Book Club … Bikepacking Wales by Emma Kingston.

Someone suggested that I was the wrong person to review this book. At first, I was a little unsure as to the reasons behind that statement, after all, I’ve been riding the hills and valleys of Wales for twenty years. I’ve mapped out numerous routes across the largely green and pleasant land and have gained […]

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Inclusive – at what cost?

Last week, someone told me that, in certain circles Bear Bones is viewed as being ‘less than inclusive’. Had they said ‘full of weirdos’ or ‘a bit odd’, then I’d have readily agreed but lacking inclusiveness? No. Have these people not seen how the forum welcomes everyone with open arms or how for the last […]

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Book Club – Other ways to win by Lee Craigie.

“My task was to write an autobiographical account .. whose strapline in “Inspiring Adventure ..So I wrote this book for myself in the same spirit as I hope each individual who picks it up interprets it, with their own bias and background” Lee Craigie will be a name familiar to many of us within the […]

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The Restrap Hike-a-Bike harness.

There are some products that possess mass appeal. Their end user is recognisable, easily defined and most importantly, abundant. There are also those products who’s appeal is somewhat limited but that doesn’t mean it’s a poor product, on the contrary, it may be fantastic but it generally exists to fulfill a highly specialist role, a […]

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Highland Trail 550 with Liz Tromans.

Each year following the HT550, I like to pick on someone who rode and ask them some questions. This year, that mithering email found its way into Liz Tromans inbox. It was Liz’s first time attempting what many consider to be the UK’s toughest ITT and she finished in 7 days, 9 hours and 9 […]

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Take a seat ….

… or don’t. I’ve long thought that bikepackers can generally be divided into two subcategories. Some will stand firmly on one side of the fence and never waver but others will happily transcend any line as circumstance dictates. What is it then, this thing that divides us and separates one from the other? Well, it’s […]

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Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivvy.

Any piece of equipment will inherently attract ‘what’ comments. What tyre? What tent? What saddle? and of course, what bivvy bag? There’s never a definitive answer to these questions because we’re individuals and each of us possess our own criteria. We all have likes, dislikes and views about what represents value for money. However, that […]

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Plant based down … the future of insulation?

There’s a very good chance that you’ve not actually heard of Philip McCrevis and his plant based insulation but I can’t help thinking that you will in the future. I recently caught up with Phil and was able to ask him a few questions about his potentially revolutionary product.   How did your initial ‘discovery’ […]

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A cold day in Hell … Karl on the Iditarod Trail.

I’m not really a big fan of the cold, snow and ice but some people seem to love it and Karl Booth is one of those people. Recently returned from Alaska, he kindly agreed to answer some questions about his time competing in the Iditarod Trail Invitational … thank you Karl.   1/ The Iditarod […]

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WRT – here we go again.

Back in 2008, the first Welsh Ride Thing took place. Aside from it being the inaugural WRT, it was also the very first bikepacking event to be held outside of the good ol’ US of A. Those of you awake will have already computed that 2023 marks the 15th anniversary of the WRT and is […]

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