Francesco - Life in Travel

Francesco - Life in Travel

ITA - Ho 32 anni e sono piemontese, anche se da qualche anno vivo e lavoro in Lombardia. Dopo un inizio da totale inesperto in questo campo, mi sono avvicinato al mondo dei cicloviaggi e della bicicletta sempre più. Oggi posso definirmi "cicloviaggiatore", e assieme all'altra mia passione - il videomaking - non mi fermerei mai! Cyclo ergo sum, pedalo quindi sono, per cercare di capire perché andare in bici sia così bello, terapeutico, ricco... E ogni volta che provo a capirlo, non ce la faccio, e sono costretto a ripartire sui pedali!

ENG - I'm from Piedmont and I'm 32 years old, I have been living and working in Lombardy for a few years. After a start without any competence in this field, I then approached the bicycle world more and more. Today I can call myself a bicycle traveller and videomaker who would never ever stop. Cyclo ergo sum, I cycle therefore I am. I ride my bike trying to understand why it is so beautiful, rich, therapeutic. And every time I try, I do not understand it. So I must leave again...

Ours is a family on bicycles, of cycle travelers, a normal family that has transformed a sporting passion into a way of travelling with kids, first as a couple, then with children. Travelling by bike accompanied our life in all its phases: from children, to couple, to parents and it accompanied us really well, giving us such intense emotions... to make us want to share with the readers of this site, in the hope of infecting others families.

Some people spend a quiet life, enjoying what they meet on their way, without wanting anything more. Some end up being satisfied because aiming higher is tiring and requires incredible energy. Some others always look to the horizon trying, day after day, to reach it and don't stop until they succeed... at least a little. This is the story of a great journey through the peaks of Central Asia, between rushing rivers and uninhabited places, in an area where the shy snow leopard still survives and the population is nomadic.

The Munda Biddi Trail by bike is not an easy but very rewarding cycle path: 1000 km in nature from Mundaring (near Perth) to Albany, in the southwestern part of South Australia. Colourful flowers, lively animals, a highly organized Hut system to stay safe... a wonderful mother-son adventure by Cristina and Giacomo

When carrying our luggage on the bike, fork loading is undoubtedly a very sensitive issue because the fork itself is an extremely delicate element of our bike. To exploit it in this sense, there are numerous supports on the market to be fixed to the fork to carry bikepacking waterproof bags, the famous Gorilla cage, also more generically called Cargo cage. Today I want to tell you about my experience with one of the best-known products belonging to this family of small fork racks, the Anything Cage HD by Salsa, which I have been owning and happily using for a couple of years now.

Free Garmin maps for outdoor GPS navigators and for planning excursions on the desktop converted even those who previously relied on paper. OpenStreetMap has changed the world of online cartography, but the graphics and navigation of those maps are not always perfect. That's why several projects were born on its base and today there are several portals where you can download free Garmin maps for GPS devices: let's see together which are the most useful for our purpose.

There is only one concept: gravel! And when we talk about this world, we cannot fail to mention one of the main components of this type of bike that is increasingly gaining ground in the cycling and cycle tourism environment: I'm talking about gravel handlebars, in their many shapes and facets. For this reason, below I will try to explain how to choose the best gravel handlebar for your adventures.

Our cycling Bulgaria bike adventure during our No Plans Journey allowed us discovering a wonderful country, unexpectedly fascinating, where its recent history - being a satellite of the Soviet Union - is now fading into the big changes brought by the European influence. In the villages dispersed on the mountains of the south, life seems to have stopped still two centuries ago, while in the towns and cities, an example among all is Plovdiv European Capital of Culture together with Matera in 2019, modernity and globalization have contaminated the style of life of the inhabitants and Bulgarian traditions. The bicycle, a slow and meditative means of travel, allows you to deeply enter the Bulgarian identity and visit the treasures of this Eastern European country in a closer way.

How can I choose the right cycling shoes? A simple question that requires such a complex answer! Especially because talking about cycling shoes is as reductive as speaking about bicycles in general! There are so many disciplines in our cycling world, that we'll have to evaluate in a deeper way how to choose between the different cycling shoes compatible with your use. 

Salsa bikes universe broadens in a very wide range of models, from the fast road bikes to the huge tyres of fat bikes, from the agile gravel bikes to the trustworthy and versatile adventure bicycles. In this article we'll be diving into these last two categories, focusing on new Salsa touring bikes available in 2021.

Before this ride on the hills from Casale Monferrato and Millesimo, I didn't have a clear vision on the borders of this region. Piedmont, ok… and then? In almost a week of cycling, I got more focus. Riding this Piedmont bike tour through Langhe, Roero and Monferrato by bike we got plenty of steep ascents, glasses of wine and amazing sights so famous all over the world.

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