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So you’re starting to put together that next bike tour. You’ve loaded and unloaded everything multiple times. Always trying to streamline your gear. It seems that everything packs well except for that sleeping bag. It’s big, bulky and you bought it years ago trying the get the best bang for your buck by purchasing a bag designed for 3 seasons. You’ve always wanted down but what if it gets wet? No good, right? Well, look no further. Kelty’s DriDown is the solution in its down sleeping bags.
SealSkinz have mostly been known for their waterproof socks and gloves. Being a company that specializes in technical protection for the extremities, they now have a cycling summer glove. For years, Adventure Cycling Cyclosource has carried the Sealskinz brand. This year I’m excited that we’ve brought on the glove made for the miles.
Nuu-Muu sprang to life in 2007 to address a grievous lack of fantastic women's fitness wear. I fell in love this summer when I met the Nuu-Muu ladies at Outdoor Retailer.
It’s been said before, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Winter can push many bikes into garages waiting for another season of warm dry weather. It doesn’t have to be that way. With the right clothing, winter can be an amazing time to ride! The people at Showers Pass know how to make that happen.
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Over the years I’ve lost a number of pants to hungry chainrings. Double that number have been besmirched by the dark aftermath of chain contact.
We rely on our most frequently used cycling gear to always be in its peak performance. Whether it is our shoes, clothes (shorts, jackets, jerseys), panniers, or helmets, they all get wet and can create stench and bacteria over time. We here at Cyclosource have found Stuffits to be a great solution to prolonging the use of your gear as well as keeping it smelling fresh and clean.
Bike touring, like all touring, requires the need to carry gear. Yes, we have bags and panniers designed to hold most everything, but inevitably there will be that extra piece of gear that must ride on top. It’s crucial that those extra items, which tend to be strapped on last minute, are secured and able to withstand miles of bouncing around. Rok Straps has the ultimate solution.
I was first introduced to the Polar Bottle in the mid-90’s at Interbike, the industry trade show. Since then I have used the bottles to stay hydrated and to promote Adventure Cycling.
The issue at hand for the entire Cat Ears product line is the sound created by wind passing over one’s ear cavity as well as any additional noise created by the chin strap as it passes in front of the ear. This sound can inhibit one’s ability to distinguish traffic noise, often a first line of defense, particularly in an urban setting.
Typically there are two great reasons for having a substantial and fully equipped tool kit onboard your bike. The first, of course, is taking care of your own breakdown or repairs while out on the road. The second best reason is that you can stop and help a fellow cyclist who may be in need. Hero Kit does just that with their repair kits.
I first wore the Canari leg warmers on a cold, June morning as I was volunteering at a bicycle rodeo for Bike Walk Bus Week. It was going to be a long day and I knew I’d be super-hot by the afternoon but freezing at 7am.
September heralds autumn here in Montana, and summer is over in a snap. I’m not saying that it’s winter yet, but Missoula’s forecast tonight is calling for temps in the low 30s. That makes tomorrow’s commute to the office brisk, to say the least. Last year, Cyclosource brought on the Walz winter wool cycling cap. Tomorrow morning’s ears will be glad it did.
So my cell phone renewal was up and it was time to step into the present day and age with a smart phone. These new phones or micro computers aren’t cheap, so keeping such a device dry and clean is crucial. Sure, there are cases of all kinds, but I chose the Loksak waterproof bag for my go-to protection from the elements.
I’ve been using a Kelty Gunnison tent for over five years. I have the three person model and I’ve used it for family camping and event style bike trips.
Some folks find their way as map readers and others read only the narratives. Most cyclists use both modes while pedaling their route. If you’re a narratives reader and like to rely on the turn by turn text directions, then consider the CueClip made by Ohio Travel Bag.
We hope it never happens to you, but having your bike and/or gear walk off without you can be a horrible experience and possibly the end of a great trip. One of our most popular items that riders purchase along with maps and panniers is the RavX Combo X Pocket lock.
From cleaning your dishes to cleaning your skin, keeping clean is an important aspect of comfort and health on the road. Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource store carries just the thing: the Scrubr dish cloth for pots and pans and the Trekr wash cloth for your skin, both by Luntatec.
When I saw the women’s specific t-shirts in the Clockwork Gears booth at Interbike I knew I wanted to carry one in the next Cyclosource catalog. I was hooked by a mermaid on a bicycle and ordered one to test.
It’s new and improved! What I appreciate about Detours is that they go out of their way to ask for input on their products and then implement the changes. For 2014, Detours made some great changes to their popular D2R Handlebar bag and we are proud to say Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource team was able to help out.
Old Man Mountain racks are prized for their efficiency, light weight, and ability to achieve a high-level dynamic load capacity. They feature proprietary tooling, down to their own painstakingly designed and crafted welding jigs.
Planning a bike tour always lends our focus to the bike, the seat, pedals, panniers, and the route itself. We are often so consumed with ensuring the ride is as comfortable as possible, we can sometimes forget to plan for our time off the bike.
So you need that super lightweight pack to take along with you for the ride? Maybe there are some groceries to go get, laundry to haul, or an amazing day hike just off of your route?
For long days in the saddle, variety in hand position usually results in happier wrists. I look forward to bikecamping and touring with this easily loaded bar.
One of the reasons I love travel narratives is that I feel like I personally know the author by the time I finish his or her book. This time, I met Heather Andersen first as our tour leader on Adventure Cycling’s San Juan Island Inn to Inn Tour in 2013, and read her book, I Never Intended to Be Brave, A Woman’s Bicycle Journey Through Southern Africa, months later.