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How a Professional Mountain Biker Teaches His Son To Ride A Bike

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File this one into your daily dose of cute. Awesome cute. Professional mountain biker Eric Porter rides for Team CLIF Bar and also has a son named Milo—so here's how the little grom learned to ride a bike. Truth be told, this short video is less how-to and more of a celebration of the joys of fatherhood . . .

Cool Find: Men's Classic Fit Seersucker Shirt

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Oh, it's just a shirt. Or is it? Here's a little known fact: seersucker is a cotton fabric that's literally cooler than your usual cotton. The puckered material's threads are woven in a way that give it small, repeating tight micro clusters resulting in a crinkled look. Big deal, right? Here's the point. The crinkling makes this a material that naturally and slightly pulls away from your body just a bit, leaving some space for a touch of air flow and heat dispersal. It's a good fabric for summer shirts because you're cooler in a seersucker shirt than in a common cotton t-shirt.

The Sunday Morning Chillax: Dads and Daughters Hike The Inca Trail

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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, man, talk about the trip of a lifetime. My wife and I did a 7-day backcountry backpack trip in Peru in 2005 that connected with the Inca Trail, ending at Machu Picchu. But that was two years before we had our first child. Now I have two daughters, and though they're much younger than the girls in this video, I get awfully dewey-eyed watching this. Alex Bunn and Scott Booker are two dads who rolled 40, and planned an adventure trip together to hike the world-class four-day 26-mile Inca Trail—and they brought their young daughters along. This short film chronicles the trip in a way that's skillfully part documentary and part scrapbook. It's good.

Host a Foreign Exchange Student. You Will Not Regret It If You Live.

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On July 25, 2010 we used a half a roll of clear tape to fashion an absurd sign on four pieces of 8.5"x11" paper and Sharpie'd across it a giant "WELCOME ANIA" then sat around Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor Airport to wait for a flight to arrive from Washington D.C. that was delivering us a 15-year-old girl. That flight from D.C. was just a connection from Munich, which was just another connection from Kiev, and she'd gotten to Kiev on a five-hour train ride from her hometown.  This hand made sign, and a small compressed-for-web head shot photograph were the only items we had that could connect us with Ania.  So we stood there with that sign and waited.

It didn't take long. When we saw the young girl, her pale face, wide eyes and singular brown braid of hair displayed it all. She looked half frightened, thrilled and in disbelief all at once. We knew that was Ania. She knew it was us, and started laughing.

3 Volkswagen Vanagons and a Jetta: How One Family Built Their Westy Syncro

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You don't have to be all that offbeat to appreciate a Volkswagen Bus of any species.  Just a bit.

The window from 1985 to 1992 in the life of the VW Vanagon was a particularly splendid one - coinciding with the pinnacle of popularity of the mullet, that's when Volkswagen produced the full-time 4WD Syncro version. Drool. The really really killer versions were further refined by Westfalia, a German camper conversion company that installed the pop-top camper. Let's put it all together for accuracy, posterity and blatant SEO: Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro Westfalia. All those names . . . if it weren't for the pronunciation, you'd think it was Italian.

John Franzen, a Syncro owner, has a cool story about his van....

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