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Plan, Save, Ride – Make That Big Trip A Reality

by Andy Amick

The extreme polar vortex or winter weather in general can lead to daydreams of bike touring on a warm summer day.  Now is the time to plan for that trip so that it can become a reality. My own reality is that the Tour Divide ride start in 5 months and I need to save […]

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Honey Bear – A Tale Of Having Nothing But Having Everything

by Andy Amick

This is a post I’ve had in draft form for almost a year unsure of how to finish it and tell Honey Bear’s story.  Hopefully, you enjoy this version that has become my attempt at a story to remind us of what’s most important.  Being an engineer hasn’t helped my creative writing skills, but here […]

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Bikepacking 202 – Pack Only What You Need

by Andy Amick

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein For bikepacking, this can be interpreted as “pack only what you need, but nothing you don’t”.  Of course, it’s much easier said than done.  For analytical thinkers or tinkerers, solving this puzzle is one of the lures of bikepacking because it’s an ever […]

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Bikepacking 202 – Ditch The Backpack

by Andy Amick

One of the best ways to make the physical aspect of bikepacking more enjoyable is to remove all weight from your back.  It may not seem like much, but over multiple days of riding, the shoulders and back get quite tired.  Getting rid of the backpack involves getting all water, food, gear, and tools packed […]

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Path To Less – November 2013 Updates

by Andy Amick

Finding ways to live simply so that you can put more time and energy into wherever you find joy in life.  That’s what the monthly “Path To Less” posts are about. It’s Thanksgiving and I hope everyone is set to enjoy some down time with friends and family.  Whether that includes some time outdoors or lots […]

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The Joys Of Gravel

by Andy Amick

The sun is brightly shining.  The ride starts and that familiar sound of dirt under the tires brings a slight smile.  Miles come easily as the dirt, bike, and legs work together. Sounds like a great trail ride doesn’t it?  But the cows, barns, open views reveal it to be a quiet country gravel road […]

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Moose, Bears, and Whistles. Oh My!

by Andy Amick

Shouldn’t it be “Meese, Bears, and Whistles”?  That’s not really the point, but whistles and paracord are the point here. Bear and moose encounters are a few of the things that Tour Divide planning has caused me to think about. People have various ways to alert the animals or protect themselves from wildlife.  One option […]

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Are You Prepared For Backcountry Riding?

by Andy Amick

In late September a Colorado Springs mountain biker got lost while exploring some new trails.  The good news is she was found the next day.  The bad news is she had to endure a cold and lonely night in the mountains without any emergency gear. UpADownwa posted a full story on the incident and how […]

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Path To Less – October 2013 Updates

by Andy Amick

This post have nothing to do with bikes and everything to do with bikes.  Huh?  Well, by getting non-bike parts of life in order, there will be more time for the bike riding that is so enjoyable.  This is the idea behind the Path To Less posts here at Pale Spruce. My friend Brion describes […]

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A Glimpse Into The World Of Bikepacking

by Andy Amick

Are you curious about bikepacking but unsure about how gear is packed on the bike or some of the logistics?  While testing out some gear in my yard, I decided to do a full camp setup and time lapse the process of waking up and switching from camping mode to bike riding mode. Ideally, the […]

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