Search and State: High Tech from NYC’s Garment District15 Oct 3 Joe Cruz / apparel
Search and State makes all of their cycling apparel in New York City’s Garment District. Their early focus was racewear, but adventurous off-the-grid cycling was always in their DNA. They’ve just introduced a jacket conceived specifically for expedition style bikepacking, designed with Joe Cruz as a consultant. Read on to see how he got involved and his eye-opening introduction to made-in-the-USA small batch technical wear.
380 mi. / 612 km8 days
Adriatic Crest, Croatia80 Aug 2 Joe Cruz EuropeThe Adriatic Crest visits the rugged side of coastal and island Croatia. The sea is a constant companion glinting temptingly in the distance while the ride traverses challenging contrasts of dry rocky backcountry double and single track, intimate tunnels of trees, long spans of steeply up and down gravel roads, and traffic-free forgotten radiant hot tarmac. Yes, there are opportunities to swim, but this ride is mostly about adventure.
Why Cycles S7 Review: Rodeo Bikepacking14 Apr 25 Joe Cruz / bikes
Joe took the 27.5+ titanium Why Cycles S7 to southeastern Utah for a bikepacking trip and trail rides on several Moab classics. Read the review to find out what this beautiful beast is all about, down to the engraved Ed Abbey quote and the torx-head bottle mount bolts…
613 mi. / 987 km20 days
Tian Shan Traverse, Kyrgyzstan215 Nov 29 Joe Cruz AsiaKyrgyzstan soars to every superlative and defies you to invent new ones. It’s beautiful, culturally compelling, and physically challenging: Grass carpet single and double track for days through rolling river valleys between 5,000 meter snow covered peaks, delirious mountain passes with the clack and rattle of scree under tires, and friendly and outgoing nomadic horsemen herding sheep and cattle. This central asian country will race your heart and is a dreamscape for adventurous cyclists.
Norway: Grey and Glittering10 May 4 Joe Cruz / video
A heady first film by Joe Cruz capturing a summer bikepacking trip from Sweden through Norway to Oslo… plus, background details on its making.
Surly Ice Cream Truck Ops Review: Five Fun Days40 Dec 1 Joe Cruz / bikes
When loaded with standard bags and modest bikepacking weight, Surly’s Ice Cream Truck is a pleasure to pedal: easy to steer on loose ascents, confident and quick handling down technical chutes, and predictable through twisting treelined singletrack. It’s a capable and flat out fun bike.
260 mi. / 418 km6-8 days
Bikepacking Slovenia: The West Loop216 Aug 6 Joe Cruz EuropeSlovenia—east of Italy’s Dolomites, south of Austria and sharing borders with Croatia and Hungary—has everything an intrepid cycle tourist could want. This loop includes remote dirt roads through rolling hills, picturesque towns, steep climbs, and bits of single track to keep you grinning. It’s a great introduction to this wonderful country.
166 mi. / 267 km4 days
Bike Touring Jordan: Petra to Aquaba via Wadi Rum14 Oct 7 Joe Cruz The Middle EastA route packed with desert sands, olive trees, mind-bending landscapes, and rock cut architecture dating from the 3rd century B.C.E...
285 mi. / 459 km6 days
Dirt Road Touring Peru: Cajamarca to Caraz19 Oct 3 Joe Cruz Latin America3000 meter climbs out of deep valleys, hypoxic high altitude passes, glinting sapphire lakes, tiny villages bright with laughter and ice cream, cobbled and dirt roads, ancient civilizations and a politically energetic present...
55 mi. / 89 km3 days
Bikepacking Ecuador: The Inca Trail7 Oct 2 Joe Cruz Latin AmericaThe famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is only the slightest fragment of the full network of roads used during pre-Colombian times to link parts of the Incan empire.