Category Archives: Bikepacking

DIY Energy Bars!

A competitive cyclist’s relationship with food can be summed up in one word: intense. Our love of food runs deep and plays a role in almost every aspect of cycling. A hearty meal is the reward for a long day in the saddle.

Even my recovery rides revolve around food, with restaurants being frequent destinations—taco stands in Tucson, falafal joints in New York City, barbecue in North Carolina, and coffee shops everywhere else. I recently ate pizza at 9,000 feet up on top of Mt. Lemmon.

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Converting to Tubeless

I ran into an issue recently with the new +Borealis Bikes Carbondale Rims and converting them to tubeless. I have seen this before - so I thought this would be a good post for those that run across the same issue. The rims have a fairly deep concave inner surface and that made it very difficult to get the 25mm Stan's NoTubes tape to seat correctly without any wrinkles.

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Protect Your Frame

A while back I saw a really sweet Frame Bag designed with the Colorado Flag - and two thoughts came to mind. a) Would that fit on my bike (I ride a small frame)? b) What’s all that Velcro going to do to the finish of my carbon frame? After some digging I was able to find a smaller version of the frame bag called a 1/2 bag, but the whole idea of sand and crushed granite (Colorado’s dirt) didn’t sit well with me.

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Training Partner

Knowing that in 6 weeks I will be pulling a loaded trailer up in the Colorado Mountains for my overnight trip, I thought that it would probably be a good time to start getting used to having a trailer io the back of my bike. I'm estimating that I'll have about a 20 pound load on a 16 pound trailer - I really need to get used to having all that weight behind me.

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