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MYOG – Coroplast Seat Bag

by Andy Amick

This is a follow-up to the Political Sign post to show the detailed steps of how to make a custom bikepacking seat bag from all of those signs that will be taking over yards and roadsides during this election season. Overall cost for the bag is under $15 with most of the cost coming from […]

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Finally, A Good Use For Political Signs

by Andy Amick

It’s election season again and we are beginning to see some yards that resemble this: Or worse: I’m not a political strategist, but I think the second one is a yard full of junk and won’t lead to any votes for any of these candidates.  But all is not wasted if the candidate’s supporters choose […]

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Happy Friday – Links From The Week

by Andy Amick

Happy Friday.  No need to stay here.  Go explore some other sites and articles that may be of interest to you.  Today’s edition has water, new products, races, and dealing with annoyances   Hydration Summit – Hydration at the extremes.  A few tips on hydrating in the cold, humidity, altitude, and even while exploring caves.  In […]

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Cover Your A** For 50% Less

by Andy Amick

Nothing here about sheltering your pack animal with a small tarp when camping. And nope, it’s not about how to be a corporate CYA master in less time either (just do your job and that won’t matter anyway). It’s all about chamois cream.  Ah, the wonderful world of chamois cream!  If you’re thinking the rest of […]

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Happy Friday – tips and tricks from the week

by Andy Amick

Happy Friday.  No need to stay here.  Go explore some other sites and articles that may be helpful to you.  This week’s edition features a few tips, tricks, and a calculator.   Gear Calculator – A handy online calculator to help you pick your singlespeed gear.  You can enter several chainring and rear cog sizes […]

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‘wild’ By Cheryl Strayed

by Andy Amick

In a break from the normal bikepacking, first aid kits, and singlespeeds, this post is a review of the new book by Cheryl Strayed.  In ‘Wild’, Cheryl takes the reader through her 1000+ mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).   The story is a departure from most hiking/adventure books in that the story […]

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Happy Friday – Some Links From The Week

by Andy Amick

Happy Friday.  No need to stay here.  Go explore a few of the articles and products that have caught my eye this week.   Andrew Skurka – Interview with GoLite Founder Demetri Coupounas – GoLite, based out of Boulder, CO, has changed their retail model to only sell from their direct stores.  The kicker is that […]

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Giveaway – GetOutThere Kit And More

by Andy Amick

It’s time for a giveaway.  What better way to be prepared for your rides than a free GetOutThere kit!  Plus, there are other items included in the giveaway.  The winner will be announced on May 31st.   Thanks to Scott Thigpen at Driven 2 Divide for helping out with the giveaway.  Check out his blog for some […]

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Buy Some Emergency Gear, Help Fight Hunger

by Andy Amick

No, not your hunger.  Let’s do something to help those that are really in need of food both locally and worldwide. The Clearance section of the Pale Spruce store is now open with a handful of one of a kind products.  100% of proceeds from Clearance products benefit NUMB (Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride For […]

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Screw Racing, I’m Going Bikepacking!

by Andy Amick

After the racing debacle on May 5th at the Ridgleline Rampage, it’s time to put the racing numbers away and focus on some summer bikepacking.  Yes, it was only one race.  It could happen to anyone.   But…   It’s not about giving up racing, it’s about choosing priorities.  After a lot of reflection and […]

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