Category Archives: touring bike
Golden Saddle Cyclery’s Swift Campout Ride!
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I know a lot of you live in LA but have you camped up on Mt Lowe? Now’s your chance…

“On June 20th Golden Saddle Cyclery and Errin from Frontage Roads will be hosting a Swift Campout!!!

The ride to historic Mt Lowe is no cakewalk(About 5,000 feet elevation gain), there will be two routes(one paved/one dirty) heading up to camp. This is BYOEverything!!! Pack food and water for the ride and night! It’s going to be a scorcher!!!

If you have any questions about this Saturday please call the shop and ask for David or Kyle.”

You should definitely do this!

Jun 18, 2015 Comments are OFF
Shaking it Down on the Salsa Cutthroat
Shaking it Down on the Salsa Cutthroat

There’s nothing like taking a brand new bike and throwing it into the proverbial fire.

Bikes like this are not meant to be babied, nurtured, wiped down with a micro-fiber cloth and sprayed with chemicals to make them look shiny. They’re meant to be abused, smashed, shredded and put to the test, straight out of the gate. Especially bikes specifically designed for arguably one of the most intense endurance races in the Continental United States.

The Salsa Cutthroat is what I would call a first for the company. In the sense that it’s a bike designed for a specific event: the Tour Divide Race.

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Jun 18, 2015 62 comments
Oregon to Patagonia

I have friends who have done this route on motos and when I asked them if they ever saw cyclists en route to Patagonia, their reaction was always along the lines of: “YES! It looked so miserable.” Understandably so with the endless dirt roads, heat, dust and lack of water. It’s strange how something that truly is miserable in the type 4 fun kinda way, could be so beautiful and life-altering. Why is that?

“The routine is the enemy… of time.”

Follow these guys on Instagram @jedidiahjenkins and @kennyjamez

Jun 18, 2015 3 comments
Three Days on the Tour Divide with the Salsa Cutthroat
B A N G I N G

Stories. We all have to have stories to coincide with photos right? Nowadays, someone has to get lost, or their life threatened, or lose a battle to nature’s mood swings. Catastrophe, calamity and someone’s a casualty of what everyone seems to be dubbing “adventure.”

Truth is, a bike ride is hardly ever an “adventure.” Much less a bike launch. I don’t like that word: “adventure.” It tends to envelop so much of our day-to-day lives, especially those of us who spend a great deal of time outdoors. Was it an adventure? No, it was a hike. Or we went swimming. Or we got lost for an hour. “Adventure.” It’s been watered down, branded, packaged and delivered to us in a freeze-dried, waterproof pouch. We share our curated lives exposed through meticulously VSCO’d / Photoshopped vignettes on Instagram.

While this may seem cynical, I can assure you it’s far from that. It’s more of an explanation, or a primer if you will and here comes to the top coat: while the word adventure’s definition is subjective, the spirit of conquest is the thing that ties all facets of that word together. For some people, conquest lies in what others might deem an obtainable task. For others, it’s something so far-fetched that it’s more of an impossibility than a probability… Whatever it is, “adventure” means different things to different people, but we should all be more creative in how we define it. According to my opinion anyway.

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Jun 17, 2015 28 comments
Blackburn’s Ranger Camp 2015 Video

The Blackburn Ranger Camp was a total blast this year. Bikepacking, bourbon, bb-guns and more, all of which are captured here in this video showcasing the new Rangers’ aspirations. Best of luck to all of the Rangers and I hope this video inspires you to plan a trip of your own!

Jun 17, 2015 3 comments
The 2015 Tour Divide Race Grand Depart in Banff
The Tour Divide Race Grand Depart in Banff

Over the next few days, I’ll be rolling out coverage from what we all began to call the “Tour Divide Simulation Ride” but first, I’d like to begin with a quick gallery from the Grand Depart in Banff, Alberta.

Traditionally, the race begins in the YWCA parking lot, just across the river from the main tourist thoroughfares in Banff. This year’s turnout was the biggest yet, with around 150 people registering for the race. A quick headcount revealed around 130 at the start, with a handful of people beginning a day early or later that morning.

Still, to see a Grand Depart this size for a race like the Tour Divide was more than I expected and quite the scene. Men, women, old, young and even a canine left Banff with aspirations of finishing this grueling challenge. Over the next few weeks their mind, body, bike and soul will be put to the test…

Our trip was a bit easier but even after three days on the road, I have a new found respect for anyone willing to tackle such a feat. Best of luck to all the racers and riders still out there on the TDR.

Jun 16, 2015 27 comments
Introducing the Salsa Cycles Cutthroat Tour Divide Bike
Introducing the Salsa Cycles Cutthroat Tour Divide Bike

Without getting too far ahead of myself here, I have to admit the giddiness flowing through my veins at the moment. I’m in Banff, Alberta at the start of the Tour Divide Race, arguably one of the most intense self-supported off-road races. I’m here with Salsa Cycles, and while we’re not doing the entire TDR, we are riding a three-day section of the race. Why? Because Salsa has supported racers and riders in the TDR for years and all the time and energy put into supporting athletes who train for to events like this has culminated in a bike that’s just being launched.

At this point, if you’re even reading this still and haven’t sprung right into clicking through the gallery images, I need to point out that Salsa champions the drop-bar off-road touring and racing bike. They love the hand positions, the unique stance and the options for drivetrains. That said, over the years, they’ve perfected what is arguably their best “all-road”, dirt-tourer: the Cutthroat.

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Jun 12, 2015 61 comments
Pints of Beer and Tri-Flow on the 2015 Oregon Outback – David Klayton
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Pints of Beer and Tri-Flow on the 2015 Oregon Outback
Photos and words by David Klayton

Looking back on the 2015 Oregon Outback I’m inclined to call it the best yet.

This year was my second run of the Oregon Outback and I finished in two days and 11 hours. Day 1 included a bit of rain, but overall it was a blast and I reached my goal of getting to Fort Rock. Day 2 started rather abruptly as rain fell on my open bivy, but I rallied and rode out with Team Swift and Limberlost.

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Jun 9, 2015 23 comments
Breadwinner Cycles: Komorebi Bikepacking 29’r MTB and Women’s Team
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Komorebi is the Japanese word for sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees. That doppled light that kisses the forest floor. This was the inspiration for Breadwinner’s newest model, a rigid 29’r bikepacking rig. The Komorebi was built with expedition in mind. Self-supported, multi-day trips into the wilderness.

The Komorebi evolved from their classic 29r but is built with a rigid segmented fork made by Chris Igleheart with braze ons for anything you can imagine. The frame can easily handle frame bags, 3 water bottles and has eyelets for fenders and rear racks. Fitting tires up to 2.5” wide and optimized for comfortable swept bar bars but able to fit wider drop bars if you choose, the Komorebi is ready for anything.

Recently, the Komorebi Bicycling Team took on the Oregon Outback atop these frame. You can read all about it at their website and read more on this great rig at Breadwinner. See more photos below.

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May 29, 2015 10 comments