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.
Crossing continental Greece by bike, leaving the Adriatic Sea behind to reach the Aegean Sea coast, wandering through the mountain roads of the Tzoumerka National Park, watching Meteora's pinnacles and sleeping under the starry skies of Thessaly... this adventure is dedicated to whom knows how to admire the mountains at the horizon while eating Mediterranean specialities, to whom loves the steep climbs but at the same time appreciates the plain, for gravel lovers and paved road admirers. This is an adventure about Greece, freedom and bicycle...
One of the most interesting areas crossed during our long European bicycle journey called NPJ, No Plans Journey, is a great region of Romania, which reminds us stories of vampires, bears, and wild mountains... yes, you already figured out what I'm talking about. We crossed Transylvania by bikes, in Romania, from Brașov to Sighișoara closing a 900 km (almost) ring up and down on the Carpathian Mountains, really hard but definitely satisfying.
Crossing Sardinia by bicycle means traveling through time and in the heart of a hospitable community, in a territory that hosts you like you were at home, in the heart of a beautiful land enclosed between sea, sky and the peaks of the Gennargentu Mountain, dry during summer and snowy during winter. In this winter bicycle adventure, riding in unknown gravel roads, old railways, and old Nuraghe, we cycled more than 1200 km in Sardinia, from the northernmost part to the heart of the truest Barbagia, in short-medium length legs, due to the short wintery days. For personal reasons, we have been forced to stop our Sardinian adventure in Orgosolo, but in order to complete it, we suggest adding the two or three legs that we should have cycled to reach Olbia.