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TCRN07 Day 14: Trees near Tubilly - Carhaix-Plouger 15:25:53 hrs Moving Time. 11,119 ft Gained. 12.6 mph Average Speed. Waking up to the sound of rain is nice, but to the feel of rain on your face, slightly worse. When I checked the forecast the previous night, the rain wasn't supposed to start until 5am, however this was wrong.

Seatpost bag - full bag On my previous bikepacking trips I used the harness type seatpost bag I made a few years back. That bag was easy to make and didn't require too much fabric. And so it was an easy way to try out bikepacking, without expending to much time and money.

Reader's Rig: Jess's Tumbleweed Prospector Our Reader's Rig of the week comes from Jess Guatney, who recently returned from a four-month trip through Asia and South America on her Tumbleweed Prospector, which you'll spot in the pages of the upcoming issue of The Bikepacking Journal. Find out more about Jess and her bike here…

Pedalling squares: Inside the world of tile-bagging Set a cyclist a bizarre and near-impossible challenge and they’ll go to any lengths to achieve it. So it is with the intrepid band of tile-baggers seeking to cover the globe in tyre tracks one mile square tile at a time, writes James Shrubsall.

Randoms: Sam Hill Flat Pedals, New Five Ten Shoes, Muc Off Technical Clothing & More - Pond Beaver 2020 @jpcars10s yeah their spd shoes are clown shoes compared to the other companies that have been doing clipless for a WAY longer time. @NorCalNomad: District SPD + Saint pedals and I couldn't be happier Whats happened to the blokes that sold 510? Heard they went on to make more shoes under another brand or is this just a rumor?

MicroSHIFT Launches New Advent X Lightweight 10-Speed Drivetrain MicroSHIFT's new Advent X drivetrain is lighter than both Shimano and SRAM, offers a reasonable 11-48T range, and costs just $167. Too good to be true? Check out all the details here…

17 of the best bikepacking bags - how to choose lightweight luggage Salsa: A huge range of bags and other bikepacking equipment from the adventure bike specialist. Charlie the Bikemonger. Specialized: Some clever designs from bike manufacturer that has embraced adventure riding with its AWOL, Diverge and Sequoia bikes.

Rockshox Updates Debonair Air Spring According to RockShox, the new DebonAir air spring provides even more initial support and maintains higher ride height than the previous model, which "adds more confidence on technical terrain." They accomplished this by moving the air piston position relative to the dimple.

Miles' Memories Part 3: The Silk Route Cycling Expedition The original Silk Route Bicycle Expedition run by TDA Global Cycling ran from Istanbul to Beijing. I was lucky enough to work as the chef on the trip both in 2007 and 2008. While the 2007 expedition went pretty smoothly, the following year was full of surprises.

The new Giger Jungle Boy is wild! Inspired by the 90s—and perhaps the threat of a zombie apocalypse—the new 27.5+ Giger Bicycles "Jungle Boy" comes complete with a mini axe, brush-gaurds, and a full set of Restrap bags…

Julia Vallera and her Surly Pugsley We find out more about Big Gurl, the mud-dodging Surly Pugsley Julia Vallera modified for the Baja Divide, and how she ended up with those trippy glasses…

Looking Glass Loop Overnighter The Looking Glass Loop Overnighter was designed to leave downtown Brevard and circumnavigate Looking Glass Rock, a massive pluton monolith named after the reflective qualities of its granite face.

TCRN07 Day 13: Moulins - Trees near Tubilly 13:53:42 hrs Moving Time. 5,026 ft Gained. 14.2 mph Average Speed. This morning was the first morning I knew I was going to make it to the finish. Barring any major disaster out of my control, this was the home straight, be it the 450 mile home straight.

Apidura Racing Handlebar Mini Pack The Racing Handlebar Mini Pack sits snugly in the range as one of the neatest ways to carry extra luggage and still have it all to hand even when riding. This piece of kit follows Apidura's design principles of making things robust, idiot proof and as weather proof as possible.

Ingenuity, collaboration and longevity: Topeak on establishing itself in the P&A market Topeak will reach its 30th anniversary in 2021. James Groves sits down with Extra UK brand manager Matt Beighton as he reflects on Taiwanese relations, industry categorisation and stringent standards.

3 Colombian Food Recipes to Satisfy Your Wanderlust Right Now Conquer any summit with these tasty recipes for Colombian fueling staples.

3 Ultralight Packable Jackets - Pond Beaver 2020 That's a nice looking fence behind Daniel…all I can focus on are around-the-house projects now. That was an intermittent off-and-on project for a few weeks over winter…had to block out the methy neighbors and make a playpen for the pup we didn't have then but do have now!

The Grind: Plan B for spring and summer gravel races Here are three suggestions for Plan B.

Shape Your World It's easy to get lost in nature while riding a mountain bike. This new video from Shimano and Anhill Films reminds us that every inch of most trails have been painstakingly crafted by shovels, rakes, and pulaskis. The men and women who dedicate their time to these labors are the unsung heroes of the the bike world…

TCRN07 Day 12: Le Bourg-d'Oisans - Moulins 15:57:58 hrs Moving Time. 12,953 ft Gained. 13.9 mph Average Speed. With an early night last night and my longest sleep of the race, I was up and out in the dark just after 4am, heading towards the last major climb of the whole race. The Col du Solude wasn't a climb I had heard of before this race but its not one I will be forgetting anytime soon.

Women’s specific mountain bikes: 10 of the best rides Say goodbye to ill-fitting rigs and hello to trail slaying, form-perfect mountain bikes.

Digging Deep Now Available on Vimeo On Demand Digging Deep is a self-shot film from Jakob Carlsen documenting his experience training for and completing two rides of the Arizona Trail Race-1,250 kilometres from the Mexican border to Utah. The full film is a collection of footage Jakob gathered during training rides and from his GoPro during both events.

Julia Vallera's Baja Divide Artwork - We talk with Vermont-based artist and media teacher Julia Vallera about illustrating and animating her recent experiences bikepacking the Baja Divide.

Bontrager GR2 Gravel Shoe Review: 500 Miles Later After a combined 500+ miles of riding, Lucas and Miles report back on Bontrager’s GR2 Gravel Bike Shoe, which was released earlier this spring. The lace-up closure and no-frills design are likely to appeal to bikepackers and gravel enthusiasts alike.

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