Inception of the trip occurred, as many grand adventures do, over one too many bottles of wine in our friend Ben’s Vancouver, BC apartment. The idea was to explore a remote archipelago off of Northern British Columbia’s notoriously rugged coastline via bicycle. It’s called bikepacking, and yes, it’s a thing. Our rookie status required us to start with the simplest of tasks. First up, discover what the hell this thing called bikepacking actually is.
To preface, I was invited to ride the OTT by my friend Rie, who immigrated to the states recently and runs Simworks USA. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to do the tour, but thought it would be a good opportunity for me to ride with her two friends from Japan: Keita and Innochi. Keita is a Chef that started Earlybirds Breakfast and Innochi makes really cool backpacks under his brand, Welldone Nagoya. There was only one issue: they didn’t speak English.
🚨OUTER SHELL’S FIRST POP UP IS COMING TO @boxdogbikes 🚨😱 Come celebrate with us at the launch party! Friday Sept. 21st 6-9pm. There will be pizza, beer, and a whole ton of bags for sale in every color we offer.
What happens when you take three inexperienced “bikepackers” and embark on a 5-day trip in the PNW wilderness? Imagine three dudes standing over a pile of Pro Bars, arguing over how many they can pack in their bags while still making room for the all important 6-cup Bialetti??
Pure Cycles is launching the CAPACITA cargo e-bike and Outer Shell made some custom panniers for the back. They're also offering the 137 Basket Bag up front, which fits perfectly in their integrated basket. This bike has a much shorter wheelbase than most rear loading cargo bikes, so its easier to transport and fits on most bike racks.
Still a week left to go fund them and receive over 40% off!
Colombia had been on both of our minds for awhile, so this year, Karen and I finally decided to make it happen! Once tickets were booked, the planning started. As much as we love bikepacking, we decided to stay at one location and do local rides from there. This allowed us to enjoy a nicer place to eat and sleep - after all, this was still a vacation - and a place to store our luggage (we had flown with bike bags, after all). Also, day adventures meant we didn’t have to carry a ton of gear— if you weren’t aware, Colombia has a lot of mountains!
Day 1: Mid March 2018. Me, John Blackwell and Jason Silverek meetup in San Diego one morning to ride the Stagecoach 400 route, a 400 mile bikepacking race that was supposed to start the same day. We were starting in southern San Diego, at the midpoint of the route. The actual race starts and ends in Idyllwild. Unfortunately for us, the race start was delayed due to a big storm coming in and the prospects of precarious mud conditions. Our plan was to hightail it all the way to the desert, getting through the would-be muddiest sections outside of San Diego before the storm came. We were all hung over.
Whatever we have left of Marigold X-Pac is mostly made into bags and on the website now. Still some scrap left for Zip Wallets and Zip Pouches, but thats it! When this fabric came in, it was the last 75 yards of an 1800 yard batch made 15 years ago. Now that stock is depleted.
We might have more made but the minimum is very high so if you want to see it happen, we need about 100 people interested. Any other bag makers wanna go in on some? If you want to bring this fabric back, let us know in the comments here:
These high density foam spacers have been in the works for a while and now they're newly designed and die cut! They space out your bag, if needed, leaving your brakes, brakes levers, and cables uninhibited. I've cataloged almost all the common front end bike setups with the Drawcord Handlebar Bag and Stuff Sack Harness attached, so compare it to your bike for optimal cable routing and spacer configuration.
New optional feature: a modular Foam Spacer Kit for the Drawcord Handlebar Bag can be included at no extra cost! Just select the box at checkout. These spacers work on both the upper and lower attachment points. Many bikes won't need these, but if you find your bag squishing up some cables, this is the answer. You can even run a cantilever brake cable through them!
This is a tutorial showing how to secure the Stuff Sack Harness for a bombproof mountain bike setup. The trick is to find the right size stuff sack so that it will rest on your suspension fork (may work with some rigid forks as well). The Oval Dry Bags can be rotated to get different dimensions. Measure the distance from the bottom of your handlebars to the top of your fork crown and match that to either one of the base dimensions.
This is the only handlebar bag that can be used with or without a stuff sack (same bag for both day rides and camping rides)! New features include side pockets and a removable cord that hooks over your stem. Available now in a variety of colors!
It's been a while since I've done a multi day bike camping trip. A few emails between my good buddies/teammate, Seth and Dave, and we were off on a nice long weekend adventure. The plan was to make our way to Connecticut and over to Massachusetts. Seth had researched a nice shelter along the Appalachian Trail a top Mount Everett that seemed like a perfect spot set up camp.
Designed like a Rando bag, but sized for a Porteur rack, this bag has the best of both worlds! Randonneuring is a cycling discipline where you ride a long distance in minimal time with little to no support. This requires easy access to food, rain gear and maps; exactly what this bag provides! It has a clear top case and compartments that face you while riding. Made for large porteur style racks, like those from Pass and Stow, Velo Orange, and Soma because bigger racks secure your load better. Just two buckles to remove! Don't worry about lugging around a big box like other Porteur bags. This one automatically collapses into a stylish shoulder bag when you remove two plastic inserts. For bikepacking, commuting, touring, and any type of bicycle riding!
Two days ago my water bottle cage broke off my fork on the trail above. In an effort to Leave No Trace, I'm offering a FREE SADDLEBAG to anyone that can recover my Fresh Air Hunter water bottle on Bolinas Ridge Trail between Bolinas-Fairfax Rd. and Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
New pannier backpacks have some refined details like buckled compression straps and an X-Pac liner. This one in Dark Royal Blue was custom ordered with interior pockets and a reflective strip. Check out the gallery!