In early 2022, Wisconsin-based bike rack manufacturer 1UP USA purchased Recon Racks and began offering the Recon 5 and Recon 6 for, you guessed it, carrying five and six bikes respectively on a single vehicle. With attractive features such as no frame/fork contact with the rack, off-road rating, Smooth Pivot recline, and accommodation for a variety of tire and bike sizes, our interest was piqued. Josh has been testing a Recon 5 for the better part of a year, taking it everywhere from Arizona’s remote forest roads to local shuttle runs and cross-country road trips. 1UP also recently redesigned their RakAttach swing-out adapter, which Josh has been using in tandem with the Recon. Continue reading below for a full rundown on these new offerings from 1UP…
Analog Artisanship in the East Bay: A Shop Visit with Vernacular Sewn Storage
You might recall seeing the half-frame bag from Vernacular Sewn Storage (VRNCLR) on the prototype Super Something gravel bike Adam Sklar had at Ruta del Jefe. VRNCLR is the Oakland, CA – based bag company of maker Tom Gilpatrick. Tom has been working in sew business for some time now, currently focusing on bags for bikes and also Go Fast Campers (GFC). Earlier this summer I was in the Bay Area with filmmaker Justin Balog and we had a slice of time before heading to the airport to catch flights home, so stopped in to visit with Tom and check out his space in the eclectic O2 Artisans Aggregate.
Go Fast Camper’s New SuperLite Hard Shell Roof Top Tent
While we’ve all been staying local, our minds are out on the road. Summertime is for road trips and part of that experience is camping along the way. At least for us. While ground tents get the job done, it’s hard to deny the allure of sleeping anywhere you can park your car in a roof top tent. Be it at the trailhead, bike races, or at a basecamp for hub-n-spoke rides or bicycle tours, lightweight, easy to deploy RTTs are taking over. Go Fast Campers have just announced the lightest tent with the biggest interior and thinnest, most compact design on the market.
The SuperLite is just 80lbs, which is light enough for one person to install. It has a massive sleeping area of 50″x90″ thanks to the wedge design and features panorama windows on three sides with a screen option. Best of all, when it’s closed up, it’s only 6″ thick, so you can still pull into garages and carports.
Pricing starts at $1299. The SuperLite is available now for pre-order with an estimated fulfillment beginning in November 2020 just in time for holiday travel. Hey, let’s hope 2020 has some weeks of salvageable travel!