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Lief and Mary's Charmed Day Our water tank was nearing empty, the propane tank was flashing "emergency," the dirty clothes hamper was brimming and stinking, and, most ominously, from the darkened recess of our toilet, the septic tank was signaling a "capacity crowd". Clearly, the time had come to make a run to town.

WTF Bikexplorers Announce Cycling Industry Pledge The Cycling Industry Pledge holds companies accountable to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cycling community and includes the WTF Guiding Principles for any individual to take. In signing the Cycling Industry Pledge, companies will help craft a specific set of actions for their company which will:.

Announcing The New, Improved Trans-Oceania Three years before that discussion, when we decided to do the first Trans-Oceania tour, we came up with what we thought was a great cycling route that crossed Indonesia, Timor and Australia. The tour turned out to be challenging but was a wonderful experience for those who decided to join.

Industry Nine Enduro S Wheelset Review One of our favorite no-frills wheelsets—and one we often recommend—is the Industry Nine Enduro S. With straight-pull steel spokes, a blazing fast Hydra hub, and solid alloy rims, they’re lightweight, comparably affordable, and rock solid. Here’s the full review…

Ride What Ya Brung Coming from decades of totally recreational mountain biking-and more recently backcountry bikepacking-I wondered how I'd fare in this realm of type 2 fun. Yes, I'd love to be able to take leave and ride the length of the country, or even a district, but I'm not able to do so.

Industry Nine Hydra Review, Worth the upgrade? - BIKEPACKING.com With 0.52° engagement, the Industry Nine Hydra hub is the fastest pawled hub on the market. But is it worth the upgrade? Find out in our full review…

Bikepacking-Friendly Shoe Roundup-Vol. 3 Many bikepackers seem to prefer a unique set of characteristics in their clipless-compatible footwear: all-day comfort on the bike, a moderately stiff sole that is still comfortable for some hiking, a tread that provides good grip and bite when off the bike, adequate ventilation and construction that holds up to the rigors of serious adventure.

New Pioneer Bottle Sleeve Add-On from North St. Bags Just announced, North St. Bags has launched a bottle sleeve add-on for their popular Pioneer Hip Pack lineup. Find photos and all the details here…

Bedrock Bags, Nightfall Overland, and Agave Finishworks I stopped by their new space to learn more about Nightfall Overland, Peter's Agave Finishworks side project, and what Bedrock Bags has planned for 2020. Bedrock Bags has had a busy last couple of years, with some pretty major product launches and big changes.

Sardines and Singletrack Part 3: The Sintra Sessions With nearly 200 miles of pedaling in our legs, we were happy to start the second week in Portugal with a day of shuttling trails. With eucalyptus smells blasting our faces, we had traded frame bags for fanny packs, well on our way up to a fun week of trail riding.

Sage Powerline Titanium 29er is a Mountain Bike for the Long Haul The Sage Powerline titanium 29er mountain bike features timeless construction with a fairly progressive design that should serve riders for years to come. It's like getting an XC race bike, bikepacking rig, and everyday trail bike in a single package.

Notes From the Hinterland New acquisitions, clockwise from top: green garnet, amethyst, prehnite, yellow stilbite, ruby. I picked up a few rocks for my mineral collection. I wish I could say I found them in a desert wash but I took the shortcut and bought them from a very dark-skinned African fellow at the flea market - the Man From Mali.

New Smokestone Bikes Mr Harry: 29+ Gravel Designed in Gloucestershire, UK, Smokestone Bikes' new Mr Harry is a titanium gravel bike that offers clearance for 29x3" tires, boost hub spacing, dropper post routing, and more. Find all the details and photos here…

Weekend Warm-Up: Tramontana Tramontana is probably best known as an exclusive Spanish car maker, celebrated for their obscenely expensive sports cars, uniquely styled on F1 racing cars and jet fighters.

Thelma & Louise Proved by the fact that I don't even know how to properly mount a bike. Aud puts one foot on the pedal, gracefully glides forward and swings her other leg up and over. A smooth take-off. I, on the other hand, struggle with balance. Both feet on the ground, I launch one leg over the frame.

Old West Bikeway Oregon This two - to three-day route offers a tantalizing variety of terrain and scenery. You'll pedal past everything from rushing rivers and dramatic rock formations to steamy hot springs and ancient fossil beds. And if you're someone who likes ´lung-bursting climbs, you'll be rewarded with a few of those, too.

Review: Cervelo's Race-Oriented Aspero Gravel Bike Cervelo doesn't mention cyclocross when marketing its Aspero gravel bike, but it's raced by Nieuwenhuis in Europe. Can it do it all? We put it to the test.

Farr Carbon Aero Bolt-On: First Impressions Farr's Carbon Aero Bolt-On quickly provides an additional hand position for your favourite flat or drop bar handlebar, in a super lightweight little package. Here are Miles' first impressions after his first few rides…

Emmental Starting and ending in Langenthal, a town that's fairly accessible from nearby cities Zürich, Basel, Luzern, and Bern, the tour is designed as a weekend trip to escape big city life and disappear into nature. The Emmental region is a high moor area consisting of many expansive forests, small villages, and beautiful rolling landscapes.

Reader's Rig: Montana's Waltworks Big Boy This week's Reader's Rig is Montana Miller's custom Waltworks Big Boy, a short-tail cargo bike that's currently set up single speed and is outfitted with a full suite of homemade bags. Find the details on his one-of-a-kind rig here…

What is a touring bike? What makes a good touring bike? What should it be made of? What's the difference between a gravel bike and touring bike? We answer all of these questions and more.

Ere Research launch new disc brake wheels that "are close to the ideal aerodynamic shape" when used with its tyres Ere Research is a small company that has been steadily expanding its range tyre in recent years and is now taking aim at the wheel market with the launch of new "high-end" disc brake wheels that are all developed and designed in-house, and available in three versions and a selection of rim depths for road, gravel and triathlon.

Summit County Libraries' Travel Slide Show series starts Friday Summit County Libraries' 2020 Travel Slide Show series kicks off Friday, Jan. 17, with a presentation about bikepacking along the Oregon Coast at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne. The series continues each Friday through March 20 with another photo slideshow.

Best Bicycle Touring Destinations Worldwide In 2020, bicycle touring is more popular than ever. Many cyclists love the physical challenge of pumping the pedals over high mountains, through remote terrain, and across continents. For others, it's the slower pace and opportunities to connect with locals that make bicycle touring such a special way to explore the world.

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