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For someone who relishes riding in the mountains, I’ve long felt a bit reticent for having never ridden more than a few miles in Nevada, the most mountainous state in the U.S. Years ago, I drove across Nevada on Highway 50, “The Loneliest Highway,” en route to a geology conference in San Francisco. That was … [ Read More ]

Do you love where you ride? Bikepacking Roots does! This week Bikepacking Roots is launching their Love Where You Ride project.  Love Where You Ride is an educational project that offers bikepackers the knowledge and skills to not only minimize their impacts on the landscape through which we ride, but also have a positive impact … [ Read More ]

November 9, 2021

Winter Biking 101: How to get started

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Winter is well on its way, especially up here in Alaska. The mountains are covered in snow and folks are starting to dust off their fat bikes. I had the opportunity to learn about winter riding last year when I signed up for the Susitna Half Hundred, a 50-mile bike race through Alaska’s remote wilderness. … [ Read More ]

Hosting or attending a local gravel bikepacking ride can be super exciting but you have to be organized. Here is some advice that will help with the success of a trip. Tip 1: Make Sure You Have The Right Gear Packing for a bikepacking trip takes some time but is totally worth the extra effort … [ Read More ]

I live in a small town in regional South Australia on the banks of the Murray River, surrounded by orange groves, vineyards and fields full of avocados and sheep.  On many weekends I avoid the waterfront, full of jet skis, moored house boats and holiday makers in all hues of sunburn.  How I ended up … [ Read More ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]