Roll Up, Roll Up… Half Price Surly Omniterras!16 Dec 11 Cass Gilbert / culture
Ever wondered what it’s like to ride through snow, crawl through sand, traverse bog, or float over corrugation? Surly have just announced a 50% price cut on several of their most capable omniterras. If you’ve felt that fat bike itch, perhaps this is the time to scratch it…
Bikepacking Cuisine: Thai Salmon Curry3 Dec 7 Cass Gilbert / food
We all know the importance of a full belly at the end of the day to ride-weary bikepackers. And while pretty much everything tastes great after hours in the saddle, in this series of bikepacking recipes, we’ll be suggesting simple, nutritious and easy-to-cook camping cuisine that will help ‘up’ your culinary game.
Burly Boots: Shimano XM9 Shoe Review14 Nov 24 Cass Gilbert / apparel
Planning a serious bikepacking expedition? Look no further than Shimano’s XM9s, built with the adventurous bikepacker in mind…
319 mi. / 513 km4-5 days
Apaches, conquistadores, and a bomb: a historical bikepack in New Mexico.20 Nov 18 Cass Gilbert USAIs it that time of the year when the weather takes a turn for the worse? When the endless dirt roads, winter sun and big blue skies of the South West make an enticing escape from the snowbound north? If so, this dirt, gravel and paved road bikepacking trip in New Mexico could be for you. A four-day ride, it offers a fascinating historical tour of Central New Mexico, using public transport from Albuquerque to propel you into the heart of the desert action.
Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights8 Nov 13 Cass Gilbert / video
As the nights draw in, think back (or forwards) to those long summer days, and their scope for adventure. And as long summer days go, few are more pronounced than those in the Scottish Highlands, a surprisingly wild and untamed land that promises (in our humble opinion) amongst the best bikepacking in Europe…
Lezyne Zecto Drive Pro Review2 Nov 9 Cass Gilbert / accessories
Lezyne have built themselves a certain reputation for blending form and function into their designs. Not only do their products tend to look great, but rarely do they fall short in performance and innovation too. Like the USB-powered Zectro Pro Drive – a compact, dual purpose LED that serves as both backup illumination for bikepacking, and as a powerful safety light for ushering in the approach of winter…
52 mi. / 84 km2-3 days
Family Bikepacking on Aspen Ridge, Salida, Colorado.38 Nov 5 Cass Gilbert USAThe Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is, without doubt, an epic ride. But cut it down into bite size portions, and it has all the ingredients for a series of wonderful family bikepacking adventures. Which is where the inspiration for this ride comes from. As family bikepacking goes, it doesn’t get much better than the high grasslands and aspen groves above Salida, Colorado... especially during the technicolored splendour of fall.
Surly ExtraTerrestrial Tires: First Ride Impressions16 Oct 19 Cass Gilbert / gear
ET is back! Here’s our thoughts, and initial riding impressions, on Surly’s first dedicated, dirt road touring tire for here on Planet Earth.
300 mi. / 483 km6 days
Khangai Mountains Traverse, Mongolia42 Sep 10 Cass Gilbert AsiaMongolia is a backcountry bikepacker's paradise. For a start, just ten percent of its network of roads is paved. Next up, it's one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Best of all, land use is shared. This means you can both ride and camp almost anywhere you like; outside of towns, there's not a fenceline to be seen. Traffic is similarly scarce. For the most part, it's rare to pass more than a few vehicles a day.
250 mi. / 402 km5 days
Bikepacking The Coconino Loop56 Dec 10 Cass Gilbert USAThis challenging loop through Coconino County treats you to some of the best trails in Northern Arizona, including segments of the AZT, and a taste of the red rock (and mystical) world of Sedona.