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Arkel Signature BB handlebar bag

I like the idea of handlebar bags and have tried various setups, many of which have felt bulky or awkward. I prefer having my handlebar area relatively open — I like a clean and light front end and I tend to alternate hand positions regularly on long rides — but there are still many scenarios…

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Salsa Cowchipper: Installing and riding (video)

Swapping out handlebars is by far one the most effective and economical upgrades one can make to their bike. For a relatively small investment, the change in feel and comfort can be dramatic. In fact, changing out bars can almost make it feel like you’re riding a whole new bike. A few weeks ago, I…

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Soggy lines at Thetis Lake (video)

I am trying out a new chest cam, so I made a little montage from a soggy January day out at Thetis Lake.

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Bicycle Touring: Sooke Hills to Mill Bay

A late October overnight loop to Bamberton Provincial Park, first heading north through the Sooke Hills to Shawnigan Lake, then southeast to Mill Bay. Crisp morning air exhaled into a warm and bright fall day. The ride through the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail proved to be a particularly challenging section of this route, featuring some…

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Bicycle Touring: Pender Overnighter

I had amazing weather for an early-fall overnighter to Pender Island, camping at Shingle Bay. The morning ride to the ferry at Swartz Bay was bright and crisp, and the day turned out to be warm and sunny. The riding on Pender was hilly and fun. The night on Shingle Bay provided one of the…

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Bicycle Touring: Saturna Overnighter

The freedom and feeling of self-sufficiency is one of the most appealing aspects of bicycle touring to me. Being able to power yourself, carry everything you need, and move at your own pace, is so fun and satisfying. This feeling is captured very well even on short, one night trips. They require a little less…