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Pick Six

The Beginner’s Guide to Betting the Super Bowl

In advance of the biggest American sporting event of the year, many people start thinking about placing a bet or two. For those who don't know the difference between a fullback and a backpack, it's a harrowing time. But, with a little education, you too can get in on the action.

Scratch-B-Gone

Timekeeping DIY: Crystal Scratch Removal

For watch lovers, a fresh scratch on an otherwise flawless crystal is a devastating sight. The feeling can be even worse on a brand new watch, or one that just returned from servicing. But before you send your tainted timepiece back for a crystal replacement, you may want to consider a home remedy. First you need to determine what can be done -- and that depends on the type of crystal you've scratched. Read on for our full guide.

Fifty, or Fifty-Five, Fathoms?

Modding Your Seiko 5: Secrets of the Subculture

In our series Want This, Get This, we profile one wildly desirable, largely unattainable item and one similar item that costs far less. In fact, that’s exactly what watch modification, or "watch modding", is all about. Now, given enough money, any watch can be modified. Just witness the huge market for blacking out and blinging out Rolexes. But there’s another subculture out there, one whose sweet spot isn’t a $25,000 watch, but rather a $50 to $250 watch -- the ubiquitous Seiko dive watch. We examine the subculture and its major players.

Fix it Dammit

Tools of the Trade: The Path to Bike Maintenance Nirvana

So your gleaming new bike is sitting in the garage, everything’s working just like you want it to and your happiness is approaching "clam". Best enjoy the moment, because sooner or later your trusty steed is going to need some kind of maintenance. When it does, you’ll hit a fork in the road-bike ownership road (a choose your own adventure if that’s more comforting) where you’ll need to decide how to fix this and the other future problems that will surely arise. As the GP Bike Maintenance Division sees it, you have three basic choices. Read on to see 'em and pick your poison.

More than just a hammer

10 Best Tools for the Home Auto Mechanic

You brought your '69 Camaro back from the dead, and now you're finally brave enough to wrangle with your wife's very modern automobile. Of course you've got the basic home mechanic's tool kit: end wrenches, assorted screwdrivers, a hammer or two, various pliers, a roll of duct tape and a beer fridge. But when it comes to getting a dirty job done, you'll need a bit more than your resolve and the rudimentary stuff. It's time to modernize and upgrade.

Gentlemen, we can build it

Tailor-Made: Building a Bike From the Frame Up

For a long time our options for buying a bike were limited to what was at the local shop, which was a roll of the dice in terms of selection and service. But with e-commerce consumers have limitless information available at a mouse click. What does this mean as a bike buyer? You have options. With the experience of working in a bike shop under my belt and a good idea of what type of bike I wanted, I decided to try the "internet bike build" myself. With a budget of $2,000 I set out to best some of the similarly priced complete bikes for sale at the local shop.

Not a buzzkill among them

Trimming the Hedges: Best Home Landscaping Tools

One of the "luxuries" of being a home owner is having a yard -- having the space to grill, garden, and maybe even build a moat (it is your castle, after all). Sadly, that yard is just waiting for you to turn your back so it can start creeping and growing past its carefully manicured boundaries. You need an arsenal to fight back; luckily, the weapons are a lot of fun, one of the many stress-relieving, get-it-done perks of being a man. Below are just the tools to help your yard from turning into a Discovery Channel episode of "Life after People".

Feel alive, stay alive

Learn To Ride: Two Wheels Stir the Soul

So now that you’ve chosen which starter steel horse suits you best, you’ve got to figure out just how to ride this thing safely -- the only thing uglier than a bike confined to a garage is one on its side. Getting out with your knees in the breeze is the best way we know to decompress and let the work week wash away, but before you swing a leg over and head out on the highway on your first bike you need to understand a couple guiding principles. We've compiled them for you.

Takes a licking...

A Complete Guide to the Care and Feeding of Your Mechanical Watch

Congratulations, you bought your first mechanical watch. That makes you the rightfully proud owner of more than just a timekeeper: that little disc on your wrist is an emblem of the culmination of art and science, a salute to man’s ingenuity. Whether you wear it just for special occasions or it accompanies you during all of life's significant moments -- and whether you paid a week's salary for it or a year's -- it should serve you well, running trouble-free for many years. Set it and forget it. Strap it on and go. These are the pros of a mechanical watch. But before you reap the benefits, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help keep that watch running flawlessly until you pass it on your offspring one day. Take some time to learn them thoroughly. Your timepiece deserves it.

Time to hit the deck

Resealing Your Deck: A GP How-To Guide

Spring doesn't really exist anymore. The belief that a season actually occurs between that last dumping of snow and when your smartphone weather apps start to sweat is mythical at best. What we get now is essentially a two-week meteorological reprieve during which we need to squeeze three months' worth of work. To make sure those precious days aren't squandered, we’re dishing out the goods on how to git ‘er done so you can make the most of this summer -- and it starts with resealing your deck.

The Heat is On

Grill Master: Tips for BBQ Bliss

Grabbing the tongs, stoking the coals and biting into a lightly charred piece of meat is and always will be a shared summer pleasure. That doesn't mean everyone knows how to do it right. To teach you how to truly master the grill -- or even just to bone up the old pros -- we've compiled a list of 10 grilling tips (along with notes from Russ Faulk of Kalamazoo Grills) to make your sizzle entirely satisfactory.

Better, faster, stronger

Grip-N-Go: 5 Best Multi-Tools

You're not the guy who has a frequent buyer card at Sears, so you can't always find the perfect tool in your less-than-organized garage. Perhaps a versatile multi-tool would be your best ally. Multi-tools have been around for twenty years, and they're not going away anytime soon. Today's multi-tools are better than ever, with innovative designs that are only limited by the imagination. If you're wondering what all-around multi-tool to purchase, we have five of the best full-sized multi-tools on the market today.

Stay frosty, stay smart

Slip ‘n’ Slide: Winter Driving Skills

Winter's that time of year when dead Christmas trees tend to litter the neighborhood landscape, you don't see your neighbors for weeks on end and countless pounds are added to the collective American waistline. But don't forget the pains of winter driving -- the wheelspin, the snow-induced oversteer and the eye-searing whiteout conditions that make you lose sight of just about everything. Though you can't avoid it all, you can certainly learn some basic skills that should help you stay shiny side up and clear of the local towing company.

Oh, the places you'll go!

Where to Hide: Surviving Five Apocalypse Scenarios

So, you’ve been invited to participate in an apocalyptic event? What to wear, what to bring, who to party with; all important decisions. But the really important choice is where you’re going to experience this life-changer (life-ender?). The “where” selection is strongly influenced by what type of apocalypse you’re getting walloped by, and most importantly,...

Ménage à beef

MoB | Rib-eye Three Ways

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, the saying goes. The same is true for cooking a steak. Most of the time the way we cook at home is dictated by circumstance: grill when the weather permits; pan fry if it doesn’t (or if we live in an apartment); broil, uh, when the...

Shoot smarter, shoot better

Sharp Shooter: How to Shoot Black & White

We see color all around us: on our screens, big and small and in real-life. It’s the norm. Black & white, however, evokes an emotion. With less to consume and consider, we begin to see drama, contrast and subjects. For our fifth Sharp Shooter article, we’re tackling the process of shooting black & white photography....

Shoot smarter, shoot better

Sharp Shooter: How to Shoot a Vacation or Adventure

If you’ve been following our Sharp Shooter series, you’ve already learned about the fundamentals of DSLR photography along with tips to better capture the area you live in, even at night. But how about when you’re camera’s accompanying something like a vacation — or better yet, an adventure? In this fourth installation, we’ve lined up...

Shoot smarter, shoot better

Sharp Shooter: How to Shoot the Night

For our third installment, we step into the dark to shoot a starscape and nature in it’s most dramatic setting. The night: it’s the time when some of us come alive and the world surrounds us in beautiful neon colors perfectly contrasted against a dark background. It delivers a sense of serenity and awe at...

City, Slicker

Sharp Shooter: How to Capture Your City

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST In this second installation of Gear Patrol’s tips for more effectively utilizing your Canon DSLR, we’re turning our lenses onto the city. When it comes to urban photography, sometimes the best results come from the less obvious. Follow along as we focus in one of the most architecturally ambitious and colorful...

Shoot smarter, shoot better

Sharp Shooter: Get a Grip on Your DSLR

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST It’s really no secret that DSLR cameras are not only incredibly popular but increasingly easier to use. When the Canon AE-1 arrived on the scene many years ago during the film era, consumers were ecstatic at the camera’s excellent build quality, wide availability of creative lenses, and ease of use —...

Changes Come Easy

Timekeeping: How to Change a Watch Strap

Let’s face it, times are tough and it’s not just European governments that are implementing austerity measures. A lot of guys can’t squeeze a new watch into their 2012 budgets. But don’t despair, there’s an affordable way to get a fresh look for your existing watch – change the strap. You might be surprised at...

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

How to Smoke Cigars: A GP Primer

The tradition of throwing on a well-tailored suit and enjoying a ten course meal with your best friends that’s topped off with a glass of single malt and a fine cigar is rarity in most male circles these days. Well, at least the cigar part — thanks to our societal epiphany on the dangers of...

Let's get cyclical

Training Wheels: How to Choose The Right Bicycle

The dictionary defines a bicycle as “a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddle like seat.” That certainly covers the gist of the invention, but after centuries of design evolution, the world of bikes has grown...

5 Minutes to a Better Summer Beverage

GP Primer | How To Make Perfect Iced Tea

In case you didn’t already know, June is National Iced Tea Month. Don’t worry, we didn’t realize it either. Benefits of home-brewed tea are obvious: cost and avoidance of artificial sweeteners amongst others, but there’s more than one way to brew, chill, and serve this summer staple. Most of you guys already know how to...