Got a rigid MTB or an all-road bike you’d like to do some touring or bikepacking on? Not satisfied with the current carbon fork offerings from the more popular brands? Check out Cinq’s new Adventure 27.5+ / 29er fork and Touring 650b / 700c fork, designed to convert your daily rider to something more capable. Each utilizes “no-thread” cargo bosses to ensure no threads will ever be stripped, internal dynamo routing, light and fender mounts, with a pricepoint of €590.00. Head to Cinq to see more information on the Adventure and Touring forks.
A group of friends tour Vietnam from Dien Bien Phu to Muong Te to Son la to Nghia Lo and finally, Tram Tau. They share the beauty and hardships of a tour like this.
If you’re in Vancouver and are looking to unload some bikepacking and touring gear, or are looking to buy some used stuff for a deal, don’t miss this swap on May 12th at Trout Lake! Holler at @esotericelectric with any questions on Instagram.
Without going into the psychology of tandem riding again here on the site, let’s just dive right into this super sick Legor Cicli MTB touring tandem named Bruno. Mattia from Legor Cicli made Bruno similarly to his 27.5 or 700c road bike called LWTUA, or love will tear us apart. You can fit a 27.5 x 2.4″ tire for off-road riding, or a 700c x 45mm tire for road. The gearing is also interchangeable with 1×11 or 2×11, depending on the riding. Mattia used T47 bottom brackets and a custom eccentric shell. Oh and it’s Di2 for a very practical reason; packing and shipping the bike for international travel. Mattia and his wife Franka from MAAD Cycling toured on this bike prior to the Eroica Nova, where Kyle and Liz raced the bike.
Back country and primitive camping often requires you to dig a cat hole to bury your human waste but who carries a legit trowel for that while on tour? I’ve seen a number of ultralight shovels used primarily for backpacking but the Wohobike Shovelfender is the first solution specifically for bicycle touring and bikepacking. This unique tool is made from 5052 aluminum alloy and can be used as a front or rear fender and even as an attachment to a bottle boss. With a stout, sturdy handle, dig your 6″ cat hole with ease and then snap it back on your bike. See more at Wohobike.
As for your toilet paper or wipes, please observe the Leave No Trace Principles and pack it out. Do not bury it or leave it on the ground.
It doesn’t matter where you reside on this pleasant globe, chances are you’ve come across a few Trek 520 touring bikes in your day. Keeping with the tradition of a no-hassle, utilitarian design, the brand just launched the 2019 iteration of the tried and true steel platform with a complete bike ready for your next road tour, down to the front and rear racks, with a price tag that’s hard to argue with of $1,574.99 for the complete. There’s also a 520 frameset with throwback decals for $639.99. Head to Trek for more information!
Instagram. It opens the door to people’s lives. Their existence, their motivations, their day-to-day routines, and their ambitious undertakings. With some, this transparency and subsequent stoked, is not only exciting to follow along, but highly motivating. Pepper is one of those people on Instagram. The ones you see on their bike, in beautiful places every post, and sharing a positive mental attitude all while promoting cycling. I had never met Pepper before yesterday, yet I’m sure the feeling is mutual when we acknowledged seeing each other’s lives unfold online. One of the bigger undertakings of her cycling life was an ambitious bikepacking route with the Tumbleweed Bikes team. The end product of their trip is a beautiful film by Jay Ritchey, which premiered here in Los Angeles last night, coinciding with an opportunity for me to meet Pepper and document the very bike that she pedaled, pushed, and crashed on the Peru Divide.
We’ve looked at Dan’s Tumbleweed before on the site, and while the frame details are the same, the build differs, particularly with Pepper’s use of a basket for touring – not pictured here, a Fabio’s Chest by Swift Industries and Ultra Romance has replaced it – for that, head to her Instagram to check it out, and be sure to catch the film El Silencio: Cycling the Peruvian Andres if it comes to your city!
Got a saddle pack that sways too much when it’s loaded down on a bikepacking trip or commute? The team at Woho Bike has just the solution for those pesky, swinging packs; the Xtouring ANTI SWAY Saddle Bag Stabilizer. It locks onto most all saddle rails and inserts on the side of your pack. The best part is, the arms of this stabilizer can hold extra water or cargo cages. See more at Woho Bike.
No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. Surly’s newest touring bike is named after that card game your grandma plays, but don’t let the name fool ya, this is a touring bike meant to take on just about anything. See more at Surly.
Co-Motion makes some of the most utilitarian, well-designed, and low maintenance touring bikes on the market, all from their shop in Oregon. Their embrace of new technology culminated at this year’s NAHBS with this Pinion-equipped Pangea tourer. When it comes to consistency and reliability, nothing beats a chainstay yoke and the Pangea utilizes one to keep things rolling smoothly, without the fear of breaking somewhere in the wilds of Patagonia, or Africa. While the Pinion gearbox adds a bit of weight, that is greatly offset by the German-engineered reliability and consistency. I saw a lot of touring bikes at NAHBS, but this one is by far my favorite.
These robust, made in the USA touring frames are now in stock at FBM. Complete with a segmented fork, thru-axles, rack and fender mounts, 435mm chainstays, clearance for 27.5×2.25mm tires, low-mounted bottle bosses, and FBM’s solid construction, made famous by their BMX frames. Right now you can call FBM to order or swoop up the XL size that’s in stock. These framesets go for $1,200.
I think Ryan Wilson has done an excellent job documenting Peru through his beautiful galleries and now, we have this video to whet our appetite as well.
It’s been a hot, hot summer here in Los Angeles and after two weeks of over 90º weather, we had to get out of town. Let’s be honest, though, that’s what everyone in this county of 10 million people was thinking too! So where would we go? As I was contemplating this very question, I bumped into my friend Nathan, who told me he had an amazing touring route from San Francisco out to Point Reyes National Seashore planned for the long weekend. I immediately asked if there was room for Cari and me to come along… I owed her a better touring experience after getting us lost in the Sequoias!
The Trek Stache is a capable shred sled, right outta the box and its new brother, the 1120 ups the bikepacking ante with more design details than you can shake a stick at. Designed around the 29×3″ tire platform, the 1120 is a back country expedition vehicle, complete with integrated racks for you to strap, buckle or clip your bags or panniers onto with ease. With its unique elevated chainstay, Trek was able to make tire clearance a non-issue and with a 440mm chainstay, the 1120 will be reliably snappy when descending technical singletrack, even loaded down. For an added bonus, this rigid bike is equipped with a dropper post.
I’ve seen a lot of rigid plus bikes being marketed towards “adventure” but this 1120 is one of my favorites to date. What do you think?
Bicycle Touring the Tick Jungles of New England
Words and photos by Ultra Romance
The east coast is like a frumpy ex-lover. She wears the same green maple tree moo moo every day in the summer and wears nothing but a cold distant gray gaze all winter. Her breath smells like a yawning swamp, her clammy visage infected with ticks, mosquitos, and horseflies. Yet still, she’s comfortable and familiar, drawing me back time and time again with that ruddy olde face.
The Appalachian mountains of the northeast are among the oldest mountains in the world. 480 million years olde according to Siri; 483 million if you ask Alexa. By contrast, the sensuously photogenic Rockies are a supple 55 million years young. That’s another 428 million years of HARD livin’ for that olde bag of a spinster, Mrs. Appalachian East Coast. The glacially mowed over Appalachians sit plain and internet forgotten, cloaked in a canopy of hardwoods with nothing but a flip phone for company. This all sounds great in theory, and it really is, butttt they sure don’t photograph all that well… and if you can’t get that ‘gram, then why do it, amiright????!
I’ll admit it, I’ve had similar thoughts while touring in areas with Grizzlies. Glad to see this one worked itself out thanks to some witnesses.
Robin from Blackburn always brings the best bikes to Ranger Camp. Over the years, I’ve showcased his steeds, most notably the Santa Cruz Highball drop bar tourer. This year, since our route is mostly restricted to roads, rather than singletrack, Robin brought his Caletti touring bike, loaded with Blackburn bags. Although, calling this a touring bike undersells it entirely. As anyone with a tourer will tell you, these bikes become commuters and occasional trail shredders. Robin’s is no different. He commutes on it, sometimes taking dirt roads and bum trails home. This week, his Caletti will serve as his Ranger Camp bike and a city bike as he and I explore the streets of Bilbao after the Ranger festivities are over.
Some of my favorite details include the segmented fork with a sensible amount of braze-ons, the simple paint, and Robin’s clever hacks like that bell mount. There’s one other ingenious hack that I won’t even point out. Perhaps you’ll notice it…
Today we’re all building bikes, preparing for our 7am roll-out from Madrid, en route to our campground high in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains…
We’ve seen this frame offering from Sim Works before, during the insane bicycle tour we got to partake in while in Japan with our friends from Circles. For NAHBS this year, Sim Works brought their Doppo touring bike, set up with 650b wheels, fenders, drop bars and their new Volummy tires. This bike looks great, painted in a matte olive drab, with custom Sim Works anodized green Paul components Klampers and skewers.
Arigatou gozaimasu, Sim Works!