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A DIY Approach to Surfing Baja’s Cape Loop
By Guest on June 18, 2020
On a $100 budget, Dan Stranahan bought a used surfboard and built a homemade rack to haul it on his bike so he could ride between surf spots on the Baja Divide’s Cape Loop. Find his guide to sourcing a cheap board, making a DIY rack, and finding the best waves in Baja here…
Ted King’s DIYGravel (Film)
By Joe Cruz on June 11, 2020
Last night Ted King premiered a film on his inspiring gravel ride across the state of Vermont via the forthcoming VTXL bikepacking route. He pedaled 310 miles (499 kilometers) with 35,000ft (10,700m) of climbing—90% of which was on dirt—in under 23 hours. Watch the video here along with a Q&A with Ted and the filmmakers.
DIY: How to Make A Simple Frame Bag
By Logan Watts on August 20, 2014
Fundamentally, the frame bag is the most basic and practical piece of bike luggage. It’s also the easiest to make… and only requires a consumer sewing machine and a little skill. Here’s how to plan, design, and construct a simple frame bag.
A DIY Longflap Saddlebag for Minimalist Dirt Touring
By Logan Watts on November 20, 2013
Created with classic styling, this longflap saddlebag is like a Frankensatchel, timeless waxed canvas cobbled with modern materials and a few extra useful features.
DIY Waxed Canvas Frame Bag
By Logan Watts on October 8, 2013
Never having operated a sewing machine, I have always been fascinated and intimidated by the fabric arts. I decided that a trial-by-fire is the best way to learn and made a canvas frame bag one afternoon…
Good To-Go Cuban Rice Bowl… Mmm
By Logan Watts on October 5, 2020
Good To-Go foods recently announced two new meals, and we tried out both during a long bikepacking trip. Here are are thoughts on the Chicken Pho and one of our favorites to date, the new Cuban Rice Bowl…
Jonathan and his Tomo x On-One x Kona Tall Bike
By Cass Gilbert on August 27, 2020
In this Rider and Rig, we chat with UK framebuilder Jonathan Thompson about his Tomo x On-One x Kona Tall Bike. We find out about the tall bike scene, bikepacking on a tall bike, and dive into an alternative world where bicycle design collides with unhindered imagination…
Katie and Andrew Strempke: The First Colorado Trail Yo-Yo!
By Guest on August 10, 2020
Last week, Katie and Andrew Strempke became the first bikepackers to yo-yo the Colorado Trail, competing the full 539-mile route twice in just under 17 days—on singlespeed mountain bikes. Find Katie’s reflection on this massive feat here, alongside photos and their complete pack lists…
Revelate ToolCash Wallet Review: First Look
By Logan Watts on July 22, 2020
Revelate Designs just released the new ToolCash Wallet, an elegantly designed compact tool storage system with a few interesting features. We had the chance to give one a go for a couple of weeks prior to launch. Here are all the details…
Patagonia Provisions Review: Food With a Story
By Virginia Krabill on July 14, 2020
Patagonia Provisions sent us a box of samples to help fuel a few bikepacking trips over the last year. While one might think that this is just another high-end, pre-packaged camp food brand, there’s a bigger story behind each of Patagonia’s meals, snacks, and seafood products. Here’s our full review…
Marmot Superalloy 2-Person Tent Review
By Miles Arbour on July 2, 2020
Quietly released earlier this year, the Marmot Superalloy is an ultralight, two-person, semi-freestanding tent that weighs just over two pounds and doesn’t skimp on features or interior living space. We got our hands on one to test during several recent route scouting missions. Find photos, specs, and Miles’ first impressions here…
Ways to Attach Water Bottles and Add Cage Mounts to Your Bike
By Logan Watts on June 9, 2020
Updated on June 9, 2020 With the growing popularity of eyelet-mounted bags and cargo cages, bike tourers and bikepackers are increasingly looking for ways to add mounts to their fork or downtube to attach such accessories. In addition, many desert routes and trips through warmer climates require extra hydration, so mounting extra bottle cages or […]