- 28 June, 2021
Beautiful boats deserve beautiful storage. When you have high-quality canoes or kayaks, or both, why tuck them away or cover them up out of sight? The best way I’ve found to store my boats is a couple ingenious systems I’d gotten years ago from Talic Kayak Storage Systems in Auburn, NY. They’ve been in business since 1999 and now have a large selection of canoe and kayak storage systems to choose from.
The details of their systems vary, but the basic principle is the same: two brackets with webbing designed just for your craft attach to the wall studs of an inside wall to support boats from 6-foot squirt boats up to 20’ canoes. They make the parts from Baltic birch plywood, a high-quality, void-free material often used in cabinet making, yellow pine, stainless steel hardware, and high-quality webbing. The wood brackets attach to the wall studs and the webbing supports the boats, so no part of a boat touches the wood frames. It’s simple, elegant, and durable. They make all their products at their shop in Upstate New York.
Talic canoe and kayak storage provides substantial flexibility for boats of different lengths, widths, and heights. Following is a small selection of the systems they make for a variety of gear storage.
Talic Kayak Tilt XL
The Tilt is their best seller, as it will fit most boats. The photos show you how it works, and the magic here is that it can handle boats of any length and width. The only limiting factor is the height at the gunwale – the top outer edge of the boat’s hull. If that’s 14” or less, as is the case with almost all recreational canoes and kayaks, that boat will fit on the Tilt. The brackets for the Tilt system quickly fold up when not in use, freeing space for other uses.
To check if the Tilt will work for your kayak, you need to measure 36” on both sides of the fore/aft centerline to get the gunwale measurement, as that’s where the brackets should be located. Set the boat on the floor, take a measurement 36” on either side of the centerline, and that’s it. When stored on the rack, the boat is cradled securely and gently on its side on the brackets. Don’t worry about the hull flexing; the gunwale is the most structurally sound section of the boat. High-quality boats also have plenty of structural rigidity to easily keep their shape.
Woodlands Starter Kit 1
This is a grouping of their modular Woodlands system. This system is much like the Tilt, but holds two boats and up to five paddles on specifically made paddle racks. Maximum height of your boat is 12” at the gunwale (so, not as deep as the Tilt) and maximum boat width is unlimited. This modular system uses two rails that attach to the wall studs with cradles for the boats and accessories which fit into slots on the rails. Accessory brackets will hold fly rods, skis, and bikes, and you can also add shelves for all the other miscellaneous gear needed for your sports and activities.
Woodlansd Starter Kit 2
The Woodlands Starter Kit 2 accommodates two narrow kayaks in a flat posture and up to five paddles. The kit contains the two 60” vertical rails that attach to the wall studs, two sets of deep hull boat brackets, and one set of paddle storage brackets. Check out the accessory brackets and shelves, which even includes clothes hanger rods so you can hang jackets and PFDs to dry.
Talic Canoe Roost
The Canoe Roost can handle big boats up to 40” wide and 100 pounds. Thanks to the 2 inch wide webbing which conforms to every curve to distribute the weight evenly, you can store the boat hull-down rather than gunwale-down, but it’s really up to you. Either way works fine. This system folds up so it’s out of the way when not in use. Folded, the system sticks out only 3.5” from the wall.
Talic Kayak Condo XL
The Kayak Condo comes in two versions, for one boat or two, for kayaks up to 28” wide. The single rack will hold boats up to 90 pounds, and the double racks will hold two boats at 90 pounds each. The arms fold up when not in use, and like all their kayak storage systems, it’s made of yellow pine, Baltic birch plywood, stainless steel hardware, and 2” webbing.
All these systems are designed to be used indoors. Some people have applied a high-quality exterior deck seal for use outside, but I still prefer keeping boats inside. The sun is rough on any surface over time. Well, maybe not granite, but it’s definitely rough on wood and webbing. Again, it’s up to you.
If you’re having trouble figuring out which system will work best for your needs, just email them and they’ll help you choose. Just keep in mind that all these systems will accommodate most kayaks, SUPs, and surfboards, while larger boats like canoes may need the Canoe Roost for example. The length of your boat(s) doesn’t usually matter, as the systems are flexible in their placement. There are some guidelines, as you don’t want the racks to be too far apart, which could cause the boat to sag in the middle. That’s why they recommend you don’t hang boats from the grab handles on the ends, or hanging canoes from the breasthooks at the bow and stern. And if you want to store two boats of quite different length, such as a short whitewater kayak and a canoe, that probably won’t work with just one system.
As for installation, all their systems are designed to be attached to the wall studs, as drywall anchors are not as reliable. They can guide you on hardware choice, including for masonry walls. And you can mount your system at any height on the wall that works best for you. If you have plenty of room, storing boats lower means less lifting. In a tight space, mount your racks higher on the wall to use the space below or maintain clearance for moving about.
That may seem like a lot of information, but it’s pretty straightforward, and they’re ready to help if you have any questions.
- 21 June, 2021
Oregon offers spectacular fishing. Fresh or salt, a lifetime is barely enough to scratch the surface of all the possibilities.
The picturesque North-western state offers all the abundance of the Pacific while boasting countless miles of rivers and lakes for the fresh-minded angler.
Today we’ll pay homage to fresh and identify great locations to cast a fly all year round.
While there’s action to be had for the salty fly angler, today it’s all about the browns, rainbows, bulls, and salmon.
Moreover, it’s about using the most ancient and celebrated technique, fly fishing.
Oregon locals may well be very familiar with the information below. Nonetheless, read-on.
You can revisit that which you may have taken for granted – something many of us do when blessed with such abundance.
This article is more for the visitor to Oregon. We want to highlight a few places visitors can cast a fly with a likelihood of a scaly return, regardless of the season.
Before we get started, it’s important to mention that like everywhere else in the US, fishing regulations apply. Make sure you are fully versed in the local rules before you fish.
Visitors to Oregon are well-advised to check local regional regulations as an integral part of their trip planning.
Keep in mind, the rules you faced on your last visit may have changed, so it pays to check up every time.
Fly Fishing Oregon in the Fall and Winter
Things might be beginning to cool down following the summer frenzy, but this is no time to prep your fly kit for hibernation.
If you fish in the fall you can still utilize many kinds of fishing rods without freezing.
Winter is a different story…winter kit is essential.
Visitors and locals alike are often content simply soaking up the spectacular fall color, caring less about the action on their 5 weight.
Oregon’s rivers are genuinely a sight to behold in fall and right through the winter.
Who am I kidding? It’s about fishing, right?
Salmon and steelhead are highly sought when things turn chilly. The trout get pretty lazy, but they still devour well-placed nymphs, and monster trout are definitely on the cards.
The Sandy River
Portland is a thriving center for commerce and a popular destination for visitors to Oregon – both business and leisure travelers.
A 40-minute drive from the city will bring you to the Oxbow Regional Park and the Sandy River.
In terms of fishing, there are more prolific offerings, however, proximity to the city, ease of fishing, and the natural beauty so close to the metropolitan hustle and bustle make the Sandy worth a shot.
Coho and chinook are on offer this time of year, with the latter only occasional, and runs tend to vary year to year.
The Sandy earns its mention for proximity. It’s ideal for downtime whilst on a business trip. Hire a car and get amongst it.
The Sandy is a great place with kids in tow, as the river is easily fished, regardless of competency.
The Salmon River. Keeping it Closer to Town
The Salmon River is a Sandy river tributary. The small river looks untouched by human intervention, defying the impacts of its proximity to a well-used highway that runs alongside a significant portion of it.
It’s the highway location that, like the Sandy River into which it runs, makes it convenient for time-poor traveling anglers to get in a day trip.
Chinook is available in numbers from mid-fall through to the end. Come the winter, it’s the Steelhead that will take top billing.
Chinook is, of course, arguably the most sought-after freshwater fish in Oregon. A fall trip to the Salmon is a sure bet for the most famous of our salmon, and the sport on fly gear is breathtaking.
The scenery is also breathtaking, ensuring that even though your time there may be limited, you can still get immersed in the Oregon wilderness, and dreams of a PB chinook.
Chinook and Steelhead from the Main Umpqua River
The Main Umpqua is formed by the joining of the North and South Umpqua rivers. From here it travels a touch over a hundred miles to the Pacific.
This is one heck of a location for fishing all year round, from the tidal influence all the way upstream to where the two Umpqua rivers become one.
The traveling fly angler can have a ball here. With time on your hands, you can visit the numerous historic towns, share fishing tales over a social drink, having just created your own “one that got away” adventure.
The Main Umpqua will deliver steelhead all year round but come end July through October, the chinook will offer spectacular sport.
November brings an end to the big chinook numbers, but they’ll still be about until the cold sets in for winter.
Where Will You Find Oregon Trout in Winter and Fall?
Don’t let the cool weather turn you off an Oregon trout hunt. Of course, you’re not going to get thrill a minute trout action. Come the winter and fall, it’s not about quantity.
It’s at this time of year you need to change your strategy and recognize that one to three fish in a session is a great day out.
In the cooler months, it’s all about fishing nymphs. Makes sure you’re prepared with dry flies.
When you choose a river, get some local advice about where to find the slower moving stretches of the river.
The trout have slowed for winter and are lethargic at best. Energy conservation is important for them, as they’re eating far less.
Make sure you have a plan to cover as much territory as thoroughly as possible.
The sluggish winter trout couldn’t care less about your nymph, unless, of course, it’s dropped right in front of its nose.
Drop it in its face, and you’re sure to inspire an attack. After all, they’ve still got to eat.
Sessions will be short come the depths of winter. You will only have a window of a few hours per day. Fish efficiently and deliberately.
However, the fishing is unlikely to be fish on fish, so you’ll have time to absorb the beauty around you as you cast methodically.
Use small flies and as light a tippet as you dare. This is a tough balancing act. While the time of year necessitates lighter rigs, there’s still big trout taking little flies; being underpowered can be heartbreaking.
Go to a tackle store and get some local advice before you head out to your chosen spot.
Local knowledge is everything here, particularly in winter and fall. Get an idea of what you’re likely to encounter so you can pack and rig appropriately.
Remember safety. It’s can get cold…to say the least. Let people know where you’re going and your return time.
Take a change of warm clothes and keep them in a dry bag. People fall in, particularly around the slippery icy areas.
Hypothermia sets in quickly, and I guarantee you, it’ll wreck a perfect day out.
There are plenty of stunning locations to find cold-weather trout in Oregon. For the dedicated, you will be rewarded by the opportunity to fish a river in solitude, without another angler for miles.
Here’s a list of likely locations for winter and fall trout in Oregon.
- Owyhee River
- Deschutes River (lower)
- Klamath River
- Crooked River
- Metolius River
Fly Fishing Oregon in the Spring and Summer
If you’re a fly angler, and not from Oregon, you must put Oregon on your bucket list. The summer offers a huge number of fly fishing choices throughout.
Of course, the trout come on the chew…big time. So, unlike the winter, you can catch your limit via non-stop action.
Steelhead are still available in the warmer months, and despite their ordinary flavor, few fish can match their sporting attraction.
Kokanee are also a must for visitors to Oregon. Records are available, and there’s nothing better than taking a record from a local.
For me, the big drawcard is the trout. While many locations offer big bulls (watch regulations), and big browns, I’m astonished at the reports of average rainbow sizes.
If you’re looking for a rainbow PB, Oregon has a few places that demand a visit.
While it’s recommended you get some local advice, all experienced fly anglers will be able to make their way to the productive areas.
Whitefish are abundant and will possibly annoy fly anglers looking for a genuine trout experience.
However, their “trash fish” reputation is undeserved. They are in fact very important to the health of the river systems and act as an important litmus test for river health.
What’s more, they’re great fun to catch and great to eat.
Fly Fishing Wallowa Lake
The Department of Wildlife stock the Wallowa annually. With the release of thousands of catchable fish, the Wallowa remains a hot-spot for rainbows, as they’re there in great numbers.
There’s plenty for all, which is great because the Wallowa is popular come the warmer months.
For those wanting a larger class of rainbow, the Wallowa is a must, with rainbows to 20 inches being common. Land-based, or afloat, there’s plenty of options for the lake’s best fish
Kokanee is available too. They offer outstanding sport, and it’s a likely location to bag yourself a record with a little dedication and targeting. Get some local tips.
Steelhead can be caught in the summer, but it’s October to March that brings on the best steelhead experience.
The city of Joseph is well located for accessing the best spots. There’s plenty of accommodation, with camping and vacation rentals readily available.
Fly Fishing Wickiup Reservoir
Kokanee, browns, and rainbows are the order of the day at Wickiup. The reservoir is an important irrigation supply, and water levels can vary significantly depending on rainfall.
Despite the frequent water level variations, there are always plenty of summer opportunities for the fly angler, with huge trout being the target for most.
Rainbows and browns frequent the 5 to 8-pound mark. It’s the browns, however, that inspire the dreams of record breakers, with browns reaching over 20 pounds; a true catch of a lifetime.
In fact, the Wickiup is often billed as the state’s best brown trout location.
This title is very debatable, however. Locals will certainly argue that Paulina lake is best as it holds the current record of a 28-pound, 5-ounce fish. Pauline Lake, like Wickiup, is a short drive from Bend.
Wickiup is the state’s second-largest reservoir, so there’s plenty of water for anglers to explore, and you can certainly find your own space when angler numbers are up.
There are 6 campgrounds for anglers to base themselves, all of which have boat ramps for convenient launching.
The Wickiup is also renowned for its stunning wildlife, delivering a stunning attraction while fishing or during downtime.
Wickiup is a leisurely 60-minute drive, northwest of Bend. A day trip from Bend is certainly on the cards for the early riser.
Fly Fishing the Crooked River
The famous Crooked River is a 125-mile trout bonanza that flows into the Deschutes River.
The river is easily accessed from Prineville, Oregon’s oldest city. This is high desert land, offering magnificent vistas of the surrounding mountains.
The riverside geography lends to easy casting, making this an ideal place for the beginner to hone their skills.
Locals will tell you that nymph fishing is the local preference, but dry flies are on when the hatch is on.
The Crooked is all about trout numbers. There’s plenty of them. So if non-stop trout action is your thing, the Crooked is the place to be.
Estimates put trout numbers at several thousand trout per mile. This is great news because following the 2015-16 drought the river’s trout were all but wiped out.
While the numbers are certainly as good as you’d get anywhere, fly anglers will have to suffice with average fish sizes of 8 to 12 inches.
There are some samples reaching the 16-inch mark, but those looking for trophy trout will have to wait a few years for the post-drought fish to reach maturity.
While the Crooked is at its absolute best in the summer, it will also produce good numbers of fish trout in the cold months.
The weather is also usually agreeable in the cooler months, with frequent sunny days.
The Oregon Fly Fishing Wrap
Clearly, this article barely scratches the surface, but if nothing else, it provides visiting fly anglers with a starting point.
Locals will agree that volumes could be written about each river, stream, lake and tiny tributary throughout Oregon, such is the depth and variety of Oregon’s fisheries.
Oregon offers spectacular fly fishing all year round. Whether it’s rainbows, browns or the elusive bulls that are your thing.
Or perhaps you’re after the intense sport of mega salmon and steelhead. Oregon has it all. With over 300 miles of Pacific coastline, there’s no shortage of salty options in Oregon.
But the fresh stuff is where it’s at in Oregon. It’s a 365 days per year fly anglers paradise from border to border, from the mountains to the sea.
Oregon delivers with day trips, weekend adventures, and holiday fly fishing expeditions. They understand fly fishing, so they’ll understand you.
Most importantly, Oregon has a waterway to suit your fly skills, your budget, and your time restraints. Here’s a detailed map so you can start planning your next Organ fly fishing trip
- 10 June, 2021
If you want your water sporting and outdoor equipment to last as long as possible, it’s essential to store it properly. Your gear is a considerable cost investment, so maintaining it for the long term will help you get as much value from it as possible. Even if you choose to upgrade to newer equipment, you’ll be able to sell older gear more easily if it’s been well maintained. Here, we’ll outline in detail how to properly stow and maintain the most popular water sporting gear.
Fishing is a popular pastime all across North America. Some standard fishing gear includes rods, reels, fishing lines, hooks, lures, floats, and nets. Many people who fish care for their tackle meticulously, but if you’re new to the sport, you will definitely want to follow some of the most common dos and don’ts.
Keep your fishing poles dry
Store your fishing poles and reels off the ground
Clean your rods and reels after every use
Lubricate parts before putting them into storage for an extended period of time
Allow your poles to get too hot or too cold
Don’t stow your rods in direct sunlight
Don’t allow saltwater to sit on your poles after use (salt is corrosive)
Don’t store your fishing poles with the old line still attached
Preparing Your Fishing Tackle for Storage
It’s crucial to clean your fishing gear after each use, whether you’ve been fishing in fresh or saltwater. Dirt and minerals from the water can sit on your poles and reels, staining them or reducing their functionality over time. You’ll also need to unspool your reels and loosen your drag. Don’t forget to lubricate the mechanical/moveables for storage during the cold season. Although you can use common oil for this task, you may want to opt for specially formulated fishing tackle lubricants.
How and Where to Store Your Fishing Gear
There are many ways to store your fishing gear, but you’ll want to ensure that you don’t stow your equipment in a place that’s subject to temperature extremes. For instance, a detached garage without temperature control may be subject to freezing temperatures and, at other times, high humidity. These extreme weather conditions can warp your poles or damage your other tackle. It’s best to store your fishing equipment in your home or a temperature-controlled garage if possible.
You can purchase ready-made fishing rod racks or even build your own using two wall shelves and storage bins for your reels, lures, sinkers, etc. Be sure that you keep your tackle away from falling objects or in areas where children play, as your items can break easily. You can also procure a strong tackle box to stow your fishing line, hooks, lures, etc.
Surfboards and wetsuits can involve some pricey expenditures. Plus, if you love your gear and enjoy using it, you’ll want it to last. Caring for your surf gear well will help you enhance its longevity.
Saltwater can take a toll on all sorts of water sporting equipment, including your surfboard. Before placing your board in storage for even a short time, you should always ensure it’s dry and clean. Cleaning involves removing old wax. If the weather is hot and sunny, let your board sit in the sunshine for about ten minutes; the sun and heat will loosen the wax, making it easy for you to remove with a commercial wax comb or an old credit card.
Otherwise, it’s never a good idea to stow your surfboard in the sun or extreme heat. Rather than letting it sit in your garage, bring it indoors where it won’t be affected by temperature extremes. After removing the wax and fins from your board, you can stow your board on a rack.
Some common types of surfboard racks include:
Finger grip rack
Surfboard wall sling
Hawaiian gun rack
Modular surfboard rack
Surfboard ceiling rack
Wall-mounted surfboard rack
Vertical surfboard rack
Freestanding surfboard rack
Storing your windsurfing equipment properly will not only help you get more value from your gear, but it will also help you maintain it for safety when you’re out on the water. Salt and sand are not friends with your windsurfing gear, so after each use, you’ll want to clean your items carefully and never stow them without doing so.
Preparing your Windsurfing Gear for Storage
First, as mentioned, you’ll want to clean your items carefully. Even if you’ve used this gear in freshwater, you should subject it to cleaning with clean tap water from a faucet or hose. Before placing it in storage, you should ensure that you rig the tour sail correctly; don’t crush or fold the sail as creases could mar it if stowed for an extended period of time.
Before stowing your windsurfing equipment, remove the foot straps and keep them separate. Avoid storing your equipment in your garage or direct sunlight. The best place to store this gear is within your temperature-controlled house. Temperature extremes or high humidity aren’t good for most sporting gear.
Due to their size, kayaks can be a challenge to store. However, properly storing your kayak, life jackets, and other related gear will keep them in optimum–and safe–condition.
Where to Store Your Kayak
If possible, it’s ideal to store your kayak indoors so that it’s sheltered and protected from pests like insects or rodents. If you can’t keep it indoors, be sure that you protect it from the sun and weather. Temperature extremes are not good for your kayak or any of your related gear.
How to Store Your Kayak
You should try to store your kayak on a rack that’s specially designed for the purpose. To conserve floor space, you might opt to stow your collection on wall mounted slings which do an excellent job of dispersing pressure across a large area. Never store your boat on solid arms, or suspend your kayak by the grab hooks as you risk bending it.
Before mounting or suspending your kayak, be sure to clean it. Whether it’s been in fresh or saltwater, avoid using chemicals or heavy detergents to clean its surface. Instead, opt for clean water and gentle soap. Thoroughly dry all surfaces before you store your kayak. Don’t forget to clean your kayak’s accessories, including its paddles and life jackets, and keep those in a clean, dry place as well.
Rowing equipment can quickly become damaged if not stored properly. In fact, some insurance experts report that more damage occurs to this type of equipment when in storage than on the water.
Where to Store Rowing Equipment
Ideally, a boathouse is the most suitable setting for rowing equipment storage. If possible, you might even transform a section of your two or three-car garage into your rowing equipment storage area. As with other types of water sporting gear, store your rowing equipment somewhere clean and dry, somewhere that is pest-free and not subject to direct sunlight, weather, or extreme temperatures.
How to Store Rowing Equipment
When storing your rowing gear, clean all items thoroughly. Then, use marine wax to coat your rowing boat before placing it in storage. Be sure that you winterize launch motors and remove any batteries from items like flashlights or radios. Always store fuel tanks with care in well-ventilated areas. You should unplug any electrical items and try to check on your equipment periodically.
Sun, water, and salt can undermine the longevity of your scuba gear, so maintaining these items is all about cleaning them carefully after each use and storing them in a cool, dry place. Not only can salt and sun cause wet- and dry-suit colors to fade, but these elements can cause the fabric to become brittle and stiff.
Where to Store Scuba Gear
Scuba gear involves a wide range of equipment, including wet-suits/dry-suits, computers, regulators, cameras, and accessories like fins, masks, and snorkels. It’s not a good idea to store these items in your garage where they could be vulnerable to pests, humidity, and temperature extremes that could not only affect how long they last but also render them unsafe for use.
It’s best to store your scuba gear inside your home where you control the temperature. Keep these items out of direct sunlight and away from children and pets.
How to Store Scuba Gear
As with the other gear listed, scuba gear needs a thorough cleaning before placing it in storage. Remove all traces of saltwater and sand. Here are some dos and don’t for scuba storage to keep in mind:
Rinse regulators while they’re still attached to tanks to prevent water from getting into the first stage
Rinse fins, masks, and snorkels with clean, fresh water
Allow items to dry before placing in storage fully
Remove batteries from computers and cameras if you’re storing them for an extended period of time
Rub stainless steel knives with petroleum jelly when stowing for a long time.
Store items such as your wetsuit in direct sunlight
Don’t store items damp or wet
Don’t store scuba gear outdoors
Use these tips to keep your water sporting gear in tip-top condition and ready for use. In some cases, especially when your equipment involves a substantial investment, you may want to acquire some insurance for these items and discuss additional care steps with your insurance provider.
Originally posted on Porch.com
- 13 May, 2021
Calling all fishermen and women! Whether you are a deep sea and ocean fishing enthusiast, a freshwater fishing expert, or have a passion for both, you’ll likely find yourself in possession of quite a few rods. Naturally, you’ll want to display those rods and reels with pride – somewhere they’ll be easy to view, access, and enjoy even when you’re not on the water. That’s where we come in. Safely and conveniently store and organize your fishing rods with our Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack.
Some racks can look too spartan, are complicated to install, take up too much space, or can ruin the look of a room once installed. Not so with the Woodlands rack. Keep your fishing rods stored in a visually appealing way – our racks are handsome as well as easy to use. With our Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack you can store your rods in a garage, shed, basement, living room, cabin, beach house, entry way, even a bedroom. With an attractive design, our racks can fit into any decor. Made with baltic birch plywood and premium grade ash, they’ll look great storing up to five fly rods and reels.
Easy to mount, our specially tailored kit includes everything you’ll need to display and store your rods and reels. The Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack system is designed with deep troughs so you can be assured your rods will stay in place. Taking up a minimal amount of space, they look fantastic in both home or cabin – or anywhere else you decide to install them!
Whether fishing is your passion or simply a hobby, Get the sleek, organized look you crave by putting your rods and reels on display with the ultimate storage solution. No more digging through a shed or garage corner, no more propping your rods against a wall, hoping things don’t become tangled or get knocked over. The Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack can easily be mounted in any convenient spot, keeping your rods and reels organized, easy to access, and safe from damage.
Quality construction, low profile, and proudly made here in the USA, our Woodlands Horizontal Fishing Rod Rack is the best way to store your fishing rods, hands down. Their extreme popularity led us to put them together with everything you need, including the mounting screws, so you quickly get your rods and reels stored when not in use and get back to fishing. Expansive capacity means your fly rods will fit neatly. More than five rods to store? The vertical rails are 7” tall, and extend only 13” from the wall, meaning they take up minimal space. Grab a few racks, and create a display that meets your needs. The racks look great stacked or mounted side by side. Whatever the look you choose, you’ll be glad you picked our racks to store your fishing gear.
- 10 November, 2020
It is important to know how to store your bicycle. Here are some considerations when thinking about bicycle storage for your needs.
Types of Bicycles
When planning your bicycle storage, consider what type of bicycles you will be storing:
- Road bicycles are lightweight bicycles with skinny, low-tread tires. They are designed for fast travel on paved roads. If you commute, you will want a storage option that allows for quick retrieval and parking.
- Mountain bicycles are heavy-duty bicycles with wide treaded wheels. They provide plenty of shock absorption suitable for riding unpaved trails. These bikes can get quite muddy, so outdoor storage may be preferable.
- Electric bicycles are outfitted with a battery-powered motor, making cycling accessible for all. Whether storing indoors or outside, make sure you protect the motor of this type of bicycle from rain and wind.
- Folding bicycles are a compact, commuter-friendly option that’s portable and easy to store. You may be able to get by with a simple rack or even a shelf to store this type of bicycle.
- Recumbent bicycles are low to the ground and offer a unique silhouette to consider for your storage solution. They’re a great candidate for an outdoor bicycle shed or tent.
Do you have multiple types of bicycles to store? Will you get a new type of bicycle in the future? Plan ahead to save on installation costs.
Bicycle Storage Consideration
There are a number of important factors to consider when planning your storage solution.
The size of your bicycles determines which storage options will minimize the space they take up. Consider both the frame and the size of your wheels. Depending on the space you have available, you may want to store your bicycle with the side flat against the wall, or vertically with wheels perpendicular to the wall.
The type of bicycle you own can also guide your decision. Do you own a road bike that you use to commute every day? Or do you own a mountain bike that you take out for weekend rides twice a month? Some storage options are more accessible than others.
Check the weight of your bicycles and make sure whatever option you select can provide the support it needs. Lightweight road bikes can be mounted on most hooks and walls. If you own a heavy mountain bike, you might want to consider a floor rack or a hoist with a high weight limit.
Will strangers have access to your bicycle storage area? If so, you will want to research security options to prevent theft. Chains and locks go a long way to protect your bicycle, but make sure you secure your wheels, frame, handlebars, and seat. Keep your bicycle covered for extra security through obscurity.
Wall and floor protection is another factor. This is an important consideration for tenants and homeowners alike. Tires can leave unsightly marks, and it only takes one wrong move to knock a hole in the drywall with a heavy bike. If your bicycle storage will have high traffic, try to install it in an area that can support it.
- Will you store your bicycle indoors or outside? Both offer pros and cons:
- Indoor storage keeps your bicycle better secured against the elements and from theft.
- However, indoor storage can also increase the risk of damaging floors and walls. It is also inconvenient if you live on the second floor or higher of a building.
- Outdoor storage ensures more room to keep your bicycle and less worry about the mess when engaging in repair and maintenance.
- But outdoor storage also requires that you take steps to cover your bicycle and invest in a security solution.
Whether you live in a home or an apartment will determine what kind of storage you have at your disposal. You might prefer outdoor storage, but you simply may not have the option. This is where creative indoor solutions really shine.
Bike storage is something you can do yourself. It can be a fun weekend project that lets you exercise your creativity and craftsmanship. It’s a great way to free up space and help organize your bicycle repair workspace at the same time.
For expediency’s sake, you may want to hire a professional. A professional installer can ensure security and quality in a fraction of the time it takes to install by yourself.
Best Way to Store your Bicycle at Home or your Apartment
There are a multitude of indoor storage solutions at your disposal. The best indoor storage is the one that promotes ease of use while ensuring minimal space usage.
Try a wall-mounted storage hook. This lets you display your bike in the hallway or in a room while minimizing its space profile. You can also use a storage hook in the garage to keep your bicycle out of the way of your car.
A bike storage wall provides room to stack multiple bikes in the same area. This is a great solution for households with multiple riders, or for the avid collector.
If you have a room with high ceilings or a garage, you can store your bicycle high on the wall with a hoist and pulley system. This is an intriguing space-saving solution that makes it easy to retrieve your bicycle when you need it.
For the best space-saving option, outdoor storage solutions are the way to go. A parking rack offers a classic organizational system with a chic urban feel. Standing wall racks let you stack multiple bikes vertically.
A covered balcony combines the space-saving convenience of outdoor storage with the protection and security of indoor options. You can even use your balcony as a repair and maintenance area with the addition of shelving and tool racks.
For maximum security outdoors, look into installing a bike storage shed. Not only will this prevent theft, but it will also protect your valuable bikes from rain and wind damage. Wood options are relatively lightweight and durable. Metal options provide superior impact resistance for high-wind situations.
If you’re looking for a minimalist solution, try these low-fuss options:
- A simple kickstand attachment keeps your bicycle standing upright.
- A gravity rack leans against the wall and uses the force of gravity to secure your bicycle.
- A floor rack organizes one or multiple bicycles in a standing position.
Looking to add that extra-special touch to your decor? Get creative by using your bicycle rack as a statement piece.
- An upright storage solution can work as a room divider to section a larger space. Use in a large living room to form multiple areas for dining and socializing. It makes an incredible conversational piece for friends and family.
- Take advantage of high ceilings and turn your bicycle into a crowd-wowing display item with wall brackets mounted high on the wall. This is an excellent option for collectors with rare rides to show off.
- Display your bike above your bed or dresser for a charming addition to your bedroom decor. Enthusiasts will love the opportunity to showcase a vintage bicycle, or to keep a treasured possession close by.
Your bicycle can remain relatively clean indoors, but dust can build up on moving parts and hinder smooth operation. A textile cover is a fantastically simple solution to extend the maintenance of your bike indoors. Outdoor solutions include waterproof tents and sheds sized for your bicycle.
Core Bicycle Repair/Maintenance Items
Some storage solutions provide extra space for repair and maintenance essentials. This maximizes convenience and makes repair accessible. Be sure to include these items in your storage repair kit.
- A floor pump with a pressure gauge lets you swiftly inflate your tires with just the right amount of air.
- Hex wrenches in different sizes let you remove and adjust bike components in a jiffy.
- A selection of brushes and rags work to remove grime and oil that build up with daily use.
Bonus: For the passionate competitor
Want to boost your accomplishments in a unique way? Put your race bibs, medals, and trophies on display for all to see.
- A standard hook rack lets you hang medallions with ease.
- A specialized bib and medal display option consists of a panel to showcase your race bibs along with a series of staggered hooks for hanging medals.
- Make your own medal rack from everyday items. You can use a tie rack, an ornament tree, or construct your own with hooks screwed into a wooden dowel.
- A hook rack with a display shelf on top provides a handy home for your treasured award, while medals dangle below from the row of hooks.
- A standing shelf gives you plenty of space for all your trophies, while bibs can be displayed in easel-back photo frames as a charming complement.
Bicycle storage doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many options available to suit everyone. Whether you’re a casual rider, a daily commuter, or a weekend warrior, your bicycle will benefit from a dedicated storage solution. Prolong the life of your bicycle and protect your treasured possession with a storage solution customized to your lifestyle.
- 12 June, 2020
This note is so long over-due, but better late than never.
Last November you delivered our Owasco kayak storage system to us…. and, after the completion of our storage shed, and after this long winter we just had, we finally got the kayak storage set up a couple weeks ago. It could not be more PERFECT!!! We are absolutely SO excited and in love with this storage system! It fits perfectly in our storage shed, and our kayaks are neatly and safely stored… and so easy to lift off when we are ready to go out for some adventure. Thank you SO much!! Thank you so much for your outstanding communication, for your outstanding service, and thank you for making this outstanding work of art for us to store our kayaks on!! We are very impressed and extremely happy!We hope that you are all staying healthy… and truly wish you the very best! With our sincere thanks,
Catherine and John P
- 28 January, 2019
Most kayakers use cam straps to tie down their kayaks. Here’s an option for those times when you need a little more gripping power. The FlipTite tie-down strap is just as easy to use as a cam strap but tightens just as much as ratchet strap.
- 18 May, 2018
Ok, so we’re number ten. But hey, we made it, didn’t we? We are so honored and it happened all while we were unaware. One day we got a notice that said we were in the top ten of all the bike racks in the world. Well, what were we to think? It’s a joke. It’s a scam. But check out this video. It’s the real deal! And look, we are the first ones in the video. Sweet!
The unfortunate part is that they had reviewed an earlier version. The racks that we make now are much stronger. We changed the design slightly, beefed it up a bit, and the rack can easily support up to 150 pounds or more. Gosh, we sure hope your bike doesn’t weigh that much!
- 29 June, 2017
We recently learned that Greg Ghirard has died.
If you have never heard of Greg, let me tell you a little about him.
Tim and I were blessed to meet Greg in November 2015. New found friends of ours in Baton Rouge, LA arranged for us to meet him at his home on the Atchafalaya Basin, St. Martin Parish, LA. Greg welcomed us into his home, self-constructed of hand-hewn cypress boards he himself salvaged from the bottom of the Basin. To meet Greg was to be in the presence of someone holy. He had an aura of peace around him. He was passionate about the survival of the world, especially that of his home in the Atchafalaya Basin. He could navigate the bayous with his eyes shut, just about, as could his best friend Roy Blanchard, whom we spent the afternoon with traversing between and around cypress trees and knees on his home-made aluminum boat.
To walk onto Greg’s yard, you were first met with barns of wood – lots of wood. There was wood everywhere, leaning against tree trunks, abandoned old trucks, barn walls. Yet he knew where every piece was. He explained to us how he reclaimed the sunken cypress, showed us the pocky cypress, and then gave us a piece to take home!
But Greg was much more than a woodworker. He was a photographer, an author, a teacher, a naturalist – the Basin Keeper. In The Land of Dead Giants, Greg wrote about a life growing up in the Basin. In all of his books – Inherit the Atchafalaya, Seasons of the Light and Atchafalaya Autumn to name a few, when you open the cover, you are rewarded with mesmerizing photographs of the Bayou, from the eyes of a true Cajun.
Greg was a gentle man. A passionate, loving, caring, honest friend of all. When you were with Greg, you fell silent, not wanting to miss anything he had to say with his soft-spoken voice.
As we prepared to depart Greg’s home (after failed attempts to get his resident crocodile to come out for a bite to eat), he invited us back, anytime. My hope was to visit him again, to listen to his words of wisdom. Greg gave us a warm embrace, and in that moment, we knew we were in the presence of one of God’s chosen ones.
You’ve done well Greg. Rest in peace. We’ll take care of the Basin for you.
- 12 May, 2017
I’m always a bit surprised when we get so many orders during the summer months for Ski Racks. Here’s a letter we got today from a guy (president of a risk management consulting firm) who was able to ski 26 times last season. I feel lucky if I can fit in a half dozen!
I had a record number of days skiing this year (26), most were powder days. Hope you and your family got your fair share of skiing in this season as well.
Montana Rockies got almost a foot of snow on Labor day so already thinking about skiing – no better way to keep it up front than to get my skies on the wall and look at them every day as I head to work (why I work).
- 9 May, 2017
An email from a customer showed up to say:
Hi Jeannie, I purchased your Talic Kayak Condo (Single) storage rack. I have not opened the package I received. What is your return policy? I don’t think I want to get into kayaking after all. Thanks, Tom
Oh, I couldn’t leave that alone. Not try kayaking or canoeing? I love kayaking and canoeing!!
Jeannie: You can certainly return the Kayak Condo.
Just curious, why aren’t you going to give kayaking a try? It can be whatever you want it to be! Some love the thrill of the white water (not me!), some like to explore down twisting, gentle rivers (fun!!) and many just relax on the water. That’s me most of the time. I live too far from the Adirondacks to kayak like I would like, but we do have a Finger Lake right here. Sometimes after a long day at work, my husband and I make that extra effort to get the boats on the car, drive to the lake, and get out onto the water. Being on the water, paddling slowly, relaxes me. And the ice cream after always tastes so good.
But it’s not for everyone. Do what makes you happy!!
Tom: Thanks for the quick and inquiring response. Why don’t I give kayaking a try? Jeannie, my response is that I’m not quite sure I want to spend a lot of money on a new sport that I might not be capable of handling, enjoyably, as I age. I’ll be turning to age 69 this year and I want to be in a sport that my body can handle as I age. Correct me if I’m wrong, but kayaking seems to be a sport for younger, more able-bodied people. I’m in great physical and mental shape at the moment. Just don’t know how long that would last. I notice how tennis players a bit older than me have slowed down on the courts. Plus, I have enough else to to do keep me satisfied. I have tennis, biking, a gym membership, am trying to learn Spanish, and will be going on a London vacation in September.
Jeannie: Wow! You’re running circles around me Tom, and I’m 59! Tennis, biking, working out? That’s all really high-energy activity! You better take up kayaking just to rest 🙂
You are wrong though, kayaking is not just for the young and able-bodied. That’s why I really like it. Anyone can do it, at just about any age, even at 69, and beyond. 😉
I tried to get our local school to add it to the Physical Ed program. The high school is right on the Owasco Outlet, just a few paddle strokes from the Owasco Lake. Kayaking is great because it doesn’t have to cost a lot, you can do it alone or with friends, and you can continue to paddle as you age. Not so with football! But, you know high schools and their football. How many 50 and 60 and 70 year olds are out there playing football?
I would suggest you try out some boats. Be wary of the big flat kayaks they sell at Dicks, BJ’s, and the like. They may look fun to start out with it – stable too. But they are so wide, it takes too much work just to keep the dumb things going straight! You can get a really stable boat that still paddles and tacks nicely through the water. Another thing to consider is how heavy the boat is. If you had to lift the boat yourself onto the top of your car, how much can you lift, now and in the future? They make some really light kayaks, the one that comes to mind is SlipStream. One model is only 10 pounds!
I didn’t learn to paddle until I was 50, and I still consider myself a novice. I really don’t get out there that often. I do enjoy it when I do, and therefore encourage everyone to give it a try. My motto is choose something, anything, that makes you happy inside. Just live!! 🙂 Sounds like you do!!
It was nice talking with you – keep active, enjoy life! 🙂 If you have a free moment, try kayaking. 🙂
Tom: Hello Jeannie,
I’m pleased to report that you, the organizer for Twin Cities’ Paddlers, and my first on-the-water experience in a kayak today persuaded me to take the plunge and purchase a kayak. I bought a Perception Carolina 12 after getting back from the lake. So, I won’t be returning your company’s kayak storage rack after all, and you can tell your boss that you are partly responsible for encouraging me to rethink whether I should try kayaking. I hope you get a promotion.
I am excited. When making my decision, I kept thinking about what you told me, my experience on the water, and that Wes, the organizer for Twin Cities Paddlers, told me that you only live once. Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing your thoughts on kayaking with me.
Jeannie: I don’t know Wes, but I couldn’t agree with him more!! Life is for living – so very happy for you 🙂
by Jeanne Tucker
- 26 April, 2017
Two things happened that have affected the way Talic is going to operate going forward.
1. We went to Spain.
2. I read a book.
If you have read our history, you know that Tim started Talic in his garage. He needed to store his three kayaks, and his prototype turned out so well, he wanted to share it with others with the same need.
Tim comes from a family of helpers. His parents were involved in the community bringing help to anyone who needed a hand – a warm meal, a warm coat, a warm hug. So it was natural for Tim to want to share his solution for boat storage with others.
As the business grew, he was approached by many retail stores who saw a good thing, and wanted a piece of the pie. Tim was flattered! What a great way to get his racks to more people! So he worked harder and longer, and cranked out more racks. But working harder and longer wasn’t as fulfilling as working directly with the customer. You become just another piece of the machinery. You don’t have time to think outside the box, to tweak that one thing that would help out a customer with his special need.
And then we went to Spain.
As we walked the many narrow, winding streets, we talked – struggling with the language and using many hand gestures! – with the shop owners. We met artisans who created their work, and sold it, direct to the customer. This is what it’s supposed to be! Making something with your own hands, helping another with a need. When we came home, we looked at our hometown with fresh eyes. Empty store fronts where Mom and Pop shops have gone under due to the arrival of Wal-Mart, a Mall gasping with it’s last dying breath, an excess of Dollar Stores. People somewhere (China?) cranking the machines, working longer and harder to get the product out.
We’ve all heard “Work to live, don’t live to work” or some variation there of. And although we have always believed that, we were no longer following it. We fell victim to the rat race – more Kayak Tilts, more SeaHorses. Work faster, faster. We need more!
And then I read a book.
God Never Blinks by Regina Brett to be exact. I am an avid reader, and this book really spoke to my soul. Basically, it reaffirmed to me that it’s ok to step back from the rat race, to just do what makes you happy, that you are ok just the way you are, right where you are. It’s all about quality of life, about what – at the end of the day – makes you happy and feel right within your world.
For us, it’s connecting with that customer who needs a paddle rack to hold that special paddle her son used to win the Hawaiian Canoe Paddle. For getting the Bike Rack to the restaurant to hold their vintage bicycle in time for their Grand Opening. For making the boat racks for the custom boat house in Wisconsin, picking the grain and color of wood to complement their new wood walls.
We don’t need to make millions, we don’t need to be in the Fortune 500. After the basics of shelter and food, we need what everyone needs – to be helpful, to be happy, to be loved.
Going back to our beliefs, working to bring the best we can make to you, the customer, does that for us. Quality of life. Ahhhh…
by Jeanne Tucker
7 Bellnier Lane
Auburn, NY 13021
- 9 April, 2017
Translation… We’re off to Spain!
Opportunities present themselves, but it’s up to us to take them. Take Spain, for example. And we did!!
As I’ve said, my bucket list dream is to see – really see – the 50 states. So vacation plans don’t have me looking at travel across the big pond. However, my youngest son has been in Spain since the beginning of January, doing a semester abroad. He says, “Why don’t you come visit me Mom?” He can’t be serious. I haven’t been to California, or Washington, or Texas. What about Montana?
Then I had to have some surgery. Sitting at home, recuperating one night, I was just peeking online at flights, you know, not really planning on going, but well… And there it was, the flight of a lifetime. I checked our reward points, and OMG!! We could fly round trip to Spain for Next. To. Nothing! Opportunity presenting itself. We took it!!
What a great time. Speaking essentially no useful amount of Spanish, it was great to be met by our son at the Madrid airport. We were thankful to have Nick as our tour guide for the first few days, and then we were on our own. What an adventure! We walked all over Madrid, and took the Metro system too, which was so easy to use. The Palacio Real de Madrid, Reina Sofía National Art Museum, the Prado, Puerto del Sol. Mercado de San Miguel, sangrias, paella. We took the bus on day trips – Segovia, Toledo, Ávila. Gradually we picked up necessary Spanish words – no hablo Español, salida, and most importantly, aseo por favor. And it was fun, like being on a treasure hunt, listening for a word in a conversation that you might understand.
Segovia, Tim’s favorite, is famous for it’s 1st century Roman aqueduct. Like nothing we have ever seen before, this granite block aqueduct is truly an architectural masterpiece. (The US wasn’t even the US until 17 centuries later!) We walked to the end of it, which is a tiny fraction of its original 14 kilometer length. We just had to see how the water ran through the trough. The Alcazar of Segovia, built in 1122, was massive. How did they build these places? While dining on suckling pig in the Plaza de Mayor, we were witnesses to a wedding complete with authentic Spanish dancing.
Toledo was my favorite. Having never been to Europe, I was like a kid in a maze wandering through the narrow winding streets. Toledo is the “City of the Three Cultures.” Muslims, Jews and Christians have all lived here, side by side. Nice.
The Cathedral of Toledo was stunning! Spain really knows how to do it’s churches!
Ávila is home of the Walls of Ávila, begun in 1090 AD. The best preserved walls in all of Europe and you can walk on them. We walked where Romans walked! Ávila is also the birthplace of Teresa de Ávila, a Roman Catholic Saint.
We met Nick’s host mother, Puri, and she invited us to dinner. Nick had to translate for us, Puri doesn’t speak English. She made great Spanish dishes, including a chicken stew. She and Nick had a great laugh when I asked for more polla por favor! Soon it was time to say adiós. We shared hugs, an American Mother and an Español Madré.
Opportunities present themselves daily. Which one will you answer, and what adventures await you?
- 9 March, 2017
While surfing through the web the other day, an image caught Tim’s eye. It was a picture of his Woodlands Series – the first ever, all wood, modular wall-mounted storage system. Who put this picture up? he thought. Upon closer inspection, the truth was exposed – it was an imposter.
Talic’s Woodlands Series was designed by Tim – it’s his ideas and sketches brought to
life to aesthetically display your belongings – from boats to skis to fishing rods, bikes, books and clothing, well, you get the idea. Pretty much everything. Beautiful hardwood Ash rails, strong and superior Baltic Birch accessories. Look up the word “wood” in the dictionary, it may as well have a picture of Talic products beside it.
Epic Outdoor Adventures opens in 2012.
The first Woodlands Series was installed in an outdoor retail shop in Fayetteville, NY back in early 2012. Tim worked closely with the owner, creating the look and feel desired. The finished shop was beautiful. And because we love to share what we use ourselves, we offered it to the world. The Woodlands have gone to homes all across America, and across the big pond too.
In November 2015, the Talic Woodlands Series went to Marc W. of California. Marc W. then copied Tim’s designs, created a website in 2016, and is now currently advertising a storage system he took from us.
I suppose we should be flattered – this “founder” comes “from a high adventure sports background.” And he chose to copy us?! Woo Hoo!! Meh, not impressed.
Where’s the patent?
The point is, Tim designed this system, they are his ideas. No, it isn’t patented. It’s very expensive and time consuming to patent products. We would spend a good chunk of our profits, and hours of our time, to obtain one patent. We know, we’ve done it before. So, we chose not to patent the Woodlands Series.
If Marc saw our system, admired it, and decided to create something of his own that was similar for his own personal use, kudos to him! Then I AM really flattered! But, Marc W. did not create the system – he stole it, and then he marketed it as his own. For someone to pawn off someone else’s creation as his own is low and unethical.
Original and still customizable.
The Talic Woodlands Series was the first, remains the original, and will continue to be the best all-wood modular storage system for all of your needs. Check us out at www.talic.com. If you have a need we haven’t covered yet, let us know, we may be able to help.
- 11 February, 2017
The weather sure is crazy – yesterday morning it was 50º, last night it was 18º. Right now the yards are covered with snow and it looks like winter is going to hang on. We don’t need that stupid little woodchuck to tell us so. But, the sun is shining, and I’m choosing to think ahead to summer and paddling here in the Finger Lakes.
Christmas Day was good.
A few years back for Christmas, Tim brought me to the window that faces our backyard, and opened the curtains. Surprise!! My very own, brand new, shiny red, fiberglass kayak! I have a boat!! There it sat, smiling in the snow on Talic SeaHorses, just begging to be put in the water. And that’s just what we did! On Christmas Day, we took our boats out for a short paddle on Skaneateles Lake. I was ecstatic! I have a new boat!! The people in the village and on shore were not. Kids sledding down the hills stopped to stare, and one woman stood on shore and watched us until we came back. I’m sure she had 911 dialed into her phone, ready to push the button. My paddle sliced through the arctic water and the bow of my new boat split the waves, each splashing – and immediately freezing into thin sheets of ice – on the deck. When we returned home, my boat was gently laid back on the SeaHorses – perfectly cushioned, “floating” still. Perfect day, perfect storage.
Creating the perfect system
Are you familiar with the Talic SeaHorse? Tim designed these over 15 years ago. He holds a US Patent on the design. We make them ourselves – from the cutting of the anodized aluminum to the finished product.
The SeaHorse is a great, versatile product. Weighing in at under 5 pounds for a pair, you can take them with you wherever you paddle. No more setting your prized kayak (like my new shiny red one!) on a rocky beach, asphalt, etc. Unfold the SeaHorse – instant, tender cradling. And sturdy! They can easily support weights up to 100 lbs, and the legs adjust to the ground.
We have the airplane-grade aluminum made to our specifications and then anodized at a company in North Carolina. Once it is shipped to us, we begin by cutting the tubes into specific lengths and drill the holes. All of this is done on a one-of-a-kind custom pneumatic jig that Tim also designed and created. Next step – sanding and deburring the tubes on another custom jig. It’s amazing to me how many steps need to be taken before the finished product is ready! Really makes me look at and appreciate other crafted products. The SeaHorse truly is custom made. Nothing is outsourced overseas. When we say Made in America, we mean really Made in America.
The Seahorse ‘legs’ are now rolled into the assembly room to be flared and labeled with our Talic Patent number. Finally, Tim begins assembling each one – you guessed it! – on another custom jig. This is American ingenuity at its best. You could easily be standing in a shop of 100 years ago – you have an idea, you create a jig, and just like our forefathers, you produce a product to take care of a need.
The SeaHorse is bagged (bags cut and sealed on yup! another jig) and ready for shipping. We make them in two sizes – 21”, perfect for storage, and the 31”, great for working on your boat. My favorite is the 31” – like the ones holding my new shiny red kayak 🙂
Taking it on the road
I was lucky enough to be able to participate in C anoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin, last year. The largest PaddleFest of its kind, it’s an amazing experience. And was I ever surprised when I walked into the main showroom, which is HUGE!, and saw Talic SeaHorses all over the place! Boat manufacturers of all kinds of kayaks and canoes were using the Talic SeaHorses to showcase their boats. As the masses wandered the Coliseum and admired the boats, I stood silently back and admired the SeaHorses. I smiled.
Some 15 years ago, Tim had an idea. He designed and created the first ever kayak stand. And here I was, at the largest paddle show in the world, standing amongst them. Talic SeaHorses. The American dream is alive and well.
- 20 December, 2016
Only 6 days until Christmas, but for me, it’s only 4! Friday, December 23rd, is my extended family’s Christmas party. We expect about 53 at our home this year.
With that many people, it’s hard to pick the best day for the gathering. This year, I have one son coming home from college, and another son and family moving back to our hometown from Virginia on the 22nd. So I thought, how about a Holiday Party after Christmas, between Christmas and the New Year? Sounds good! Except, I soon learned that there were conflicts with other family members.
As everyone has their own family plans on Christmas Eve, my only option was December 23rd. And that was just two weeks away. Can I pull this off? Decorate, shop, finish projects, bake and work, all in two weeks? Eeek! When I asked Tim his thoughts, he replied, “Sure you can. You’ll rise to the occasion.” While I admit I do work best under pressure, this seemed a daunting task, even for the Queen of late nights and zombie days.
And here I am, Monday, December 19. And guess what? I am rising! Groceries are bought, menu planned. Most projects completed, some to be finished on the drive to pick up the college son. The house is decorated, except for the tree, which will get done tonight (now that I found the tree lights!) The cards have been mailed, baking is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
And on Friday evening, my family will join us for Christmas. We’ll eat, share stories and laughter. Give gifts to the kids. Maybe sing a few songs. And all too soon, they’ll be gone. I’ll sit in my chair and reflect, and think Phew! That was a lot of work! Was it worth it? Absolutely.
The Holiday Season isn’t about presents (good thing! Wait ‘til the boys see what I didn’t get them lol). It’s about sharing, it’s about love.
Reach out to a loved one, and do just that. Love them.
Merry Christmas. I hope you have peace and love in your heart. (A good cookie is a bonus 🙂
- 21 November, 2016
I admit it, I love a bargain. My name is Jeannie, and I am a Black Friday shopper.
Well, I used to be. It used to be you could really find a bargain, and to be honest, for me, it was more about the energy I felt, the chase and the conquer. Four young boys at home, and I was up at 5 am, searching for that coveted item. It was just as much fun passing a Cabbage Patch Doll over heads for someone down the aisle as it was finding Buzz Lightyear. But the boys grew, and material things meant less and less – to all of us. Sure, they still wish for things, but why get a new flat screen TV just because it’s on sale when the old box still works? I guess I’m not a good consumer, not for the sake of consuming, anyway.
We really think about our purchases, we repurpose, we swap back and forth within the extended family. Just last week we picked up a treadmill from our niece. She no longer had a need for it; we think we’ll use it.
So here’s a suggestion. Nov 25th, the day after Thanksgiving, BLACK FRIDAY, stay home! Gather everyone together, eat leftovers, get a jump on baking Christmas cookies. Maybe actually freeze some this year. Play games – Pitch is a new favorite in our house. Or bring out the board games – Pictionary, Monopoly. Oh go ahead, bring out some of those cookies you just baked. 🙂
As the years go by, when the family gathers, what will they remember more – the times you got together and played games while eating their favorite cookies, or that green comforter you got on sale?
- 9 November, 2016
My Dad was very patriotic. He grew up when Americans still saluted the flag and got emotional during the National Anthem. He, the second of six boys, was a baby during the depression years. His family lived frugally. His father was in the Army during WWI, stationed in France. My Dad and all five of his brothers followed suit and fought for America.
My Dad, with only two weeks of high school left, walked downtown on Flag Day and enlisted in the US Navy. His older brother was currently in the Army. WWII was in full swing, and Dad felt ready to go. Not quite 18, he needed a parent’s signature and his father was there to give it.
Dad didn’t talk about his experiences in the war, but from a little notebook we found amongst his things we learned that he was on the Liberty Ship, the J. C. Osgood. The convoy he was in had their position given away to the German subs by a Spanish tanker. Although they were able to sink one sub and damage another, they lost a ship to mines, and the convoy was broken up. Dad was a Gunners Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer manning the guns on deck, shooting at German Aircraft. He was part of the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre, traveling through the ports of Said, Egypt; Aden, Yemen; Bombay, India, to name a few. He passed through the Suez Canal, crossed the equator. We learned he continued to shoot, even as the young sailor next to him was shot and killed. He was then transferred to the SS American Farmer, part of the U.S. Naval Armed Guard.
Dad’s brothers all joined when they were old enough – Jerome, US Army; Francis, US Coast Guard; John, US Army – all during the Korean War. David started out in the Army, too, as a B29 Rear Gunner in the Korean War, but after he was shot down while over North Korea, and crash landed in South Korea, he decided he’d move to the Navy. David was a Constructionman Master Chief, did two tours in Viet Nam, and was very proud of being a member of the Navy SeaBees. He retired as a Command Master chief.
My brother followed suit and joined the Navy. Dad didn’t want him to. He had been in a war and didn’t want his son in one too. My brother is a plank owner on CVN 71 Theodore Roosevelt, a nuclear Aircraft Carrier, where he was an Avionics Tech 2nd Class Petty Officer. He was in Desert Storm. I can remember sitting at home, rocking my newborn son, watching war news on TV, hoping I wouldn’t hear about my brother’s ship, hoping he would come home safe, hoping my son would never have to go to war.
America is a different place today. We question it’s military tactics, it’s principals, it’s ideals. No matter your beliefs, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, pacifist, draft dodger, whatever, please take the time to thank a veteran. The United States has made mistakes, but that does not negate the appreciation we should show the millions of veterans who, at the call of their country, went forth to do their part.
Dad was just a skinny 17-year-old boy from a small town in upstate New York. He left home to help defend his country’s freedom. Thank you Dad, thank you veterans everywhere.
- 4 November, 2016
I spent today making SeaHorses, Talic’s portable aluminum kayak stand. And that got me to thinking, if you were looking for a portable kayak stand, why wouldn’t you choose the original? As I applied the Talic label, the one that says Patent 7,168,666, my hands slid smoothly over the anodized aluminum. So sleek, so clean, so functional. So perfect.
Talic SeaHorses were dreamed up, designed, and patented by Tim. They are manufactured completely here in the USA, by us. We special order our aluminum tubing from South Carolina, have it anodized, and shipped to our shop here in upstate New York
We spotted these SeaHorses at a tradeshow. 14 years old and still going strong!
We spotted these SeaHorses at a tradeshow. 14 years old and still going strong!The SeaHorse jig (designed and fabricated by Tim) is a multi-processing unit. It cuts the tubing into precise lengths and drills the rivet holes – all at the same time! Next stop, the sanding jig, where we deburr the ends of each tube. Once the SeaHorses go to the assembly station, we apply the labels and flare the ends, with yet another custom fabricated jig.
Finally, each tube is fitted with a rubber “hinge” and the legs can be riveted together. It’s quite a process, with many unseen details, but we take great pride in making each one ourselves.
And so again, I have to wonder, if you can purchase a free standing portable kayak rack that’s made of the best materials available here in the USA, why would you buy a knock-off?
If you are in the area, stop on by. We’ll give you a tour.
by Jeannie Tucker
- 28 October, 2016
Sunday was my birthday. I don’t require much fuss, and as two of my sons are away, one living in Virginia, one in college, I was planning a quiet dinner with my husband and my two sons living in town, and our grandsons.
10 pm Friday night, reading in my chair, and the front door opens. Really? Who could it be? In walks Nick and Jake! They planned to surprise me a month ago; they were all in on it. Jake drove home to Upstate New York from Virginia (with sweet baby girl Ava and big dog Moose) and Nick rearranged his work schedule and grabbed a 3 hour ride home from school. I was so surprised, I couldn’t get my words out straight! (I am told that this is a common occurrence as you age.)
My quiet Sunday was now filled with the happy voices of my family – all eleven of them. All my sons together, and their families. Happy Birthday indeed!
It’s hard to get every one together; everyone is busy living their own lives. Work, school, raising a family. Life is busy. Schedules rarely coincide. So when the stars line up, and you get a special gift, that’s when you think to yourself – life is really good.
- 21 October, 2016
by Jeannie Tucker
When I first came to work for Talic, I wanted to save every little scrap piece of wood. I imagined all of these crafty little projects I could make. Little step stools with the Ash, trivets perhaps, and back yard campfires with the tiny pine pieces.
The Ash is my favorite – generally straight grained with a uniform texture, the wood is typically light in color. But every now and then, you get varied colors running through it, and I love the character it shows. I have a little scrap piece sitting on my desk. It reminds me of the Arizona desert. Another piece looks like the setting sun on the ocean, and yet another resembles the rippled sand floor of the sea. Ok, I have a vivid imagination, a small knot of wood can become many things to my minds eye.
The Ash we use comes from the bottomland sites throughout southern coastal plains. It is sustainable lumbering. A hardwood, Ash is extremely tough and strong – it’s what baseball bats are made from – and yet it’s relatively lightweight. We use Ash for all of our posts and vertical uprights of our free-standing racks. Look around your home, you have Ash. It is used in furniture, flooring, cabinets, sporting equipment (think bats and in Talic products too )
We do not treat any of our lumber. The Ash is beautiful as is. But if you wish to, you can stain it – Ash accepts color well, and polishes to an elegant sheen.
We also use Southern Yellow Pine. Yellow Pine, although not technically a “hardwood”, is in fact, a “hard” pine. It’s been used since, well, since people have built things. In fact, it’s the preferred wood for most projects, from framing houses to building decks. We use Yellow Pine for the horizontals of our free standing racks, and for the brackets of our Classic racks. It’s a great all-purpose wood – it’s abundant (again, only sustainable forests for us), it’s adaptable and easy to use.
My only wish is that I smelled the wood! When someone enters the shop, the first thing they say is, “Oh! Smell that wood!” I’ve become so accustomed to it, I no longer smell it. I think I need a vacation. So when I return, I, too, can exclaim,”Oh! Smell that wood!” Yup, works for me
- 14 October, 2016
Tim and I had a great weekend hiking in the Adirondacks with our good friends, Mary and Dan. I love being in the woods, the leaves at their peak color, the soft, pine covered ground cushioning every step – in between the rocks that is! And I love to challenge myself to make it to the summit. The view never disappoints and the ceremonial apple is always such a great reward. Being with friends makes the hike that much better.
We met Mary and Dan square dancing 4 years ago, and one of our first evenings together I was talking about my bucket list. (Seems I’m always talking about my bucket list ) I asked Dan what was on his list, and he said simply. “I’d like to climb Snowy Mt.” I thought, that’s it? That’s doable! What are you doing next weekend??? So late in October 2012 we found ourselves heading North, the summit of Snowy Mt in our sights. We left on a perfect fall day, we awoke in the midst of a snow storm. Undeterred, we set out on our hike. Snowy Mt lived up to it’s name!! The trail was snow covered, and the summit was blowing like an Alaskan wilderness. The fire tower was covered in icicles – sideways icicles. We were glad to make it down and find warmth. And, Mary and Dan still liked us! And so we find ourselves hiking each October, like this past weekend.
It reminds me of a hike we took with our lumber supplier, Jim. We purchase the ash we use for all of our Talic products from Rex Lumber, a lumberyard in Connecticut. It is harvested from sustainable forests throughout the North East, milled to our specifications, and trucked to our shop here in Upstate New York. We have worked with Jim for a number of years, but he was just someone at the other end of a purchase order.
A few years back, one of us mentioned an upcoming trip in an email. Over time, Jim and I began sharing the stories of our adventures, we both love to travel. We shared trip ideas, he loaned a travel book of Ireland, I sent coconut cookies via the delivery driver.
One late September day a few years ago, Jim emailed and said he and his wife Becky were going to Vermont for the October holiday weekend. Joking around, I replied that Tim and I would love to join them – we could sit around and talk – wood?
Before you knew it, we had all decided to hike Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, together. We reserved a B & B in Stowe, the same place Jim and Becky were staying. At breakfast, I remember saying to Tim, “Do you think that’s them? Or maybe that couple over there?” We had no idea who we were looking for.
After breakfast, the four of us started the day’s hike. We shared many stories, and yes, we even talked about wood, lol. I remember Jim saying, “Wow, you guys do pretty well, for being so old.” Ha! We went to dinner together, shared more stories and laughs. We talked about work, we talked about travel, we talked about life. It was a great time. No longer just the shop and the lumber supplier, we were friends.
Jim and I still email often – still goad each other with the trips we have planned. This year he and Becky have been to Iceland, while Tim and I have hiked the National Parks of Utah. He just wrote and invited us on a climb up Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts. We can’t make this one, but we look forward to meeting again. Maybe Marcy next summer?
I love hiking, and hiking with friends is even better.
- 10 October, 2016
Here at Talic, we like to think of ourselves as naturalists and conservationists, living close to the earth. We promote sustainable living, we garden, we compost, we recycle. We feel most at home in the wide outdoors. We paddle, we hike, we sleep under the stars. We have a strong belief in family values, and strive to treat all people as, well, people. Simple – I’ll be nice to you, you be nice to me. Big hug, everyone!
We believe strongly in doing our small bit to right the injustices of history. And so, we choose to honor the Native Peoples of America by celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. Not Columbus Day.
In honor of all of those who lived on this land before us, who were wronged by our European ancestors, we will take a day to honor your history, your ways, to appreciate this great land we live on.
Growing up, I always wanted to be “an Indian.” I played Indians, and made my younger brother play along with me. Not Cowboy and Indians, but just “Indians.” I read books on Native Americans, learned to make beaded necklaces. My Dad made me an authentic looking Medicine Man headdress, my Mom sewed me skirts with fringe and beads. I cheered for the Indians in the old Westerns, cried when they were wronged.
In my teen years, I visited my great uncle in Arizona – my first ever flight, and my dream destination. I was going “Out West!!” I nearly jumped out of the car when I saw a Native American young man riding bareback on a horse. I was in heaven!
Many years later, older, and I hope wiser, I still yearn for the west. I’ve been very fortunate to have visited Arizona often; my son lived there for awhile. I’ve hiked into the Grand Canyon twice – once as a guest on the Havasupai Reservation. I’ve walked through Monument Valley, I’ve prayed at the cemetery of those massacred at Wounded Knee. I’ve climbed into Mesa Grande in Colorado, stared in awe at Montezuma’s Castle in Arizona, feel at home paddling the waters of the Adirondacks.
I have four sons, and I’m a proud witness to the next generation of outdoor lovers, naturalists in their own right. Jon, the oldest, busy raising his own two sons, amazes me how with his “MacGyver” bag of tricks, thinks outside the box and solves any issue. Pete, who works with us here at Talic, traveled to Montana to become certified in Permaculture Design. He has created our hometown’s first Food Forest, and continues to work with the school children, teaching them sustainability in the gardens, and love of the earth. Jake, my Arizona son, climbed and hiked regularly while there, and is looking for a mountain to climb in DC, but well, there just aren’t any on the National Mall. He’s already introducing his one year old daughter to the beauty of the National Parks. Nick, the communicator, travels the world, making lasting friends with indigenous peoples everywhere. He spent the summer on Easter Island, and declares he could live there indefinitely!
While doing genealogy, imagine my delight when I found that my distant uncle had married a Native woman! I tried and tried to connect her to my family, to some how make me “Indian”, but it didn’t work. I am of European descent – Irish, Austrian, French. My ancestors were immigrants to this country.
I have recently learned, however, that my French ancestors from Quebec were explorers and navigators in the New World, and had close friendships with the Native Peoples. I have a copy of a book, written in French, about their travels. I like to think that my ancestors, as visitors in the New World, were welcomed, and respectful of their hosts.
Columbus didn’t discover America, it was never lost. It was here all along, being lovingly cared for by the Native Peoples. Thank you. Today, I honor you all.
- 7 October, 2016
Our shop is tucked away in an old industrial area, called the International Harvester complex. The complex was once a mecca of industry, manufacturing farm machinery during the Industrial Revolution that spread across the Finger Lakes, and much of America. During the second world war, airplane parts were made here. Now, there’s but one building left, housing a variety of businesses.
Talic Inc has it’s own building, tucked over to the side, and we love it here. Close to the city, but removed from city hustle and bustle, too. We have deer, woodchucks, skunks, and one day a red fox came to snack outside my window. I especially like watching the crows come for their daily handout.
So, you would think that we wouldn’t get very many visitors, we aren’t a store front after all. But visitors we do get, and they come to visit. It reminds me of a local barbershop, or a neighborhood corner store. People stop in to say hello, pass a few minutes to break up their day.
Today we had a couple come who I had met over a decade or so ago while working at the Public Library (20 years there!) Well into their eighties, they stop every now and again, just to say hello. I love their stories – Bob was a farrier in New York City, back when horse and carriage still graced the city streets along with Central Park. Anne was a school teacher. She should be a writer – that woman can spin a story!!
I never know what the topic of the day will be. Today she came just because “they were passing by.” It had been quite some time. We started talking about writing down stories, which led to genealogy, adoptions, and found relatives. Before they had left, we had discussed our thoughts on the Catholic Church, how in Germany during WWII you could get 2.2 pints of beer, and the Chaplin could find you “clean women.” The Chaplin!!
I love visiting with people like Anne and Bob. I am a people person. I treasure their stories, and feel honored to be on the receiving end. Anne tells me I am a good listener.
They leave, feeling a little bit better about their day. I go back to work, feeling a little bit better about mine. I think it’s the human connection, having shared with one another. And, you never know where those conversations may go.
Anne and Bob’s son Seth is a custom woodworker. One day, he stopped by, introduced himself. Anne had mentioned us in a passing conversation with him. He needed a little CNC work done for a special project he was working on. Tim was able to do the work. Seth’s customer was pleased, Seth was pleased. And Tim was pleased to help. All because a very long time ago, I had a friendly passing conversation with a patron at the library. Life is full of connections and diverse pathways.
- 30 September, 2016
As the owner of a small business, I am told over and over again how important marketing is to my business. In todays world of social media and the internet, a business will not survive unless you keep up with the excitement, the buzz, the day to day of the online world. Or so I am told.
At work I receive emails weekly, if not daily, on how someone can “ﬁx my webpage” or help with my SEO. Emails asking if I would like to advertise on this site, or with this print ad.
And so, because I am pushed to advertise, to “market the business”, Tim and I set out in search of pictures for a story in one of our local magazines, Skaneateles Life. We were asked to advertise in Skaneateles Life and because we believe in supporting the local community, we did.
So we found ourselves on the east side of Skaneateles Lake last Friday, meeting up with a customer who had purchased our newest product, the Bayside. The Bayside is an outdoor aluminum rack – it’s ﬂexible (can hold from 1 to 8 boats or SUPs), it’s stable, constructed of single vertical rails (no joints), yet it’s light and easy to use for many years of Upstate New York’s weather. OK – a bit of shameless marketing here
Our purpose was to take a couple of photos, ask the customer how she liked the Bayside and write up an article for the magazine. Instead, we shared a beer, stood on the dock and admired the lake, the sun dipping into the distant hills. We talked about paddling, our love for the Adirondacks, rowing skulls in Vermont. We shared stories about family, and who knew who. We connected. After an hour or so, we said our goodbyes, we were headed for the west side of the lake to meet with another customer. She invited us back; said she’d teach be how to paddle a SUP!
Market or connect? I’d rather connect any day – whether near or far, Shane in Tasmania, Kathy and Bob in Baton Rouge, or Sandy on the east side of Skaneateles Lake.
Other companies can let SEO and social media consume their lives – but me? I enjoy making new friends.1 LIKES SHARE
- 23 September, 2016
by Jeanne Tucker
As you can well imagine, I talk to a lot of people, even from around the world. And every now and then, we enjoy a friendly conversation over and above what Talic rack they should use to store their boats. Such was the case with a woman from Baton Rouge, LA. During our conversation, I mentioned that my dream is to visit all 50 states, and she said, “Well, if you ever come down this way, let me know.”
A year sped by, and in Nov of 2015, I really wanted to go somewhere, it had been a long summer of work. Where do you go in November? South! So I wrote to Kathy, simply asking what the weather is like in Louisiana in November, and if it was a good time to visit. A couple of emails later, she had our trip planned! She offered to pick us up at the airport in New Orleans, take us to the Plantations, the Lafayette Living History Museum and as a really special treat, she arranged for us to meet Greg Girard, the Keeper of the Basin. It turns out I’m even more Cajun than I thought (yes, my family hails from the Acadia region of Maine and Quebec, Canada). The locals we met were true Cajuns, and their hospitality showed it. We met Ray and Annie Blanchard (Ray is in the documentary Happy.) Annie could have been my aunt – she even sounded like her! Ray took us out in his homemade boat, and we toured the bayous of the Atchafalaya River Basin, as he entertained us with Cajun stories of the Basin peoples. Think about that, we were complete strangers – but they welcomed us as if we were best friends.
As mentioned above, we visited Greg Girard – a gentle, passionate man who has devoted his life to saving the Atchafalaya Basin. He too was born and raised in the Basin and his love for it shows in every word he speaks, every breath he takes. A photographer, woodworker, writer – this man is simply amazing. If I had the opportunity to visit him again, I’d go in a heartbeat.
But I can’t. Louisiana is under water – again. Our friends, Kathy and Bob, have a camp on the Tangipahoa River and this spring the river over ran its banks. It’s not like here at home, where the house sits on the river bank. This camp is well 75’ up a hill from the river. And yet, the water rose, and reached the decking of the house that sits on 12’ stilts. I couldn’t imagine it!
I stood at the bank of the river, I walked the long hill up to the camp. Underwater? Just how does the water go that far? And then, this August, it began to rain again. It rains a lot in Louisiana, but never two feet in 48 hours! I talked with our friends – and Bob says this time it is much worse. The water entered the camp, and didn’t stop until it was five feet deep. Five feet deep – inside the house! That means the river rose 80’! The interstates that we rode on are under water. Baton Rouge is an island, unconnected from the rest of Louisiana. Lafayette, where they just filmed the remaking of the movie Roots (we watched them work on the sets), has been flooded. And yet Bob says, “We’ll be okay.” I can’t imagine.
We read in the papers and watch on the news about the flooding, the devastation. And it’s easy to walk away from it. It’s worlds away, down in Cajun country. It doesn’t affect us, up here safe in drought stricken New York State. We wish we had some rain! But, it’s really not that far away. It’s our fellow countrymen, it’s our friends, that are struggling to survive through this disaster. Back when Katrina hit New Orleans, our friends Kathy and Bob opened their home to strangers. They had people sleeping there for days, weeks, feeding them, housing them. Baton Rouge is a good hour or more from New Orleans, depending on the construction and traffic. And yet, strangers found their way, and the good people of Baton Rouge opened their doors. Just like Kathy and Bob opened their doors to us, a couple of Yankees from Upstate New York, who simply wanted to visit their state.
Please pray for those affected in Louisiana. It’s time we all help Baton Rouge. Pay it Forward. Lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. Love you Bob and Kathy.
- 22 September, 2016
Today, Sep 22 is the first day of Fall. Time to put the summer clothes away and get out the rakes. Wait, STOP!! Here in the Finger Lakes, we still have many more days of summer to enjoy. Days are sunny and warm, nights are cool. What’s better than that?
And it’s the perfect time to take a kid out for a hike or paddle on the weekend. Give them a break from the long school day, and make a difference in tomorrow’s future. You’ll enjoy it too – look at the world through the eyes of a child again
Don’t have a young child or grandchild? Borrow one! So many kids today are hooked on electronics – Minecraft, Pokemon, TV. Bring them outdoors – show them how to play.
We have two grandsons, Trenton 11, Braedon 8. Trenton has been hiking in the Adirondacks since he was 4. He loves Minecraft, and talks Minecraft lingo nonstop. But when it’s hiking time, everything electronic stays home. It’s a 2 1/2 hour drive to the mountains. We make up stories, make up our own Mad-Libs.
And once we get to the mountains, it’s like Trent takes a deep breath, and relaxes. He disconnects and comes alive right before your eyes. He talks to the people he passes, he admires the smallest details in the trees, under the logs and rocks. (On his first hike, he carried a backpack nearly as big as he was, filled with snacks and Hotwheel cars. And he took them out and described them to the climbers who passed by.)
We started out small, Bald Mt in Old Forge, NY. Then Bear Mt, and Blue – Ampersand was a favorite. We’ve done some of the Saranac Six, and are working towards getting our 6er patch. Trent has liked it so much, he asks if he can bring along a friend, and of course if the parents allow, we take them along too.
Braedon went on his first climb when he was 5. He’s a wee bit more apprehensive about leaving home – but this year he came along with Trent. The boys, Gramma and Grampa. It was a perfect day! We laughed, we joked, we simply enjoyed the beautiful outdoors.
Today’s life is so busy and rush rush rush, we don’t get to see the boys as much as we’d like. They have school and activities – plus, we work long hours here at Talic. But every now and then, we get to head to the mountains, and leave the fast paced world behind and laugh.
What can be more perfect than a Mad-Lib story on the drive, and an apple on the peak? I need a noun. Now an adjective.
Yes, it’s Fall this week. But Fall is the perfect time to grab a kid and get outside. Hike. Paddle. Relax. Breath. Ahhhhhhhhh.
Fall is perfect.
- 31 August, 2016
You can’t seem to turn on a TV, listen to the radio or open a newspaper without being told that summer is over and “back to school” season is upon you. Don’t listen to them! Staples doesn’t own you, OfficeMax can’t tell you what to do and Walmart doesn’t control your schedule. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and fantastic weather!
No matter where you’re reading this from, I’m willing to bet there’s a beach, mountain, forest, hiking trail and/or waterfall you haven’t visited yet within driving distance. So grab your boat, bike, camera, hiking boots, bathing suit or all the above and go play!
5 years from now you’re not going to remember the sale on notebook paper and pens you scored at Target – but you are going to remember packing up your car and conquering a new piece of the great outdoors. Whether it’s paddling, biking, camping, road tripping or whatever else you do outdoors – you still have 4 weeks till Labor Day, make them count!by Jeanne Tucker
- 25 August, 2016
Aug 25th, the National Park Service is turning 100! For those that don’t know, their role is twofold – preserving the National Parks across the country and making them accessible to the public.
If you know me at all, you know that I love traveling. In fact, top on my bucket list is to travel to all 50 states – I’ve been to 32 – only 18 left to go! And a high point of that traveling is exploring nearby National Parks. I go with my family to slow down, relax and reconnect with myself. We have hiked to the bottom of the awesome Grand Canyon, twice. Hale’akala in Hawaii at sunrise never disappoints and Kenai Fjords in Alaska is breath taking. My husband Tim’s favorite National Park is Arches in Utah. But I’d have to say one of my favorites is Acadia National Park, in Maine – there’s just something hypnotic about the crashing waves, the singing, multi-colored rocks at Pebble Beach.
In celebration of 100 years, the National Park Service has started the Find Your Park movement at www.findyourpark.com. Through this site, you’ll be able to discover more about any of the 412 parks the National Park Service protects (only 58 of them are called “National Parks”, of which I’ve been blessed to visit 22 so far!). The movement’s goal is to inspire the next generation to love the outdoors as much as we do.
I encourage anyone to just get up and GO to a National Park! Take an impromptu vacation, those trips turn out better than the best laid plans anyway.
by Jeannie Tucker
- 11 July, 2016
Welcome to our first official blog post! And as our FIRST post, we thought it’d be appropriate to highlight our FIRST ever kayak storage rack: the Classic Freestanding Storage System.
Penobscot: our very 1st kayak storage rack
Tired of Ugly Kayak Storage Racks?
Cheap, utilitarian kayak storage racks are generally made of powder-coated metal. Sure, those ones serve their purpose, and might be a solid choice for someone looking to try out kayaking for the first time. But for those of us who ride the waters often, we want to display our boats like trophies. Our Classic freestanding kayak storage rack offers exactly that.
Why Our Freestanding Kayak Storage Rack Is so Cool
These beautiful designs were created in 1999 by our founder, Tim Tucker, to store and display kayaks and various other boats. Our freestanding kayak storage rack does not require a wall for support, or any other structure. In fact, the gorgeous material we use to keep these structures standing on their own is southern yellow pine, maple, and birch plywood. Not only are these some of the strongest woods available, they add an upscale mentality to your storage display, making it emotionally and aesthetically pleasing.
It Doesn’t Stop at Beauty, It’s Versatile Too!
Besides aesthetics, our Classic kayak storage rack offers versatility benefits. Our freestanding frames are way more modular than our competition (who might offer 3-4 spaces at most). Our systems can be arranged to carry any number up to seven boats! Our brackets can also be adjusted so you can arrange the frame to carry a variety of different types of boats. We have brackets that suit narrow touring kayaks, wider, stable kayaks or boats, and even large canoes. All of these boats can fit onto ONE Classic rack.
Our Classic kayak storage rack is extremely modular!
So if you’re looking to display your trophies on the proper mantle, check out our Classic Freestanding Storage Systems. You won’t be disappointed. Prices range from $445 (2 boats) to $1,199.55 (7 boats ). Thanks for reading, and check in again next month for more updates on Talic products and outdoor adventures.
And remember: Be Good To Your Toys.
- 20 June, 2016
SUP Is Great For “Hiking,” Racing, Fishing, and Fitness!
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already experienced (or at least heard of) Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP). Larger and heavier than its surfboard relatives, the SUP is praised by many for turning a trip on the water into an aquatic hike, a competitive race, a chance to fish, a fun activity to share with kids (or pets), and an incredibly refreshing way to workout. The way it combines lower body balancing with upper body paddling creates an intensely favorable fitness routine. However, traditional Stand-Up Paddleboarding isn’t the only fitness benefit this water activity offers.
And Don’t Forget Yoga!
Yogis are excited to test these boards out with all their yoga practices! As one of our dealers puts it: “SUP yoga [is] the perfect blend of balance, sunshine and the relaxation that comes from being on the water” (OEXCalifornia.com). While SUP yoga may require the flat waters of a still morning, it’s worth the wait because of how it amplifies the yoga experience. The ebb and flow of water rocking your board makes positioning a stance that much more challenging. SUP yoga increases strength for balancing as well as all the other benefits of yoga. You can also get a great tan while stretching under the sun. And, if you get too much sun, you can always “accidentally” lose your balance to take a refreshing dip in the water.
A Board so Diverse Ought to Have a Sweet Storage Rack
Clearly the SUP is remarkably versatile, which is what makes it an outdoor toy we love to support! That’s why we’ll close this post by sharing a little about our SUP storage rack. The Hangout supports +100 pounds of 1-3 SUPs, surfboards, or windsurfers. Besides
The Hangout SUP Storage Rack
being handmade in America with the highest quality of gorgeous lumber, one of the best features of our Hangout SUP rack is the webbing. Whether you’re using your board for scenic paddling, racing, or yoga, our trademark 2″-wide webbing will keep your SUP stored safely after the end of your water venture. It lets you slide your board in the sling without ever causing a scratch or dent. Let Talic join you in celebrating the exciting possibilities of the SUP! Click the image to order your Hangout.
Okay, Now Let’s Review:
1. SUP is awesome for FUN & FITNESS
2. Yoga BOOMS on the SUP
Thus: Your SUP ought to be displayed on a high-quality SUP storage rack
- 11 March, 2016
Got Cabin Fever?
If you’re a diehard cycler, no doubt FATBIKES are keeping you on the trails this winter. Fatbikes are a perfect cure for cabin fever, and that’s why we want to share a little about how our bike storage rack is the BEST way to keep your fatbike ready for a ride through the tundra.
They’re Fat, but Not Too Fat
Fatbikes, or fat tire bikes, are known for their comically wide wheels (≈3.7–4.8 inches) and low air pressure (≤10 psi). As a result, fatbikes end up weighing anywhere from a little under 30 pounds to a little over 40 pounds. While this design adds a stockiness to the bicycle, it doesn’t hinder the effectiveness of our wall mount bike storage rack. Since our rack has a maximum reach of 12.75 inches, a fatbike’s top tube will rest about 11 inches away from the wall – leaving enough room for those chunky tires to hang without scraping your wall. Also, our bike storage rack can handle bikes that weigh up to 45 pounds, which is sure to manage nearly any fatbike since even the heaviest models don’t tend to exceed 40 pounds. Sure, fatbikes are a bit bulkier than others, but that won’t stop you from being able to display it on your wall.
Our Bike Storage Rack Keeps Your Fatbike Looking Beautiful
After you’re done plunging through mountains, snow, or sand, our bike storage rack will be ready to display and protect your fatbike. Our birch plywood offers a clean and polished look to the rack that makes it a visually flawless platform. The rack’s neoprene cushions prevent your fatbike from getting scratches; that, and the 2.75 inches of cradle space will keep your fatbike stored securely in excellent condition. The reason the cradle is so long is so it can fit the many bikes that have top tubes that are 2 inches or more in diameter.And there you have it, fatbikes aren’t TOO FAT for our bike storage rack.
Order your bike storage rack for $57.95 TODAY!
- 29 February, 2016
Winter brings the perfect atmosphere for ADVENTURE. How? You never know if your car is going to make it from Point A to Point B! Just teasing.
The kinds of adventures we want to have must be FUN, EXCITING, and bring us to new levels of EXPLORATION. Sliding down icy roads inside heavy metallic machines doesn’t always give off the RIGHT kind of excitement. But another form of sliding down ice does: SKIING!
There are plenty of opportunities to embark on new adventures during the winter. Last month we discussed how fatbike cycling is one of those options. This month, we’ll slide into skiing. Below are three ways SKIING can help you LOVE WINTER:
1. Bundle up like a Kid
Remember playing in snow as a kid? Why is it that when we become adults we forget the joy and wonder of winter play? Maybe it’s as simple as forgetting to bundle up like a kid. Grab a pair of thermal wear, comfortable sweat pants, snow pants, and layers of shirts and sweatshirts. Top it all off with a resilient ski jacket, winter cap, ski goggles (depending on sun), and even a balaclava for good measure. As a final touch, purchase a package of hand and toe warmers to stuff into your gloves and boots. Being warm and comfortable will amp you up for adventure on the snow and ice.
2. Learn from Other Skiers
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced skier, there’s always something to learn from others. Take a ski lesson, or have a more experienced friend walk you through everything from the basics of sidestepping up a hill, to an appropriate downslope stance, to slowing down using the “pizza” method, to learning how to control traveling down a slope. Everyone is at a different skill level. Skiing and talking with others will help you advance, and it’s always fun learning something new.
3. Embrace the Surroundings
Now that you’re bundled, warm, and learned a few new things, it’s time to simply embrace the beauty of the slopes. There’s something majestic and awe-inspiring about mountains and hills that lifts our eyes to the sky. The best part about skiing is that it doesn’t stop at SIGHTSEEING; you get to INTERACT with the beautiful landscape! Take a ride up the Lift and watch skiers and evergreens drop below your boots. Watch snow cannons blast cloudlike mists throughout the air. Breathe in the fresh, chilled air right before you take off down the mountainside. Listen to the laughs and screams of other skiers sliding down beside you. The mountains make a perfect setting for a winter adventure.
“I Love Skiing! But What’s Next?”
Ski Storage Rack
What’s next after learning to love winter and all the adventure it brings? You may notice that developing a love for skiing causes you to have quite a storage problem. That’s where our ski storage rack comes in. You don’t have to stuff your skis and poles in the closet or shove them off in another room. Our ski storage rack beautifully displays 2 pairs of skis and poles on a birch and ash wood wall mount that’s built to hold alpine, cross country, or even racing ski equipment.
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- 26 February, 2016
In an effort to continue our (unofficial) theme this winter, we’re going to share more tips on HOW TO LOVE WINTER. An added bonus is that this month won’t require mountain slopes, like last month’s SKI TIPS. This month’s tips will get you excited about WINTER BIKE RIDING! How is it possible to be excited about biking in the snow and freezing cold temperatures? Take a look at our tips below!
1. Get a Fatbike & Accessories
The wide and stocky, low air pressure FATBIKE is rising in popularity. Why? Because it’s extending the bike riding season all year round! While riding a fatbike is slower (similar to mountain biking) than the fast-paced street cycling, it brings SATISFYING ADVENTURE to those hungering for activity during typically dormant months. It’s thrilling to see where these bikes can take you! To get the most out of a fatbike, it’s best to bundle up so you can ride without windchill harassment. Here are some accessory ideas:
- Winter cap
- Balaclava (facemask)
- Pogies (mitts that’ll insulate your hands & bar handles)
- Gaiters (like outdoor leggings that protect footwear from snow & cold)
- Reflective gear (including flashing lights for visibility during dark winter days)
2. Ride a Fatbike to Work
Why give up the warmth of your car for a snowy bike ride to work? A city resident was quoted in the Democrat and Chronicle: “When I ride my bike to work I smell the bakery, or go past the yard sale and stop on a whim. I find a little shop I never noticed before, or I go down the bike path by the river.” Imagine all the SIGHTS, SOUNDS, and SMELLS you’re missing when you’re not riding your bike to work! Maybe you just appreciate the joys of bike riding to work during the summer. Well, fatbiking to work in the winter has potential to be even more adventurous. You can explore trails, and offroads that might give you a different route to work. You can enjoy the beauty of a fresh fallen snow in the woods before you begin the daily grind.
3. Join a Fatbike Race
Search to find one of the hundreds of local fatbike races being held these months. Entering a fatbike race is sure to get you excited about bike riding in the snow! Most races include a one hour circuit around lovely-looking, iced-over parks, ponds, and hiking paths. While coordinators usually rule out bikes with tire widths below 3.5”, these races generally include an OPEN RACE after the main race so any cycler can join the fun. These races are excellent for building a winter biking COMMUNITY as well as helping local bike shop businesses receive awareness. Here are some things you might experience at a fatbike race:
- Live race results (including: lap times, distance, speed, etc.)
- On-course photography
- Groomed, rider-friendly terrain
- Heated lodging
- Food & drinks
After your first fatbike race, hang an awesome photo of your time in the race right next to a Talic bike storage rack that’ll display your fatbike like a TROPHY. Then get back outside for MORE ADVENTURE!
- 19 February, 2016
Do you love sports? Then your sports equipment probably looks more like works of art that need to be showcased, instead of stored away somewhere. The Talic Woodlands Modular System was designed to help you do just that. It’s your excuse to live with your passion like never before.
The beauty and multi-use of Talic’s BRAND NEW Woodlands System is specifically designed for home storage. The Woodlands add color to your blank wall and bring the personality of your active life with you when it’s time to head indoors. Here’s how they work:
This is where it all begins! The vertical rail is the base for all your Woodlands accessories. Made of premium ash wood, our standard 60” long vertical rail mounts to your wall to flexibly arrange our new line of shelving. Depending on whether you’re looking to hang a decorative shelf, outdoor sports equipment, or clothing racks, you might choose one or more vertical rails.
After you laid the foundation with our mounted rails, you’re ready to attach the shelving. Choose from a wide selection of shelving accessories – from various types of boats and boards, to fishing equipment, to shelves for decorative items, and even clothing racks! Explore the option you’re looking for:
- Boat & board storage shelves
- Shelving & hanging brackets (for room decor)
- Fishing rod racks
- Ski racks
- Clothing & shelving brackets
If you’re not sure how best to arrange your new home storage display, try one of our Woodlands Starter Kits! Our starter kits make selecting the right shelving accessories easier by bundling the brackets you need to best display your water toys (sorry, no starter kits for clothing or decor shelves yet). Our expert grouping of the rail and bracket system saves you time in getting your interior display up and running.
Don’t let that blank wall stare its bald face at you any longer; explore our Woodlands Home Storage System and invite your adventures INDOORS!
- 12 February, 2016
Good morning Tim,
I was on your site last night ordering some new products, reading some of the recent customer feedback and noticed all the nice photos of your products. Here is a slightly different product testing photo.
During the… snow storm that caused damage and power outage to much of New York and New England, we lost our garage. A huge limb from a silver maple landed on the garage. Inside our garage, like many other folks, are my toys i.e. kayaks. Probably 9+ yrs ago I ordered 3 Talic stud mount racks. Attached, is a photo of a Talic rack and squirt boat supporting the garage roof, snow & tree. You can see the joist separated from the roof and split, resting on the squirt boat. If the Talic rack had failed under the weight of the snow and tree, the garage roof would have collapsed onto our car, a motorcycle and many other items. It held strong! There was minor damage to the racks and no damage to the squirt boat. The webbing plugs popped out during the stress, probably allowing some give during the event.
The garage was beyond repair, it had to be knocked down to the ground and rebuilt. My original 3 racks are back up and away from trees. ;o)
THANK YOU for an AWESOME product.
Have a great day.
Tim B. of West Warren, MA
- 10 February, 2016
Struggling to be a consistent bike commuter?
In honor of the coming Bike to Work Day 2015 (May 15th – mark your calendars), we decided to share some ideas to help you and your friends – not only bike more – but develop a biking lifestyle. After all, the richness of biking makes you feel better physically, emotionally, aesthetically and adds more to your life than other commuting options. Here are 3 tips to develop a bike commuting lifestyle:
1. Own It: Make biking your ONLY option
When it comes to a cold, windy, or rainy day, bike commuting pales in comparison to the comfort of driving to work. That comfort will always be there so long as you allow it to be an option. But if you really want to develop a bike commuting habit, you need to cut off your comforts. Set your helmet on the table, pack your waterproof messenger bag with needed supplies, and rid yourself of all other options:
- Store your car keys in jello
- Hide your metrorail pass at your inlaws’
2. Love It: Count the beauties of biking
One flaw to making biking your only option is it has potential to cause you to HATE what you’re doing. You might associate cycling with misery when cold wind whips at your ears, or when rain soaks your pants. Fight those negative associations; count the positives you notice while cycling. Here are some things to think about on your bike commute:
- Notice the ever-changing sights, sounds & smells of your route
- Concentrate on the muscles you’re exercising & making stronger
- Hear & feel your heart rejoicing during this great cardiovascular workout
- Consider how hardcore you are for biking rain/shine – not even WEATHER can stop you!
3. Propel It: Become fully biking-optimized
Living in an apartment complex without a bike rack? This can make having your bike ready for the commute slightly more difficult. However, our new Woodlands bike hanger allows you to customize your own storage setup indoors. It can lift your bike up and out of the way horizontally, or vertically to save space. You could also customize the system to hang one tire and keep another tire on the floor so that it’s ready to go when you are. If you find the options of our Woodlands bike hanger to be a little over the top for your needs, our classic bike storage rack creates a more economical, but still really peachy way to store your cycle. Either way, having a beautiful place to store your bike in-between commutes will continue to prompt you with excitement for your next cycling adventure!