why Do I Need Hiking Crampons?

Icy Trail

What are Hiking Crampons? Hiking crampons are designed to add traction to hiking boots. Unlike mountaineering crampons, they are flexible to permit long distance walking. Strictly speaking, in the mountaineering world, hiking crampons don’t exist but rather they are called “traction devices”. But for the rest of us we call them crampons, trails spikes...

Why Do I Need Trekking Poles?

hiker with trekking poles

In some circles, trekking poles are considered “Nerdy”. The fact is that they can help make your hiking or backpacking safer and easier on your body. Why You Need Trekking Poles More stability on ice, snow, mud, wet leaves, loose sand gravel, scree. Added power going uphill. Safer when descending hills, steps, and drop-offs....

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