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by Aaron Teasdale. While cyclists have been exploring unruly stretches of earth on bicycles for generations, mountain bikes — with their stout frames, bump-smoothing suspension, and wide, knobby tires — make it easier and more fun. Put simply, mountain bikes have forever changed and expanded the sport of bicycling by opening up a new world of terrain for velo exploration.
Here, in ascending order of epic-ness, are the ten best multi-day day mountain bike extravaganzas in North America. Sure, there are other great rides, but the ones below are both time-tested and well-defined — they have clear routes, maps, etc.
by Aaron Teasdale. There's nothing magical or particularly difficult about lightening your touring load. It simply requires planning, cutthroat packing, and a possible financial investment in new gear. Touring in the backcountry is easily possible, and comfortable, with a base gear weight of ten pounds (base gear weight includes all gear carried except food and water).
by Aaron Teasdale. Thanks to a new generation of incredibly light equipment and the pioneering strategies of ultralight backpackers, it's now possible for the modern velo-adventurer to leave the panniers and trailers at home and travel with a base gear weight of fifteen pounds or less.
compiled by Aaron Teasdale. Lightweight packing lists for an early July five-day, off-road ride in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country.
by Aaron Teasdale. A discussion of gear for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route that accompanies Aaron Teasdale's story of his ride on the route's Canadian section (see "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Beautiful" in the July/August 2008 issue of Adventure Cyclist).
story by Alan Kesselheim with photos by Thomas Lee. A simple kindness; people in need and someone else responding. Not a big deal in the cosmic context, but pretty huge if you have the broken pedal. It's the kind of thing that happens in places like Twin Bridges. And it's been happening a lot more since the Twin Bridges Bike Camp went up in the local park in the spring of 2009.