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Have you ever dreamed of riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, but hesitated at the thought of all the planning? Well, who better to help plan your daily mileage, campgrounds, and resupply points than the primary route researcher of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route? Mac McCoy's guidebook Cycling the Great Divide, will ease your planning woes and inspire you to take on this challenging adventure.
Using a handlebar that gives you a variety of hand positions is a good idea when spending long days in the saddle. Adventure Cycling's Patrick shows us the Jones H-Bar® .
Fall is here and it's a great time to remind new riders about layering to stay comfortable, and very importantly, to protect our working joints from the cold.
Psssst, gear junkies. I just noticed our Cyclosource store's clearance prices on Osprey packs and Canari rain pants beat the prices of a major national retailer … by a LOT. See ALL of the clearance products in our Cyclosource store and from September 18–28, take an additional 20% off.
When slaying singletrack, panniers can get in the way. How to haul the heft? We let Revelate Designs' bike bags from our Cyclosource store carry the load up and out of the way on this week-long, Durango to Moab trip.
Take the washing machine with you! This spring, Cyclosource brought in a unique travel accessory for life on the road. We have your solution to saving money, sustainability, and most importantly––cleanliness. It’s called the Scrubba™ wash bag.
Cyclosource takes a closer look at the lightest waterproof panniers on the market today.
The Salsa Anything Bag and Anything Cage HD Explained
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.
Didn't get what you wanted this year?
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.