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Bicycles are Not Weapons, No Matter How Aggressive the Head Angle

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Bicycles are Not Weapons, No Matter How Aggressive the Head Angle

Kyle von Hotzendorf wrote a piece for Mythical State Of and we wanted to share an excerpt. If you like this sample, check out the full article at MSO.

Here is a list of weapons: brass knuckles, nunchucks, daggers, spears, swords, baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire, Colt 45, Bazooka, F-35, Triton Class nuclear submarine, revenge porn, and slurs.

In contrast, here is a list of non-weapons: stuffed animals, Hallmark cards, watermelons, file cabinets, water slides, oil filters, tomato starts, the color yellow, the sound of turtles swimming, orange-haired Troll Dolls, wakeboards, hedgehogs, duvet covers, tennis visors and bicycles.

A Father Son Tour Divide Duo

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A Father Son Tour Divide Duo

Happy Father’s Day!

On our road trip up to Bozeman for the Swift Campout, we mosied up through Abiquiu to visit some friends who own a nice little tract of land in the hills. At a favorite lunch stop of ours, we bumped into a father and son bikepacking duo from Arkansas. They are riding the Tour Divide from south to north, beginning in New Mexico. They were 14 days into their trip when we bumped into them. They looked cooked!

See Ya Later, Santa Fe!

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See Ya Later, Santa Fe!

We’re continuing up through the Western United States with Bozeman being our final destination but man, our time in Santa Fe was magical. We’ve got much more content rolling through over the weekend and into next week, so stay tuned and have a great weekend!

Ride in Peace, Bruce Gordon

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Ride in Peace, Bruce Gordon

Friends of this site and Bruce Gordon just informed us that he has passed away. With more details to come, I’d like to take a second to commemorate Bruce’s contributions to the very sport we all love and hold dear to our hearts. Bruce was a true legend and in a lot of ways, he helped pave the way – no pun intended – for our off-road cycling obsessions. Ride in peace, Bruce.

We Updated Our Website! Continued….

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We Updated Our Website! Continued….

We’ll list the rolling updates here for you to note:

06.03.2019 Update: comment count added and masthead is now centered!

Next update: Gallery thumbnails, arrow navigation, lightbox

Yeah! It was long overdue and a long process but the Radavist 2.0 is finally live thanks to the hard work of Grant Blakeman! Well, it’s partially live. We still have a lot more updates to roll out but the new framework is in place. This post is merely here to allow you to give feedback and for us to give you a walk-through…

Don’t (Bicycle) Tread on Me!

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Don’t (Bicycle) Tread on Me!

Buzzworms, as Ed Abbey called them, get a bad rap, yet these beautiful to some, horrific to others, cold-blooded creatures are essential blocks in the biologic pyramids, especially in the desert. With warmer weather upon us, don’t be surprised to see any number of exothermic animals basking in sunlight, sometimes right in the middle of the trail. Many times, however, these snakes will be coiled up in the shade right next to the trail. In either case, give these ancient animals space and allow them to move off the trail. Don’t molest them, and don’t tread on them. They’re crucial elements in the ecosystem and don’t view you as food. In fact, they just want to be left alone. Snakes won’t chase you, they won’t bite you, unless they feel threatened. If you’re curious, maintain a safe distance and watch them from 10′ away. Snakes like this can strike up to half the length of their bodies. Don’t underestimate the speed of their strike!

While in Sedona, we came across this stunning Blacktail Rattlesnake – Crotalus molossus – while riding Hiline. It was one of my favorite moments on the trip. Expect more Reportage from Sedona later this week!

American Airlines Lifts Bicycle Cargo Fees

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American Airlines Lifts Bicycle Cargo Fees

Good news to cyclists who use American Airlines to travel around the world. The airlines have lifted their fee for traveling with a bicycle. As long as your bike falls within their restrictions: Standard checked bag fees of your destination apply up to 50 lbs / 23 kgs and 126 in / 320 cm (length + width + height) or $150 fee applies from 51 lbs / 23 kgs to 70 lbs / 32 kgs. So as long as your bike box is under 50lbs and under 126 linear inches, you’re good to go. Your bike does however fall within normal baggage fees. For more exceptions, see this page at American Airlines.

What Tent Should Ryan Wilson Use?

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What Tent Should Ryan Wilson Use?

Howdy, you wonderful people. After pushing the limits of his ultralight bikepacking tent, Ryan and I think it’s time to move on to a more rebust platform. Right now, we’re looking at the Hyperlite or the Zpacks tents but wanted to reach out to you, the readers, to see what experiences you have had with tents? High winds, rain, and constant use are the deciding factors we’re concerned with. What thoughts do you have?

It Was Time for a Switch to Shimano Pedals

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It Was Time for a Switch to Shimano Pedals

Throughout the course of my fascination with cycling, I have used Time Atac pedals. My first clipless experience was riding mountain bikes in central and western North Carolina, from the Piedmont to the Pisgah, I learned to navigate an early 2000’s hardtail over the slick rocks and roots of those wooded trails. As a cyclist, I’ve come a long way since those early days of riding Time pedals, my body has changed, and I’m getting older.

Like worn out bearings in a full suspension bike, having worn out knees and other joints can really ruin a ride. I was diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter when I was 15 after an abrupt growth spurt. The resulting scarred tissue and calcification rendered large bumps right below my knee caps. Throughout my 20’s and into my early 30’s, I had very few cases of inflammation, yet into my late 30’s, it doesn’t take much to cause swelling and pain in my knee from riding. This inflammation is caused by everything from overexertion on road rides, to pushing through washboarded or sandy roads on bike tours, or even just going too hard on one of my everyday routes here in Los Angeles.

It took this last incident to really re-think my riding experience and evaluate what small changes I could make to my pedal stroke, foot placement, and even mental state, yet the biggest change is the one I wasn’t expecting; a shift from my favorite Time pedals to Shimano.

The Swift Adventure Co

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The Swift Adventure Co

If you live in the Pacific North West and are looking to get into bicycle camping but need some gear and insight, the newly launched Swift Adventure Co is there for you. Swift Adventure Co is a sister company to Swift Industries. They offer insight to Field Adventures, Urban Workshops, and Outfitters, making renting bikes and buying gear easy. Head over to the newly launched Swift Adventure Co for more information! Congrats to the Swift team for this!

Do You Want Road or MTB Jerseys? Or Both?

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Do You Want Road or MTB Jerseys? Or Both?

We’re about to place an order for some new jersey designs and wanted to poll you, the readers about which sort of jersey you’d like to see? In short, road or mountain? This spring/summer order will feature more solid tones and fewer patterns, so they’ll be more like our jerseys from years prior. Please cast a vote below so we have a handle on quantities to order. Thanks!

Trophy of Nations, You’ve Got my Mind Racing – Kyle von Hoetzendorff

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Trophy of Nations, You’ve Got my Mind Racing – Kyle von Hoetzendorff

Trophy of Nations, You’ve Got my Mind Racing
Words by Kyle von Hoetzendorff, photos by Sven Martin

The EWS (Enduro World Series) and the UCI recently announced The Trophy of Nations.  A multi-day enduro race with a team racing component. Since 2013 the EWS has been run independently from the UCI and for good reason. It allowed the EWS to develop and hone the series from track selection to race format and rules without the bureaucratic lethargy and bungling that is typically associated with the UCI.  Chris Ball and the rest of the EWS staff deserve high praise for taking the mandate to independently foster the growth of this series.

We’re at the Sea Otter Classic!

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We’re at the Sea Otter Classic!

We’re here in Monterey, California for the Sea Otter Classic, camping and breathing in some of that fresh coastal California air. If you’re here, make sure you say hey and we’ll see you out at the Laguna Seca Raceway!