First look: Skipulk.com sled
Mar10

First look: Skipulk.com sled

After one too many ascents spent dragging my sorry ass, fatbike and full bikepacking kit through deep snow I had a revelation….. Would a Ski Pulk work for a fatbike, help spread the weight and mean that I could go further and visit previously inaccessible locations? Not only that but how about taking snow shoes and then mounting the bike on the pulk (when the going gets really tough) and pulling it up the mountain?...

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Review: SpōK Werks ‘Junk Trunk’
Nov19

Review: SpōK Werks ‘Junk Trunk’

SpōK Werks is a cool little one man (and his wife) enterprise that makes really high quality bikepacking gear over in Switzerland. I first met Michael (Cleveland) whilst riding the Tuscany Trail and then again at the Navad 1000 earlier this summer and I was immediately struck by his great (and very colourful) bikepacking luggage. Here’s a selection of their gear: As a taller rider (and long in the leg in proprtion to boot)...

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Bear Bones 200 (2015)
Oct14

Bear Bones 200 (2015)

On Saturday the 10th of October I found myself in Llanbynmair in deepest, darkest Waleshire along with 63 other bikepacking loons ready for the 2015 installment of the Bear Bones 200. I felt I had something of a score to settle after failing to finish last year due to an disappointing saddle-sore episode and so it was with great gusto and determination that I set off at 08:05 with high hopes of a good performance. Things started off...

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Tuscany Trail 2015 – Part 4
May26

Tuscany Trail 2015 – Part 4

You’ll be sad/relieved to know that this is the final instalment of my Tuscany Trail 2015 series. As my first foray into multiday bikepacking racing I learned a lot from this event. I’ve done loads of multiday bikepacking trips and one previous bikepacking ‘race’ (more of a mass-start 24 hour ITT challenge but it amounts to the same thing) but never the two together and it’s quite a different beast. I now...

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Tuscany Trail 2015 – Part 3
May18

Tuscany Trail 2015 – Part 3

Until now I’ve mainly focused on the bike, the trail and spent a lot of time whining about how hard I personally found it all etc… and so maybe let’s quit being so self-absorbed shall we? One of the things that I like most about mass participation bikepacking events are the good times, camaraderie and general bollocks talked with strangers and the new found buddies along the way. Other participants are the easiest to...

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