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Best of 2015: How-Tos


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365 days is a lot of time to seek out stories on adventure, gear, and everything in between. Here’s a look back at the best in GP know-it-all-ery throughout 2015 — from simply cleaning your bike to leaving your job gracefully.

Advice of the Year

To Put It Bluntly

“When nature calls #2, use a Poop Tube.”

– Chris Wright

The Stories

Take Our Advice

How to Get Swole on Short Notice

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By Bryan Campbell: If you need a quick pump before the beach, bodybuilder Kyle Wilkes has a bit of advice. Here’s his quick regimen to get a swell on before you head out the door.

How to Be More Productive with Your Time

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By Darren Murph: We only get 24 hours a day. Here’s how to make the most of them.

How to Tie 12 Knots

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By Tucker Bowe: Still fastening your shoes with Velcro? Here’s a lesson in tying 12 different knots courtesy of an expert from REI.

How to Tell a Story the Right Way

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By Chris Wright: The stories you’ve been telling haven’t actually been stories. According to The Moth, an NYC-based storytelling program, you’ve been slinging anecdotes. We talked to two experts about why the story is important and how you can tell it well.

How to Shine Your Shoes the Right Way

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By Bryan Campbell: We talk to a master of the trade to learn how to properly shine your boots and shoes.

How to Say No Politely

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By Nick Milanes: Patricia Fitzpatrick, founder of the Etiquette School of New York, gives a crash course in the polite no. (It’s more than just saying “sorry” afterwards.)

How to Leave a Job Gracefully

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By John Zientek: To exit with your reputation (and professional network) intact, you have to play the resignation game right.

How to Plan a Perfect First Date

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By Matthew Ankeny: Here’s the problem: you are good. First dates are bad. So we talked to three dating coaches to figure out how to plan a perfect first date.

‘Fast Flip’ for the Best Steak of Your Life

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By Ben Bowers: Stop living a lie. Many food experts now agree that fast flipping is the best way to cook a steak. Here’s how to do it.

Camping Tips and Tricks from True Outdoorsmen

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By Chris Wright: Camping’s best little secrets — or “camping hacks” — come from the experts.

How to Start Your Own Brewery

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By Matthew Ankeny: Studying the operations of Fort Point Beer Co., which opened last year and is making waves in one of the most competitive beer markets in the US.

How to Clean Your Bike After Riding It

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By Henry Phillips: Cleaning your bike is about more than just looking good — it helps expensive components last longer and keeps everything running smooth. Here’s how to do it.