Miss Adventure: Move over Macgyver

Posted by Kristin Butcher on May 30, 2019 11:32:04 AM

The best adventures are half grand explorations. And half trying to keep it from going off the rails.

The plan was simple -- or as simple as it could be for a backcountry journey involving 100 miles of off-grid desert biking, 15 people, two support trucks, no cell service, four pounds of frozen meat, a blow piano, a few cases of beer, and a slightly soggy birthday cake.

As part of an annual birthday adventure, a friend of a friend organized a three-day trip mountain biking Utah's iconic White Rim trail.Since I only knew one person on the trip, I did what any newcomer to a high-consequence social situation would do.

I volunteered to bring all the tools, taking on the responsibility of fixing anything that could (and would) go wrong.Off-grid dessert biking in Moab

Here's the thing: I’m a tool junkie. MacGyver is my personal spirit animal. And I work for Nite Ize. By the time I finished packing, my tool bag weighed around 30 lbs and contained everything from kevlar tape to a full set of Allen wrenches.

It turns out that my bag of tricks would be put to the test before we even started pedaling. Over the next three days, as problem after problem arose, I was able to channel my inner Mary Poppins and pull just the right solution out of my ever-present tool bag. 

 

PROBLEM: Only having one key for a truck that will be driven by 15 different people. What could go wrong?

SOLUTION: Rig together a glow-in-the-dark, Bluetooth-enabled key tether using some Gear Ties, a super bright NextGlo marker kept, and the Tile from my key chain.

No one is losing these keys now.

 

PROBLEM: Accidentally launching your dry foods container out the unlatched rear hatch.

SOLUTION: Move aside duct tape, this is a job for the CamJam Tie Down Strap. After double wrapping and cinching the webbing around the structurally unsound container, we once again had a home for our chips, bread, and beans (so many beans).

CamJam Tie Down Strap

 

PROBLEM: Dropping your phone while taking the obligatory #liveunplugged Instagram selfie.

SOLUTION: Butterfingered friends, rejoice! The Hitch has a stretchy coil that I form into a wrist-strap to keep my phone secure during sketchy selfies. Combined with a Clip Case Rugged Holster, and I can have my selfie without my phone eating it too.

No more dropped phones due to precarious selfies

 

PROBLEM: Making hamburgers for 15 hungry people who just rode 30 miles using a four pound slab of frozen meat.

SOLUTION: Create a double boiler out of a pot and a baking sheet, then use a foil topper to channel steam upward to speed up the process. Pro tip: A cold beer wrapped in a SlapLit Drink Wrap makes it easier to forget about your stomach pangs as you wait for dinner to thaw.

Camp Life

 

PROBLEM: Lubes, grease, ThreadLoc, oh my! To keep the bikes running, I needed to pack several liquids in my tool bag that were almost guaranteed to leak.

SOLUTION: By packing my liquids in the RunOff Waterproof Toiletry Bag, I was able to keep my liquids organized, and more importantly, contained.

RunOff Waterproof Toiletry Bag

 

PROBLEM: We needed our two way radios to be accessible, but not in the way.

SOLUTION: S-Biners to the rescue! You can never have too many S-Biner dual carabiners in your tool bag.

S-Biners to the rescue!

 

PROBLEM: After sweating for three days under the Utah sun, it's now time to pack up those stinky clothes and drive several hours back home.

SOLUTION: Packing all my odiferous gear in a RunOff bag, which is waterproof, compressible, and does a fine job of sealing in the stink.

RunOff Packing Cube

 

Whether adventure takes you off the grid or down the street, Nite Ize products have a knack for solving all the little unexpected moments that make adventures memorable.

Solve those little unexpected problems with Nite Ize

 

Topics: Gear Ties, outdoors, Adventure, "travel", Fitness

6 Tips for Riding to Work (Without Being a Sweaty Mess)

Posted by Kristin Butcher on Apr 10, 2019 10:02:48 AM

Spring is all about change. With summer adventures around the corner and New Year’s resolutions quickly fading into the rearview, it’s a perfect time to fit fitness into everyday life. Not only does riding your bike burn off extra calories (about 50 per mile), it saves money, increases your productivity, and boosts happiness.

Whether you’re a Tour De France watching bike enthusiast or you haven’t thrown a leg over a bike in years, here are 6 tips to get started: 

KNOW YOUR ROUTE.

Not all roads are created equally. The route you drive to work may be different than the one that’s best for bicycling. Many cities offer bicycle maps that highlight bike paths, bike lanes, and low traffic streets. Google Maps also has a bike route feature that is my go-to means of finding and following bike-friendly routes.

Attaching your phone to your handlebar with the HandleBand by Nite Ize makes it easy to navigate new routes while on-the-go.

 BikeCommuting-Handleband

BE SEEN. BE SAFE.

No matter where your ride takes you, visibility is key--day and night. While bike lights were primarily used for seeing at night, the use of lights during the day has been shown to reduce accidents by 19%. Rotating lights, like the SpokeLit, are a fun colorful way to increase side visibility.

Radiant bike lights by Nite Ize offer a spectrum of high feature-to-value light options. The powerful rechargeable Radiant 750 is perfect for illuminating the path ahead, while the Day-Safe Flash mode creates an eye-catching pulse that keeps you seen from up to a mile away.

 The Radiant 125 front and tail lights offer a convenient rechargeable option, and the Radiant 50 is an affordable and compact battery-powered light. All Radiant bike lights have the convenience of tool-free installation, making it a snap to stay seen.

 BikeCommute-SpokeLit

 

PACK EXTRAS, TRUST ME.

Over a few decades of riding to work, I’ve spent plenty of days walking around in ridiculous bike shoes or trying to pretend that my sweat-soaked shirt is the latest fashion trend. Lesson learned. Now, I have an extra everything at work. It’s amazing how an old pair of shoes and some badly fitting jeans can be a life saver when the alternative is wearing spandex to a 10 o’clock meeting. 

 

SHOWERING (WITHOUT A SHOWER).

Offices outfitted with onsite showers make it easy to commute on hot days, even if you have to be in business casual first thing. But for those of us without a shower handy, there are a variety of solutions. While a box of baby wipes gets the job done, there are a several purpose-made shower towelettes designed to specifically to de-funk yourself.

 BikeCommuting-Wipes-1

 

TO BACKPACK OR NOT TO BACKPACK.

It doesn’t take a bike commute-ologist to realize that extra clothes, lunch, and a lock can add up quickly. A backpack is great for short rides, but dedicated commuters may be interested in picking up a set of panniers. Panniers generally attach to a rack on your bike and create an easy way to carry everything you need, while your back remains backpack-free. 

 

WEATHERING THE WEATHER.

Nothing can dampen a ride like getting caught in a rainstorm. While you don’t have to carry a full raincoat and galoshes on every ride, having a small packable rain jacket works wonders. In a pinch, a garbage bag can be used to protect your gear (and even yourself) from the elements while a few grocery bags will keep your feet dry and warm. As an added bonus, you can always cover your seat with a grocery bag to ensure it stays dry during the day (so your tookus stays dry on the ride home).

BikeCommuting-Rain

Whether your bike ride takes you across town or to the local ice cream shop, it’s a great time to give bike commuting a try. After all, the best part of riding a bike is that…it’s just like riding a bike.

Topics: Visibility and Safety, Commuting, Bike, Fitness

5 Ways To Stick With Your Fitness Resolutions Beyond January

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Feb 6, 2019 9:50:05 AM

 

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January 2019 has come and gone in a flash. So how are you doing with those New Years Resolutions a month in? At the start of each year, many of us set goals to become healthier versions of ourselves – whether that be to join a gym, go to the gym more often, eat better, bike to work at least once a week, and anything in between. The Holidays typically have us stressed with the pressures of society combined with an abundance of decadent food, resulting in an effort to live a healthier lifestyle at the start of the new year. But as time slips by, it’s all too easy to fall back into old, bad habits while you get swept up in your busy day-to-day life. So what can you do to keep yourself in check for the long haul? Here are 5 things you can do to keep your motivation flowing:

 

1. Use a Fitness Watch

 

FitnessBlog-Watch

 

If you don’t already own a fitness tracking device, this is the perfect time to pick one up. Luckily there are plenty on the market these days in a range of price points, so you’ll likely be able to find something that works for you and your budget. These devices are great for setting goals, keeping track of your step count, seeing how far you’ve run, how much elevation you’ve climbed and more. Think of your smartwatch or fitness tracker as your personal coach – and you don’t want to let them down.

 

2. Get a Workout Buddy

 

Fitness-Runners

 

If a piece of technology isn’t enough to keep you motivated, find a real person who will! Having a partner makes your workouts, runs or rides more fun, and you’re less likely to skip a day. Perhaps your significant other, friend or family member has similar aspirations. You can both benefit by keeping each other on track. If running is your jam, sign up for a race with your workout partner so you have a set date to train for.

 

3. No Excuses! Even When It’s Dark

 

Fitness-TagLit

 

Just because it gets dark early or the sun hasn’t risen when you actually have time for your morning run or bike ride doesn’t mean you should blow it off. Nite Ize has great products for lighting your way and staying safe when you’re outside in the dark. For runners or walkers, our Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp is perfect for seeing your way through dark neighborhood streets or paths. Make sure you’re staying safe and visible to cars with a SlapLit LED Slap Wrap or TagLit Magnetic LED Marker. If you’re commuting to work via bike, or simply out for a joy ride, be sure you pick up some Radiant Bike Lights for front and rear, and a couple of SpokeLit Wheel Lights for that crucial (and too often ignored) side visibility.

 

4. Journal It

 

 

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It’s easy to ignore your diet or skip your workout when you’re not holding yourself accountable. By keeping a journal dedicated to your goals, you can keep track of what you’re eating, how much weight you’ve lost and what your workouts consisted of. You can plug in information from your fitness tracker as well for an even more comprehensive view. If you’re more digital than analogue, there is a plethora of apps to help you monitor your goals. My Fitness Pal, JeFit, SparkPeople and Lifesum are a few to check out.

 

5. Treat Yo’ Self

Finally, always remember to go easy on yourself, even when trying to hold yourself accountable to your goals. Reward yourself in healthy ways when you’ve been killing it at pilates or staying on track with your diet. Find self-care practices that are right for you – it could be anything from taking a nice bath, treating your workout partner to a sushi night, getting a pedicure, or anything else you enjoy that won’t completely undo the hard work you’ve put in. Another great way to treat yourself and motivate is to buy some fun new gear. You’re bound to be more excited for your next class or session when you have brand new sneakers to break in or compression pants to try out.

Most importantly, be kind to yourself. Even the biggest fitness buffs have a hard time meeting their goals from time to time. Keep moving forward and make your future self proud.

Topics: Visibility and Safety, Run Safety, Fitness

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