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Adventure is one of those words, that despite being in the dictionary, can be particularly hard to define. Everyone has their own version of what it should be. For some it’s that epic, once-in-a-lifetime trip that involves serious mental anguish and high chance of failure. And for others, it’s just taking an alternative route to the grocery store. We’re not here to tell you that one…

Freedom

Can you remember that feeling of freedom? That moment when the fear of crashing to the ground was suddenly gone and the balance point of being on the bike became second nature and you pedaled away with the wind in your hair and the biggest smile you could fit on your face? You experienced the freedom of the bicycle and if…

Just Ride, It Will Be Okay: Reflections on the Tour Aotearoa

Tour Details: 2700km (about 1700miles) cycling the length of New Zealand Cape Reinga (north of the north island) to Bluff (south of the south island) 29 days, including one rest day Terrain included beach, single track, gravel roads, sealed road I used a hardtail mountain bike (chain wheel 40-30-22) Gear setup was a frame bag, handlebar bag, and backpack tied…

Prepping for Bikepacking

How to Prepare for the Tour Aotearoa: A Novice Bikepacker Guide In t minus two weeks, I will be starting an unofficial (next official is in 2018) ride of the Tour Aotearoa (the TA). This is a multi-terrain route in New Zealand that includes sealed roads, gravel roads, single-track, beach. It starts at Cape Reinga, the tip of the north island…

#s24o

We usually think of grandiose, epic-level expeditions when we start pondering bikepacking trips. Or at least we did until last July. Joey Sparkles and I attended the Specialized product launch in Morgan Hill. This is a trade show. We spend our days seeing product, listening in on seminars and being sold stuff. The evenings are filled with mingling and then you end up in your…

Adventure Plans

What is your New Year’s Resolution? If you are like the rest of us, it’s probably some vague idea like being more healthy, making more money, riding more, losing some weight, etc. Some of us will even go as far as putting a specific condition on it to make sure that we know when and how we have been successful. For example,…