gear i like, part 1

After a few thousand kilometres of riding adventures I still find myself tweaking and refining gear choices. While there’ll always be some considerations based on seasons or how light I’m trying to go, I’ve settled on a few key pieces of gear that are always on the packing list. Here are a few things that seem to have found their way into becoming trusty companions … Continue reading gear i like, part 1

bicycles i have known

[If you enjoy musical accompaniment, it is recommended that this gem be cued up and enjoyed whilst perusing this story ] It was a spring evening in the late 1970’s in suburban New York when I pedalled for the first time sans training wheels. The bike was red, and had a banana seat, and that’s all I really remember. Oh, and the neighbours daughter, Amanda, was watching, … Continue reading bicycles i have known

gear review: shimano xt pd-t8000 pedals

I ride my Kona Sutra touring bike a lot, mainly as a Canmore-Banff commuter but also for zipping around town for beer runs, groceries, dropping off library books – tasks that really didn’t seem to warrant putting on cleated bike shoes. So from day one I went with a reversible pedal – one side flat, one side SPD – the Shimano A530. Dual-sided pedals seem … Continue reading gear review: shimano xt pd-t8000 pedals

gear review: the delta elasto cargo net

I heart the Delta Elasto Cargo Net. I’ve been using this little fella in combination with various bikepacking seat or handlebar bags to strap random bits of gear – sleeping pad, camp shoes, shell gloves, rain gear, Pringles, etc. The four hooks make it easy to get it tethered to anything hookable and the rubber seems robust and genuinely enjoys being stretched into all sorts … Continue reading gear review: the delta elasto cargo net

gear review: green guru gear hauler saddle bag

A few summers ago I began to piece together various bits of kit to get my Salsa Mukluk set up for some bikepacking trips. A good saddle bag is an integral part of the gear picture and was the one thing I didn’t have…as luck would have it, my name was called at the end of the 2016 Bikepack Canada Summit for a big draw … Continue reading gear review: green guru gear hauler saddle bag