Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Colorado bike mechanics brace for Trek recall

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    At Old Town Bike Shop in downtown Colorado Springs, mechanics have their work cut out for them. The locally owned shop on Tejon Street is one of two bicycle dealers in the city that sell mountain bikes made by Trek, which last week announced a massive recall applying to upwards of 1...

  • A place to call home: Woman, son live in Springs Habitat for Humanity house being constructed in honor of Pope

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    This time next year, Elizabeth Berryman will be living in the pope's house - just not the one with gold-plated ceilings. Berryman, 31, isn't moving into the Vatican. Instead, the single mother in Colorado Springs is on pace to be the proud owner of a Habitat for Humanity house to be...

  • Closures and reroutes are planned for Colorado Springs trail network

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The fight to save a threatened trout - and a popular trail network that winds through its habitat - returns to the public stage this spring. The U.S. Forest Service says it plans to release a draft decision by the end of May proposing a series of trail closures and reroutes through...

  • Movie on runner and tribe of 'superathletes' coming to town

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The tale of a Boulder ultrarunner who befriended a tribe of Mexican Indian "superathletes" is coming to the big screen in Colorado Springs. "Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco," which will be shown April 30 at Stargazers Theatre, depicts the reclusive Tarahumara tribe of...

  • Doctors: Working out can dispel 'Colorado Crud'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Looking to shake that Colorado crud? Stay active - but don't overdo it. It might sound counterintuitive, but if you're suffering from a cold, a good run or bike ride can be the tonic for what ails you. "Moderate exercise actually boosts the immune system, and for a mild cold it may...

  • 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...

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