Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed.

When it comes to choosing something to sleep within or beneath, I’m a big fan of quilts but some people aren’t. I find sleeping bags feel restrictive, yet some people don’t. The simple truth is – we’re all different and some are definitely more ‘different’ than others, so there’s absolutely no reason why we should […]

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Divided we stand -Calder Divide Trail.

The word ‘divide’ is now so liberally scattered throughout the world of bikepacking that it appears to have lost much of its original meaning. However, there are some routes that still adhere to the true meaning – the Calder Divide is one such route and I’ll let Adrian explain a little about it and the […]

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Bear Bones bamboo T.

I think it’s perhaps fair to say that, washing, clean clothes and general personal grooming are things which often fall by the wayside when bikepacking. However, help to combat the potential side effects of such neglect is now at hand in the form of Bear Bones bamboo T shirts. You might not realise this but […]

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Budget Bikepacker – Lumitact G700.

What would the world of bikepacking and especially that of ITT look like if it weren’t for lithium batteries and LED technology? … yes, that’s right, you’d have no idea what it’d look like because it’d be too dark to see it. I believe it’s fair to say that lighting technology has quite literally dragged […]

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How a route is born – the birth of a BB200.

A few people have recently asked me how the BB200 / 300 routes are devised, so I thought I’d try and explain and possibly help dispel any rumours that it’s all simply done with a map, blindfold, three darts and a drunken spider by the name of Doris. Perhaps it’s easier to begin at the […]

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All that glitters ….

The prize glistened just inches below the surface. I pushed my hand through the cool clear water and brought it to the surface. My faithful Leatherman made swift work of releasing the golden genie from its lamp. They say “be careful what you wish for” but the second I lifted the bottle to my mouth […]

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Back to the future.

Way back in the swirling grey mists of time when I started riding, I had one bike. It had a skinny tubed steel frame and just enough clearance to squeeze in some 2.1” tyres on its citrus, lemon yellow rims. Any retardation requests required advanced notification, preferably in writing and the alleged 60mm of plush […]

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Book Club – Britain’s Best Bike Ride.

I’ll let you into a secret – in all my years of riding, I’ve never once wanted to ride from John O’Groates to Land’s End and I’ve most certainly never wanted to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groates because quite obviously, that appears to be uphill all the way. However, despite my reservations, it […]

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Book Club – Great British Gravel Rides.

Great British Gravel Rides is the second recent ‘gravel routes’ book from Vertebrate publishing, this following hot on the heels of ‘Gravel Rides Scotland’. In some regards the layout is similar but that’s no bad thing because it works and you know what they say about things that aren’t broken. However, unlike the previous book, […]

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Twelve questions with Steve Large – TD veteran.

The Tour Divide is something that many people dream of, yet only a relatively small handful ever make it to the start in Canada. Of those who do, not all will make it to the Mexican border and fewer still will do so in less than twenty days. To achieve that, takes fitness, mental fortitude […]

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