What a great shrine to a truly meaningful experience on the road. Seriously, you two are welcome back anytime.
Photo by Brian Vernor
Sandy Carson posted up this awesome article from the Fairdale pacific northwest tour that he and Taj embarked on earlier this year. The entire story made it to Paved Magazine, with words by Taj Mihelich and photos by Sandy Carson. Either pick up a copy of Paved or check out the article at Sandy’s blog.
Erik and Sofia have ended their North America tour but the Great Escape is far from over. In fact, right now, Erik is out in the Swiss Alps riding and already uploading some gorgeous photos. He’s got these new Great Escape patches keeping him safe as he blasts Darkthrone and takes photos.
Head over now to pick one up and while you’re there, stay for the photos.
Photo by Heather McGrath
As Eric and Sofia end their Great Escape, Brad from Geekhouse begins his. I wish nothing but the best of luck to you dude. Ride safe and have fun! Thanks to Heather for the great photo. Also, if you haven’t checked in on the Great Escape, sift through the archives, there are some gems in there!
Photos by Ramon Jacquez
This time, last year, I was anxiously awaiting my departure to Portland for my Summer tour and over the past few weeks, I’ve been itching to get back on the road. Maybe that’s why I’ve been scouring Flickr for interesting touring photos. Which led me to a reader’s trip from earlier this summer. Ramon Jacquez rode his LOW pursuit (low pro) on the “Golden Tour“. Backpack touring is about as minimal as you can get and his photos show this was no easy task.
I highly suggest you check out the set. It’s quite nice!
Photo by Johnny Manzanita
Touring is all about being the tortoise, not the hare and I don’t think I’ve even seen a more fitting photo before. For some touring vibes, head over to Johnny Manzanita’s Flickr.
Get out and ride.
The northwest offers up some superb riding, best tackled via touring or credit card touring. The long, arduous days clear the mind and purge all weight that found itself on your shoulders. Sandy Carson, Taj Mihelich and Seth Holton have an excellent Photogallery up on Defgrip from their recent tour. You’ve gotta check it out! As a side note: Taj did this on his Weekender, a great 1×10 “light tourer”.
Wow. To think that Fairdale started off last year with really simple singlespeeds and have branched out into everyone’s soon-to-be-favorite commuter bikes… The new Fairdale line is looking great. From the simple chromed Coaster, to the Flyer 26″ cruiser, Step-through 26″ (check out the top tube flip!) and the Weekender Disk, the whole line has something for everyone. Your local Full Factory-distributed shop will have these in stock at the end of the month.
The coolest thing about the Weekender is that Taj is about to embark on one of the best touring routes in the country on Saturday. He’s taking his Weekender from Portland to SF on a two-week tour with Sandy Carson. Jealous!