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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 Blog Posts

18 Things You Need to Start Freshwater Fishing

If you've ever wanted to try your hand at angling, there's nothing stopping you except acquiring the right equipment. For all the joy the hobby provides, the startup expense is rather minor. Read on for our list of all the fishing basics to consider.

6 Things to Look for in a Camping and Hiking Backpack

A poorly chosen backpack can turn a beautiful hike into a painful ordeal. Make sure that you find one that is appropriate in fit, capacity, and more when buying a hiking backpack.

Do You Have the Right Gear for Summer Cycling?

Peak cycling season could have you dripping sweat, getting sunburned, and developing sores if you're not careful. The proper gear for summer cycling will help keep you comfortable and safe.

4 Essential Power Saws For Every Home Workshop

You've probably got a hand saw or two in your workshop, but power tools are an investment. Do you really need to go cordless? Should you get a portable table saw? We look at how to get the most versatile, useful, and affordable power saws.

What Kind of Road Bicycle is Right for You?

Finding the perfect road bike depends on whether you want to commute, exercise, tour, or all of the above. We look at frames, tires, and where to get the best deals on road bicycles.

Which of These 5 Types of Lawn Mower Is Best for You?

From manual to gas-powered to self-propelled, buying the right lawn mower has a lot to do with your budget, your lawn, and the amount of maintenance you want.

Hiking Gear on a Budget: 11 Trail Necessities

Whether a 1-mile ramble or a 10-mile trek, day hiking is even more pleasurable (or less likely to become unpleasurable) with a little preparation. These essentials will ensure that your load is light and your wallet isn't.

5 Power Tools That Every Home Should Have

Hand tools are reliable and affordable, but they can make certain tasks lengthy and painful. These five power tools will get you through a wide variety of home repairs and projects.

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.