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Patagonia’s First Down Sleeping Bag

by editors on March 3, 2017

We know what you’re thinking: hasn’t Patagonia been made sleeping bags for years? We thought that too, but in fact they haven’t. . . until now with the  800 Down Sleeping Bag. 

“After years and years of making one-off sleeping bags for ourselves and people heading out on select trips, we wanted to share what we’ve learned with the greater outdoor community,” said Jenna Johnson, Patagonia’s sr. director, technical outdoor. “Our team built on a deep knowledge of insulation design and thought through every aspect of these sleeping bags, offering our customers a highly crafted, super functional bag option. Sleeping bags are such a crux part of our kit, and they become like a partner as we go out to explore and see new places. I’m very proud of our work and excited to offer these products to our customers.”

Nothing makes sleeping in your car more comfortable than a good mummy bag. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Ride Sun Valley, Idaho This Summer

by editors on February 23, 2017

It’s never too early to start planning for summer shred missions? Here’s a great reason to visit the historic Sun Valley, Idaho: seventh annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival June 29 – July 2, 2017.

Visitors can participate or spectate in one of the many fast-paced races—or kick-back, saddle up and enjoy the summertime recreational offerings of iconic Sun Valley, ID. The four-day festival is host to endurance, skill and learning based events centralized around all things cycling. Live music, bike clinics, demos, shuttle rides and the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria are waiting for you at this year’s eventful weekend, happening June 29 to July 2, 2017.

For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Ride Sun Valley]

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Ohio’s Pelotonia Registration Is Open

by editors on February 22, 2017

Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to fund cancer research through cycling, opened registration for their three-day Columbus, Ohio experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism, on February 8, 2017. The event, takes place Aug. 4-6, 2017 and there is still time to sign up and raise money.

“We are excited to build upon Pelotonia’s success in 2017,” said Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman. “With 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses expected this year in the U.S. – more than 68,000 of those in Ohio – there is much work to be done towards our goal of ending cancer. And in order to make progress, we need more people than ever before to register for and participate in Pelotonia ’17 –whether it’s as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer.”

If you’re looking for a good cause to ride for in Ohio, in August, then this just might be what you’re looking for. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Blackburn Rolls With It In New Film

by editors on June 6, 2016

Blackburn (the cycling accessories company) has a new film they’d like you to see about some adventure bike camping titled Roll With It. It features the set up for a joke:  a photographer, a musician, an artist, a food blogger, and an ecologist hit the road on bikes. The film is the rest of the story.

“Camping by bike is an adventure everyone can experience without over complicating it.” says, Robin Sansom, Blackburn’s brand manager. “This film, at the core, is about the unexpected rituals strangers have when they embark on a bike and camp adventure together. We look forward to bringing this to communities all over the world in hopes of inspiring more people to get outside.”

The movie premieres whti month in LA and New York. For the official word, please follow the jump.

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Netflix Pedal Pick: Inspired To Ride

by editors on May 27, 2016

Looking for something to watch on Netflix this weekend while recovering from Memorial Day celebrations? We have just the film. Inspired to Ride, from the producers of Ride the Divide and Reveal the Path, is a beautifully shot record of the first ever Trans Am Bike Race across 4,233 miles, ten states, all self supported.

It’s the antithesis to events like Tour de France and Race Across America. There are no teams, no support vehicles, no special jerseys and not a dime in prize money. . . As they battle lack of sleep, injuries and spirited competition, INSPIRED TO RIDE takes you on an invigorating road trip — amidst the jaw-dropping beauty of the TransAmerica Trail with its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and found stories which dot this path of discovery. . . Featuring Mike Hall and Juliana Buhring plus many more “crazies”.

While a movie about a race like this has the potential to be a snoozer, filmmaker Mike Dion and his crew pull together a film that is visually stunning, constantly compelling, and deeply insightful into the minds of these ultra-endurance bicycle racers. Check it out on Netflix.

[Link: Inspired To Ride]

 

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Bike To The Five Boroughs On May Day

by editors on April 29, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to ride a bike through the streets of New York City, then the 39th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI on May 1, 2016 just might be the day. Here’s why:

On the morning of May 1st, 32,000 cyclists from every state in the nation and dozens of countries around the world will come together in lower Manhattan in support of Bike New York’s free bike education programs. From there, they will ride 40 miles through the five boroughs of New York City on car-free streets, which will include the FDR Drive, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the Queensboro and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges.

Sound like something you’re into? Follow the jump for all the details.

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John Cardiel Park Raging To Yosemite

by editors on March 15, 2016

NorCal skate (and fixie) legend John Cardiel decided he’d ride from his home in SacTown, California and bring along the Official crew for the ride. Watching those beer’d up smokers hit the Old Priest Grade climb on touring bikes had us chuckling for minutes. For more on Cardiel’s Park Rager (which is currently sold out) click the link.

[Link: Official]

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Buckshot Pro: Speaker, Light, Battery

by editors on June 2, 2015

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Aside from our trusty Swiss Army Knife we’ve always considered do-it-all tools to be the master of none. So when we picked up Outdoor Technology’s new Buckshot Pro we were expecting disappointment. Why? Because, really, who puts a Bluetooth speaker, a camp light, a strobe bike light, a flashlight, and a back-up battery for a phone into one device. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, we were wrong. Turns out this combination of electronic tools is absolutely perfect for biking around the neighborhood, traveling across town, or even taking on the road for an overnight bike camping trip.

The reason we liked the the Buckshot Pro so much is because each individual feature alone made keeping the thing around worthwhile. We used the included strap and took it out for a bike ride to test the speaker. It paired easily with our phone. And while it was pretty difficult to hear anything while traveling above 18 MPH, at cruising speeds, the speaker worked great. And, if we were out past dark, the blinky headlight was enough to light up signs a block down the street. But what we like most about the Buckshot pro is using it in our tent. By hanging it from the ceiling we got bright, yet perfectly diffused light, plus music playback that wasn’t half bad. Later, after turning the light off, we simply unscrewed the light and plugged in our phone to get it charged. We might not take a speaker on a bike trip, but when it’s also a back-up phone battery, and a light it makes sense.

The most ingenious thing about the Buckshot Pro is the way the USB port is utilized. Plug it into the wall and the Buckshot Pro charges. Plug the light in and get four different lighting options: a bright yet diffused camp light, a dimmer mood light, a straight up flashlight, and a blinky cycling light perfect for rolling the streets at night. Plug your phone into the Buckshot and your phone charges. All that and it’s IPX5 water resistant as well.

We found that the Buckshot Pro cleaned up the clutter by keeping several things use all the time together in one compact package.

The Buckshot Pro comes in six colors: black, gray, red, orange, glow, and army green and retails for $79.95. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Outdoor Technology]

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Moab Thaw Kicks Off 2015 Season

by editors on February 26, 2015

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One of our favorite Moab bike shops, Poison Spyder Bicycles, is the title sponsor of Moab Thaw 2015. What is Thaw? It’s an early spring celebration to kick off another season of Moab mountain biking and it goes down March 6- 8, 2015.

Every year, we get together and shake the cold with a fun mountain biking event we call “Thaw”. Join us for rides, skills clinics, food, demos and of course parties! . . . Thaw is a great way to shake off winter and get your legs moving again with fun, friends, and great Moab riding.

The event features meet-ups, rides, parties, and demo ops of the latest gear from Shimano, Pivot, Ibis, Niner, Trek, SRAM, Kona and many more. Click here for the full schedule.

With nighttime lows for the weekend scheduled to be in the low 20s to 30s and highs during the days in 40s we’re not sure that “thaw” is the right word . But one thing is for certain — on this trip you won’t have another near death heat stroke experience on the Moab Brand Trails.

For all the details call (800) 635-1792 or just click the link.

[Link: Moab Thaw]

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Even Great Days Get Bloody Sometimes

by editors on April 23, 2014

The Smith MTB adds another chapter from their Andes Pacifico Enduro race report (in Chile) and this time there is blood. . . pulsing, gaping, deep gash blood and some moaning. Know how that feels? Sure you do!

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