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Pain, Cycling & Happiness I even wrote a blog called 'Are Long Distance Cyclists the Top 1% of Happiness?' Most people, when they think of long-distance cycling, can't fathom how cycling such immense distances can bring you happiness. After all, each time a professional cyclist is interviewed, all they talk about is 'the pain'.

Charlie Kemp and Molly Rider's Dogpacking Rig You must have to carry extra water, too. How does that work? Depending on the weather and the distance, I may wear a small collapsible day pack with a bladder to carry additional water and food for remote crossings. I have carried as much as six liters if water sources were questionable.

Cane Creek Announces All-New Thudbuster ST Continuing their 20-year suspension seatpost legacy, Cane Creek just announced the latest iteration in the Thudbuster lineup, the all-new Thudbuster ST. Designed with commutes and e-bike trips in mind, it features 50mm of travel-up from 33mm on the original Thudbuster ST-to smooth out bumps and bounces on multi-surface rides.

12 new 2020 bikes from Cinelli, Tifosi, Cannondale, Rondo, Ragley, Bombtrack, Colnago and more - the gravel is strong with these bikes Core Bike Show marks the beginning of the show season, a trade-only exhibition where we get to see the latest new bikes and products coming to a bike shop near you very soon.

The future of gravel bikes or a step too far? It's the new Niner MCR 9 RDO full-suspension gravel Gravel bikes have come a long way in a few short years but the new Niner Magic Carpet Ride, or MCR for short, brings full-suspension into the mix for the first time.

The Friendly Arctic Our friend Bjørn Olson, who is as passionate about Alaska as anyone we've met, just released an exciting trailer for his upcoming film, The Friendly Arctic, that chronicles a fatbiking and packrafting trip from Kotzebue to Point Hope he took last summer with his partner Kim.

Terske Titanium Tubeless Valve Stems by Lindarets - Take belts as another example. At one point I found myself looking for an outdoor belt that I liked. One that would be durable, hold my pants up, and not require adjustment every time I went to the restroom. The Yaak B-Series was the result: a simple tension hook design that has no moving parts and simply unhooks when nature calls.

Dawn to Dusk's Cage Ecosystem: Bottle Tech Dawn to Dusk's new Cage Ecosystem, as they call it, is specifically designed to hold bottles better - depending on the location on your bike. The lineup includes bottles, four different cages, and a strap-on cage mount. Check out all the details here…

Giant Revolt Advanced 2 2020 After returning from my first ride on the Giant Revolt Advanced 2, I couldn't believe it weighs nearly 10kg as it felt so light and agile off-road. The compact frame style gives plenty of stiffness for blasting around, while the amount of exposed narrow diameter seatpost offers loads of comfort.

Some of the best products on show at COREbike 2020 BikeBiz contacted various distributors and brands to gather all the latest products at CORE. WTB: Using the new online Fit Right System, visitors to COREbike can see how easy it is to find the perfect fitting WTB saddle and Hotlines will even ship one out to you FOC to prove the system works!

Bikepacking Iceland: Part 2 Rain and wind battered our tents and gave the feeling that they could come apart at the seams at any time. A big shout out to Big Agnes for a lightweight yet bomb proof tent. My first gen Copper Spur UL2 has survived Iceland's wind and rain on 2 trips and is still going strong.

The New Atwater Marauder Bag: Made in Canada At its roots, the Marauder is a roll-top handlebar bag, but due to its design and modular attachment points, it can be used as a saddlebag and gives the user "full control when fitting." The roll-top closure is accessed via two aluminum G-hook buckles, and the internal structure is maintained by a HDPE plastic panel and two internal wooden dowels.

Milkit Booster head with bottle The milKit Booster is a lightweight, multi-purpose way to reinflate tubeless tyres when travelling or riding. Just be sure to practise beforehand and confirm that it will work with your tyre-rim-valve-pump combo before heading out. And be aware you may need a different bottle cage.

Gravel tested: The Norco Search XR carbon If you're gravel curious and wonder what you need and what matches your skills, take a look at a frame like the Norco Search XR Carbon. It's an excellent platform from which you can build your gravel riding chops. The Search's long and slack geometry can grow the confidence of even the most timid gravel riders.

Gravel racing world championships in the pipeline, says UCI chief Gravel racing world champs in pipeline, says UCI chief.

Quartzsite Nights Home, home on the range…. Campfire contemplation has substituted for our evening Scrabble sessions the last two nights. A few fallen limbs from the aptly named ironwood trees that grow in the ravine behind our RV provide a smokeless fire that lasts for hours.

10 Things To Do On A Rest Day In Bruges The creepy, random mannequins will haunt your dreams." Bruges has 4 surviving medieval gates but it is the Smedenpoort or "Blacksmith's Gate, that is the most interesting. Look up. What do you see? Yup, that is a human skull attached to the yellow brick walls.

Beginning Again: First Impressions of Bikepacking A few days later, losing a race with a September snowstorm into Klamath Falls? Definitely still bikepacking. A beginner's perspective is a rare gift, and one that fades quickly with experience. While the nuance and curiosity are still fresh, here are my first impressions of bikepacking.

Reader's Rig: Todd's Raleigh Willard Our Reader's Rig of the week comes from Todd Nisbet, who was the lucky winner of a Raleigh Willard as part of the 2018 Swift Solstice Campout giveaway. Get to know Todd, his bike, and the role bikepacking has played in his life here…'s Best Cycling Gadgets and Accessories of the Year 2019/20's Best Cycling Accessories of the Year 2019/20.

Fantastically expensive finishing kit, food for the discerning bikepacker and a crazy light carbon pump This week's fresh new kit is drool-worthy and practical in equal measure.

The best aluminium road bikes: top-rated alloy bikes Our favourite alloy road bikes, as rated by expert testers.

High Cascades Overnighter The mountains and deserts surrounding Bend, Oregon, are a cycling paradise. Everything from fast paved road rides to winter fat bike odysseys. In particular, it excels in long, cross-country singletrack.

Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoes: Grippy and Durable After six months of use, here’s how he got on Cass got on with Bontrager’s Vibram-soled Flatline mountain bike shoes.

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