Outdoor Basecamp

bikerepair1Inflating your bike tires properly, and regulating tire pressure, are simple, yet critical steps to riding safely and enjoyably.

A properly inflated tire is less prone to flats. Properly inflated tires also ensure that you have the lowest possible rolling resistance, saving your energy so that you can ride farther with less effort.


Afton State Park rvcamp6Camping is good, clean fun for singles and families alike. Most people think of camping as a summer activity, to be enjoyed as a series of weekend trips or possibly as a one to three week family vacation.
For those who are new to camping, purchasing equipment for these outings can seem incredibly expensive, but it really doesn’t have to be. It is possible to purchase what is needed and save money by making a list of your priorities and shopping around.

Some people like to pitch a tent and sleep on the ground, but that option doesn’t appeal to everyone. Many people want to travel with all the comforts of home at their disposal. We have all seen these people on the freeway en route to their next destination. Some drive recreational vehicles the size of buses, towing a smaller car behind them. Others have chosen a 5th wheel camper which is towed by a truck specially outfitted for that purpose. Rigs of both types are spacious, beautiful, and truly capable of traveling with all the comforts of home. They are equipped with functional kitchens complete with full-sized refrigerators, ovens, and microwaves. They have roomy bathrooms complete with shower stalls, the bedrooms feature full size beds, and the living area has television with DVD player. They can be equipped with antennas so no one has to risk missing their favorite TV show. They are also quite expensive. Most new campers of this sort will cost over $100,000, and because they are considered to be a luxury item, it is easier to purchase a house if financing is needed.


rideb5Why take your child bicycling? There are many reasons that bicycling along with your children can help make them happy and healthy. From small toddlers to teenagers, bicycling has many benefits.



Rain GearThe subject of waterproofing and rain gear is a highly technical one and usually elicits explanations only fit for scientists and engineers. The names of the fabrics and waterproofing chemicals used as well as the complicated brand names are enough to make anyone’s head swim. And all you really care about it which jacket is going to be the most comfortable and keep the rain out!
This article will try to break down the exact science of waterproofing into an easy to understand concept and process, one that will maybe even help you to decide what kind of rain gear is best for you.

Fabrics that were both waterproof and breathable were introduced in 1978 using a lamination technique invented by Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex has since become known as the standard for waterproofing, much like Band-aid is often referred to instead of bandage, or Jell-O instead of gelatin. Gore-Tex invented a fabric that could both keep precipitation out as well as allow your body’s perspiration to leave, keeping you high and dry on both accounts and allowing you to maintain a healthy body temperature even during extreme weather conditions. Today, after many improvements to the original design, this is accomplished by using one of two highly effective fabric technologies called the laminate and the coating.
The laminate works by bonding a waterproof membrane to the interior of a piece of fabric much like plastering wallpaper onto a wall, the wall being the fabric and the wallpaper being the laminate. The coating is more like simply painting the wall instead, using a liquid solution to provide the waterproof qualities of the fabric and smearing it on the inside of the garment like a coat of paint.

Protect Your Bicycle from Theft

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iStock_000008171099XSmallDitching the road and gas for a good clean bike ride is great fun, but sometimes you have to worry about the negative aspect of things. Although you may not commit crimes and seek out trouble, there are others out there that don’t mind stealing your bike, and it is your job to protect it. Not only is theft of your bicycle possible, but the chances of getting a squad of police to locate your bike is slim to none, as most are working on higher profile cases.

There is nothing to be ashamed of in protecting your bicycle from theft as it is the grim possibility within today’s society. Whether you are in an urban or rural area, you are at risk of losing your bike and there is no excuse to let it happen. It is your responsibility to keep your ride safe, and that means taking precautions and utilizing tools to ensure you are safe from theft.

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