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New Blackburn Big Switch Ratchet Multi-tool and Pro Plugger Here are all the details… Just as its name implies, this Blackburn Big Switch Ratchet Multi-Tool expands on the popular Switch and Big Switch by incorporating a bi-directional ratchet. Similar to the original, it all fits neatly in a compact nylon carrying case.

What your Instagram says about you as a cyclist And given you're reading this on a cycling website, cycling probably features heavily in your Instagram experience. And fair enough, too — Instagram is a great way of keeping up with what other riders are up to, what cycling brands are doing, and what's happening in the sport more generally.

Mas and Hosking win in Guangxi, Vos tops Women’s WorldTour: Daily News Digest Enric Mas wraps up the overall victory at the men’s Tour of Guangxi as Pascal Ackermann nabs the final stage, Chloe Hosking wins the one-day women’s race in Guangxi, Marianne Vos takes the overall women’s WorldTour title, Rory Sutherland signs with Israel Cycling Academy.

The Chinese Equilibrium Although this information might seem irrelevant with regards to cycling through China, when you are on the side of the road trying to pedal through a rural village while an electric scooter silently passes by you every second or two, you begin to realize the true scale of the country you are in.

Week 100. Santiago to Dalcahue. Biking in Chile. 15th till 21st of September 2019. Open the door. Key objective of this voyage was to break with our old lifestyle, detach from the rat race, learn to live without high heels and makeup, contemplate on our next chapter. Biking the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and Patagonia and spend a lot of time discovering this great outback.

2020 Kona Libre DL Goes 650b and 2x11 GRX! - BIKEPACKING.com In case you missed it, Kona recently released the 2020 Kona Libre DL, kitted out with 650b x 47mm tires and a fresh 2x Shimano GRX drivetrain. Check out the complete build kit and photos here…

Hosking mixes business with backpacking holiday at Tour of Guangxi If they add, for example, a Lombardia for the women, it prolongs the season." The race took a while to get going, with a single escapee given a long leash as the peloton was taking its time on the first flat half of the race. "I thought everybody was protesting about having a race in late October," Hosking said half-jokingly.

Ibis Ripley Review, v4 And try it I did, clocking in about 800 miles on it during rides in my local Pisgah playground, a whirlwind mountain bike trip sampling Vermont's finest singletrack, and a couple bikepacking trips. Read on for details about what has changed, all the specs, a split-triangle frame bag pack list, and my ride impressions.

How This Mom Sews Her Own Kids' Gear Outside chatted with Jurek to learn about the pieces she modified in preparation for the trip. On any trip that involves carrying all your gear for multiple days, weight is a primary concern. The only issue: lightweight, warm, and compressible sleeping bags for kids are hard to come by.

Hosking wins women's Tour of Guangxi The Chinese race was the last in the women's WorldTour calendar and was ridden in advance of the final stage of the men's Tour. The race used a slightly shortened version of the long loop of Guillin to be followed by the men. "I'm really thrilled," said the winner.

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Ontario Bikepacking Photo submitted by Nathan Burger, “Bikepacking the BT 700, along the beautiful Niagara Escarpment in Southern Ontario.” We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day.

Bikepacking The Length Of Armenia On The Transcaucasian Trail Last month I was privileged to spend a couple of weeks bikepacking the length of Armenia on remote dirt tracks with a fantastic group of fellow riders from all over the world.

Review: EVOC bikepacking packs dial in secure, compact storage for mini off-road adventure rides Review: New compact EVOC bikepacking bags strike a balance between small size and packing enough gear for average gravel and mountain bike adventure rides…

Ed Pratt Unicycles Across the USA Ed Pratt, "A British guy who unicycled around the world," is now riding his expedition 36er unicycle across the USA. Watch his video here…

Cerros de Mendoza, Argentina Cerros de Mendoza is a 211km and 5-day remote feeling desert route connecting Mendoza and Barreal on the edge of the wine capital of Latin America.

Retirements in 2019 - goodbye to the peloton's working class heroes While the long list of riders retiring in 2019 doesn't include major stars, some of the peloton's hardest workers and most loyal teammates are hanging up their race shoes.

2019 5 Peaks 500 Recap and Aftermovie - BIKEPACKING.com The first annual 5 Peaks 500 saw huge success for 2019. Check out the official event recap, photos, and aftermovie here…

Panorama Cycles Updates Chic-Chocs Fatbike for 2020 Just announced, Panorama Cycles has updated their Chic-Chocs fatbike with some frame tweaks and new graphics that pay tribute to the endangered Atlantic caribou. Learn more here…

Mulberry Gap Bikepacking Addiction Our friends from one of our favorite spots on the east coast, Mulberry Gap, star in this new video about "the bikepacking addiction" by Jamis Bikes…

Steve Fassbinder Can Take the Pain After leaving the racing scene behind in 2009, Fassbinder carved out a niche for himself as an adventurer, with a talent for multisport expeditions that combine mountain biking with pack rafting and climbing.

La Velo Francette Total Distance: 600 odd km. Distance we travelled: 390km. Time taken: 11 days. Maps used: La Velo Francette web page, various free maps of the different departments from campsites and tourist information for route finding, Le Loire a Velo maps from Angers onwards.

WTB Koda Pro saddle review The Koda Pro is a women's specific saddle and, according to WTB, was two years in the making and incorporated feedback from female product testers, which, to be honest, you'd kind of expect.

Cannondale Topstone Carbon Ultegra RX By which Cannondale intend the Topstone Carbon to be a bike to take on everything; from multi-day off-road bike-packing trips through gravel and 'cross racing to becoming your favourite winter road bike. This Ultegra RX model sits second tier in a range of five models and, in our eyes, represents the best value for money spec of the lot.

Guest column: Plan now to protect the Ochocos Love it or hate it, the wilderness permit system for parts of the Central Cascades is coming next year. Charging for permits to access our shared public lands is not ideal, but having overused backcountry areas covered in human feces… also not ideal.

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