OptOutside – Where there’s a Will….

Enjoying the outdoors is still pretty simple even on a soaking wet day like today. All it takes is a raincoat, a decent pair of shoes and a sense of adventure. Lisa and I decided to go for a hike, donning the appropriate gear we headed out to Pinnacle Mountain State Park.The Rocky Valley Trail combined with the East Quarry Trail would give us some pretty views and a short hike before heading … [Read more...]

Cranksgiving Gives Back

Last year, the inaugural Cranksgiving Little Rock gave the cycling community a unique opportunity to have a great time while helping the Arkansas Rice Depot serve those in need. Soon after the event, organizer Shana Buterbaugh gave us her 5 reasons why Cranksgiving should be an annual event. We listened. The Second Annual Cranksgiving Little Rock benefiting The Van was bigger, better and more … [Read more...]

The Beginner Bike Buyers Guide

Last year we posted an article on the pros and cons of buying a bike from a big box store. Many of the comments we received had to do with a fear of intimidation. To quote one commenter, "Women, those with lower budgets, people who are overweight, many do not feel welcome in a shop that has a $5000 road bike lit up and enshrined on the wall…." It is unfortunate that this happens, but you can't … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Race

Each year the weeks leading up to Race the Base tend to be hard on my heart. I get anxious, there is a seemingly continuous revolution of reasons to freak out. There's the email about something that is not quite right with the shirts that pops up right in the middle of an out of state trip. There are arrangements with vendors, racers, and volunteers to be made. The day before the race there are … [Read more...]

New Traditions, the end of Black Friday

After gorging ourselves on Thanksgiving meals, watching football, drinking, tip-toeing around family issues, etc., the American tradition is to get up incredibly early the next morning and go stand in line at a local big box store in preparation of participating in a stampede leading to a credit card shredding frenzy of holiday spending. In fact, many actually look forward to this celebration of … [Read more...]

Dawg Dayz – Why So Serious?

It was an early start to the day on Nov 1st as we loaded up my bike and gear and headed to Iron Mountain in Arkadelphia to race at Dawg Days. The previous two weeks had been covered up in work and rain with no opportunity to get in training rides at all. The only positive thing I could say about my body was that it was rested up for a big ride. I felt pretty good about the race. I had ridden … [Read more...]

Cranksgiving 2015

What do you get when you combine a bike ride with a Thanksgiving food drive? You get Cranksgiving, a Thanksgiving volunteer opportunity that actually pays off this holiday season. As we gather with our families and consume massive amounts of food each November, it’s also important to keep in mind those who aren’t so fortunate. And while your first thought might be to take the more traditional … [Read more...]

Halloween Hauntings

It's pretty well known that around the Arkansas Outside International offices, strategically centered here in the middle of the state, Halloween reigns supreme. We tend to outdo the rest of the street in spooky yard art, we usually throw a ridiculous party and we tend to drag it out into November with the Day of the Dead celebration. If you are so inclined to scare yourself silly, the Arkansas … [Read more...]

Dia de LOST Muertos

Addendum: Today is All Souls Day and Dia de Muertos with yesterday being All Saints Day and Dia de los Angelitos for little ones who've passed. It's a day to pray for the faithful, or for prayers and remembrance of family and loved ones. Yesterday I rode in the Dia de LOST Muertos ride with an altar for my dad, playing his beloved Johnny Cash while we rode. It wasn't a processional like I thought … [Read more...]

Making a Comeback at Springhill

As a relative newcomer to the sport of mountain biking, literally everything about it excites me. I love being in the woods surrounded by nature, wandering and exploring, not knowing what beauty lies beyond the next bend in the trail. But as my riding has  begun to evolve, I've realized that I have a competitive streak. I like riding with other mountain bikers who challenge me to get out of my … [Read more...]