Bikepacking or bike touring with rack(s) and panniers? Online and at the numerous events related to the world of bicycles, discussions are increasingly animated… But does the perfect travel setup exist? In this article we will try to analyze the two most popular ways of carrying your luggage, by evaluating the advantages and the disadvantages of bikepacking and bicycle touring.
The concept is one and only: 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 bicycle tourism environment: I'm talking about gravel handlebars and I say it deliberately in the plural as there are so many, of various shapes and facets. For this reason, below I will try to explain how to choose a gravel handlebar and what are the features of some of the best gravel handlebars for your bicycle adventures.
Roswheel bags and in particular Roswheel Tour Pannier 40L (the pair) are one of the products that marked the entry into the world of bicycle travel of this Shanghai company. Roswheel has been producing accessories for bicycles for years and has recently launched the production of bags for classic bicycle touring and bikepacking. We have tried a few of these bags over the last year and what you find below is our review on the larger model of panniers.
You may be amazed by how many ways you can be cycling Sicily: along the coastal roads, which are seasonally crowded with vacationers and lovers of the sea; advancing among the archaeological sites that dot the island; travelling from one place described in a travel guide to another. Or you can choose to be led by the hand by those who live in Sicily, by those who know its most hidden corners, by those who want to show you the beating - and unknown - heart of this land that is too often tormented and forgotten.
The time to pack up and leave is always an important and exciting moment. Before getting there, we are often assailed by a Hamletic doubt: where to carry the weights on the bike when cycling? Panniers and racks on the front, or on the rear, or better yet both front and rear? Below I will try to answer these questions based on my experience, trying to explain bike weight distribution on touring bikes.
The rear area is one of the most used areas for transporting luggage by bike. In bikepacking you work in the absence of luggage racks, but fortunately there are many bikepacking saddle bags in which to store clothes, sleeping bag and mattress, food... Surely this is the largest area, but everyone chooses what to place in these bags. In this article we will see the main features to take into consideration for the purchase of a bikepacking seat bag and I will present you 18 of the best on the Italian and International market.
"I didn't consider the triangle". And you were wrong, I will tell you, because in bikepacking it is the first element to consider. In this article we will see the various types of specific bicycle frame bags (but not only) for bikepacking, with an overview on the criteria for choosing the most suitable bag for you and a collection of the 15 best bikepacking frame bags on the market.
How do you organize the distribution of weights and volumes in bikepacking for a bicycle trip? In this article you will be able to compare two bikepacking setups and, if you are approaching the varied world of bikepacking or if you want to compare your experience as a traveler with mine and that of Alessio founder of Cicloslavisti, you are in the right place.
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.
What are the best gravel bikes of 2021? If you are reading this article it is because, most likely, you are deciding to face the big step and buy a gravel bicycle. I will not dwell on what a gravel bike is or why you made this decision because these elements, although worthy of being treated, are not of interest to those like you who have to decide which gravel bike to buy.
Just know that in recent years more and more people have decided to marry this "philosophy" and try an intermediate vehicle between a racing bike and a mountain bike, for travelling or for day trips on the white roads near home. So I decided to do a short (and certainly not exhaustive) research, trying to understand which are the most popular gravel bikes and those that are used with more satisfaction by lovers of dirt roads. Then I recommend the best ten gravel bike models of 2021.
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.
Buying a touring bicycle is always challenging, especially because we usually travel once or twice a year and it's not easy to face a purchase - besides, expensive - for an item that will mostly live in our basement. Luckily during these last years, the concept itself of bicycle tour has been changing, and along with it, the bikes evolved as well, becoming everyday things.
This allows us to make a more thoughtful choice, and maybe pledge a higher budget for this mixed-use means of transportation. This year too I decided to do a short (and surely not exhaustive) research, trying to understand which are the most popular travel bikes (touring bikes) and which are used with more satisfaction by bike travellers. See below the 15 best touring bikes of 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.
At Decathlon Headquarters it's bicycle touring time: the French brand renovates its line by redesigning its Riverside models and getting into the bikepacking market. Today, the brand new Riverside Touring 920 came to light, very interesting from features to pricing. Let's take a look at it in detail.
Our No Plans Journey through Europe led us here, cycling through some of the Visegrád villages. The first is Slovakia: by bicycle we came from Ukraine and the last bits of Carpathians, to cycle West and touch the Tatra Mountains and dive into Poland. A wonderful itinerary of secondary roads and unexpected cycle ways.
This Czech Republic Bike Tour is fun and easy: road signs everywhere, cycling paths... During our European bike tour we cycled through Moravia, Vysočina and Bohemia, pedalling along rivers and sweet hills of the two main cities: this is our itinerary from Brno to Prague on the European Cycling Route Eurovelo 4.
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.