Bike & Gear Reviews

Select bike and gear reviews that appear on the Adventure Cycling blog from Adventure Cyclist contributors.

October 23, 2018
Geared Up: Shoulder Season Shopping
Geared Up: Shoulder Season Shopping

By Nick Legan and Ally Mabry  Depending on where you live, the shoulder season could roll on for a while, or the snow could start to fly any day. This selection is as mixed up as the late-October weather.

September 25, 2018
Great Divide Tested
Great Divide Tested

By Nick Legan  Our Tech Editor tackled the Tour Divide, racing from Banff to Antelope Wells in under 25 days. No matter your speed, this gear has shown it can handle anything.

August 17, 2018
Hitching Up a New Burley
Hitching Up a New Burley

By Dan Meyer  Has soft-sided luggage supplanted the single-wheel trailer? Burley doesn’t think so. Our “I’m not a trailer guy” reviewer investigates.

August 17, 2018
Geared Up: Gears for Gravel Bikes
Geared Up: Gears for Gravel Bikes

By Dan Meyer  Gravel bikes look like great touring options except for one crucial deal-breaker: they’re geared way too high. We look at options to add some low end to otherwise potentially perfect bikes.

August 17, 2018
First Impressions: Trek 520
First Impressions: Trek 520

By Alex Strickland  Trek revamps the venerable 520 with discs and brifters, but does the longest-running bike in the brand’s history carry on its old-school tradition?

July 23, 2018
Geared Up: Reflectors, a Carbon Adventure Fork, and more
Geared Up: Reflectors, a Carbon Adventure Fork, and more

By Nick Legan and Alex Strickland  A pair of reflector solutions, possibly the only straight-steerer carbon touring fork, bags small and large, and more. 

June 25, 2018
Mini Road Test: Montague Allston
Mini Road Test: Montague Allston

By Alex Strickland  A full-size folder could provide the best of both worlds, or it could be a reverse-Goldilocks where nothing is just right. 

June 21, 2018
Geared Up: Navigating Toward Comfort
Geared Up: Navigating Toward Comfort

By Nick Legan  A suspension seatpost, radical saddle, and balm? This edition has a cure for what ails ya', plus a GPS recommendation and the lightest loft.

May 3, 2018
A Cold Fall on the Hot Springs Route: Gear
A Cold Fall on the Hot Springs Route: Gear

By Aaron Teasdale  A look at the gear used for a late-season trip on the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route.

May 1, 2018
Exploring New Bikes and Landscapes in Arizona
Exploring New Bikes and Landscapes in Arizona

By Nick Legan  A look at Co-Op Cycles' new ADV line on a three-day tour through the Sonoran borderlands. 

May 1, 2018
Geared Up: Pedal Fit Edition
Geared Up: Pedal Fit Edition

By Nick Legan  Your house has a foundation, so does your bike fit. Start with your feet and you'll have a strong start for dealing with issues that may arise.

April 26, 2018
Road Test: Trek 1120, Another Perspective
Road Test: Trek 1120, Another Perspective

By Alex Strickland  Trek's new 1120 is a purpose-built bikepacking machine, but this reviewer has been riding the closely related 29+ Stache for a few seasons. How do the bikes compare?

April 23, 2018
Surfing the Aisles at the Sea Otter Classic
Surfing the Aisles at the Sea Otter Classic

By Alex Strickland  Cycling season kicks off with California's Sea Otter Classic, but does the fast-growing event have anything for a touring cyclist?

April 13, 2018
What We Saw at CABDA
What We Saw at CABDA

By Scott Wilson  The Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association (CABDA) show has become a midwest magnet for new bikes and gear.

April 9, 2018
Goodyear Comes Back to its Cycling Roots
Goodyear Comes Back to its Cycling Roots

By Nick Legan  Goodyear gets back into bikes in a big way with tires for every discipline.