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Bike Check! 29+ Hardtail: Trek Stache

In this video, while at Daley Ranch in Escondido, CA, I share the Trek Stache I have been riding for the last year and what components I had added from the stock build.   Referenced in this video are these videos: Maxxis Minion DHR...

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5 Unique Cycling Gifts Under $50

The gifts listed below are a carefully selected group of unique cycling gifts that, in all likelihood, you will not find on too many other cycling gift lists in 2017. These are gifts from small companies that have worked hard to innovate and...

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Road Plus Philosophy: Marin Getstalt [VIDEO]

“Adventure bike” is a term you have likely heard in recent months or years. What does the word conjure up for you? Its likely that the word doesn’t illicit thoughts of riding on asphalt. At least if you are pretty similar to...

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Plus Bike Review: Why Cycles – Wayward 29+

Written by David Wildman The Why Cycles Wayward, a 29+ adventure seeking, trail slaying, all around beautiful looking titanium hardtail mountain bike. Introducing “The New Bike Nerds on the Block” If you haven’t heard of them...

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DirtBags Bikepacking Long-Term Bag Review

  Overview: Heath over at DirtBags Bikepacking has been busy. Last year he made a custom set of bags for my Salsa Colossal. The three bags came as part of a “Intro to Bikepacking Package”.For only $215, this is one sweet deal that you should...

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Jamis Dragonslayer – 27.5+ Review & Interview

A few months ago, I had a chance to ride a Jamis Dragonslayer Sport that my friend Billy purchased this year. I was very interested to see how this 27.5 x 3 inch steel hardtail rode after testing a great variety of #plusbike models over the last...

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NEW for 2018 – 29plus Bikepacking Rig from Trek

***The Trek 1120 Adventure Bike is listed in Ride Alongside’s regularly-updated PLUS BIKE LIST. Click HERE to see all the bikes in that list. Included are 275+ hardtail, 275+ full suspension, 29+ hardtail, and 29+ full suspension rigs.***...

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Simple Adventuring – How to get out of an adventure-less rut

  For the last month I’ve been watching tons of amazing pictures bombarding Instagram from the Baja Divide route. This is a brand new route mapped out by Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox , and they held their first ever group start in January...

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Ride the Baja Divide 2017 – A Grand Departure from San Diego

This morning I saw many riders with loaded up bikes ready to spend many nights under the stars in Baja California, Mexico throughout January 2017. As mentioned in our previous article posted last January, the Baja Divide is a 1,700 mile...

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REVIEW: DirtBags Bikepacking Bags: A First Look

DirtBags Bikepacking DirtBags is a small company based in of Laramie, Wyoming run by husband/wife duo Heath and Emily Brown. Perusing their website, you’ll instantly notice they have a penchant for creatively designed and well made gear. Heath...

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Jones Plus – A 29plus, Bikepacking Plus Bike Designed Differently

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Widefoot Design LiterCage: A First Look

 While I have used many standard cycling water bottles in 16 & 24 oz sizes, I prefer to use larger, one liter (32 oz) bottles while off the bike.  While on the bike, I have used many water bottle cages over the years to carry standard cycling...

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