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This is a guest post by Patrick O'Grady. Adventure Cycling's Josh Tack is busily cranking out a four-part roundup of all the nifty items he unearthed at this year's Interbike trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Until then, here's a round up of some of my favorites.
Welcome to the first of a four-part series of Interbike roundups. To kick this off, I'll be running down some of my favorite bikes that I spotted on the convention floor. These are all going to be new models for 2014.
Finely scented inserts for your shoes. They smell good, keep your shoes dry after wet rides, and will be appreciated by all who come in close contact with your cycling shoes.
"How much weight should I carry on my tour?" That's one of the most frequently asked questions we get from up and coming bicycle tourists, and it's a difficult question to answer without knowing the person well. Here are a few factors that can play a role in how much you should pack for a tour.
The heat of the summer is not over yet, and if a couple water bottles won't cut it for your long rides, a hydration pack is a solid option.
In his August/September 2013 "Fine Tuned" column, Josh Tack takes a look at the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera. Check out these clips from his riding footage.
Helmet mounted speakers were the Fine Tuned topic of discussion in the latest issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. Since that article, I've had a chance to play around with another bicycle speaker system, the boomBOTTLE from Scosche.
The Growler Cage. Designed specifically for carting beer growlers from the brewery back to your house or party, but also a great option for hauling a lot of water on your next bicycle trip.
In the most recent issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine I wrote about upcycling used bicycle parts into something new and usable. Here's a quick rundown of one of my favorite DIY projects.
It never fails, I always manage to learn a few lessons after every tour. Truth be told, they're probably lessons I've learned before, but it's always good to have a refresher ahead of a new season.
Can't settle on a color for your new bar tape? Check out the dual color tape from Lizard Skins. Looks good, feels great, and is long lasting.
Thought GPS units and smartphones were the end of the cycle computers? Check out how Knog is making them relevant again.
As our month of fat-friendly coverage comes to an end, I thought I'd bring up an overlooked, but much-appreciated accessory for cycling, particularly for touring cyclists: fenders.
The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has proven to be a showcase for bicycles and ideas that find their way into mass-market bikes, and into the mainstream. “Touring bicycles” have followed a hard line for decades, demanding 700c wheels, drop handlebars, and attachment points for fenders, racks, and water bottles. Recently, the traditional touring bike has been challenged by modern concepts born on the dirt tracks of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), above treeline on the Colorado Trail, and on the 1100-mile Alaskan Iditarod Trail. Riding off-pavement promises low traffic volumes, excellent camping, and extraordinary scenery. To access remote settings via unpaved routes, several deviations from the concept of a traditional touring bike can help.
Earlier this year we were tipped off that the AMC Network will be pushing out a new television series later this fall. The working title is The Biking Dead, and it is set to air along side their popular The Walking Dead series, which will be entering it's fourth season this year. Adventure Cycling was granted an exclusive interview with the producer of The Biking Dead, Frank Darabont, and we're excited to give you an insider's look at what you can expect from this new series.
Whether you're riding on gravel roads, or simply a rough stretch of pavement, road vibrations can take a heavy toll on your lower back, shoulders, and overall mood. Your body absorbs any vibrations that your bike puts out through the three contact points you have with your bike. These contact points are your hands, feet, and derriere. To help smooth things out, here are a couple tweaks and upgrades you can make on your bike.
In my latest "Fine Tuned" column in this month's Adventure Cyclist, I focused on gravel riding. Gravel roads are where I tend to spend the majority of my time in the saddle, so it's an exciting topic for me. To keep the momentum running, today I'm going to run down some of my favorite gravel tires.
I find it interesting that most cars come standard with three rearview mirrors, but bicycles are sold without any! Perhaps the thought is that bicycles don’t have a reverse gear, so why would you need mirrors for backing up? But seriously, cycle mirrors not only let you see what the cars behind you are doing — if used correctly, they can also enable you influence how the traffic will pass you.
A peculiar looking fork, Salsa's Enabler first caught my eye a few years ago when introduced as their rigid 29er "adventure fork." It has since become the stock fork on their Mukluk line of fat bikes and it is becoming a go-to option for a fatbike frame build. While putting together a fatbike build earlier this winter, I took an opportunity to purchase one and put it to use with my setup. Although I haven't tested it to it's fullest potential for overnight adventures and gear hauling, it has steered wonderfully so far and I have thoroughly enjoyed some of the features of this unique fork.
In the current issue of Adventure Cyclist, I brought up compact frame geometry in my Fine Tuned column. One benefit of compact geometry that I failed to bring up in that article is in the case of fat bikes, where it seems to be heavily favored.
It's Fat Bike February, and with the future of fat bikes so bright, you had best be wearing some shades. When talking about fat bike apparel, there is often a lot of focus on warm layers, and waterproof clothing, however, sunglasses are a pivotal piece of equipment. Whether you're riding through the snow or along a beach, chances are you're going to have a lot of surface area around you reflecting the sunlight back up into your face, intensifying it the sun's effect. This can impair your vision, and believe it or not, squinting does soak up a good amount of energy over the long run, which you would much rather put into pedaling.
According to presenters from QBP this weekend at the second annual Fat Bike Summit, there are around 10,000 fat bikes out in the world today. They expect that number to double in the next twelve months. Where will they be used? What is the future of fatbiking?
We all know that recumbents are becoming increasingly more popular among touring-oriented cyclists. The reasons for this are many.
It's a true story that I'm a huge sucker for limited-edition runs of products. Recently, I caved and snagged a pair of Bont Thor Hushovd signature-edition cycling shoes, and I'm brainstorming another tour for this summer so I can swing by the Adventure Cycling office to snag another Bikelingual bandana, available only to touring cyclists who visit our headquarters.
Riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike route this past summer gave me a whole new appreciation for bottle cages. I began the ride with three different bottle cage models, and by the time I hit the border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, only one bottle cage survived.