Outside magazine is a great source of information for those of us interested in fitness, outdoor activities and the like. Some of my greatest rainy days reads have been in Outside, and I keep a healthy library of old issues because, well, they don’t really get old – they’re just good.

Outside online is building a nice library of video, too. In checking out one on bike culture in my old ‘hood (Portland, OR), I instantly got a great feel for the city and its people, right down to the gray tone of the about-to-rain weather.

I biked a lot in Portland, and the video brought back memories. But anyone who didn’t have my direct experience would “get” the Portland vibe in a pretty deep way after watching this short video.

When done well, video is a great way to communicate.

~Christopher Smith