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Tom Barlow

Tom Barlow

Tom Barlow is a freelance journalist specializing in lifestyle and consumer issues. In addition to DealNews, his writing has appeared on many websites, including Forbes.com and Aol's DailyFinance.com. He was an editor for the popular WalletPop.com as well. Barlow is a past membership director for the American Motorcyclist Association and was the Founding Director of one of the nation’s largest week-long bicycling events, The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. Wearing another hat, Barlow is also a widely published fiction writer, with his work appearing most recently in the Best New Writing 2011 anthology and Digital Science Fiction.

Tom Barlow's Most Recent Features

Keep Out the Cold: How to Pick the Perfect Parka

Don't spend another winter shivering and miserable, when you can embrace it from the comfort of a warm, dry parka. We've put together a quintessential list of what to look for in the perfect parka, and found great deals on a variety of winter jackets for all types of weather conditions.

Heading Out on a Winter Hike? Here's How to Dress for the Elements

Staying warm indoors while quaffing brews and watching sports on TV might seem appealing now that winter is here, but that doesn't mean you should go into complete hibernation. You can embrace the season on a winter hike, and all you need are the right clothes ... and maybe some snow.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter (And Prevent an Auto Disaster)

There are more driving dangers this time of the year than others, from snow and ice to wet leaves and early sunsets. To ensure the safety of you and your entourage as you embark on your holiday travel plans, it's smart to take steps to winterize your car now.

7 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall Weather

From hand tools to home appliances, preparing for the coming cooler weather can be easy and affordable. Gather firewood, rake your leaves, and more!

8 Simple Auto Repairs That Save Big Bucks in the Long Haul

The red warning light on your dash can ruin your day, but putting off dealing with it can not only be dangerous, but costly. These eight minor repairs warrant your immediate attention and will save you from losing money in the long haul.

How to Pick the Right Running Shoes

Expensive features and marketing jargon can confuse even experienced runners when buying a pair of running shoes. Stride type and comfort matter most for beginners.

How to Buy a Road Bike: The Basics, Where to Find Deals, and More

If you have a yearning to start cycling this season, you might want to opt for a bike that takes advantage of modern equipment rather than turning to the rusty beater buried somewhere in your garage. In this guide, we've detailed the types of road bikes you can buy, and features you should look for.

The Pros and Cons of a Tempur-Pedic or Memory Foam Mattress

Many people regard Tempur-Pedic mattresses as the most comfortable on the market, but they are also the most expensive. We look at other memory gels, as well as traditional innersprings.

9 Must-Have Tools for Your College-Bound Kid

So your son or daughter is off to university and will soon be living in an apartment of their own for the first time. Why not make their lives a little easier by equipping them with a tool box full of the basics?

Spend Your Summer Paddling with the Proper Kayaking Gear

There's nothing like gliding along a lake or river on a warm summer's day. Kayaking definitely requires some gear, but the necessities don't have to cost a fortune.