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Fyxation Mesa MP Subzero Pedal Review - Fyxation’s Mesa MP Subzero Pedals are big, grippy, and designed around a durable nylon body with a chromoly steel spindle. Although they are purpose built with winter riding in mind, these pedals are certainly worth checking out if you’ve been on the fence about giving flat pedal bikepacking a shot, no matter the season.

Europe #3 - The Trailer Lire cet article en français. Cabrils, 8 November 2017. Jose Miguel, the manufacturer of the trailer, calls me to announce the trailer is ready. The next day, I leave Cabrils early in the morning to avoid traffic in Barcelona. I reach the city without many problems, even though the traffic is dense.

Top 10 TDA Blogs of 2018 Below are the top 10 most read blogs of 2018… Every year the start of our longest running and most beloved long distance tour is watched closely by a small worldwide community.

Bikepacking Big Bend Ranch State Park - Bikepacking Big Bend Ranch State Park, in southwest Texas, via a three-day loop aptly titled The Other Side of Nowhere…

A collection of tales from the road #12 - Cameroon A short hop away from where I was living in Togo; Cameroon was a great destination for a spring break. The thought of travelling there had conjured up images of Roger Milla's goal celebration dance with the corner flag at Italia 90. All in vivid green, red and yellow.

Bumbling Through Bikepacking: A Beginner's Perspective Clare Nattress shares some thoughts on what she's learned after three months on the road, and offers some advice for other new bikepackers.

Tumbleweed Prospector Discount for Bikepacking Collective Members The presale for updated Tumbleweed Prospectors is live, and we're offering a $200 discount for Bikepacking Collective members…

Mont Salève in Autumn I haven't posted a ride in a few weeks, but I've been doing lot of local cycling. In particular, I've been enjoying my home mountain, Mont Salève, overlooking Geneva and its lake.

Buy It While It's Hot! Singletrack Issue 122 Has Landed - With Free Calendar You haven't already got your copy? In that case you must have forgotten to subscribe! It's not too late though, you could subscribe today and you'll be able to access the digital archive of the magazine, and you'll start the year with Issue 123 being delivered to your door in February.

Unsprung Heroes - 3 Fully Rigid Bikes Tested & Reviewed Chipps rides three fully rigid bikes from Kona, Pinnacle and Surly. Words ChippsPhotography James Vincent. I always like to wear a watch. I'm lost without one and don't like to rely on my phone for the time as I like that to be out of the way in the back of my pack where it can't disturb me on a ride.

Watch: A self-supported trek across the beautiful and treacherous landscape of Iceland Riding from the north shore to the south shore of the incredible volcanic island in the Atlantic ocean.

Rest Days In Freetown I was so fascinated by his stories that I asked if he would be open to giving a talk the same evening to our cycling group in order to give them a context to the country, the people and the culture they were experiencing from the seat of the bicycle. The Commissioner, to my delight, agreed.

El Silencio: The Film, the Bikes, and the Backstory El Silencio: Cycling the Peru Divide tells the story of a group of riders and their journey across the mountainous heart of Peru's Central Cordillera, a region noted for its remoteness… and its quietness.

"A fair that generates value and inspires" Jürgen Siegwarth: First of all, we are looking forward to the new location and are proud that we will continue to have the leading trade fair for the outdoor industry in Germany. I think the new motto reflects very well what Ortlieb is all about.

Review: Surly you can't have fun without suspension? We test the fully rigid ECR Surly has always been individual and self-confident in its outlook. From pioneering the first production singlespeed to popularising one of the first 29ers, Surly has always been focused on the fringes of the cycling world, even when those fringes encompass 'just riding your bike and doing fun stuff'.

Why Cycles Announces Updated R+ Why Cycles announced some updates to their popular R+ drop bar adventurer today, including more mounts, a few frame adjustments, and updated frame graphics. Here's a few photos and some details on the R+ v3…

Randi Jo Fabrications: Small Trailer, Big Heart Nestled on the banks of the Umpqua River lays the small rural town of Elkton, home to Randi Jo Fabrications. Find out more about how they got started, why they love waxed canvas so much, the future of RJF…and an exclusive photoset from their heartwarming little work space and bike shop.

The 12 Best Down Jackets of Winter 2019 This season's most innovative, lightweight, packable and weatherproof jackets that harness down's superior insulation abilities.

Review: After a playful bargain? The Pinnacle Ramin 3 Plus might be the bike for you Pinnacle is the house-brand of retail giant, Evans Cycles, but the range is way more than a selection of rebadged catalogue bikes.

My 14 Favourite Touring and Bikepacking Gear Innovations For 2018 I'm lucky enough to get all the new products shoved in my face, so I thought I'd round up my favourite bikepacking gear innovations from this year. Let's go! This list is in alphabetical order. Apidura Magnetic Top Tube Pack: This new top tube pack uses magnets to hold it in place.

A change of pace - the Remutaka Rail Trail A change of pace – the Remutaka Rail Trail - TDA Global Cycling.

SRAM Eagle Review, GX vs X01 + Touring on 1x12 - One of the major technical advancements of Eagle is in the chainrings, specifically the tooth profile design. The radical shark tooth profile was engineered to lessen chain and tooth wear, and to increase chain retention. Not only are these chainrings are extremely smooth and quiet, they seem to contribute to less chain wear.

Review: Kona's Unit X is like a singlespeed, but with 10 more gears? The Kona Unit has a long history, from a Canadian company with an equally deep heritage. While Kona celebrates its 30th birthday in 2018, the Unit name dates back at least half that. The Unit was Kona's cross-country singlespeed bike.

Bikepacking Tires: Which Brands And Models Are The Most Durable? Luckily for the adventurers out there, there are a handful of bikepacking tires that are optimised for durability, intentionally or not - which I'll be covering in this resource. I asked the highest-mileage riders I know which bikepacking tyres they reliably use for months at a time.

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