Gear review

Best pizza cutter in the world!

Pizza in Ohiopyle wilderness voyageursWho doesn’t like pizza and biking in Ohiopyle?! Well maybe not at the same time…but can you believe there is actually a pizza cutter in the shape of a bike? And it actually works.  The gang over at Park Tool are serious about their tools, so you know this is world class, dependable pizza cutter.  And it also is a great smurf bike.  Imagine the laughs and smiles you will get when slicing into your favorite pizza with this fun kitchen accessory.  If you are into miniatures, you can park it in the diorama on your shelf, so you can keep an eye on it.  The pizza cutter has a large diameter, rolls smoothly, and is stainless steel.  It can slice through the toughest terrain and it’s dishwasher safe!  What a great gift for that special biker in your life!
park bike tools wilderness voyageurs  You can grab one of these fun bike pizza cutters at our  Ohiopyle outfitter store or order from our cool online gear store .  Don’t feel like cutting your own pizza?  No worries…we have delicious gourmet pizzas at the Fall’s City Pub!  Spend the day biking on the GAP Trail or Ohiopyle State Park mountain biking trails and then hit the pub for some gourmet pizza!  I tried the veggie pizza with pesto sauce and it is delicious!  Hope to see you on the GAP trail or the pub!

We carry this fun accessory at our Wilderness Voyageurs store!

We are very easy to find in the metropolis of Ohiopyle, located at the north entrance to town:

Wilderness Voyageurs

103 Garrett Street, Ohiopyle PA 15470




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Staying warm in Ohiopyle with the Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket

We might be warming up a bit here in Ohiopyle from last week’s deep freeze, but it’s still winter so it is crucial to have the proper gear to stay warm.  Growing up in Wisconsin exposed me to brutal cold temps to the point where you cannot even stand being outside.  That was back in the day where your mom dressed you up like the kid from “A Christmas Story.” Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down JacketToday I found the PERFECT jacket to stay warm, comfortable, and stylish.  I ventured out for an hour hike in the windy 9 degree weather wearing the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket.  At first I questioned how this thin, 8 ounce jacket could possibly keep me warm.  I noticed right away that my core was warm and I did not feel the extreme wind anywhere but my face (must wear scarf next time). Ohiopyle Falls in the winter As I started to get my heart rate up I became very comfortable and warm.  I had a lot of movement in my arms without any bulk.  The jacket is breathable, moisture resistant, and has a stylish fit.  It can also be packed down very small for travel! Don’t believe me?  Check out the specs: The lightest down jacket anywhere now with Q.Shield™ Down. The sub-eight-ounce Ghost Whisperer Down is pared down to perfect essentials: 850-fill Q.Shield™ down, zip-pockets and a cinch hem. Specially formulated Q.Shield™ Down resists moisture and retains critical loft even in damp conditions for consistent, dependable warmth. Features

  • Quilted construction holds insulation in placeimages (2) images (29)
  • Two front handwarmer pockets
  • Low profile, insulated hood
  • Jacket stows in pocket
  • Lightweight single pull hem drawcord

The Basics

Weighing in at just 7 ounces, our 7 denier ripstop nylon fabric and super compressible 850F Q.Shield down combine to give you warmth without the weight.

  • Apparel FitActive
  • Weight7 oz. / 198 g.
  • Center Back Length25 ” / 64 cm

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  • BodyWhisperer 7D x 10D Ripstop
  •  100% nylon
  • InsulationDuvet Q.Shield™ 850

I would recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a great piece of winter gear.  The Wilderness Voyageurs store carries the Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket in many sizes and colors for men and women! The jacket is now 20 percent off!! Come into the Wilderness Voyageurs store or click here to buy yours today and SAVE 20%!

Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitters

103 Garret Street, Ohiopyle PA 15470


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Installing a Yakima Roof Rack

Yakima makes good racks. We use them on our bike tour vans:

And our personal tiny convertibles:

We have a ton of rack parts in stock at the store, and we can always order specific stuff. Give us a call at 1.800.272.4141, or stop in the store.

Anyway, on a vehicle without factory rack mounts, like the VW GTI below, there are three parts to Yakima base rack system. Cross bars hold your stuff (boats, bikes, dogs, or what ever you’re into) Q-Towers grab the cross bars, and Q-Clips clamp the Q-Towers onto the roof.

There’s a different set of Q-Clips for every vehicle, but the rest of the rack system is universal. Yakima has a fit finder help you find the Q-Clips you need.

The racks come with detailed instructions, so I’m not going to rewrite them. But here’s a basic overview. It usually takes about an hour to install a rack.

1. Slide the Q-Clips into the Q-Towers. In the photo, we used rusted Q-Towers to make it easier to see the difference between the two pieces.

2. Measure and set the distance between the Q-Towers. This part is important, because the towers need to straddle the roof correctly. It’s never fun to loose a rack full of gear on the interstate.

The towers clamp on the cross-bars with a 5mm hex bolt.

(I wonder if that blue tinsel will stay up all summer.)

3. Set the Q-Towers on the car, and clip the Q-Clips into the window or rain gutter (put it where the instructions tell you.)

This VW had some arrows on the windows to help line up the rack:

Then use the little silver knobs on the Q-Towers to adjust the clamp tension. This is the finicky part. Both sides need to have even tension, or the rack will fall off on the interstate. Again, that sucks.

It’s a lot easier if you have a good friend help so that you can adjust both sides at the same time. Since it was cold outside and I’m not a good friend, I let Zane adjust the tension by himself.

4. Make some coffee while your friend struggles to adjust the tension on his rack. A mug with a John Wayne quote is recommended, but not required.

5. Check in on the tensioning process from the comfort of the porch.

If no progress has been made, go surf the interwebs.

6. Check in again.

Still no progress. Like I said, getting that tension even can be tricky. If it’s been over an hour, it’s probably best to go take a nap.

When you wake up, your friend should be done installing the rack.

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