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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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Sometimes Failure Is The Only Option

by Andy Amick

Worst. Race. Ever. This past weekend was the Ridgeline Rampage race in Castle Rock where I registered for the 60 mile Marathon singlespeed race.  As you can tell by the title and the first words of this post, it turned out to be the most humiliating and frustrating race I’ve ever done.   Normally, I […]

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Happy Friday – Interesting Links For This Week

by Andy Amick

Happy Friday.  No need to stay here.  Go explore a few of the articles and products that I have run across this week. Hans Bagworks – Wallets made out of re-purposed Adventure Cycling maps.  Great idea and the map material is very sturdy. Our “No Cotton” Philosopy – This post from Mountain Mama details how […]

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Paracord Waist Strap Using Cross Knots

by Andy Amick

For 2012, I’m using my Marmot Kompressor pack for my bikepacking setup.  It has a bit more room for gear than my Lezyne pack.  The one thing it did not come with was a waist strap.  That was fine for hiking, but when biking, I prefer a waist strap to keep the pack from bouncing […]

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3 Easy And Inexpensive Ways To Save Weight On Your Bikepacking Setup

by Andy Amick

Trying to save weight by cutting the end off of a toothbrush is the wrong way.  We’ve probably all been there, but there are much more effective ways to save large amounts of weight in your bikepacking setup. And they can be done with little to no cost.     1. Stove For a 1 […]

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Goofy Gear Day – Tyvek Wallet

by Andy Amick

Are you one of those guys that carries a wallet that’s over stuffed and is thicker than a slice of 7 layer cake? Growing up, my dad’s wallet looked like this one on a good day.  My wallet was never that bad, but it had begun to get too bulky.     My original desire […]

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A Few Tips For Organizing Your Gear

by Andy Amick

Has it really been 2 weeks since I posted on the blog?  Oops.  This  post was almost ready to post before my vacation but things got too busy and it didn’t get finished.  Then, the work week after a week of vacation was equally as crazy.  So here is the gear organization post with a […]

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Use A Gear List For Your Trips

by Andy Amick

In the last few days, I came across a couple of articles on gear lists for backpacking trips. Brian Green – Gear Lists – Not Just For Gram Weenies! Andrew Skurka – Gear Lists – Past Trips Both of these articles have great information on how and why to use a gear list.  Here are […]

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Can You Outfit Your Bikepacking Adventure With Only Homemade and Cottage Gear?

by Andy Amick

Earlier this week, I read Brian’s post on Planning for Unplanned Hikes describing his backpack that is pre-packed and ready to go for a weekend adventure.  That post made me think of my own gear organization and my Go Box for bikepacking.  It’s not pre-packed because I don’t always have the bikepacking bags on the bike, […]

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