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If you’re like a lot of new bikepackers looking to upgrade your DIY handlebar set up crafted of rope or straps after a couple of overnighters, there are some great options for you. An off-the-shelf solution will likely provide a more stable, reliable, and user-friendly product. We commend the utilitarianism in make-shift gear, but sometimes … [ Read More ]


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April 5, 2021

Decisions on the Ice

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To dare to cycle on fresh ice you need to know how to read the signs. You need to test and make sure about what you want to do and that where you want to ride is safe. If it’s not and you break through the surface it could end up being a fatal mistake. … [ Read More ]



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March 10, 2021

Sweetrolls and Drop Bars

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A frequent question we get is how or if the Sweetroll works with drop bars. This post will help to explain the setup. First some basics, with drops you are limited in width but not so much in tire clearance. This is the opposite of mountain bike flat bars where width is basically limitless but … [ Read More ]


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January 24, 2021

Finding Narnia

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My wife understood that I had been working too hard in the build-up to Christmas. It’s normal for my line of work. It was agreed that after a few days’ rest and serious attention to the kids, I could take some time for myself. Newly armed with a packraft and a fat bike I could … [ Read More ]



A couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of a dry spell to have a go at a fast ride on the Cairngorms Loop. I’ve ridden most of the loop many times, but somehow have never gotten around to riding all of it continuously. Based on what I knew and other people’s rides, I figured … [ Read More ]


In the midst of a global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, like many of you, we felt it was necessary to respect the movement and start listening. Many of the day to day communications we are used to having have suddenly seem inconsequential. It’s hard to hear and learn when you’re talking, so … [ Read More ]



After four days of racing on the iconic sled dog course, Revelate ambassador Kurt Refsnider just became the first rookie to take the overall win at the Iditarod Trail Invitational 350. Amid some of the toughest conditions in years, racers pushed through fresh snow, 50 mph winds, drifted-in trails, and overnight temperatures that dipped to … [ Read More ]


Before last winter, I never anticipated that I’d find myself on any sort of path leading toward the Iditarod Trail Invitational. I had, however, followed the race each winter for the past decade through Craig Medred’s captivating writing about the event for different news outlets. I’ve long admired the athletes who patiently work their way … [ Read More ]



One thing you learn early on about bikepacking is that every trip is an evolution of strategy and kit. One common dilemma, especially amongst the “vertically challenged” is that it can be hard to find the right combination of capable bike + gear. To get the “low down” on kit and strategy we asked Elisa … [ Read More ]


One thing you learn early on about bikepacking is that every trip is an evolution of strategy and kit. One common dilemma is that it can be hard to find the right combination of capable bike + gear, especially if you don’t have a large frame to pack with ease. To get the lowdown on … [ Read More ]