This week’s Debrief features the McNally Micro Musette, WZRD Dragon T, new short-nosed saddle from Ergon, Ride With GPS’s Cutty Cap Challenge, more camera talk, three events to follow live, and more. Find it all here…

The weekly Debrief highlights small but important bits of news, products, and things that caught our attention on the website, in the conversation, and elsewhere around the community. These include upcoming events and interesting items our readers shared in the comments. Check out this week’s findings below.

Bits & Bobs

New products that are worth highlighting but didn’t make the Dispatch…

Ornot McNally Micro Musette

Made in USA / $38 at Ornot

Ornot's McNally Micro Musette

Ornot just shared an Instagram reminder that their latest Micro Musette featuring beautiful artwork from our pal Chris McNally—as seen in our 2024 Sea Otter coverage—is now available for purchase. In Ornot’s words, “Whether you’re carrying a spare set of clothes, sandwiches for all your friends, or extra shoes, it’s designed to accommodate everything within reason.” The limited edition bags feature a large repeating pattern made from treasures found throughout Chris’s sketchbooks and cost $38.

RAB Mythic Ultra 120

Made in UK / $465 at RAB

At just 330 grams, the new RAB Mythic Ultra 120 is the UK brand’s lightest and most packable sleeping bag yet. The top and underside of the leg area is insulated with 900 fill-power goose, it’s made from a recycled 10-denier nylon fabric, and the underside of the bag is left uninsulated to save weight. It has an interesting diagonal zipper, a pouch to create a pillow using your puffy, and there are integrated straps to lash around your sleeping pad to avoid cold spots.

Fizik Ergolace X2 in Mud/Grape

Made in Taiwan / $150 at Fizik

Fizik Ergolace X2 Mud/Grape

Fizik’s ride-anywhere, adventure-ready off-road shoe, the Terra Ergolace X2, is back in an online-exclusive mud/grape colorway. Part of Fizik’s all-terrain Terra lineup, the Ergolace X2 is a great choice for on- and off-bike exploration, bikepacking, and general riding duties. The new mud/grape color is only available in the clipless version, but make sure to check out Miles’ long-term review of the Ergolace X2 Flats, after pedaling 2,000 kilometers around Australia.

Ombraz Cammina

Made in Italy / $160 at Ombraz

Ombraz Cammina

The new Ombraz Cammina is the brand’s first armless frame made completely in Italy. From Ombraz: “With vintage subtleties, this slender frame is just as suitable for exploring the alpine as it is for strolling to your favorite corner cafe. The Cammina’s contours complement round, square, and narrow face shapes, and they look fantastic on both women and men.”

PNW Loam Carbon Handlebar now in 31.8mm

Made in Taiwan / $149 at PNW Components

PNW Loam 31.8mm

The PNW Loam Carbon Bar is now available with a 31.8mm clamp size, alongside the standard 35mm option. It’s engineered to perform exactly the same as the larger diameter version, comes with your choice of 10 decal colors, and either a 25mm or 38mm rise.

WZRD Dragon Drop T-Shirt

Made in Canada / $45 CAD at WZRD

WZRD Dragon Drop

“THE GREED OF ONE WILL NEVER DEFEAT THE POWER OF MANY.” WZRD’s new T-shirt features a stunning design made by Emma’s partner April. Each T-shirt is union-made in Canada by Ethica on 50% organic cotton/50% recycled polyester shirts. Sizes small to 5XL available for pre-order now.

Otso Cycles Demo Bikes on Sale!

Made in Taiwan / 40% off at Otso Cycles

Otso Voytek 2

Otso Cycles is clearing out their demo and exclusive bike fleet and passing the savings onto you. These include bikes that were used in photoshoots, demos at Otso dealers, and/or displayed at events. Some of these bikes have never been ridden. While they last, you can save up to 40% off on select sizes of Arctodus Ti, Voytek, Waheela C, and Warakin Stainless models.

Ergon SR Tri Series Saddles

Made in Germany / $249 at Ergon

Ergon SR Tri Saddle

Designed for triathletes and time trialists but also catering to riders who prefer short-nosed saddles, the new European-made Ergon SR Tri Series saddles were shaped with performance and efficiency in mind. There are four new models offered based on gender and riding position.

In Conversation

Exchanges and ideas that caught our attention in the site’s conversation section…

How Do You Carry Your Camera?

Lucas’s post on searching for a camera bag to replace his Porcelain Rocket Mini Slinger generated some great discussion about how folks are carrying their cameras on the bike and what bags have worked for them. We know not everyone likes the idea of their camera bouncing around on the bike, though, and we’re curious to know what method works for you. If you like to carry a camera on your rides, let us know which of the three most common options best describes your preferred style by voting below:

Around the Community

News from around the bikepacking world…

Bikepacking Cyprus on Gravel Bikes

Some more gravel bikepacking around the island republic of Cyprus. In the video above, Josh Reid and friends spend a few days finding gravel tracks and good food on their way across the mountains. In case you missed it, be sure to check out our Cyprus Crossing route.

Ride With GPS Cutty Cap Challenge

Ride With GPS Cutty Cap Challenge

Every year, Ride With GPS holds the Cutty Cap Challenge, a worldwide scavenger hunt encouraging folks to go out and look for them. They just announced that the 2024 RWGPS Cutty Caps are in the process of being hidden in 30 cities all over the world. Cap locations go live Saturday, May 18th. Find all the details here.

It’s Never Too Late: Discovering Bikepacking Beyond 50

In Rebecca Rusch’s latest video, she joins Juliet Starrett for her first-ever bikepacking trip following The Fool’s Loop in Arizona. In the video, Juliet shares her firsthand experiences, including the hurdles she faced, lessons she learned, and some reflection on why taking on challenges like this is so important as she ages.

Orucase: How to MacGyver a Dropout Protector

orucase dropout protector

Specializing in bike travel cases, travel bags, and duffels, Orucase knows a thing or two about traveling with a bike. In their latest guide, they lay out a simple way to create a dummy axle/dropout protector to hold your bike’s dropout in position with the wheel removed. Find a step-by-step guide over at Orucase.com.

Bikepacking the Texas Hill Country!

David Lamb spent a weekend bikepacking in the Texas Hill Country a couple of months ago. The route, which you can find here, begins and ends at the Oxford Ranch Campground. The Texas Hill Country Overnighter is a great little ride that’s even approachable to many beginners.

Huge Velo Orange Restock

Velo Orange

Velo Orange just announced their latest restock of parts and accessories, and this one includes a bunch of Lucas’s favorites from over the years. If you’ve been waiting, now’s your chance to pick up a pair of Grand Cru Brake Levers, a threadless stem in an array of shapes and sizes, metallic cable kits, 32-hole disc rear hubs, Klunker bars, many varieties of fenders, and more. See a full list of what’s back in stock here.

Monolith Tools: How to Measure for Spoke Length & What is ERD?

Building a wheel soon? Not sure what ERD is? Monolith Tools’s latest video covers that and more, and it looks like a great resource for anyone diving into the world of custom wheel building.

Events Starting Soon

What to watch this weekend and bikepacking events starting soon…

THREE RIVERS WAY: VISTA & MOUNTAIN

Vista 300 & Mountain 420 2018

Three Rivers Way is an epic bikepacking journey through the deep woods and beautiful backroads of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Named for the three rivers that define this gorgeous landscape—the Ocoee, Hiwassee, and Tellico—Three Rivers Way is comprised of two different routes: the Mountain (430 miles/48,500 feet) and the Vista (316 miles/34,500 feet). The grand depart took off from Delano, Tennessee, yesterday morning and there are 12 riders out tackling the event. Follow along here.

Carso Trail

carso trail bikepacking

Overlooking the stunning Gulf of Trieste, on the border between Italy and Slovenia, the Carso Trail is an unsupported bikepacking adventure following an epic 350-kilometer route across the Slovenian and Italian karst. The 2024 grand depart took off from Trieste this morning, and you can follow the riders live here.

Seven Serpents

seven serpents 2024

Seven Serpents is an unsupported 850-kilometer bikepacking challenge from Ljubljana to Trieste through the Croatian islands following gravel and side roads. There are over 100 riders registered for the event, which starts from Ljubljana this Sunday at 7:00am local time. Follow their progress live here.

Wish We Were Here

Shedding a little light on a route one of us is dreaming about riding at the moment…

Miles Arbour: New Zealand

Tom Powell, Bikepacking New Zealand

One of our big takeaways from riding around Australia for two months last year was that most mountain bikers we met told us we needed to ride in New Zealand next. From the handful of routes we have here on the site, as well as stories like this from Tom Powell, have had Emily and me dreaming about a short-term relocation to escape another Canadian winter. The No. 8 Wired route looks promising, but I also can’t help but start scheming up a route of my own.

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