Bike & Gear Reviews

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

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.

January 20, 2017
Mini Road Test: Rivendell Sam Hillborne
Mini Road Test: Rivendell Sam Hillborne

By Patrick O'Grady  This Rivendell is perhaps the quintessential touring bike and we want to find out whether the reality can match the reputation.

January 11, 2017
Geared Up: Winter Apparel
Geared Up: Winter Apparel

By Nick Legan, Mike Deme, and Alex Strickland  Don't let wind, snow, and cold stop your riding this winter with this selection of apparel fit for an "off season" of adventure

December 22, 2016
Road Test: Advocate Lorax
Road Test: Advocate Lorax

By Nick Legan  It's hard not to advocate for this Seussian shape-shifter of a bike.

December 22, 2016
Geared Up: Winter Riding Gear
Geared Up: Winter Riding Gear

By Nick Legan, Mike Deme, and Dan Meyer  Our Montana- and Colorado-based staff brave the elements to bring you the best cold-weather riding equipment.

November 21, 2016
Road Test: Velo Orange Piolet
Road Test: Velo Orange Piolet

By Patrick O'Grady  Big tires, big clearance, big ambitions. Grab your ice axe and let's go.

November 16, 2016
Fine Tuned: Sharing is Caring
Fine Tuned: Sharing is Caring

By Josh Tack Ride Sharing with Strava and Ride with GPS