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Otso Waheela C – The Best All Around Gravel Bike?

Introducing the Otso Waheela C The Otso Waheela C is extremely versatile. It’s a bike that can easily handle gravel rides as well as single track and is equally adept as a road bike. While it is a billed as a gravel bike, I prefer to consider it an all-road bike as it has proven itself to be both versatile and competent on paved as well as unpaved roads and trails. This bike can do just about anything! The Waheela C has plenty of clearance for 700c x 54mm, 650b x 54mm, or 29" x 2.1" tires. It is also equally happy shod with 700 x 28 road tires. The Otso adjustable “tuning chip” rear dropout allows you to adjust the wheelbase and bottom bracket height. This allows you to tune the bike’s handling based on your tire choice. The Otso brand might not be the best known. They are…

Cycling

Castelli Lightness 2 Glove Review

The Castelli Lightness 2 glove is a lightweight glove intended for those days when winter gloves are too warm and half-finger gloves are too cold. I live and ride in Northern Michigan, so this glove is indispensable as our weather…

Stages Dash L50 Long Term Review

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…

Backpacking

Kayaking

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…

Upcoming 2020 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

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…

travel

Electricity Options for Van Campers

Learn about electricity options for van campers for part-time and full-time van life explained in simple, easy to understand terms. When traveling or camping in your minivan, you will almost certainly need some sort of electricity supply. Cell phones, cameras,…

Bathroom Options for a Minivan Camper

When traveling in a minivan camper, one of your biggest challenges is where to go when you don’t have a convenient place to go. Not where to go as far as a destination, but where to go to the bathroom.…

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.…