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How to Make a Garage - Chapter 4 Mary and I had to come up with an alternate justification for driving across the country when my plan to hike the Appalachian Trail fell through in mid September. We found it in helping Nick build his garage over the last month.
Pedal, Rest, Repeat: Rapha Launches Sleep System for Bikepackers From bike bibs to sleeping bags, Rapha expands to keep cyclists comfortable from the starting line to the campsite.
The virtues of getting your ass kicked But damn has it been a lot tougher than expected. I've had lots of rain. Climbs have been hard carrying my full load, especially since I seem to always have a headwind. My drivetrain absolutely hates me: I don't think there is enough chain lube in the world to take care of it like I should be.
Mo Graham, Fixed Gear Bikepacking Berlin-Tokyo - BIKEPACKING.com After closing the door of his beloved Berlin shop, Keirin Cycle Culture Café, Mortimer Graham, aka @keirinberlin, set out on an 11-country, 9,500-kilometer trip from Berlin to Tokyo, all with just one gear, zero freewheel, and no brakes.
Bike-specific Rapha Explore Sleep System - BIKEPACKING.com Rapha just announced the minimal, two-part, bike-specific Explore Sleep System that consists of a lightweight down jacket and half down sleeping bag…
TEMBR 2: Cotopaxi "Tumbaco to Lasso - Cotopaxi via the Los Tres Volcanes Route" The bikepacking.com's Los Tres Volcanes route goes around Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, and Chimborazo. It's not really part of their TEMBR route, but it can be woven into the middle of it for an epic ride through some amazing volcanic landscapes.
Video: The Peru Divide Is The Best Touring Route In The World With the diverse landscapes, wild views, amazing camping and lack of cars, I'm convinced this is the best touring route in the world. I pushed my bike for just 500 metres in total, so it's also very ridable. Here's All The Route Info You Need:: Peru Divide Part 1: Peru Divide Part 2: Peru Divide Part 3: Peru Divide Part 4: Peru Divide Part 5.
7 Col Ridge Ride Above Méribel Les Trois Vallées claims to be the largest ski domain in the world. This fun mountain bike loop passes seven cols on a high ridge between Méribel and the lower part of the valley that includes Val Thorens. Admittedly, I would traverse to many of the cols but if you follow this blog you know how happy I am to visit 7 new cols!
Shimano MT7 Review - BIKEPACKING.com Shimano’s new MT7 shoe is clipless ready and purpose built for those looking to get out there and explore via bike. Here is our full review…
How To Cross The Nullarbor In 10 Easy Steps How To Cross The Nullarbor In 10 Easy Steps - TDA Global Cycling.
Jenny Graham Sets Women's Around-the-World Cycling Record Jenny Graham just set the women's around-the-world cycling record in 124 Days, 10 hours and less than 50 minutes. Here are details.
På Udkig efter a) Ulven ved Ulfborg og b) Bæveren ved Bækmarksbro - En kort Bikepacking Tur Løber igennem Bækmarksbro. Så jeg planlagde en rute der forhåbentlig gav mig mulighed for at få et glimt af disse spændende væsner. Jeg tog udgangspunkt i Nissum Fjord Stien, der på fineste vis går rundt om Nissum Fjord. Vandreruten er i sin helhed 71 km lang, hvoraf jeg medtog omtrent halvdelen i min rute.
Essential Bikepacking kit At 180g it isn't feathery light but when considered as a communal item it doesn't add much to the mix, especially when considering its compact size - about the same as a mini drinks can.
Book teaser: The race against red eyes in the Floridan swamps. - RAD Monika We trusted our navigator that we would get safe out of here and not getting lost - one of the worst feelings during a race. We entered the forest. It was dark. Black. As there were no cities or towns nearby there was no light reflection in the sky what you usually find in a more urban region.
Chalet Chappuis and Col de Barman Le Parmelan is the impressive massif on the very north edge of the French Alps. This ride is a nice little loop to Chalet Chappuis and Col de Barman. I'd strongly suggest doing this ride clock-wise as I did.
Bike packing 101: Toiletries Ok I get it - touring around Europe is not exactly the roughing it that is associated with bike packing. That being said - I don't think bike touring is an appropriate term for what I'm doing either. Just ask all the panniered Germans I have flown by this trip that have an insane amount of gear.
Video: Cycling South From Alaska With Mark and Hana "To be able to go out and explore continents on a bicycle enables you to get a layer deeper into those societies… I believe it's the ultimate way to travel."
Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens finish bikepacking trip home from Il Lombardia Lotto-Soudal riders Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens have completed their bikepacking trip home to Belgium from Il Lombardia in Italy.
A collection of tales from the road #6 - Azerbaijan Baku marked the start of a 3000km summer bike ride south west to the coast beyond Antalya. We had flown direct on Uzbekistan Airlines from our newfound home in Tashkent, across the brown desert, the great steppe and the Caspian Sea. Baku was noticeably holding its breath for what was to be the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan.
Collective Reward #012: Oveja Negra Bootleggers For Collective Reward #012, one lucky Bikepacking Collective member will be drawn to win them both. Check out the galleries below, and if you're not already a member of The Bikepacking Collective, get signed up for your chance to win. We are happy to announce the following winners: Klean Kanteens : McCullen M.
Introducing the CHUMBA Terlingua Titanium CHUMBA recommends going with 650b when moving to road plus sizes above 45c for best performance. Q-Factor clearance for the fancy stuff, SRAM Red, Shimano Dura-ace, Easton Carbon Cranks etc. Chainring clearance for up to 52/36T and 46T 1x rings.
Just a man and his bicycle - Agnes Water to Rockhampton When you think of cycling from the time you wake up until sunset, setting up camp, sleeping and then waking up the next morning to do the same thing, it sounds like the same thing is happening every day and you're bound to get bored pretty quickly.
Cass on the Grande Traversee L’Alpes-Provence - BIKEPACKING.com Looking for an excuse to share some mountain miles again - and inspired by Tales on Tyres' imagery and their high praise of riding in Provence - we settled on the Grande Traversée L'Alpes-Provence, as it's a route that fit within our timeline and travel logistics.
'Refuge' Camp Fest Offers Outdoor Community for People of Color At the Refuge Outdoor Festival, an inaugural campout for inclusion, participants got into the nitty-gritty of hiking, camping, bird watching - and relating to one another. They came away a community eager for next year's event. Last month, the first-of-its-kind Refuge Outdoor Festival took place at Tolt-MacDonald Park near Carnation, Wash.
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