Gear & Bike Parts

GEAR & BIKE PARTS

A collection of gear setups, bike components & accessories.

GEAR

Bontrager XXX Road Shoes Tested

Black cycling shoes are what most riders buy by default but I am a white cycling shoe snob. There is cycling etiquette to match helmet and shoe colors and some people wear white cycling shoes only on race days but … Read More

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Top 10 Essential Items for Every Road Ride

With only three pockets to work with on a cycling jersey, it’s always great to focus on bringing only the necessities for long days in the saddle. The goal for every road cyclist is to be as fast and aerodynamic … Read More

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite

If you’re one who can appreciate the full worth of a cozy night’s sleep after a long day of bicycle touring, then you won’t have much of a problem blowing air into this sleeping pad. The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite is one of … Read More

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Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bars

I discovered Skratch Labs from a friend of mine who used their sports hydration mix during MTB single track rides. He tossed me a couple during a ride together and after pouring them into my water bottle I was hooked. … Read More

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0 & Kokopelli Trail

The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 is a trail specific shoe that boast many attributes as a light hiking shoe. When I decided to go for comfort on my trail hikes I was in the market for something with a nice … Read More

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Bike Touring With Solar Power

During my U.S. bike tour this tour I want to be able to produce video, photography and other related media while traveling in locations that may not provide me with A/C power for my gear incase I needed to recharge. … Read More

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GEAR PACKING

Colombia Gear Packing List

The best part of bike touring and bikepacking trips is rounding up gear. For me, I take time doing this and usually start a couple weeks before departure. This setup derived from past experience with gear used, over and under … Read More

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New England Weekender: Gear List

Planning for bikepacking trips are the best. It can be very strategic or effortless. Over the years I’ve developed a someone what decent, and streamline way to my packing list. Some things to consider are duration, location/ terrain and weather. … Read More

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5 Day Minimal Gear Packing List

Last year I brought the entire kitchen sink for a 75-day trip across country. This time around, I’ll be going minimal and wanted to share what I’ve packed for a 5-day bike packing trip on Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway. The … Read More

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Gear for East to West United States trip

Just a few days away from my trip, here goes a line up of the item’s listed left to right: Gear Schwalbe marathon folding tire, Camp stove/pot/pan, Spork, Bowl, Fuel, Solar panel, Konovo slide cam, Tent, Sleeping bag, Hand pump, … Read More

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BIKE PARTS

ENVE G Series Gravel Handlebar

In my opinion, ENVE makes some of the finest parts for road cycling and mountain biking. They certainly do spark ENVY when I see bikes wrapped in their components. I was pleased to see they recently expanded the G series … Read More

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First Ride with SRAM AXS and Santa Cruz Hightower

In 2019 SRAM released its new electronic AXS components that changed the mountain biking industry and pushed it in a new direction. I was excited to get my hands on a Santa Cruz Hightower that was fully equipped with the … Read More

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Shimano Announces The DEORE M6100 12-speed Series

Shimano recently announced the DEORE M6100 12-speed series that brings a new line of performance to the value category. This is going to open up so many new doors for new riders who want the latest tech at an affordable … Read More

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The Art of Building a Wheelset – 27.5 WTB KOM Tough

There’s something to be said about building your own wheelset. Accomplishment, truth in knowing exactly what you’re going to get by design, craft, and a perspective of learning a new skillset. It gives you the opportunity to appreciate biking at … Read More

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