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  • Meet The 2014 Blackburn Rangers


    Man, this video from Blackburn has me thinking about moving back to the states and riding the Pacific Coast Highway or the Great Divide. Don’t get me wrong, Shanghai is awesome, but as I type this I’m experiencing a lingering cough that has been bothering me all morning and all of last night. The cough isn’t because I’m sick, it’s because I’m inhaling too much pollution. My coworkers in the office tell me not to worry and that it’s normal, but to me there’s nothing “normal” about it; especially moving to Shanghai from Vermont.

    Anyway, this post is about the latest Blackburn Ranger lineup for their “Out There” program which embodies the culture of adventure and give cyclists an opportunity to embark on crazy journeys along the Pacific Coast and the Great Divide. Check out the lineup of this year’s Rangers below and be sure to give this video a watch!

    -Brian

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  • The Trophy Club: “Summer Champ” Bike Touring Short


    This is what I’m talking about! Even though my bike touring experience is limited, it’s something that’s always drawn me in with the unpredictability of such a journey. Watch here as The Trophy Club completes a 1,300 mile bike tour full of climbing mountains, meeting new people, camping, swimming in rivers and getting lost along the way; all for fun.

    Give this short by The Sleepers a watch! It sure gets me hyped for summer.

    -B

  • Be a Blackburn Ranger

    Man, if I wasn’t about to make the move of a lifetime to Shanghai, I’d be all over this. Are you looking to live the dream? How’s testing out prototype products from Blackburn while embarking on epic journeys sound? Have you ever wanted to ride the Great Divide or Pacific Coast trails? Well then continue reading below and learn how you can be one of the next 4 Blackburn Rangers. This is one of those amazing opportunities you simply don’t want to pass up. All the details are below – be sure to read more about being a Blackburn Ranger here.

    -B

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  • Gnarmads Bike Across America

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    Help these guys out! The Gnarmads are a duo of skateboarders from New York City who are riding across the US from NYC to SF, with the goal of raising money for local charities. See more on the Gnarmads GoFundMe page and be sure to donate if you can!

  • Ahearne Cycles Stainless Steel Touring Bike

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    John and Adam may have already beat me to it, but this Stainless Steel Touring bike by Ahearne Cycles is absolutely fantastic. I’ve always admired Joseph’s work and especially his attention to detail; this bike is a perfect example of how little things can really set a bicycle apart (i.e. that spork!). Check out a grip of photos over on the Ahearne Cycles Flickr and be sure to have a look at the other bikes I’ve featured from Ahearne!

    -B

  • Weekend at Otis Mountain Get Down

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    All through August I’d been getting the itch to do some bike camping but was booked solid every weekend. Like many of you I’m sure, I had ambitious plans for the Saga and camping this summer but only got out for a handful of trips. With the camp-able weather in Vermont dwindling faster than Garfield can find pizza, I knew I had to get out there soon. Luckily, a few crazy friends of mine decided halfway through the summer that they wanted to throw a music festival in the Adirondacks: The Otis Mountain Get Down.

    The Get Down took place this past weekend, September 13-15 in Elizabethtown, NY – about 40 miles from Burlington. Now I’m not much of a festival type, in fact, I’ve never been to a music festival before. I had never heard of any of the bands on the bill either, except a couple friends who were DJing. But how can you turn down a weekend long camp out, especially when all your best friends are going?  I wasn’t about to miss this.

    I took Friday off in anticipation of  some absolute last minute packing (which actually wasn’t the case, this time) and to give myself ample time to get across the lake before sundown. While I did indeed pack the night before, I still had a number of errands to run that morning, so I didn’t leave Burlington ’til around 2 PM.

    Getting to the Essex-Charlotte ferry was cake. Once I hit New York though, sheesh, the hills started to take their toll on me. I still made it to Otis mountain by 5:30 or so, and that’s with a few stops along the way. I even rode the last few miles with a bunch of beer and 2 gallons of water that I somehow managed to strap to my overloaded bike.

    The festival itself was great! I enjoyed the majority of the music and I got to hang with so many friends I seldom get to see. Plus, I was outdoors for a whole 48 hours which doesn’t happen enough these days. I also got to ride back with my good buddy Matt, another friend I hadn’t seen in ages.

    Make sure to check out the narrated photos from the trip below!

    -B

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  • A Bike Shop for the Whole World

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    Our good friend Derek McIntire recently returned from a bicycle tour through Rwanda where he worked at the Ekailo Kiona Bicycle shop located on Mfangano Island. He’s also had an article published in the latest Urban Velo that hit shelves on the 1st. Be sure to pick that up at your local shop or you can always read it online, too. He’s also working on releasing a 25-minute documentary on the community of Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria – don’t forget to check out the trailer above! If you missed my previous posts about his journey, you should catch up on those here or check out his blog from the trip at Horizons Oblivious.

    -B

  • Motorcycle Roadtrip from PDX to ATX

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    Jason Finn, along with his buddy Chester Blacksmith of Wethepeople bmx, have been on quite the epic motorcycle journey this past week as they’re heading from Portland, OR to Austin, TX with camping gear and bmx bikes.

    This right here is what I need in my life right now…maybe it’s time to plan a northeast bike / concrete skatepark tour? Who’s with me? August would a great month for such a journey…

    Check out more photos of the trip so far on their Tumblr page. Happy Monday.

    -B

  • Brian Vernor: How’s Your Weekend Looking?

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    I love this recent shot of Brian Vernor bike camping out in California. Now that the warm weather has arrived, I hope to do a fair amount trekking and camping; this shot couldn’t be more motivating.

    Happy spring

    -B

  • 2013 Travel Talks at Maglianero



    If you couldn’t make it out to the Travel Talks at Maglianero, you can now listen to the stories from both Glen and Dan online thanks to Local Motion. The audio is a pretty low but definitely worth the watch – just turn up a bit!

    -B

  • Horizons Oblivious: Video Update #1


    Derek’s back in the states and has started sorting through all his footage from his recent tour. In his first video update, you’ll get a look at what he saw in Istanbul as well as a quick interview with a local he’d met. If you haven’t been following along, read up on his journey at Horizons Oblivious and be sure to watch his second video on Cappadocia.

    -B

  • Derek’s Bike Tour in Rwanda


    If you’ve been following along for the last month or so, you’ll remember our good friend Derek’s been touring through Rwanda on his Trucker Deluxe. Unfortunately, his trip was cut short after he broke his femur (read how here), but he’s remained positive and already looking towards his next journey. We’ll probably try to get a little New England tour together towards the end of the summer, care to join? Check out this short that Derek put together from a few days of riding and be sure to read his stories at Horizons Oblivious.

    -B