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Bike touring: Where to sleep and how to find it

April 12, 2019

Bike touring is different than other types of travelling in that you don't really know how far you're going to get every day. This can make planning accommodations difficult and stressful, but it doesn't need to be.

In this post, I share some of the techniques I use to find accommodation on the fly so you can enjoy the ride and not stress about where to rest your head that night. 

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Opinel Belt Sheath & Case: How-To's

Opinel Belt Sheath & Case: How-To's

March 01, 2019

The Opinel belt sheath and case is elegant and keeps your knife close at hand, and discretely on your belt. I've made this blog post with tips and tricks on how to best break it in so you can get the most of your leather Opinel sheath.

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How to get a free pair of Giro Cycling shoes

How to get a free pair of Giro Cycling shoes

December 12, 2018

Traveling is great, because you never know who you're going to meet and what's going to happen. Carma helps it all go round. This is story of rain, iPhones and free giro cycling shoes...

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Pedal Belt: How-To's

Pedal Belt: How-To's

November 15, 2018

Our Pedal Belts are super comfy, and give you more power for your push. To get the best use from them, you'll want to make sure they're installed properly. I've made this blog post to help you fit them to your shoes, and attach them securely to your pedals, so you can enjoy the ride in style, and safety!

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How to reroute shifter cables to accommodate an Ortlieb Handlebar Bag

How to reroute shifter cables to accommodate an Ortlieb Handlebar Bag

October 17, 2018

The main problem here is that entry level index shifters usually have cables right where you'd want to be putting your handlebar bag. 

This hack, lets you get the cables out of the way and keep them protected without having to upgrade your shifters.

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U-Lock Holster Installation: How-To's

U-Lock Holster Installation: How-To's

September 12, 2018

The U-Lock Holster is a unique and versatile way to store your U-Lock. There are a few places you can attach it to your bike, so we've put together this blog post to help you install it properly for maximum use.

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PedalShift Podcast Episode: Cycling Tips and Tricks

PedalShift Podcast Episode: Cycling Tips and Tricks

August 15, 2018

I had the please of speaking with Tim on his PedalShift Podcast recently. We had a chance to talk about all kinds of stuff, even Poutine. It was fun to share some hacks and tricks for reducing weight, cooking with a stove, keytosis and all kinds of stuff. Our part of the episode starts at 6:17 or so. Enjoy.

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Smartphone Stand & Bracelet: How-To's

Smartphone Stand & Bracelet: How-To's

August 01, 2018

The Smartphone Stand & Bracelet does the heavy holding, so you don't have to! And when you're finished using it as a stand, you can simply strap it on your wrist and take off. I made this blog post to show you the best way to use the bracelet, and help prolong its life.

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How to strap a EU Megaboom to a Bicycle

How to strap a EU Megaboom to a Bicycle

July 18, 2018

Designing is all about finding that harmony between multiple elements to achieve a specific goal. Like people, these 'objects' become more than the sum of their parts and can often take on a like of their own. This is a great example of the soul of this design. Something that's made to carry a wine bottle, ends up helping Max bring comedy and showman ship to his audience.

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iPhone Belt Holster: How-To's

iPhone Belt Holster: How-To's

June 25, 2018

Let the iPhone belt holster be your third hand. Always there to carry your phone when you need it, and like a good friend, making sure no phone is left behind! I made this blog post so you can make sure you're use it properly and get the most out of your iPhone case.

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Can kids go bike touring?

Can kids go bike touring?

June 22, 2018 2 Comments

Last week i had the privilege of guiding 12-15yr old kids on their first bike tour ever. What a blast. The story starts 2 years ago when i met the Anne-Marie, the founder of Ca Roule Pour Moi our of Montreal. I was touring in the Eastern Townships with friends and she was leading a tour of her own. She told me about he...

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Everyday Belt: How-To's

Everyday Belt: How-To's

June 15, 2018

We redesigned the classic leather belt for a sleeker fit and minimal hardware, without the added bulk of a metal buckle and extra long tongue. Best of all, it's custom adjustable to fit your body perfectly. I made this blog post to show just how easy it is to adjust this belt to fit you perfectly.

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Norway By Bike

Norway By Bike

June 13, 2018

Next up, I'm traveling to Norway to explore the wilderness and take a spin around Oslo. Tied for most expensive city in the world, they boast some serious infrastructure plans for cyclists. Ranked #20th most bicycle friendly city in the world.

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Bicycle Wine Rack: How-To's

Bicycle Wine Rack: How-To's

June 01, 2018

I don't think many people would need an explanation, but just in case, I thought i'd make a quick video to explain it all. It's so easy, you can do it blindfolded.

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Iphone Headphone Cam

How to use your smartphone as a headcam.

May 24, 2018

Wether you're recording a video to share with your friends or content for a blog, having the right tools for the job can make all the difference. Traditionally that's mean't having a higher quality device that was most certainly expensive and bulky. 

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Top 5 Headcam Cycling Videos from Argentina and the USA

Top 5 Headcam Cycling Videos from Argentina and the USA

May 16, 2018

That time when there's been a landslide and the tunnel through the mountain is completely covered over. You decide to hop the fence and cycle through the forest, not knowing what you going to find. You end up on an old railroad path that's been paved over and ride it for 3 hrs through the forest, having the one of the best cycles of your life.

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Denmark by Bike: Copenhagen Cycling Culture

November 08, 2017

I began my cycling sabbatical in Denmark. Copenhagen is one of the most cycling friendly cities in the world, so I was excited to see how they make it work. I was surprised to see that

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Digital Nomad Travelling by bicycle Maker

Digital Nomad on a Bike

July 27, 2017 2 Comments

For the next several months, i'll be bicycle touring around Europe as a digital nomad. With me, I'll have everything i need to live, work and stay creative. This time is intended as a creative sabbatical from the workshop to

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Montreal Studio

Oopsmark Studio Tour

February 01, 2017


Making a new studio has been a blast. If you're making thing from scratch, why not make it just the way you want it?

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Bicycle Handle Installation Instructions

Bicycle Handle Installation Instructions

February 01, 2017

The Bike handle should make it easier to lift your bicycle up and down the stairs. Hopefully this video will make it easier for you to install it.

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Train across canada bicycle ViaRail

To Train or not to Train? There is no question...

November 18, 2016

Pulling into Vancouver it was all over too soon. The night before we'd even talked about hijacking the train to make the trip a day longer

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Bicycle on Train in Canada Oopsmark

Bicycle Tour Via Train

October 26, 2016

It's time for another epic bike tour, this time across Canada and then down to Oregon Coast to Portland.

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Bike Safety Whistling bicycle how to whistle

Learn to whistle and it may save your life.

October 14, 2016

I can't count the amount of times whistling has helped me avoid a collision on my bicycle. Friend mentioned that they didn't know how to whistle, so we put this video together to help people learn how. It's pretty simple, just a little practice is all.

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reliable airlines for cyclists travelling with a bicycle

The most reliable airline for cyclists

May 27, 2016

After Air Canada lost my bicycle for 17 days of a bicycle trip in Buenos Aires, I started to wonder which airlines had the best record of not loosing bikes. Oopsmark conducted a survey through our network to learn more.

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Buenos Aires cycling culture infrastructure

Beunos Aires by Bicycle

January 17, 2016

Here's why Buenos Aires has skyrocketed to being the 14th most cycling friendly place in the world.

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Tee Pee Touring in Quebec Canada by bicycle

Tee-Pee Touring and so on

January 16, 2016

It turns out that Quebec has bike paths all through the countryside all over the province - they go by the name La Route Verte and they're beautiful.

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Intro touring bicycles 101 explained classic

Cycle Touring 101: An intro to touring bicycles

January 10, 2016

I got into touring because Shea explained to be that could ride of the city and go camping. His expertise as a tour guide and bike shop owner helped me learn quickly, so I asked him if we could make a video to help other people get into it.

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Gluten Baguette bicycle

What makes the perfect baguette?

November 02, 2015 1 Comment

Is there a difference between a bakers baguette and a large grocery store baguette? It turns out the answer goes back to the early 19th century and explains a lot about why many people have problems with gluten.

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Artisanal Circus Cycling Tricks with Wine

August 11, 2015

The Cirque de Soleil 30th birthday party was, as you would imagine, amazing. There was amazing food, a ferris wheel, tightrope walking, and a video of Paul McCartney projected on the wall, giving hit best wished to the Cirque. I made a friend aswell.

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Portable Laptop stand for sitting anywhere

DIY: Squatting Computer Desk

May 24, 2015

Fix your back. Turn any desk into a standup desk, squat on the ground or bring it with you. Make one or buy one.

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How Cycling is Changing the Face of the Cities

May 01, 2015

The reality is that cycling is one the rise, again. As more commuters hit the road, or traffic needs are evolving and our cities are changing.

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Made in Montreal Documentary S1E2

March 10, 2015

The documentary series Made in Montreal S1E2 ventures to our MileEnd leather workshop to talk with about what we do

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Chic choc rum halloween

Pumpkins and rum: my kind of cultural tradition

November 24, 2014

Fall is all about the rum.

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What is an 'Oopsmark' anyway?

What is an 'Oopsmark' anyway?

November 10, 2014

People always ask where the name Oopsmark comes from. Here's the answer.

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Leather iPhone Holster Handmade

The iPhone 6 Holster for Modern Day Cowboys (and Cowgirls)

September 30, 2014 1 Comment

With a dedicated phone holder, you'll stop putting it down in random places. It'll stop getting broken and won't get lost.

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The Grapple Clothing Hook

September 23, 2014

Have you always wanted to have a grapple hook. Now you can.

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World Naked Bike Ride Montreal

Less Gas, More Ass: International World Naked Bike Ride

July 22, 2014 1 Comment

Did you know that people go biking naked once a year all over the world. Guess why?

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Drone copter hits cyclist

June 20, 2014

I always thought drone where pretty cool, but never considered what would happen if they hit someone. I got some first hand experience to find out.

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This ain't no 90s iphone holster

This ain't no 90s iphone holster

June 10, 2014

Without a consistent safe place to put our phone, we loose them and break them. It's time to re-examine the belt holster for phone. Not like they used to do, but how it should be done.

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Can cycling be safer than driving

How cycling is safer than driving

May 26, 2014

What's more dangerous? Cycling or Driving? What makes cycling safer.

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Cycling creativity brain health

Cycle your way to a more creative brain

May 16, 2014

You know cycling feels good, but how does it affect creativity, problem solving and brain activity? That's what we wanted to learn about, so here it is.

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The Ultimate Doggy Bag

The Ultimate Doggy Bag

May 13, 2014

It's fun having a workshop around so you can do stuff like this with your friends dog.

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Bicycle Wine Rack vs the Trick Fixie

May 09, 2014

Hey Tom, want to see if we can break a wine bottle with a bike?

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recycled bicycle wine rack

The Recycled Bicycle Wine Rack

May 07, 2014

On the hunt for innovative material, this bicycle accessory made of used bicycle parts is my favourite.

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How to take Handoramas with iPhone pano

March 20, 2014

On a trip to Hawaii, Stephanie Audet and I figured out a way to take selfies with out using our hands. Well, we took turns. Hard to explain, better to read the blog.

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women feminism pants

How the bicycle craze affected women's equality and their pants.

February 04, 2014

Society seems to evolve with the help of the tools available at the time. Bicycles and feminism is a great example.  

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Leather Belt Hack

Leather Belt Hack

January 21, 2014

Of all the things i've made. This is the one i've used that most.It's everyday practical.

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RIP Uncle John, thanks for the great flag

January 06, 2014

John Matheson, just passed away. Clearly Canada isn't that old if the creator of our flag has just passed.

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The Science Behind Why Cycling Makes Us Happier

November 28, 2013

If you bike, you know it makes you feel good, but how and why? Have the scientists figured it out yet?

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Naked Bike Mechanic Calendar

November 19, 2013

It was a pleasure to participate in Montreal Naked Bike Mechanical Calendar. They do a great job every year and I've always wanted to be in there.

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