the alberta rockies 500

On a hot evening in July 2017 I was hanging out in the parking lot of Canmore’s Rebound Cycle at the “neutral aid station” for riders in the Alberta Rockies 700 bikepacking race, about 1/3 of the distance in along the 700km Coleman-to-Hinton route.  So began my tale of riding the BC Epic 1000 bikepacking race in the summer of 2018. For expediency, and out … Continue reading the alberta rockies 500

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

spray-kananaskis bikepacking overnighter

This 142 km loop route departs from Canmore and includes a mixed bag of terrain – gravel roads, doubletrack dirt trails, singletrack and a bit of pavement. It’s ideal for someone wanting to dip their toes into bikepacking waters, as it follows fairly well-travelled routes and accesses established campgrounds. There are a few options for food along the way and plenty of water sources. A … Continue reading spray-kananaskis bikepacking overnighter