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Posts tagged with bikepacking

  1. What is bikepacking?

    03 Mar 2021

    Recently Bikepacking posted a video about defining bikepacking — the activity or culture, not the website and adjoining print publication — explaining that the complexity of their endeavor was daunting. Or maybe impossible, or possibly silly. The video was hosted on Bikepacking’s YouTube channel, both of which had their own…

  2. Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, summer 2019

    09 Mar 2020

    [08 March 2020 update: I started this post a couple of months ago but haven’t been able to get back to it — consider this an adventure in progress. When it’s finished I plan to have 3 or 4 posts about my July 2019 ride on the Great Divide

  3. Swift Campout at L.L. Stub Swift Campout 2019 Portland to L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park and back, 22 – 23 June 2019.

    18 Dec 2019

    PORTLAND, Oregon — I participated in the 2019 Swift Campout* with a solo overnight ride from headquarters in the University District of downtown Portland to the foothills of the Coastal Range where L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park lies in the Banks-Vernonia Trail. I left my apartment and made my way…

  4. Leave the gears, keep the Troll

    14 Apr 2019

    PORTLAND, Oregon – A few months ago I decided it was time to end the short-lived foolishness of multiple gears for a few reasons, the most prominent being that I still rode the damn thing as if it were single speed … always in the wrong gear.  While the title…

  5. Seattle to Portland, the dusty way pt. 3

    28 Sep 2017

    This is the third and final part of my bikepacking adventure from Seattle to Portland. It picks up in the Olallie Lake Campground in Gifford-Pinchot National Forest in Washington.  I gathered my small camp together and packed up the Troll while my camp neighbors continued to throw food at me…

  6. Seattle to Portland, the dusty way

    21 Sep 2017

    PORTLAND, Oregon — I decided to follow what I think of as John’s Route from Seattle, Wash., to Portland, Ore., by way of gravel roads, national parks big hills and forests.  That first day, leaving the sweatbox hostel on Second Avenue in Seattle, I took John’s advice and cut off…

  7. Lower gears, but still 10 of them

    17 Sep 2017

    PORTLAND, Oregon — While on a recent bike tour, climbing up some seriously gnarly hills on soft, dusty gravel roads, I had some time to contemplate my gearing choices and other life decisions.  “One by ten, 11-34 cassette and 30 tooth chainring should be low enough for anything,” I thought…

  8. Rabbit hole in the sand; 2 bars and a Troll

    17 Mar 2017

    AUSTIN – The tire/rim combination of Surly Extra Terrestrial 26 x 2.5 mounted tubeless to a 50mm Surly Rabbit Hole rim has proven itself as smooth and capable on several paved, hard-pack and moderately loose surfaces – wet and dry I decided to kick it up a notch with my…

  9. Local adventures are still epic

    01 Dec 2016

    AUSTIN – I had to get out of the house, I was in a rut and needed to get my ass out of the leather office chair. Since I came back from my abbreviated (but nowhere near complete!) Great Divide Mountain Bike Route run I’ve been rotting idly at a…

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