Online Only Features

Our Online Only Features are special collections of content or articles that appear only online. 

May 7, 2013
Geared Up: May 2013
Geared Up: May 2013

by Mike Deme with Patrick Finley and Josh Tack. Reviews of the EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror, the Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S III, Lifeproof Let's Go waterproof iPhone case and Bike & Bar Mount, the Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt Micro headlight, The MILEPOST 65th Edition Alaska and Canada bike travel planner, TerraLUX LightStar 80 LED Flashlight, and Brooks Leather bar tape. 

May 1, 2013
Tour It Yourself: Cycling In Europe
Tour It Yourself: Cycling In Europe

by Joe Morris. Europe is the birthplace of the Tour de France, the rear derailer, the Dutch utility bike, and the trans-continental bike route. Nevertheless, it can be intimidating to plan your own bike tour there. How do you choose a route? Where do you stay? How much planning do you really need to do?

Touring Bike Buyer's Guide
Touring Bike Buyer's Guide

Adventure Cyclist began publishing practical advice for buying a touring bike in 1996. The articles have covered all kinds of bikes that can be used for bicycle travel — true touring bikes, mountain bikes, tandems, recumbents, cross bikes, etc. They have also included lists of manufacturers that make these bikes and their contact information. Despite the amount of time that has passed since many of these articles were published, we think they still contain a lot of useful information and advice. We hope you find them useful.

How to Mountain Bike Tour
How to Mountain Bike Tour

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.

Top 10 Mountain Bike Tours
Top 10 Mountain Bike Tours

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.

Lighten Up: Bikepacking
Bikepacking: Less Gear, More Fun

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). 

Ultralight Touring
Ultralight Touring: A Primer

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.

Ultralight Packing List
Ultralight Packing List

compiled by Aaron Teasdale. Lightweight packing lists for an early July five-day, off-road ride in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country.

Gear for the Great Divide
Gear for the Great Divide

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).

Twin Bridges: Rural Friendliness Pays Dividends
Twin Bridges: Rural Friendliness Pays Dividends

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.

Fatbike Buyer's Guide — List of Manufacturers
Fatbike Buyer's Guide — List of Manufacturers

by Nicholas Carman. A rundown of currently available fatbikes ranging from (relatively) budget-friendly to full-custom titanium rigs to get you off the beaten track. 

Geared Up: July 2014
Geared Up: July 2014

by Mike Deme and Alex Strickland. Reviews of RecoFit Armcoolers, Power Crunch, Brooks Slender Leather Grips, NiteIze Gear Line, GU Energy, and Darn Tough socks. 

Geared Up: May 2014
Geared Up: May 2014

by Mike Deme and Alex Strickland. Reviews of Sugru rubber, KIND Bars, the Nite Ize SpokeLit light, Coghlan's 10L Dry Bag, the Outdoor Products Ripcord pack and the Native Linville Sunglasses. 

Tour It Yourself: Cycling In Europe
Tour It Yourself: Cycling In Europe

by Joe Morris. Europe is the birthplace of the Tour de France, the rear derailer, the Dutch utility bike, and the trans-continental bike route. Nevertheless, it can be intimidating to plan your own bike tour there. How do you choose a route? Where do you stay? How much planning do you really need to do?

Touring Bike Buyer's Guide
Touring Bike Buyer's Guide

Adventure Cyclist began publishing practical advice for buying a touring bike in 1996. The articles have covered all kinds of bikes that can be used for bicycle travel — true touring bikes, mountain bikes, tandems, recumbents, cross bikes, etc. They have also included lists of manufacturers that make these bikes and their contact information. Despite the amount of time that has passed since many of these articles were published, we think they still contain a lot of useful information and advice. We hope you find them useful.

How to Mountain Bike Tour
How to Mountain Bike Tour

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.

Top 10 Mountain Bike Tours
Top 10 Mountain Bike Tours

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.

Lighten Up: Bikepacking
Bikepacking: Less Gear, More Fun

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). 

Ultralight Touring
Ultralight Touring: A Primer

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.

Ultralight Packing List
Ultralight Packing List

compiled by Aaron Teasdale. Lightweight packing lists for an early July five-day, off-road ride in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country.

Gear for the Great Divide
Gear for the Great Divide

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).

Twin Bridges: Rural Friendliness Pays Dividends
Twin Bridges: Rural Friendliness Pays Dividends

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.