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How to Build a DIY Cargo Bike (Video)
By Logan Watts on May 17, 2023
YouTuber Elliot Andal built a small, easy-to-ride, easy(ish)-to-build, DIY cargo bike with minimal tools, an old steel frame, some scrap parts, and a little creativity. Watch the video documenting the process here…
Bikepacking Hacks: 3 DIY Seat Packs
By Logan Watts on February 15, 2022
Seat packs and saddlebags are quintessential pieces of bikepacking gear, but they’re often pricey. In our latest Bikepacking Hacks video, Neil walks through some simple and affordable DIY solutions for carrying gear at the rear end of your bike. Watch it here and find a list of options and notes we put together for other low-budget seat pack solutions…
Bikepacking Hacks: Budget & DIY Handlebar Bags
By Logan Watts on February 9, 2022
Getting into bikepacking can seem expensive and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. In our first Bikepacking Hacks video, Neil talks through a few free and cheap ways to carry gear on your handlebars…
We’re Looking for DIY Bikepacking Gear Guides!
By Lucas Winzenburg on December 27, 2021
We love making our own bikepacking gear and finding money-saving DIY hacks, and we’re looking for more MYOBG (Make Your Own Bikepacking Gear) tutorials from the community. Curious to know more or have one to share? Browse our existing how-to guides and find a link to submit your own here…
Our Favorite Bike Shop Tools (Video) + A DIY Bike Pulley System
By Logan Watts on September 22, 2021
Working on your own bike can be a fun and rewarding task, but it’s not possible without the proper tools to do so. In this video, Neil shares six of the most used and loved tools he keeps in his shop and also asks Logan and Miles to chime in with one tool they frequently use, too. Plus, a DIY bike pulley storage system, one of Logan’s personal favorites…
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…
Rigs of the 2023 Highland Trail 550 (HT550)
By Miles Arbour on May 25, 2023
Known for its technical terrain, stunning landscapes, and unforgiving weather, the Highland Trail 550 is a long-distance, self-supported bikepacking race through the legendary Scottish Highlands that packs in a staggering 52,000+ feet of climbing. Find details on more than 35 riders and rigs that will be tackling the 550-mile 2023 Highland Trail 550 here…
Rigs of the 2023 Pinyons and Pines
By Miles Arbour on May 17, 2023
Pinyons and Pines is an annual 300 to 500-mile bikepacking race that starts and ends in Flagstaff, Arizona. The route is a magnificent tour of Northern Arizona, utilizing a mixture of singletrack, dirt roads, and some pavement. With help from the participants, we’ve gathered rig and gear details on over 30 bike setups that will be lining up for tomorrow’s grand depart. Find them all here…