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Chris Sgaraglino
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If it can be done, do it. If it can't, think of a way it can!
If it can be done, do it. If it can't, think of a way it can!

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Why I am considering leaving the GoPro Koolaid Train! I have been trying to get support for two weeks and for the 4th time on the phone, just sat on hold for ANOTHER 2 1/2 hours until I was disconnected! Yeah yeah, it was a matter of principle! But in the last year or so, their products have tanked and support even worse - I should have kept all my 4 Blacks. Anyway, with no support - it's time to move on to something else!
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This is a short video of several sections of Blue (Intermediate) Rated Trails. The SWAMP Mountain Bike Club that maintains these trails has also given them a rating making it easier for cyclists to know what they are getting into.

Read the full article:
http://www.mylifeontwowheels.com/central-florida-transplant/

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This is a short video of 2 sections of Black (Advance) Rated Trails. The SWAMP Mountain Bike Club that maintains these trails has also given them a rating making it easier for cyclists to know what they are getting into.

Read the full article:
http://www.mylifeontwowheels.com/central-florida-transplant/

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Central Florida Cycling - 30 Days In Some of you may know that I have recently moved from Colorado to Florida, the Tampa area to be more specific. It’s now been 30 days since my first ride and here are some of my thoughts and opinions about a cycling westerner transplant.

In the past 30 years, I have ridden all over the US, from west coast beaches of San Diego, the deserts of Barstow/Joshua Tree in California, the Red Rocks of Nevada, all throughout the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and now the gator filled preserves of Florida. With elevations from Sea Level to the top of Pikes Peak at 14,114’. Rides as short as an hour to overnight bike packing trips. Sand, snow, mud, dirt, rocks, hard pack, asphalt & concrete – my adventures have been awesome and I am blessed with the ability to keep riding even at 52-years-old and all that that brings with it!

Let me say that this is not a fair assessment of the overall cycling in Central Florida, because when I got here their “worst” weather months had started and has limited my ride time. However, with an 8-month drought just finishing, the past 30 days have seen actual temps as high as 104°, average high humidity floating around 95% and a total of 12.54” of rain! I am told this is the worst of the worst time of the year for “typical” weather – the worst of the worst…hmmm…this is nothing, I still managed over 156 miles in 10 rides!!

Read the full story:
http://www.mylifeontwowheels.com/central-florida-cycling/

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Central Florida Cycling - 30 Days In Some of you may know that I have recently moved from Colorado to Florida, the Tampa area to be more specific. It’s now been 30 days since my first ride and here are some of my thoughts and opinions about a cycling westerner transplant.

In the past 30 years, I have ridden all over the US, from west coast beaches of San Diego, the deserts of Barstow/Joshua Tree in California, the Red Rocks of Nevada, all throughout the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and now the gator filled preserves of Florida. With elevations from Sea Level to the top of Pikes Peak at 14,114’. Rides as short as an hour to overnight bike packing trips. Sand, snow, mud, dirt, rocks, hard pack, asphalt & concrete – my adventures have been awesome and I am blessed with the ability to keep riding even at 52-years-old and all that that brings with it!

Let me say that this is not a fair assessment of the overall cycling in Central Florida, because when I got here their “worst” weather months had started and has limited my ride time. However, with an 8-month drought just finishing, the past 30 days have seen actual temps as high as 104°, average high humidity floating around 95% and a total of 12.54” of rain! I am told this is the worst of the worst time of the year for “typical” weather – the worst of the worst…hmmm…this is nothing, I still managed over 156 miles in 10 rides!!

Read the full story:
http://www.mylifeontwowheels.com/central-florida-cycling/

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DIY: Dealing with mud, dirt, sand and even snow - parts on your bike are going to get dirty and sometimes a simple washing is just not going to cut it. It is also recommended that at least once a year you break down your bike and clean/wash/grease each and every moving part.

This is often a job that you might outsource to a bike shop and is packaged as a "Tune-Up" and it's usually the most expensive super deluxe tune-up on the list, ranging form $150 to over $250 bucks!

But what if you could do it simply yourself? Enter the DIY Arena is Torin's Bog Red 3.5 Gallon Parts Washer and at less than $60 smack-a-roonies is an excellent tool for your garage!

Read more: http://www.mylifeontwowheels.com/big-red-parts-washer/

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DIY: Dealing with mud, dirt, sand and even snow - parts on your bike are going to get dirty and sometimes a simple washing is just not going to cut it. It is also recommended that at least once a year you break down your bike and clean/wash/grease each and every moving part.

This is often a job that you might outsource to a bike shop and is packaged as a "Tune-Up" and it's usually the most expensive super deluxe tune-up on the list, ranging form $150 to over $250 bucks!

But what if you could do it simply yourself? Enter the DIY Arena is Torin's Bog Red 3.5 Gallon Parts Washer and at less than $60 smack-a-roonies is an excellent tool for your garage!

Read more: http://www.mylifeontwowheels.com/big-red-parts-washer/

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I started this project with the idea of shooting inside of a brewery, but getting inside access to the larger breweries was a little more difficult than I was expecting. Access to the local breweries was not too difficult, but while they make awesome craft beers, their “behind-the-scenes” is just not as sexy!

Enter Plan B: As a product photographer, I knew that I could pull something out of the rabbits hat, I just needed to search the cabinets and the “what”.

VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools (http://www.vsslgear.com) is a small company out of Sumas, WA that manufactures superior quality LED lights that utilize the form factor of traditional flashlights. The function of each VSSL unit (there are several different models) extends well beyond illumination. Each unique VSSL offers an extremely compact and efficient way of transporting your essential outdoor gear, without compromising valuable pack space and weight.

This VSSL Flask is a flashlight designed to hold your booze! This VSSL Flask has been infused/lined with glass; because it's the best material to preserve the taste & quality of your beverage. While holding your beverage of choice plus it’s also a flashlight to help guide you in the dark. Each VSSL unit is 9" long by 2" diameter and holds approximately 10 ounces of liquid, Includes: A dual mode (static and SOS) LED ‘flood’ beam lantern light, which illuminates a large area, two stainless steel collapsible shot glasses, a VSSL bottle opener and a oil filled compass.

Maker's Mark is a small-batch bourbon whiskey that is distilled in Loretto, Kentucky, by Beam Suntory. It is sold in its distinctively squarish bottle, which is sealed with red wax, and bottled at 90 U.S. proof (45% alcohol by volume). Maker's Mark started in 1954, after its originator, T. William "Bill" Samuels Sr., purchased the distillery known as "Burks' Distillery" in Loretto, Kentucky for $35,000 on October 1, 1953. The first bottle of Maker's Mark was bottled in 1958 and featured the brand's distinctive dipped red wax seal. Maker's Mark holds a U.S. trademark on the wax seal of their bottles. In the 1960s and 1970s, Maker's Mark was widely marketed with the tag line, "It tastes expensive ... and is." The distillery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 1974, and designated a National Historic Landmark on December 16, 1980, listed as "Burks' Distillery". It was the first distillery in America to be so recognized where the landmark buildings were in active use for distilling.
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