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Tumbleweed Bicycle Co: Persuader Bar Pre-Order Opens Today

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Tumbleweed Bicycle Co: Persuader Bar Pre-Order Opens Today

Tumbleweed’s 800mm wide Persuader bars are a great option for your touring bike, with a large, flat area at the stem clamp for bags, zero front sweep to keep those bags nice and neat, 50mm rise, a 30º back sweep, and weighing only 638g. These bars can easily be cut down if 800mm is too wide for your taste but can certainly be ridden uncut.

The pre-order opens today at 10 am PST at Tumbleweed Bicycle Co, with a two-week delivery time.

A Gentle Stoke: Touring the Lower Dolores Canyon

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A Gentle Stoke: Touring the Lower Dolores Canyon

On the last Friday of April, four strangers convened at the Bradfield Campground near Cahone, Colorado at dusk. Our two rigged up trucks and one camper van were parked neatly near the start of what would turn out to be a grand adventure: a weekend of sanctity, the fruition of an obsession, training in preparation for a big tour, and then checking off of a box to confirm that yes, all of the time, energy, and research spent assembling this could lead to something quite special.

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Swift Campout Video Challenge 2021

Our friends the SKID LIZARDS take sharing the gospel of bike-camping every bit as seriously as they take spreading the stoke of the skid! Once again, we’re collaborating with them to launch the SWIFT CAMPOUT VIDEO CHALLENGE! That’s right, Campers, it’s your time to shine! Consider this our challenge to you — we want to see your 2021 Campout experience: the good, the bad, the ugly, the hilarious.

Capture your Campout on vid — iPhone is cool, pro gear is cool too, it really doesn’t matter. We’re looking for creativity, entertainment, hilarity, and meditative scenic inspiration here. Surprise us! One talented winner will have their project shared on the Swift IG and YouTube channels, and will receive A GIANT PRIZE PACKAGE stacked with gear ‘n goodies from Snow Peak, Reyr Gear, Nocs Provisions, Kitsbow, Bedrock Sandals, Rapha, Ombraz, Six Moon Designs, Swift Adventure Co, Black Coffee Roasting, and The Radavist!

*** Edit and share footy to IGTV the week of June 21. Deadline Midnight June 27!

*** TO BE ENTERED INTO CONTEST: 

Must tag @swiftindustries @skidlizards #swiftcampout #swiftcampoutvidchallenge in post! 

Must be no longer than 5-mins in length!

Must meet June 27 deadline! 

Bonus points for sharing to Stories, Reels, and main feed ;)

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The European Divide Trail: 7.601km – 86.820m of Elevation – 10 countries

While this route is called the European Divide Trail (EDT), it’s unlike the Great Divide Mountain Bike route in North America, as this route doesn’t follow the Continental Divide, rather it crosses many different divides on its journey through Europe. These divides are economic and social, geographic and geologic, historical and cultural, with numerous languages and customs, laws and regulations, but all within the European mainland.

It has been 4 years now since Andy Cox left his home in Oxford / UK to build a tempting MTB Trail crossing Europe. Obviously, it’s a pretty spectacular venture as thousands of followers on social media have watched him building the trail during these recent years – that is until it’s finally ready to show off today!

Find out more here:

WEB: https://europeandividetrail.com/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/europeandividetrail
KOMOOT: https://www.komoot.com/user/europeandividetrail
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanDivideTrail
FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/782509809326246
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/trickyname

… and find out more about Andy Cox at Bombtrack!

The Taurus Mountain Traverse: An Unexpected Introduction to Turkey

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The Taurus Mountain Traverse: An Unexpected Introduction to Turkey

The world works in mysterious ways. Until 2020 hit hard and crashed my plans to return to Nepal (and beyond), I never really had Turkey too high on my radar. Off the top of my head, I could have probably listed at least ten or fifteen countries that I was clamoring to ride in before I’d mention the Mediterranean nation that hugs the border between Europe and Asia. Then a series of events kicked off that resulted in me booking a last-minute flight to the Turkish seaside city of Antalya.

Stoke the Flames for the 2021 Swift Campout: An Interview with Martina From Swift Industries

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Stoke the Flames for the 2021 Swift Campout: An Interview with Martina From Swift Industries

I feel like I’ve known Martina and Jason from Swift Industries since the brand’s inception. It must have been the 2010 Philly Bike Expo where we first met. Later, I bought an Ozette bag for my Geekhouse touring bike in 2011, and for a number of years, we’ve stayed in close contact. Both the Radavist and Swift Industries grew at parallel trajectories. It’s now 2021 and I realized I’ve never interviewed Martina about the Swift Campout, so today we’re pleased to host a quick interview to stoke the flames for the 2021 Swift Campout, which is coming up fast, on June 19th-20th! So read on below for some insight into this wonderful event!

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How Sarah Swallow is Preparing for the Tour Divide

Our friends Sarah and Jorja pulled together this video, showcasing how Sarah is preparing for the Tour Divide this year:

Sarah Swallow, professional adventure cyclist, cycling the 2021 Tour Divide Route. In this video we find out more about; 1. Who she is 2. What she is setting out to achieve 3. Where she is at with her preparation for the 2021 Tour Divide 4. and answers some questions from friends and family Check out her GoFundme for the Cairn Project here;

“For this challenge, I am teaming up with The Cairn Project to fundraise $5,000 to provide outdoor opportunities for more young women and girls. I have had the incredible privilege and opportunity to make my passion for adventure cycling as my work. I want to help create accessible pathways for more young women and girls to pursue a similar lifestyle, adventure goal, or profession. I never knew this life of mine was possible or even an option. If young women and girls could feel inspired by what I do and see that they could do it too, or to get exposed to what they love to do outdoors at an early age, I think it could make a positive impact on their lives, and the lives of others around them. Over the next few months, I’ll be fundraising for The Cairn Project by sharing my story as a young girl and how I found purpose in life through riding my bicycle as I prep my mind, body, and equipment for one of the most significant endeavors of my life. To learn more about my trip, read my blog post. To follow my journey, follow me on Instagram.

Education Through Experiences: Bikepacking the Yellow Dirt Route onto Comb Ridge with Dzil Ta’ah Adventures

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Education Through Experiences: Bikepacking the Yellow Dirt Route onto Comb Ridge with Dzil Ta’ah Adventures

In the Navajo Nation town of Kayenta, Arizona, Jon Yazzie runs a guide company called Dzil Ta’ah Adventures. Its intent is to educate visitors on the history of the areas surrounding Kayenta through guided bike trips. This particular route is one he’s been working on for a while which parallels the mighty Comb Ridge before climbing the Sandstone Backbone via an old Mormon dugway, overlooking Kane Valley where the US government drilled into the Earth, uncovering uranium for the Manhattan Project. The result would send waves of radiation through the community for decades to come…

Jon Yazzie from Dzil Ta’ah Adventures and His Ti Vassago Optimus 29+ SS Bikepacking Rig

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Jon Yazzie from Dzil Ta’ah Adventures and His Ti Vassago Optimus 29+ SS Bikepacking Rig

We rolled back into Kayenta from an overnighter with Jon Yazzie from Dzil Ta’ah Adventures and I reminded him that I wanted to shoot his bike. “Yeah! Leave the bags on it. As is…” I said to him. Jon took a few moments to tidy up the straps and make sure the bags were tight and neat before handing it off to me. He loves this bike and so I took it as an honor to photograph it. For me, there’s nothing better than riding with the person whose bike you’re documenting. It feels less transactional and more personal. You get to see how they treat their ride. Are they crashers or thrashers? In doing so, there’s a real connection that’s established. For Jon and I, we’ve spent a few years communicating over email when projects arise. Josh has done an exceptional job documenting Dzil Ta’ah Adventures’ trips in Arizona in the past and this trip was the first time I met Jon in person. It felt like a no-brainer to shoot his titanium Vassago Optimus 29+ tourer, so check it out in detail below.

Winter Bikepacking to a Local Mountain in Norway

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Winter Bikepacking to a Local Mountain in Norway

Do you remember that feeling way back when you learned to ride a bike? I had just begun school when I got my first bike. Day in and day out I would sit on the seat and push myself along the roadside curb with my right foot. My strides became longer and longer until one day I put caution to the wind and took my first pedal strokes. That day, the bike became my freedom machine. The world suddenly grew bigger, right in front of my tiny handlebars. I never looked back.

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Built to Last

Filmed on locations featured in seven new and six existing cycling itineraries in the Cateran Ecomuseum, ‘Built to Last’ features Bob Ellis, founder of the Cateran Trail, Neil Tuer, owner of Alyth Cycles and Jane Wilkinson, willow weaver at Special Branch Baskets, with music from Scottish composer Dave Macfarlane. The film was produced as part of Travel for All Our Tomorrows – new regenerative tourism experiences in the Cateran Ecomuseum.

The 2021 Salsa Cutthroat Comes in Four Builds and a Frameset

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The 2021 Salsa Cutthroat Comes in Four Builds and a Frameset

Cutthroat C AXS Build shown here $7,199 USD.

The Cutthroat is a favorite amongst Tour Divide aficionados and weekend warriors alike. Back in 2015, when it was announced, the Cutthroat got tested out on the Tour Divide course and it remains a fan favorite today. While the frame hasn’t changed since our Review of the 2020 model last year, it does come in four new build specs, plus as a frameset. Head to Salsa to read all about the 2021 Cutthroat builds.

Ground Keeper and Loam Equipment Bikepacking Harnesses

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Ground Keeper and Loam Equipment Bikepacking Harnesses

Bellingham’s Ground Keeper Custom has teamed up with Loam Equipment to add some color to their bikepacking harnesses, with five colorways available, ranging from oil slick (pictured) to Space Ferns. Each of these harnesses are designed to hold drybags for your goods while bikepacking.

Saddle Harness Specs:

-Made in Bellingham, WA
-Weight: 172.5g (6.08 oz)
-Using with a dropper post? Snag one of these Wolftooth Valais 25  for the best fit.
-Ladder lock buckles come in mystery colors, which keeps factory overrun parts out of landfills.
-Bag sold separately. Harness works with most 8-13 liter or 18“-24” cylindrical stuff sacks or dry bags.

Handlebar Harness Specs:

-Made in Bellingham, WA
-Weight: 231g (6.08 oz)
-Ladder lock buckles come in mystery colors, which keeps factory overrun parts out of landfills.
-Extra fat foam blocks help clear brake/shifting cables and maintain space for hands on road bars
-Bag sold separately. Harness works with most 8-13 liter or 18“-24” cylindrical stuff sacks or dry bags.

See the entire bikepacking collection at Ground Keeper.

Tumbleweed’s Popular Racks Are Back for Pre-Order!

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Tumbleweed’s Popular Racks Are Back for Pre-Order!

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co has made a name for itself thanks to its super durable, no-nonsense touring apparati. From a Rohloff touring frame to their Prospector bars and their unobtanium T-Rack and Mini Pannier Racks, they have you covered for back country trips both short and long. By popular demand, their racks are back available for presale, so head on over to their webshop to poke around and find one that fits your fancy…

If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, poke around some of our Archives listed in the Related section below.

It’s Swift Campout season! Swift Industries partners with Snow Peak, and The Radavist to Present the 7th Annual Swift Campout Solstice Bike Overnight

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It’s Swift Campout season! Swift Industries partners with Snow Peak, and The Radavist to Present the 7th Annual Swift Campout Solstice Bike Overnight

The Swift Campout is a global call to go bike-camping on June 19th and 20th, 2021. For the seventh year in a row thousands of adventurous spirits will load camping gear on their bikes for a weekend adventure. In the words of Martina Brimmer, Swift Industries head honcho and the visionary behind Swift Campout, “Here at Swift, we believe that there’s little better than spending the longest day of the year on a bicycle and the shortest night of the year sleeping under the stars. The entire Swift crew, from our stitchers to our coin-counters, is driven to delight our communities toward bicycle adventure.

This year’s featured artist is none other than bike industry mainstay Chris McNally, whose signature watercolor style conjures a dreamscape of fantasy environments with cuddly critters to explore on two wheels. The scavenger hunt theme of the new Campout microsite invites digital exploration, too! Campers are encouraged to lose themselves in Chris’s wonderland, discovering fun and informative hidden gems as they “pedal” through. In its 7th year, the Campout recipe of partnering with like-minded outdoor brands to amplify the encouragement for cyclists of all experience levels and abilities to take to the trails for a weekend of bike-camping is a timely and relevant invitation to re-engage with the community in cherished outdoor spaces. Swift continues to push the envelope as a gear brand that has put roots in a unique space between the cycling and outdoor industries–two marketplaces whose cultures did not overlap when Swift Industries entered the arena in 2008.

Swift keeps nurturing their culture by gathering a unique blend of cycling and outdoor brands such as Bedrock Sandals, Black Coffee Roasters, Kitsbow, Nocs Provisions, Ombraz, The Radavist, Rapha, Reyr Gear, Six Moon Designs, Snow Peak, and Swift Adventure Co.

Head to Swift Campout to read all the details!