Monthly Archives: March 2011

Did you know we sell…

1. Long boards? In 2006, we started integrating in long boards into our product mix. Now, in 2011, we are the proud dealer of three long board lines: Arbor, Sector 9, and Never Summer.  With the success of our maiden long board brand, Arbor, we are excited to see long boards take off in Memphis.  Long boards are for speed, hills, carving, and commuting.  People in Memphis take to the streets, the bluffs, and parking garages for their riding pleasure.  You will see people of all ages on long boards, there is no age limit.  We do suggest you invest in a helmet.

In addition to our long boards, we have brought in Kahuna Big Stick to accompany your long boarding experience.  What is a big stick you might ask?  Well, think of it as a paddle for your long board. Yes, a paddle.  For your long board.

2. Slack Line? Slack lining is quickly becoming a training technique for outdoor sports enthusiasts all over.  Originating amongst climbers, slack lining has shown up at festivals and on college campuses alike. Slack line kits includes webbing and two tension devices.  Other than that, all you need is two stable items to tie your slack line to.  This could be two trees, two car bumpers, anything that can hold your weight.  Slack lining is a great way to improve your balance and posture.  We carry the Gibbon Brand of Slack Lines.  We have invited them to be in attendance at our Canoe and Kayak Race, May 7th, performing tricks and allowing people to test out their products.

3. Baby Strollers? Not just any baby stroller.  These are the cream of the crop strollers.  BOB revolution strollers are made for on and off road baby fun.  Their swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability.  Although the rugged exterior allows for you and your little treasure to venture off the beaten path, the child seat is highly padded for a comfortable ride.  Along with Baby Strollers, we also carry BOB revolution trailers to carry a heavy load around town or touring across the country.

4. Stand-Up Paddle Boards? Once we saw 007 himself (Pierce Brosnan) on a stand up paddle board a few years ago, we knew it was going to be huge.  We brought in our first stand up paddle board line in 2009.  Since then, we have carried four different brands, most recently, Yolo, Ocean Kayak, and Naish.  We will have stand up paddle boards at the boating demo at Shelby Farms (May 8th) this year.  We suggest you give them a try.  It can be addictive.  What are the health benefits?  Well, stand up paddle boarding builds muscle strength in your legs, back, mid-section and arms.  You will also notice that stand up paddle boarding will improve your balance.  Health benefits mixed with a good time? Yes, please.

5. Balance Boards? Balance boards are not just for a good time.  They also can improve your balance and strengthen your core muscles.  We carry Vew Do balance boards.  Full featured balance boards are used during the sport of Performance Balance Board riding as well as during , sport specific balance and core training, strength and fitness training, and physical therapy.  If you stop in to one of the stores, be sure to look for the demo board.

Bike Commuting: Your New Best Friend

With gas prices rising quickly, a bike may be your new best friend.  At Outdoors Inc, we have been big into promoting bike commuting for our employees, doing a month long incentive program for days our employees ride in to work.  A dollar a day for each day they rode.  This promotes a healthy transportation option and saves money at the same time.

A lot of people find a commute to work intimidating (and smelly).  As we addressed the smelling aspect of it in the blog article “How to ride your bike to work and not repulse your co-workers”, now it is time to make your commute more feasible and comfortable.

One thing I have personally struggled with is waking up a little earlier than usual to ride.  This is something you have to train yourself to do, which could mean waking up earlier every day of the week regardless of riding or going by car.

Along with an earlier wake up time, your morning wardrobe will need some adjusting.  Pack a bag for your work clothes.  Just because you see pictures of people riding their bikes in suits does not make it a good idea.   The clothes you wear to ride need to be comfortable, breathable, and practical.

Be careful when choosing bike shorts.  If you are commuting in the summer months you will not want fleece padding.  Many people are inclined to get super padding in their shorts, but really you should keep in mind the amount of padding on your seat.  Too much padding can end up making you less comfortable.

Know the bike laws.  If you expect to be treated just like a car in traffic, you need to obey the same laws as cars do.  Stake out your route to work before hand, making sure you are taking bike friendly streets.  If bike lanes are available to you, use them.

If possible, find a friend or co-worker to ride in with.  It’s similar to the buddy system, but for adults (who says you only learn the alphabet in kindergarten). If you choose to listen to your headphones, be sure to keep the volume at less than concert level so you can hear on-coming cars and other traffic.

Lastly, get a tune up before you commit to commuting.  Check your lights to make sure they work, and wear a helmet.  Once you start riding in to work, you will start to see others following your lead.  There is nothing like seeing someone else be healthy to motivate you to do the same.

Send in your photos to our Facebook page of your commute.