Bike & Gear Reviews

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

April 25, 2017
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Deep in the Heart of Texas

By Nick Legan  Technical Editor Nick Legan headed for the Hill Country last month to ride the new bikes from REI’s Co-op Cycles and do a little bikepacking among the bluebonnets.

April 25, 2017
Geared Up: Spring has Sprung
Geared Up: Spring has Sprung

By Nick Legan, Josh Tack, and Dan Meyer  The weather is unsettled but the roads and trails are calling. Here’s a selection of spring riding gear to get your season off on the right (dry) foot.

March 23, 2017
Geared Up: Cyclists' Travel Guide Edition
Geared Up: Cyclists' Travel Guide Edition

By Nick Legan and Alex Strickland  Gear picks we couldn't cram into our biggest print issue of the year, these are some highlights for road and trail.

March 21, 2017
2017 Touring Bike Buyer's Guide
2017 Touring Bike Buyer's Guide

By Nick Legan  Whether you’re looking for your first touring bike or your next, our Buyer's Guide is back to guide you toward the right bike for your big adventure.

March 20, 2017
Road Test: Moots Mountaineer 27.5+ YBB
Road Test: Moots Mountaineer 27.5+ YBB

By Nick Legan  A classic touring nameplate is re-imagined as a dedicated bikepacking steed. But is the heritage (and titanium) worth the cost?

March 20, 2017
The Latest in Brakes and Bags
The Latest in Brakes and Bags

By Nick Legan  Bikepacking bags and disc brakes have changed the touring landscapes, no matter if you're riding on road or dirt. Here are a few of the latest options. 

March 20, 2017
Road Test: Trek 520
Road Test: Trek 520

By Patrick O'Grady  A touring classic gains disc brakes but otherwise hews to tradition, after 34 years the Trek 520 remains one of the best bikes out there.

March 16, 2017
NAHBS: Dispatch from a NAHBS Newbie
NAHBS: Dispatch from a NAHBS Newbie

By Alex Strickland  A report from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Salt Lake City. 

March 16, 2017
NAHBS: NAHBS Notables
NAHBS: NAHBS Notables

By Nick Legan  Not every magazine's technical editor is a NAHBS judge — but our's is, and here's what he saw.

March 1, 2017
Geared Up: Mitts by Mary
Geared Up: Mitts by Mary

By Nick Legan  There's no question about who's making these cold-weather pogies. Marquette's Mary Bouchard stands behind her mitts.

February 24, 2017
Road Test: Otso Voytek
Road Test: Otso Voytek

It’s spendy, it’s carbon, and it’s got more available wheel sizes than some bike shops. Is this Minnesota-bred bear of a bike a fat-tired quiver killer? It just might be.

February 16, 2017
Geared Up: Bikepacking Edition
Geared Up: Bikepacking Edition

By Nick Legan, Alex Strickland, and Mike Deme  A bikepacking shoe blowout, plus other gear for your next off-road adventure.

February 1, 2017
Road Test: Tout Terrain Tanami Xplore
Road Test: Tout Terrain Tanami Xplore

By Nick Legan  This gearbox-equipped touring bike is built for the long haul, but it doesn't come cheap.

January 31, 2017
2017 Fat Bike Buyers Guide
2017 Fat Bike Buyers Guide

By Nick Legan  It's time to get fat over the winter. Whether you already ride big tires or are just thinking about it, this guide will get you rolling.

January 30, 2017
Geared Up: kLite Bikepacker Pro Dynamo Light
Geared Up: kLite Bikepacker Pro Dynamo Light

By Nick Legan  A dynamo system might not be the cheapest option, but for on-the-bike power and lighting, it can't be beat.