Stuff Your Stocking

Baa Baa Baselayers are on Santa's wishlist

It's that time of year when many of us are scrambling to finish our holiday shopping or picking up those little treats to fill the stockings of friends and family. If you have outdoor fanatics in your circle,  Arkansas Outside's supporters have the goods to get your holiday shopping done with style. Head on over to Fayettechill Basecamp if you're in NWA, grab some Pendelton Woolen Mills socks … [Read more...]

Connecting with Arkansas Mountain Bikers

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Whether you are coming for a visit, just passing through or considering moving to The Natural State, it's important to make connections with people who share your interests. If you are a mountain biker, it becomes even more important. You want to find that hidden trail, the best route on an epic trail and some friends to share recovery beverages with after the ride. Trails: Lake … [Read more...]

Pedaling For Progress

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Well, here I am at ArkansasOutside! That may be a bit of a surprise for folks who know me through my own JBarCycling blog, but Joe Jacobs asked me if I could fill in for him for an interview with Congressional candidate Pat Hays in advance of his Pedaling For Progress fund-raising event this Saturday, July 19. I agreed to do so as a favor to both Joe and Pat, as both are friends and Joe was … [Read more...]

Finding Your Home

Finishing the Leadville 100 MTB in 2012.

Just a few days ago, a client and long-time friend, asked me a really interesting question… “Hey Ben, how long have you been an endurance athlete?” As a coach slash physiologist slash nutritionist slash business owner, rarely are you provided the opportunity of time luxury to sit back and reflect on such questions, so it was with uncertainty did my immediate arithmetic (predicated on my first bike … [Read more...]

Contrasts

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Where the rubber meets the road, that sharp edge as a wheel cuts a turn. A machine, parts moving, driven by the flesh and blood motor, all in chaotic motion to generate forward movement is attached to the constant of the tarmac...and yet not attached. A warm Spring evening, the smell of freshly cut grass mixed with the sweet, organic scents of nearby standing water. The cottonwood trees shed … [Read more...]

Ode to the Dogs in Friendship, Arkansas

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Now, Texas dogs will cut down a 20 mph cyclist like an antelope. Yessir. Lusting for the hyper-oxygenated blood from an engorged calf those Texas dogs calculate the angle like a blue-chip defensive back under the Friday Night Lights and they’ll come after you. And if they can catch you, they’ll eat you down to your teeth, hair and eyeballs and floss their teeth with the sweaty lycra you … [Read more...]

On a Scale of One to Stupid

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On a scale of one to stupid, attempting to compete in an event called 40 Acres of Hell as a last minute bit of fun, is stupid-er. Whatever else, my method of event participation in place of actually training  for events, is consistent. But that kind of stupidity ranks right up there with things that follow "here, hold my beer." Each weekend of October offers a variety of events to attend … [Read more...]

Two Degrees of Separation: Building Community

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Community: people with common interests living in a particular area People like to say that little Rock is a city with a small town feel and that Arkansans are so tight knit that here in the South, there aren't six degrees of separation, there are typically just two. A couple of years ago we met cyclist, bike polo player and all around nice guy Vinny through another pair of cycling friends. … [Read more...]

Wheeling Women

The ladies are ready to hit the trails

We've had many occasions recently to celebrate women on bikes. Earlier this year a great new community started forming via Facebook due to the efforts of a young woman, anxious to share her love for healthy living and how cycling fits into that life. Victoria Crumpton's Arkansas Heels on Wheels has since organized ladies rides with women involved in the League of American Bicyclists cycling … [Read more...]

Riding down the road…

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...didn't always mean riding in a car. Lisa knows that I love maps and she came across this one earlier today. It's a circa 1901 map of California Roads for Cyclers.  It was obviously paid for through advertising by various bike shops, suppliers and builders, plus at least one hotel in San Jose. Can you imagine what it was like to go on a ride back then. I was actually born at an unmarked … [Read more...]