Over the past couple of years, the 1X (pronounced "one-by") drivetrain has become pretty popular, especially on mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes. In case you're wondering, a 1X is a drivetrain that utilizes a crankset with a single chainring. So the drivetrain could be 1 x 11, for example, meaning one speed on the crankset in front with 11 speeds on the cassette in the back.
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It's probably safe to say that most cyclists, at some point, have dreamed about traveling to an amazing location just to ride their bikes. But sometimes the daily grind just gets us down, and the dream starts to fade. That's why we've put together this short list of awesome destination rides, so you can keep the dream alive! Whether you want to tour and camp for weeks or just make a few day trips out of a particular route, there's something here for you. So read and dream. Then make it happen!
1. The Pacific Coast Highway
Starting in Vancouver, British Columbia, and stretching as far south as San Diego, you'll see it all on this amazingly beautiful ride. From breathtaking coastlines to the Redwood Forest to the Golden Gate Bridge, big cities, beautiful beaches: we could go on an on. Whether you do the whole thing or just a portion, the Pacific Coast Highway should be on every road cyclist's bucket list.
This article is the third in a series of pieces about bike touring - multi-day bike trips that can cover a lot of terrain. The first article in the series went over the basics of planning and packing for a tour, and the second article went over considerations when you are actually on the road.
This third article in the series will review what to do at the end of the day -- the basics of camping on a cycling tour. If you are new to camping, this guide will help you get situated and prepared for cooking, cleaning, setting up shelter, and sleeping outdoors. For experienced campers, this article may have a few helpful tips that you hadn't considered. Read on and see what you can learn!
For many cyclists, hitting the open road with just a bicycle, a few bags of gear, and maybe a few loved ones is a lifelong dream. It's called bicycle touring, and it's one of the best things about bike riding. Anyone who enjoys adventures, exploring and camping is bound to love bicycle touring.
This article is the second in a series of articles about bike touring: what it is, what gear you need, where to go, and how to do it. This installment will focus on specific concerns for bike touring while you are actually on bike. We are assuming here that you are already packed, you already know where you are headed, and you're ready to get started. If you are at an earlier stage of planning, refer back to part one in this series.
Many people have dreams about taking long bike trips across beautiful countryside. It's called bike touring, and it's actually not that hard. Touring -- while it takes some time, some knowledge and a slightly more complex collection of gear -- is well within the reach of most riders.
This article will be the first in a series of pieces that will help new touring converts plan, prepare and hit the road on multi-day tours. The second article will go over the actual riding period, and the third article will help you with the camping aspect of bike touring (which, as will be discussed in this first article, is actually optional).
Dale Majors, the founder and CEO of Bikewagon, has been on a bike tour of Europe with his wife and three children for a month. He's done it before, so it goes without saying the man loves to tour! He sent us his reasons for loving bike touring, along with some great pictures from the road.
If you can make the time, you can afford to bike tour.
Once you have arrived at your destination, camping is cheap. And if you cook your own meals, a family like ours can spend $30-40 a day.
Dale, the founder and CEO of Bikewagon, is currently touring through Europe with his family. He checked in to let us know how things are going.
We are in the middle of a 2-month bike tour with our 1-, 3-, and 5-year-olds, camping the whole way. We've been on this trip for nearly four weeks, and we've already proven to a lot of our skeptical friends that bike touring with a young family can really work. The kids are loving it, and we are having an amazing time.