Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • New high-end bike technology taking shape at Colorado Springs bike shop

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Inside SRAM's secretive development center in Colorado Springs, test technician Rich Vogel revs up a bicycle wheel mounted behind safety glass and warns visitors to step back. "You don't want to get too close," he says, squeezing a lever until a steel disc bolted to the hub begins to...

  • Proposed scenic byway would link Colorado, northern New Mexico

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    If the state Byways Commission gets its way, Colorado will have a new scenic byway linking Durango with Chama, N.M. The board has asked the state Transportation Commission to approve the Tracks Across Borders Byway following the route of the historic, narrow-gauge portion of the...

  • Downtown Colorado Springs bookseller bucks trends

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Can't find a title at the Bargain Book Warehouse in downtown Colorado Springs? Pay a visit to the man at the counter, Drew Surendranath, who says he keeps a mental list of the tens of thousands available, from supermarket thrillers to college textbooks to dusty tomes of Greek verse....

  • Tao of Metal: Colorado Springs scrap metal artist seeks beauty in 'junk'

    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    If there's beauty in junk, then Tao of Metal in downtown Colorado Springs is a beautiful refuge - showcasing handmade scrap metal sculptures alongside a chaotic mix of salvaged highway signs, game room novelties, motorcycle paraphernalia and cast-off toys. Nearly everything is for...

  • Bill would allow Coloradans to roll out the rain barrel

    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Rain harvesters, rejoice: It might soon be legal to collect and store the water that falls onto your property. A bill introduced this year would ease Colorado's longstanding prohibition on collecting rainwater, allowing up to two 50-gallon rain barrels per household. The water would...

  • Rider in residence: Obstacles part of the fun on new Red Rock Canyon trail

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    While giving a tour of a new trail taking shape in Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Harry Hamill points to a knee-high rock jutting from the dusty slope. It's high enough on the trail shoulder that unsuspecting cyclists are free to roll past it, continuing down what promises to be a...

  • Tips, tricks to help hikers prep for Colorado backpacking

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    On extended trips into the mountains, veteran backpacker Bill Koerner always brings a secret weapon: Crocs. Sure, there's the fashion penalty to consider, but when it comes to looking good versus feeling good after a day of grinding out miles in heavy boots, the choice is clear....

  • Fire destroys barn east of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Firefighters from across the county battled a barn fire east of Colorado Springs Wednesday morning. The fire was reported around 9 a.m. near the southwest corner of Bradshaw Road and Cleese Court in Peyton, El Paso County sheriff's dispatchers said. The barn was destroyed. Fire...

  • Woodland Park man, and 'ponies,' to ride 1,000 miles for combat vets

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    When it comes to life on the trail, former Green Beret Ray Knell relies on his team: three mules and a horse named Mustang Sally. The ponies - as the burly, bearded Afghanistan War veteran calls them - do more than pull their weight, and they seem to take his chatter in stride. And...

  • Spring excitement in the air at Colorado ski resorts

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Children from kindergarten through the fifth grade are eligible to ski for free at Vail Resorts next year - provided they sign up by Memorial Day. The promotion is part of the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack, which provides four days of free skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek,...

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