Category Archives: Products
My Thomson and Ortlieb Decaleur Hack – Morgan Taylor
All in, a relatively clean solution.

Words and photos by Morgan Taylor

Carrying stuff on bikes can be complicated – especially when you’re a notorious over-packer who likes to have a DSLR on hand. The Wolverine is my first ground-up drop bar build in a while, and I wanted to ensure that both transporting and accessing my camera would be well thought out.

Since we got married last October, Stephanie and I have been putting the pieces together to take off on a multi-month trip beginning in July. Wanting to produce galleries and stories on the road means having a bike-camping friendly way to carry my camera gear. I decided on a Swift Ozette rando bag – and the Hinterland Collection made with X-Pac VX21 had classic rando utility with a technical, modern twist.

I got talking with Martina at Swift over email, and ended up heading down to Seattle to visit their studio and pick up my bag in person. While Martina does get out on a lot of adventures herself, she also loves to live vicariously through others. Finding out that Stephanie and I were headed in the direction of the Great Divide route and planning on sticking to dirt as much as possible, she recommended finding a robust decaleur solution for my Ozette. (more…)

Jun 8, 2016 61 comments
Bike Jerks: Superfriends Kit

We’re stoked to be a part of this project!

“We are beyond stoked to bring you the next big thing in stretchy riding ensembles: The Bike Jerks Superfriends Team Kit. We’ve teamed up with The Radavist, Team Dream Team, Trackosaurus Rex, The Athletic, Golden Saddle Cyclery and Endo Customs to bring you this instant classic.

Bucking current trends in kit design, the goal was to create something that would be unique and yet instantly familiar. Calling together our favorite people and brands across the industry, we drew inspiration from early 90’s mountain bike designs to create the dream piece you see before you.

We couldn’t be happier with the results, and hope that you’ll be moved to fly the colors.
Kits will only be available through the Bike Jerks prebook which ends on June 10th. You can expect delivery Mid-July.”

May 31, 2016 Comments are OFF
Industry Nine: Backcountry 450 27.5+ or 29+ Wheels

These new Backcountry 450 wheels from Industry Nine are for plus sized frames, particularly the ones used for bikepacking. With a 48.8mm outer dimension and a 45mm inner, these are i9’s widest rims to date. Paired with the Torch hubs’ bombproof design, they’re prepared for whatever you can throw at them.

The 27.5+ are available now, for $1275, with the 29+ becoming available in late June at the same price. Head over to i9 to see the Backcountry 450 27.5+ and 29+ options!

May 30, 2016 3 comments
Sentier Travel Trailer

Some people swear by Bob Trailers for bicycle touring, others are more into panniers or bikepacking bags. If you enjoy touring with a trailer, check out the Sentier system on Kickstarter.

May 30, 2016 Comments are OFF
Outer Shell Adventure Roll Top Saddle Bag

Having options for how much space you have in your saddle bag is a good thing, especially when you never know what the weekend’s rides will bring. Outer Shell Adventure makes these clever roll top saddle bags, which can either be tightly tucked under your saddle with just the flat fix essentials, or expanded to carry a vest or a small jacket.

Available in an array of colors and in stock now at Outer Shell Adventure. Also be sure to check out their bikepacking bags!

May 25, 2016 3 comments
Ryan Wilson’s New 44 Bikes Olive Drab 27.5+ Bikepacking Rig

When Ryan Wilson @RMDub told me that he was quitting his job to go bikepacking around South America for the unforeseeable future, I was stoked. When he mentioned wanting to do Reportage for the Radavist while he was down there, I couldn’t resist but to get on board. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been helping him put together this 44 Bikes OD green 27.5+ bikepacking rig and Kris just posted completed photos of the frameset. There’s more to come but for now, head to the 44 Bikes Flickr to see more!

May 24, 2016 15 comments
Mission Workshop and Taylor Stitch: Waxed Hauser Pack

As part of their North Coast Collection, Mission Workshop and Taylor Stitch have combined forces to make some incredible articles of clothing and accessories. This round, they took the staple design of the Hauser trail pack and added a waxed canvas outer to it. These limited edition bags are available for pre-order, at a rather large mark-down now at Taylor Stitch. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the North Coast Collection either!

May 24, 2016 2 comments