“Alighting the Sleeper Train at the highest, remotest station on the West Highland Line, a group of cyclists head off on an opportunistic wintry journey to ride the old-established network of gravel drove roads, only to find themselves bogged-down exploring the alluring voids in between. That’s why they’re called push bikes, after all…“
You don’t see this every day!
“Andrew embarks on a two-day 160 km solo journey through the Costa Rican jungle upon an $80 ’94 Trek Singletrack 930 that he found on Facebook Marketplace. Will he survive the ride from San Jose to Envision Festival? Or will he face utter doom in the jungle? Grab a bevvie and turn down the lights – this is gonna be a wild ride.”
Revelate’s new saddle pack system, the Spinelock, comes in two sizes, 10L and 16L, and features a new innovative design that eliminates sway. Read on below for more information.
Last year, my partner Karla and I rode the northern half of the Baja Divide which soon, and as expected, became the hardest pedaling we had ever done, but also one of the most fulfilling experiences of our lives so when we went home we just kept on dreaming about going back for the second half of it.
Recently, we got back on an old trail that we used to ride, especially during lunch breaks. We used this trail to train in view of a multi-day bikepacking trip. Over the years, wind and snow have broken and even uprooted many trees, resulting in an unpassable section of singletrack that crosses the coniferous forest. So we decided to clear the passages obstructed by the trees. That’s when we noticed that on some of these trees there were bird nests. From time to time, the characteristic noise of the woodpecker at work could be heard in the distance. At that precise moment, the idea was born to “recycle” some sections of these conifers and create birdhouses with them, letting the rest of the logs follow its natural cycle as humus.
Curve Cycling, based out of Australia, has really taken off with innovative products that are the direct result of what their sponsored riders request during their grueling ultra-endurance races all over the world. With the GMX+, they threw all their preconceptions out the window. They’ve created an all-new touring platform, built around their super-wide Walmer Bars and completely redesigned fork. This GMX is now able to carry up to 10 x 1L bottles, has a bikepacking specific geometry, and clearance for 3.0″ tires. This is a limited release with 10 frames arriving just after Easter to pre-order customers.
-frame: 3Al – 2.5V Aerospace Grade 9 titanium
-7x cage mounts, rear rack mounts, Clearance max 3.0″ tires
-fork: lowest possible axle to crown height (430mm) allows for the best use of storage space within the front triangle.
-bars: The Walmer Bar – Curve’s ultra-wide drop-bar – available in 4 sizes – 46, 50, 55, 60cm on the hoods
GMX+ Frameset $4,499 AUD Titanium Frame, Carbon Fork, Headset, Seatclamp, Front & Rear Axles.
GMX+ Frameset + Walmer Bars $4,599 AUD
See more at Curve.
It has been a little more than 2 weeks since the start of The Atlas Mountain Race.
The proverbial dust has begun to settle and my friend Stefan Haehnel’s 35mm exposures have been developed.
This is the third layout of the Radavist 2020 Calendar, entitled “Kyrgyzstan Badlands” shot with a Sony A7ii and a 24-70 lens in the Pamir Mountains, Kyrgyzstan.
“For March this year, we pinged Ryan Wilson to pick two of his favorites from his recent gallery here on the Radavist. See Ryan’s full gallery here.”
For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2020 – March. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)
The mobile background this month is also a favorite of Ryan’s. Click here to download March’s Mobile Wallpaper.
Bombtrack’s latest video features 7-year-old Lubin and his father Clem Shovel as they take to the woods for an overnighter.
Commute, or commune with nature on your bike with North Street Bags’ new VX Micro Panniers. These X-PAC sailcloth panniers barely tip the scales at 13.5 oz and are built to last in Portland, Oregon. The Micro Panniers are made from a single layer of waterproof X-PAC sailcloth, feature an external zipper pocket and shoulder strap attachment points. These are another great option for lightweight commuting or minimalist bikepacking. See the entire bikepacking lineup at North St Bags!
Features & Specs:
-Handmade, built to last
-14L / 855 cubic inches (rolltop open) or 10L / 585 cubic inches (rolltop down)
-18″ tall x 9″ wide x 5″ deep
-Single layer waterproof X21 X-Pac sailcloth
-Retail: $99 per pannier
Up to this point, the route-finding came easy in Kyrgyzstan. The North-Eastern zone of the country has seen its fair share of bikepackers floating along its gravel tracks to weed through the wealth of options available. As we made our way south from the small oasis city of Baetov, our direction was less clear. We knew we’d be heading for Northern Tajikistan, but had no real idea about how we’d end up there or what type of riding we’d be in for along the way.
Otso’s Warakin is their titanium all road and gravel bike with versatility in mind. This bike can be built to suit your needs from bikepacking to gravel racing and has the ability to tackle any road, all with a light and lively feel thanks to the 3Al/2.5V B338 grade 9 titanium. It’s durable, lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and timeless. Keep this bike for decades to come.
Originally published in 2015 thanks to Salsa Cycles, Bikepacking Roots has just announced this 90-page field guide is now available for digital download after you donate $5 to the non-profit. This guide was written by Kaitlyn Boyle and Kurt Refsnider and was created to help incite a love for those looking to get into bikepacking by providing helpful information and various pointers to get your bike loaded up and pointed down the trail.
Head to Bikepacking Roots to check it out!
When it comes to ultralight bikepacking and cyclo-touring, redundancies in gear don’t cut it. Hydrolight’s new 2L reservoir is now available. It’s a clever solution for those looking for a substantial way to illuminate their campsite, without having to carry the extra weight of a lantern. Their innovative design allows you to plug in your favorite headlamp into their bladder to create campsite illumination, all for $35. Not bad if you ask me. Check out their video above, see more information at Hydrolight, and let us know what you think…
Author’s Note: This article was originally written almost 4 years ago, but was shelved after thinking I had lost a majority of the photos to a failed drive. After I managed to find many of the lost photos on an old SD card, I figured it was still worth sharing the last trip that inspired me to quit my job and travel the world by bike…
Our friends at Freehub recently bikepacked the AZT and created a beautiful video showcasing this ride. “Without an agenda, time becomes irrelevant. When it comes to bikepacking, this is the perfect mindset to have. Void of all expectations and obligations, Jackie Paaso and Stan Jorgensen set off on a three-day, 90-mile mission on the Arizona Trail, embracing the moment and abiding only by the rhythm of mother nature.”
This is exciting! Jan Bennett and Bikepacking Roots have been working on a few new routes, including the Pony Express. This past summer, Jan became the first person to pedal the old mailing route, officially and now they’re working on making it an official route but they need your help. Read on for more…
Today at the Radavist we’re featuring a very unique bike, from Bellé Cycles and the Service Course, for the Atlas Mountain Race. With the recent debate about patina and faux finish on custom bicycle frames, I think you all will enjoy this one!
“A one-of-a-kind beast, hungry for scratches and scars.” – Enrico “Kico” Bellé