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By Logan Watts on October 1, 2012

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Editorial Team Meet the folks behind Logan Watts Logan Watts founded and is responsible for its overall vision. Before being drawn into the world of bicycle travel and launching the site, he ran a boutique design firm that specialized in branding and website design. Find Logan’s routes, reviews, and stories published weekly. View […]

2021 Arizona Trail Rigs
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Rigs of the 2021 Arizona Trail Race (AZTR)

By Miles Arbour on October 27, 2021

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The 2021 Arizona Trail Race kicks off this week, following a challenging 800 or 300-mile route across the Grand Canyon State. We’re excited to share a collection of 30 rigs that are signed up for tomorrow’s grand depart. Find a gallery of photos and details on each bike and its rider here…

Sarah Swallow 2021 Tour Divide
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Rigs of the 2021 Tour Divide

By Miles Arbour on June 9, 2021

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Back after a brief hiatus, we’re excited to present the Rigs of the 2021 Tour Divide! Find details on more than 70 bikes here, including the gear this year’s riders are bringing along for their roughly 2,400-mile journey…

Forager Cycles Cable Cherries
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Forager Cycles Cable Cherries: First Look

By Logan Watts on November 19, 2020

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Bikepacking Journal contributor Dan Stranahan recently launched Forager Cycles and its flagship product, Cable Cherries, an elegant solution to replace those annoying crimps to keep the ends of derailleur and brake cables from fraying. We had the chance to try them out and ask Dan a few questions about how they came to be…

Bombtrack Audax Al Bikepacking
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2020 Bombtrack Audax and Audax AL: First Impressions

By Cass Gilbert on August 19, 2019

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Continuing our coverage from Bombtrack’s Groundwork launch event: If you’re in the market for a bike primed for bikepacking and gravel riding, you’d be forgiven for thinking Bombtrack’s Audax range doesn’t tick the relevant boxes. But don’t be misled by the name, which suggests long distance, road-based randonneuring… because these bikes can do a whole lot more than that.

Rigs of the Silk Road Mountain Race
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Rigs of the 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race

By Logan Watts on August 14, 2019

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This second annual Silk Road Mountain Race kicks off this weekend. Riders will face a long and arduous course through the remote mountain landscapes of the Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. Over 40 participants sent in photos of their rigs along with details about their kit. See them all here…

Hyperlite UltaMid 2 Review, ultralight Pyramid tent

Collective Reward #024: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultamid 2 Ultralight Pyramid Tent

By Lucas Winzenburg on March 6, 2019

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We’ve got something extra special lined up for our 24th Collective Reward gear giveaway. One lucky Bikepacking Collective member will receive an UltaMid 2 Ultralight Pyramid Tent from our friends at Hyperlite Mountain Gear. See complete details below…

First Bikepacking Trip France GR4
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Sibling Bikepacking: Riding France’s GR4

By Cass Gilbert on October 25, 2018

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Have you bikepacked with a sibling? There are few finer ways to share experiences and create new memories with your family. After some last-minute purchases – including both a brand new bike and an Opinel pocket knife – Cass is joined by his brother Nick in the south of France for a bikepacking initiation, in the form of a perfect segment of the GR4…

Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route: Dirt Road Version

By Cass Gilbert on March 21, 2017

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Important Route Update May 9, 2018: After recent reports concerning safety around the village of Buenos Aires (south of the border with Colombia), we sugggest bypassing the area due to the activity of illegal gold mines and the ensuing tension between miners and local people. This is the sad consequence of unregulated mining and has […]

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Couple Embarks on Trans-USA Bikepacking Odyssey

By Sarah Swallow on August 4, 2015

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Is it possible to piece together an unpaved bikepacking route across the US, primarily on gravel and dirt? Apparently it is, and these two cyclists are on a mission to prove it…