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Ortlieb Gravel Pack Review The Ortlieb Gravel Pack has a unique lightweight design that is intended to cut the weight and bulk of typical touring panniers for fast and light adventures, without compromising on waterproof construction and a top-notch mounting system.

The Munga 2019: Event Recap The Munga, a challenging 1,070km non-stop race in Wellington, South Africa, has a cutoff time of 120 hours and takes place during the heat of the summer. We reached out to Erik Vermeulen for a detailed recap and photos from this year's event…

New Wizard Works Alakazam Basket Bag Three years in the making, UK-based Wizard Works has released their flagship basket bag…the Alakazam! Designed to the fit Wald 137 and 139 Baskets, this bag is brimming with features. Check out details and photos here…

The Wolf's Lair Montanus retraced the 400km Wolf’s Lair bikepacking route to film the experience and showcase the hidden beauty that fascinated them during their initial exploration three years ago. Watch it here, along with details about their bikes and the revised route map…

Your New Guide to Cycling Style, As Informed by Gravel The reason for this is that, in recent years, cycling haute couture has undergone a profound transition, whereby the skinny-tired Euro-informed aesthetic has drifted to the back of the fashion peloton and a distinctly American sensibility has taken its place at the front.

Ride with GPS Releases Bike Route Planner for iOS and Android Ride With GPS just announced that its flagship route planner is now available in the Ride With GPS mobile app for iOS and Android. Plus, Bikepacking Collective members get 20% off!

Outer Shell Camera Strap Review Outer Shell announced an updated version of their bike-friendly camera strap a few months back, simplifying on-the-fly adjustment and adding a sternum strap for increased stability. Miles tried the strap out with both a full-sized DSLR and smaller mirrorless camera to see how it works.

A quick bicycle ride across the Rocky Mountains Contrary to the stereotype of Canadian weather, the sun was beating down on us with temperatures hovering around 30c as we wobbled our heavy bikes through mid-morning traffic onto highway 1A heading west.

Nordest Cycles Introduce New Bardino 2 Steel Enduro Hardtail Nordest Cycles are a small brand based out of the Canary Islands, where you can ride all year long, and produce hardtails for almost all eventualities from gravel and bike-packing to enduro racing. The latter being proven in such enduro series as the Finnish Hardtail Enduro Cup, where it was the champion, with a rider on it of course.

Outer Shell's New Hip Slinger Hip Pack Outer Shell's Hip Slinger is the latest to market, adding to a growing number of handmade, cycling-specific hip packs that are great for every day use, quick rides, and week-long bikepacking trips. Still, Outer Shell has once again introduced some clever features into their design to create a unique, standout product.

Bikepacking 101: The Simple, Achievable Joys of Touring America on Two Wheels "Do you have a map?" asked Jim. I unfolded a lightly worn map of New England. I bought the map for my first bike tour, a 400-mile trek from New York to Canada by way of Vermont. Traveling by bike, we were nimble enough to experience both cultural landmarks and natural environments.

Schwalbe G-One Allround: A game-changing plus tire Took a few pedal strokes. And shot forward. Now, for those of you who aren't familiar with the G-One family of tyres, there are various treads on offer, each with their own model name, and each available in a different range of rim sizes and widths and compounds.

Curve's Walmer handlebar is very, very wide Curve's new handlebar is so wide, it tried entering a wide handlebar competition but got told that professionals weren't allowed. Curve's new handlebar is so wide, that it makes your bike taller laying down than when it's upright. Ok, you get the point.

2020 Ruta del Jefe Details Announced For 2020, organizer Sarah Swallow has announced a few changes, including a grand depart for those not interested in the race aspect, but wanting to tour the route. There's also a 55-mile gravel ride option, as well as a 12-mile ride / run.

2019 Bikepacking Gear of The Year The Bikepacking 2019 Gear of the Year awards features top picks in a dozen categories, including Best New Component and Top Five Bikepacking Bikes…

New Spurcycle Hip Pack Spurcycle, well-known for their precision bike bell, just launched an ultra-lightweight hip pack…

Tilton Traverse Overnighter This route is a marriage of all things good in the eastern zone of Crested Butte. You will endure long sustained forest service climbs and descents, make a visit to the northern portion of Taylor Park and the Taylor River Headwaters, climb up rugged singletrack, and descend one of the funnest descents in Colorado, Trail 400.

This Bikepacking Paradise May Soon Be Filled With Oil Wells Then there's Bears Ears National Monument, a Delaware-size swath of wilderness that has become an infamous flashpoint over resource management, conservation, and the fate of public lands.

Ashton Lambie targets gravel races as his Olympic goal falls short Track team for the 2020 Olympics in the team pursuit. That dream came crashing to a halt last month at the UCI track World Cup in Glasgow. The American team failed to qualify through the first round, leaving nearest rivals Switzerland to amass a points total they would be unable to better during their limited race schedule for the year.

Bearclaw Beaux Jaxon Review - Miles shares his thoughts on the top-end SRAM AXS Bearclaw Beaux Jaxon after riding around his hometown in Ontario, and as far south as Big Bend, Texas.

Kinesis GTD review The GTD - Go the Distance is written on its down tube - is Kinesis's all-year titanium mile-eater; Kinesis calls it 'the perfect audax bike or fast-paced tourer'. Kinesis ambassador Jo Burt rode one this year on the self-supported 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.

10 eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life Whether it\u2019s a wallet, a saddle bag, backpack or a full bikepacking getup, you\u2019ll be able to find a wealth of sustainable gift ideas made from old inner tubes, wetsuits, climbing ropes, yoga mats and billboard vinyl. There are some great options on Etsy, from sellers such as KatriKDesign, Stradasoul, MoabBagCompany and VeloCulture.

Laura builds an adventure bike! I was somewhere in the North Downs, pedalling an entirely functional but totally inappropriate hybrid bike laden with panniers, amid undergrowth that appeared to be magically growing out of soft sand. For my part, I was sinking.

Watch Lael Wilcox take on the 2019 Tour Divide in "I Just Want to Ride" This is the story told in I Just Want to Ride. Whether riding or racing, the Tour Divide is no small feat. It takes the leaders weeks to finish. Some riders will be on the route for well over month. Along the way, riders gain 45,720 metres of elevation and cover 4,425 km of trails, back roads and occasional stretches of pavement.

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