Last week we talked about what to put on your body when you ride during the winter months. Now let's talk about what to put on your ride! A great way to get recommendations on gear is to talk to the folks at your Local Bike Shop (LBS), ask whether they have experience commuting through the winter, and if so, what sorts of things they like. Here are the pieces of gear my husband and I use to do our winter riding…
This is Offbeat Home's archive of The Great Offbeat Outdoors posts.
The "outdoors" might be a 24'x36' garden or a clutch of terracotta pots in a window box, but these posts cover all things gardening, landscaping and even farming. This category also includes stuff about the outside of your house — doors & roofs! — as well as vehicles like cars & RVs.
While any sane human being might reasonably give up bicycling as the temperature dips below freezing and the snow flies, some of us live by the motto, "there is no weather too nasty for cycling; there is only insufficient clothing." While you can certainly get away with short trips by bicycle in almost any warm clothing, there are some things that I find particularly helpful…
Our lovely Portland, Oregon backyard has transformed into a spidery wonderland during the past year. Spiders are awesome and super important for the environment, but we need our personal space! What can I do to de-spider the back yard, short of spraying with pesticides?
Public grills get a bad rap. I can definitely see why. They're always coated in the mysterious carbony remains of meals past. There's usually some bird poop on or around them. The ash pile inside is a ghastly reminder that anything — anything — could've been cooked on these rusty little public servants. I promise with just a little work, a public grill can be a totally serviceable cooking option.
Let this cat introduce you to the latest and greatest in deck make-overs. Homie BubblesLeFay uploaded this photo to our Flickr pool and I just had to squeeze more details from her. This is how you can pull off your own rainbow deck re-do:
My fiance and I are getting married in August, and we are really excited about our idea of living in a travel trailer. I lived with my large family in an RV for several years, so I am familiar with how to make a home out of a small space, BUT we are unsure where to begin. I don't really know much about how to find a good trailer that won't crap out on us in a year! How do you know if a trailer is junk or not?
Since we're renting the house, I want to make it more homey, but I don't want to pour money into a yard that we'll eventually leave. Any other suggestions on how to make this yard a bit more family-friendly, while also being renter- and budget-friendly?