Sandman Bikes an Introduction

Sandman Bikes an Introduction

in Cycling, Featured, News and Media by Carl H. Martens

Fat bikes have been a large trend in the bicycle industry recently. But specialists like Sandman Bikes have been tinkering about these bikes for far over ten years. Built on this experience, Sandman Bikes offers a full line-up of fat bikes to serve all preferences and needs. Now the brand is looking to expand its network of dealers globally. 

1upUSA Heavy Duty Double Bicycle Quik Rack 2″ Hitch Carrier Review

1upUSA Heavy Duty Double Bicycle Quik Rack 2″ Hitch Carrier Review

in Cycling, Featured by Carl H. Martens

Manufacturing product in southwestern Wisconsin, roughly just ten miles north of Dubuque, IA is 1upUSA.  Calling the town of Dickeyville home, they are bringing fame to this little town.  Well known for their trainers and rollers, 1upUSA also makes some of the best bicycle racks.  The 1upUSA Heavy Duty Double Bicycle Quik Rack 2″ Hitch Carrier ($609) is just that…one of the best bicycle racks on the market.  Read on to find out why. 

Stooge Cycles Progressive 29er is a Bike Designed for Fun

Stooge Cycles Progressive 29er is a Bike Designed for Fun

in Cycling, Featured by Carl H. Martens

But what else would you expect from a company named after Iggy Pop and the Stooges?

In the words of Stooge Cycles founder Andy Stevenson of Shropshire, England, to ride the Progressive 29er

“is to be transported back to simpler times in a way you certainly don’t remember. You can forget about air pressure and rebound damping, through-axles and dropper posts, and instead concentrate on railing some sweet natural singletrack on a steed that screams ‘ride me’.”

New Product in From Abu Garcia and Fenwick for Review

New Product in From Abu Garcia and Fenwick for Review

in Featured, Fishing & Hunting by Carl H. Martens

We had been in contact with our rep at Abu Garcia and Fenwick, but nothing had been confirmed in regards to what product we’d be reviewing.  When Brown Santa arrived at our door, we were overjoyed upon noticing the sender listed and knew it was product from Abu Garcia and Fenwick, but we still weren’t sure what exactly was inside the packages.  Once the three packages were opened, we discovered the following; Abu Garcia Ike Signature Casting Rod, Abu Garcia Revo Beast Reel, and a Fenwick Elite Tech Walleye Rod! 

Tubbs Flex Alp Snowshoe Review

Tubbs Flex Alp Snowshoe Review

in Featured, Snow by Carl H. Martens

The Tubbs Flex Alp snowshoe intrigued us a great deal from the moment we first received news of its arrival into the snowshoe market.  The Tubbs Flex series are lightweight (4.4 lbs), compact (the 8″ x 24″ design makes for easy storage), highly functional in all types of terrain, and extremely easy to use.

Visiting my parents’ house for the holidays provided me with my first opportunity to test out these shoes.  My father and I went out in single digit temps to a local favorite for cross country skiers, Nelson Lake which is located in Batavia, Illinois.  From the tracks in the snow it was evident skiers, hikers and other snowshoers had been out before us.  My father had on Atlas BC24 snowshoes and I wore the Tubbs Flex Alp snowshoe. 

Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 355 32-hole Rims Review

Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 355 32-hole Rims Review

in Cycling, Featured by Bill Lobe

NoTubes products aren’t new on the mountain biking scene, but they sell one of those product lines that generate a lot of controversy in the cycling universe. Much like all other subjective controversies, you’ll get a different story from every mountain biker you speak to. Some love them unconditionally, talking about their tubeless setup like they witnessed its birth. Others will tell you it’s all hype and you’re wasting your time on a potentially dangerous product. Well, after polling my local group of dedicated bike geeks and digging through other popular (and generally misinformed–no names, not yet) mountain bike product review websites, I’ve concluded that most riders criticizing Stan’s products typically have their wheels set up incorrectly–be it for their weight or for their style of riding. It seems to be a weight saving issue–it’s always the 250-pound rider that wants to sport the Olympic lightweight racing rim, and then bitch when they get a blowout or can’t keep the tire seated to the rim in a tight corner. Does anyone else find it strange that the Clydesdales are always the weight weenies? I’m no scientist, despite holding dual PhDs in Sweet Lovin’ and Good Times, but there seems to be a correlation worth investigating. Also, let the record show that I float slightly above or below the Clydesdale high-water mark of 200 lbs., so I take my weight-to-durability ratio very seriously. 

Kate’s Real Food Review

Kate’s Real Food Review

in Featured, Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

You’ve seen and heard of Powerbar, Clif Bar, Gu Energy, etc…you probably haven’t heard of Kate’s Real Food.  You have now.  You can thank us later.  Developed by Kate Schade initially as a fuel source for her personal outdoor adventures, it has grown into much more and that comes as no surprise.  The bars are absolutely delicious!  Kate’s story starts with the creation of what is now known as The Tram Bar.  Friends became curious and asked to try, not long after businesses had interest and requested to purchase and sell at retail.  In a nutshell that’s how Kate’s became what it is today. 

KOR Delta Water Bottle Review

KOR Delta Water Bottle Review

in Featured, Fitness & Nutrition by Katie Vaughn

I’ve been using the classic blue Nalgene water bottle for as long as I can remember and have always compared other bottles against it. The KOR Delta water bottle takes basic water toting needs and delivers a water vessel that is high performing and sexy all at the same time. This bottle is sleeker and more stylish than the Nalgene bottle could ever dream to be. The clear ice blue body (other colors are available) is wrapped with a clean, modern, white casing that delivers a personality upgrade to the basic water bottle. 

Dagger Approach 10.0 Kayak Review

Dagger Approach 10.0 Kayak Review

in Featured, Water by Carl H. Martens

Call it a crossover, a hybrid, or a do-all and you’d be correct.  The Approach 10.0 kayak by Dagger is all the above.  It features an adjustable skeg that drops down for tracking in high winds or rough waves.  The Polyethylene hull features a large cockpit and adjustable padded thigh braces, seating system, and foot brace system.  Located at the stern is a bulkhead to store gear in.  This is a great little vessel for river running, lakes or mild moving rapids. 

New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail Review

New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail Review

in Featured, Fitness & Nutrition by Carl H. Martens

A little over a month ago, a friend from college posted on Facebook a video link, “Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers really enjoys Chi Running“.  Being a fan of RHCP, I decided to check out the link and watch the video.  This led me to prompt a conversation with Shelly about minimalist running shoes and seek out some advice from her.  She is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at ChiLiving, Inc.  I’ve been an avid runner for years as a way to stay in shape, but as I age I’m finding it harder to keep unwanted weight off.  Prior to her post I had been looking into stepping it up a bit this year with my running regime.  As the weather started to warm up, I turned my focus to finding a replacement to my virtually indestructible Solomon XA Pro 3D XCR Trail Running Shoe.  I wanted to try a pair of minimalist shoes.

Shelly and I exchanged a few comments and messages back and forth on Facebook.  She was quite the resource for my new endeavor and got me pointed in the right direction.  After much research, I decided to purchase the New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail minimalist running shoe from the New Balance website. 

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