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2018 Bikepacking Awards: People and Routes Congrats on a year well spent, Alex! Our three favorite worldwide bikepacking odysseys - experiences we're sure you'll never forget. For those seeking desert solitude tinged with a touch of the bizarre, the SoCal Desert Ramble is hard to resist.
Collective Reward #017: Porcelain Rocket Dumpling In case you missed it, Porcelain Rocket recently released the waterproof Dumpling hip pack. We're giving one away for Collective Reward #017…
Initiation: Growing Up in the Wasatch Mountains Shared hardship strengthens bonds, especially when the bond is that of father and son.
Riding the Long White Cloud But, as we would soon be reminded, clouds come in many forms… Arriving for the start of a bike tour by plane gives you the unusual opportunity to see the terrain from above.
Pedaling Through a Changing Climate As recipients of the 2018 Lael Rides Alaska Women's Scholarship, Brooke Larsen and Kailey Kornhauser rode across Alaska to learn more about climate change.
Europe #4 - Cabrils - Marseille Lire cet article en français. The trailer, the bicycle and the rest of my luggage are in the trunk of the car. It is time to say one last goodbye. I am sad to leave the Bueno family and at the same time I'm happy to have had such a great time with them in Cabrils.
Review: The All City Electric Queen Puts The 'Oh!' In Retro An exercise in style over substance, or a capable trail bike.
Rapha Explore Down Jacket Rapha has been expanding into the bikepacking and adventure market with its Explore range and the Rapha Explore Down Jacket is its newest creation. It's designed to be used in conjunction with the Sleeping Bag and is an 850-fill ethically sourced down jacket with 90% down to 10% feather ratio that is very packable and extremely lightweight.
What does Local Bike Shop Day need in 2019? BikeBiz reflects on the first-ever Local Bike Shop Day in October, which looked to emulate the success of its record store counterpart.
Villa de Leyva: Reflections of our first week on the road When you look at a map, the distance between Bogotá and Villa de Leyva is not that far. A couple of centimeters maybe. It took us six days to cycle that 190km or so with some difficult. This first week we were supposed to take it easy, get into the groove of cycle touring, get in shape and learn as we go.
Maxxis Rekon+ 27.5 x 2.8 Skinwall Tire Review The Rekon+ is a 27.5 x 2.8” tire from Maxxis available with an eye-catching skinwall design. Spencer J Harding tested a pair of them to see how they stand up to the rigors of shred-sledding and loaded touring…
From the White Desert to the Thar Desert! This blog is about our year-end ride from Ahmedabad to Jaisalmer. The first question that would rise in everyone's mind would be; why the blog is titled as - From the White Desert to the Thar desert? Well, there is a small but interesting story behind it.
Cycling Sur Lipez From Encampamento Ende to an abandoned house 10km after Arbol de Piedra, 30km, 300 altitude metres climb. There are many tracks leading up the park gate and for the first 2-3km, it is fairly easy to find a cyclable one. The roads, all of them, then turn into a heap of deep sand.
The Pan Celtic Race: Self-supported bikepacking event to take competitors through Scotland, Ireland and Wales next summer There's an 824-mile shorter route option too. "With an eye on the unconventional and discovery, the purpose of the Pan Celtic Race is to give each participant an opportunity to undertake an adventure and journey, both in a physical and spiritual sense," says the blurb.
Highland Trail 550: Part 2 On the second half of the trail I passed a few places I visited on my last ride down through Scotland. The first of these places was Kylesku Bridge, which crosses Loch Cainbawn.
Win a Mongoose Guide Sport Adventure Bike - Pinkbike's Advent Calendar Giveaway Today's advent prize will help you get your fitness level up in a flash. Click here to enter for your chance to win.
Packing Light - 12 Minimalist Packs Tested & Reviewed Not everyone wants to ride with a big 'n' heavy backpack, so we've been testing a variety of different options for the minimalist mountain bikers out there, including waist packs, frame bags and mini-packs. Words Antony de HeveninghamPhotography Amanda.
A collection of tales from the road #13 - Canada I have a feeling that our recent crossing of a good chunk of Canada will not be the last. During this visit, we entered Canada in Manitoba and rode in the wrong direction to the Pacific. Why the wrong direction? Well I wrote that because we we told this nearly every day, by generally well meaning and typically apologetic Canadians.
2018 DangerBird 350: Event Recap For 2018, the DangerBird 350 was offered in an inclusive format that attracted more riders, support from the city, and also resulted in one woman completing the entire route on foot. Here is a recap of the event from event organizer, Matt Mason, a selection of photos, plus some Ella Raff's thoughts on running the Monumental Loop.
"We Are In Deep Africa Now" Michael's words reverberated in my mind because one of the goals for setting up the original Tour d'Afrique was to provide an alternative way for people to visit Africa, something other than the usual safari or holiday on the beach.
Not Quite Out of the Woods Five-year-old Eleanor Maynard was diagnosed with leukemia last year. This past summer, her dad Adin took her on her first overnight bikepacking trip. Watch a lovely short film that follows their journey here…
4 Mini-Backpacks Tested & Reviewed For The Minimalist Mountain Biker Not everyone wants to ride with a big 'n' heavy backpack, so we've been testing a variety of different options for the minimalist mountain bikers out there, waist packs, frame bags and mini-packs. Here, we have the micro-packs - basically, a backpack, only smaller.
Road, Cross, Gravel: Why Cycles 'R+ V3' Tackles Many Trails Colorado-based Why Cycles continues to traverse the road less traveled. The updated R+ drop-bar bike boosts stiffness, improves compliance, and now carries more stuff - including your booze and banana. It's not easy being all things to all people. But that is the mission of the Why Cycles R+ V3.
Video first look at Rapha's new Waterproof Frame Pack - will it pass the hosepipe test? Strapping bags to bikes is all the rage right now, and Rapha has joined the fun with an all-new range of frame packs. In this video, we take a first look at the Waterproof Frame Pack and see how waterproof it really is.
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