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How To: Train for Cyclocross Like a Pro

You must have a finely tuned engine to compete in Cyclocross, but highly polished techniques can save you huge amounts of time over the course of a race. UCI cyclocross World Cup overall champion Lars van der Haar put on a clinic for us in Los Angeles, where he recommended polishing these five skills to boost overall 'cross performance.

More Horses, Same Stable

Max Out: Tips for Getting More Horsepower Out of Your Engine

So you've purchased your car of choice and remained within your diminutive budget, only to hope your routes are mostly downhill. You regularly scream, “I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!” a la Montgomery Scott as you try to merge with freeway traffic but are passed by a Biggest Loser contestant on rollerblades. You're in luck. There are ways to bring your car's horsepower to levels higher than Tom Cruise's vertical leap, and they don't have to cost you a large fraction of your annual salary. Just remember one thing, young man: with great power comes great responsibility satisfaction.

You're a lumberjack and you're OK

How to Fell a Tree Like a Logging World Champion

A Swedish World Champion logger shows us how to properly fell a tree with a chainsaw. All you need is some confidence, the right safety gear, and (perhaps) some plaid fleece.

Eureka is closer than you think

Guide to Life: Upgrade Your Light Switch

Science continues to prove that lighting affects our energy level, mood and sleep patterns more than we think -- not to mention playing a tremendous role in altering the look and feel of interior spaces. Swapping out a traditional on/off switch for a dimmer is a fast home upgrade that provides immediate impact in any lighting scenario. We show you how it’s done.

Be a Better Man in 30 Days | Day 7: Know How to Mind Your Manners At The Table

How one handles themselves, particularly while eating in the presence of others, can make an enormous impression. Though, genetically, we may not differ much from our chimpanzee brethren (yes, evolution), that doesn’t excuse us from eating like them. Today’s topic in our 30 Days of Upgrades Initiative focuses on proper table etiquette. Forget the sophomoric...

Be a Better Man in 30 Days | Day 3: Know How to Say Thanks Through Writing

Being raised in the south, I was taught that no matter how far electronic communication might advance over the next century, nothing quite shows thanks and appreciation like a handwritten note. Call it old fashioned. Call it outdated. Call it true. Why is a handwritten communique so different? Taking the time to sit down and...

Thoughts from a 6 Time Marathoner

3 Unconventional Rules for Running a Marathon

By Gear Patrol Reader Michael A. Salter: Men who run marathons typically fall into one of two groups: (1) very boring and serious or (2) prone to excess in life. This article is geared to those who want to get their friends to sign up for marathons and to clock decent race times. And, of...

WTF? How To Survive 101 of Life’s Worst F*#!-ing Situations

The Men’s Manual For Those Oh Shit Moments You’re Out of Personal Days, but Have Tickets For Opening Day You Just Got A Drink A Some Klutz Knocks It Over Telemarketers Won’t Stop Harassing You Your Girlfriend Gives You Herpes You Forgot Your Girlfriend’s Birthday You Misplaced Your Wedding Ring Your Computer Breaks Down And...

GP Protocol | Rule #33 – Know More Than One Way To Tie A Tie

Sure, you know how to tie a tie. But do you know more than one way to do it? Every man should know at least two of the three common knots. Ties come in all different shapes and sizes and the proper knot is crucial to complete an ensemble. The three most common knots are...