Reviews of bikes, accessories and bicycle touring stuff

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.

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  • Type of test

    Since travelling on a Salsa Fargo, the Anything Cage HD accompany me without problems. Among the longer trips, I can include Latvia by bicycle, Peloponnese by bicycle, Sicily by bicycle, numerous shorter weekend rides in bikepacking mode. The test put these Salsa "cages" to the test by loading them with variable weights and volumes. To get a more precise indication of wear on a longer journey, follow our adventures and we will update you!

  • Test duration 7000 km
  • General 5
  • Cost 4
  • Pros
    • Very resistant
    • Load capacity
    • Very strong straps
  • Cons
    • High price
    • Limited adaptability to only forks with eyelets
  • Comfort 5
  • Mounting 5
  • Materials 5
  • Encumbrance 4
  • Capacity 4
  • Wear 5

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.

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.

Until a few months ago, Veronica was a happy owner of a Genesis bicycle.

Being one of the most active brands producing touring and adventure models, Genesis and its new 2021 bicycles will be the focus of this article.

Maybe you've noticed... or maybe not. Anyway, starting from this year, Vero and I will be cruising a Trek bicycle. We're hoping - taking the current pandemic situation into consideration - to ride our new Trek 920 the furthest possible... but for now we've tested them around the corner and we're more than satisfied! Waiting for the real test of the Trek 920, in this article I'm listing 2021 Trek bicycles, in particular their touring models.

The front region is definitely one of the most important areas to carry objects when cycling. This is valid also when bikepacking: you can find so many handlebar bags. Depending on the type of bicycle traveller you are, you'll need more or less space, a different hooking system, different materials... In this article I'll be analyzing all the features to be considered before purchasing a bikepacking handlebar bag, then I'll list and compare 17 of them.

Gorilla Cages, Anything Cages, Cargo Cages, Fork Cages... you can call them as you want, but none of them can give a clue about what these things are... It's some sort of cages, made of different materials, bigger than a usual bottle cage but smaller than a rack, to be mounted on the bicycle fork. They are used mainly to carry (on the fork) smaller bags (from 1 to 5 litres) in a bikepacking setup, but we're allowed to mount them on an MTB or a gravel bike... In this article, we're going to analyze the main features and functions of these Gorilla Cages, then I'm listing the 11 best in my opinion.

Are you looking for one of the best summer sleeping bags? The offer of lightweight, compact and comfortable sleeping bags is getting wider and wider, also because this is one of the most important accessories to hike, camp, backpack or go bikepacking, or simply travel by bike. With some patience, you'll be able to find the right product for your needs, and if you'll trust me, I'll guide you through this process with some advice.

There are many types of front rack for bike, different in the hold they can carry, the bicycle they can be mounted on and mostly in the use you are going to do with them. In this article, we'll analyze some types and then we are focusing on some bicycle touring front racks.

"The bicycle is a pleasure for the body and the mind" but in the long winter days often the desire to jump on the saddle is less ... instead of pedaling under a heavy snowfall we want to suggest an alternative or better, 14 alternatives, 14 cycling books to read about bike trips, bicycle touring, adventures and more or less crazy bike riders. Take a seat in the armchair or in front of the fireplace and dive into a paper adventure (for this time!).

Which are the best foldable solar panels for bicycle touring? In the XXI century, let whoever can do without technology during a bicycle trip throw the first stone! 

Nowadays, for better or for worse, technology surrounds us and we can hardly do without it, even in bicycle touring. In order to be able to travel in wildlands far from civilization for some days, it is necessary to find an alternative to electricity, to recharge our devices such as smartphones, GPSs, tablets, PCs... One of those alternatives is power banks or, better, foldable solar panels for bicycle touring: let's see how they work and most importantly how many alternatives we have on the market, in order to choose wisely depending on our needs.

We cannot hide behind our finger... in XXI century technology surrounds us and even us, bicycle travellers, have to deal with it. Even the most extreme and savage bicycle traveller has the need to be connected, everywhere and always. Other than the ethical question I'm not going to analyze here, this need is also practical: which are the alternatives to the electricity that can be used when this isn't available? In this article, we list some of the most common alternatives, like the dynamo hub connected to the lights system or, thanks to specific chargers, to your electronic devices, in order to charge them.

I clearly remember the day I went to buy my first bicycle, completely unaware of the cyclist terms, rules and world. I was so excited and so impatient. The seller, an old friend of mine, asked me: "Which size? A 55, maybe a 56?".
How is it "Which size?". Aren't bicycle frames all the same size? But of course, It wasn't this way.
In this article, I'll try to explain how to calculate the bicycle frame size for our needs.

One of the components capable of making the difference when riding for many hours is the touring bike saddle: choosing the right one can change your comfort during long excursions or short trips. These last years I've seen a lot of people with many types of touring bicycle seats, and I had the possibility to try most of them. Unfortunately, as usually happens, there isn't a universally perfect saddle for every one of us. There are some factors influencing our comfort, so the choice must be made carefully. Following you will find some advice in order to understand which factors to consider when choosing your seat, then a list of the best touring bike saddles.

One of the many accessories that we always carry on a medium length cycling trip is a bicycle touring tent to camp everywhere. It doesn't matter if we will use it for half of the nights during the trip, but we prefer to carry some extra kg but to be free to choose where to sleep. We have slept in the most different places during these years of bicycle touring, so we developed a pretty accurate awareness in this matter, and we try to share with you some thoughts in order to help you choose the best tent for your cycle adventures..

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