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High Plains Byway Extended Edition: A Sandhills Odyssey

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High Plains Byway Extended Edition: A Sandhills Odyssey

This Reportage took place a year prior to the pandemic… please be considerate and avoid traveling to small towns during the pandemic.

Some trips stay with you more than others, and this trip is one of those. Nebraska isn’t often touted (read: never) as a cycling destination, but the truly unique and varied geography we encountered offered some of the most quality riding I’ve had the opportunity to experience. The state’s remoteness—a combination of the incredibly low population density and vast, often exposed, landscapes—was initially a concern but in actuality lent a heightened sense of adventure to our days. This is also still the longest tour I’ve taken and being able to fully settle into the rhythm of passing the days—sun up to sun down—on the bike for a week straight was a pretty intoxicating experience.

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Bikepacking Sucks Reviews the Crust Bikes Scapegoat

We’ve been following the Instagram account Bikepacking Sucks since he posted his first review. While the content ain’t for everyone, I think we can all agree that it’s the content we deserve. In his latest video review, he takes the Crust Bikes Scapegoat for a whirl.

Give Bikepacking Sucks a follow on Instagram for more weirdness from Down Under.

Oh and if you haven’t noticed, the Crust Bikes website is back online. Yay!

What’s Going on With Crust Bikes?

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What’s Going on With Crust Bikes?

If you’ve been to the Crust Bikes website over the past few days, you probably noticed a message that reads:

“Thanks for the six years of support, it has been a ride. Closed until further notice.”

Now, this set the internet into a frenzy. How could the bike company that has been seemingly killing it for those past six years suddenly fold? Well, they didn’t fold. I was waiting on a returned text message from Matt all weekend before I posted anything and my suspicions turned out to be true.

This website helped launch Crust Bikes. I met Matt in Austin back in 2015 and shot his personal prototype 26+ Evasion. At that time, I was really blown away at how thoughtful everything about the OG Evasion was. I knew Matt was onto something. The brand launched right when the adventure/gravel/touring stuff took off. As expected, Crust Bikes did blow up! Everyone at Crust has been moving so fast that they haven’t had time to figure out what sustainable growth looked like.

Then Covid hit and international supply chains were halted. Fast forward to today, Crust’s stock of frames is low, and thus, Matt’s emails have gone through the roof. While they’re waiting on new frames to be delivered in 2021, Matt and Cheech, and the entire team are using this downtime to restructure their business, rebuild their website, and figure out how to grow and operate more sustainably.

It sucks to suddenly see their site with that message but please just know, they’re not going anywhere. They all just need some time off and some space. Please respect this moment in time and don’t reach out to them. Let them work and recover in peace. If you want to pour out some emotion in the comments here and just let them know how much Crust Bikes means to you, you’re totally free to do that, just don’t send Matt another email. ;-)

xo

Donate to ActBlue and Win a Crust Lightning Bolt Breakaway

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Donate to ActBlue and Win a Crust Lightning Bolt Breakaway

Crust Bikes and RonsBikes.com have a fundraising raffle going on to benefit families separated and detained at the Southern Border. All you have to do is donate what you can to ActBlue and email your receipt to RonsBikesRaffle@gmail.com to enter the raffle.

This raffle will end at 7pm EST on December 7th.

Thanks to:

@velocityusa @paulcomponent @whiteind @ultradynamico and @brooksengland

for pitching in parts for the build.

Cool Breeze in Nutmeg Country: Crust Chapter II

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Cool Breeze in Nutmeg Country: Crust Chapter II

Sometime back in late February the event calendar for Team Brooks Cool Breeze looked like any stadium tour you’d expect for such a glamorous gaggle of athletes.  Grav’l, touring, MTB, hang gliding, street luging…. you name it, we were gonna do it.  Times were fast, relaxing, and exciting, but little did we know that even lifestyle celebrity “athletes” would have little fun in the months to come.

Speaking of Crust Bikes: the Romanceur Returns

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Speaking of Crust Bikes: the Romanceur Returns

New color, cantilever posts, and QR.

The Romanceur might be one of Crust Bikes’ most popular models and this new update is a massive throwback. In an era of disc brakes, the new Romanceur goes with cantilever studs, where most bikes use thru-axles, it has gone QR. People loved the original Romanceur for its modern updates on a very classic silhouette and for those who want a modern frame with cantilever studs, QR axles, and a 1″ steerer… this new Romanceur is for you.

New color, disc brakes and thru-axles.

You can still order the original Romanceur with disc brakes or this new model with throwback specs. The pre-order is open at Crust Bikes right now!

Want some build inspiration? We listed it below in the Related columns…

Crust Bikes x Casa Verde Raffle

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Crust Bikes x Casa Verde Raffle

Our friends at Crust Bikes and Casa Verde are throwing a raffle with a good cause! Here are the details:

In celebration and appreciation of the Indigenous People who have lived in harmony with Pachamama for thousands of years and continue to fight for her well being, we have organized a small raffle to help support them.

We will be raffling a Crust X @therealcasaverde assorted goodies package. Winner will receive:

1. Cheypie Skort (XS-XL)
2. An EXCLUSIVE Crust prototype handlebar.
3. Mullet Cap (color of your choice)
4. Casa Verde tote bag
5. Shreddie The Eagle Musette Bag
6. “I’m fucking tired” keychain.

To enter the raffle please donate $10 to one of the following organizations/funds:
Help Healers in the Amazon
Tewa Women United
Change The Record

Screenshot your donation and send it to info@crustbikes.com with the subject DONATION. If you donate $10 to each of the three organizations your name will be thrown in three times. The raffle will end next Monday October 19. Apart from donations, I urge you to take time to research and recognize the history of Indigenous People, the systematic oppression they are currently experiencing, and how the land they belong to is being taken for a pipeline, mining, logging, and industrialized meat.

Readers’ Rides: Casey from Campandgoslow’s ‘Great Basin’ Crust Evasion

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Readers’ Rides: Casey from Campandgoslow’s ‘Great Basin’ Crust Evasion

Today’s Readers’ Rides features Casey from Campandgoslow‘s Crust Evasion with words by Casey and photos by Sarah Lillegard

The Great Basin region of the western US stretches from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Wasatch range, and from the Columbia Plateau all the way down to the Mojave Desert. This expansive, high elevation desert has a nickname, the Sagebrush Sea, and I live right on the beach. I’m tucked away in a rural area at the northern end of the Eastern Sierra.