Gear

Gear Review – ZPacks Custom Rain Pants

by Andy Amick

Women have capris Men have man-pris Crazy nutty cyclists have rain-pris. Why would you want rain-pris? 1. When cycling in in the rain, your shoes and socks will get wet even if you have full length rain pants.  So go with a shorter length which will make them lighter and useful in a wider range […]

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MYOG – Paracord sternum strap with emergency whistle

by Andy Amick

The latest make your own gear (MYOG) project is a replacement sternum strap that uses paracord and an emergency whistle buckle.  It’s yet another way to have some fun with paracord projects, but also a good way to get paracord onto your gear in a functional way.  The idea came from seeing Mary Collier-Metcalf use the whistle […]

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Gear Review – County Comm EDC Pocket Knife

by Andy Amick

CountyComm specializes in tactical and EDC (every day carry) gear.  They have many innovative solutions for EDC and lightweight camping.  Browsing their site will get the creative juices flowing and have you thinking of how you can use all of the cool gadgets.   The item reviewed in this post is the EDC Pocket Knife […]

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What’s In Your Pack – Mountain Bike Edition

by Andy Amick

What do you bring along for your mountain bike rides?  There are the basics – spare tube and tools – but what else should you include?   The following video details the contents I bring on my rides.  Think of this as my Every Day Carry (EDC) kit for mountain biking.   We each have […]

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Paracord has become my new obsession

by Andy Amick

It all started with an idea to get paracord on the bike by wrapping the handlebars and it has grown into a mini-obsession.  Learning to tie the knots and thinking up new project ideas has been addictive and keeps me thinking “just one more”.   Pictured above are a few of the recent projects I […]

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Results from the “What is your most important piece of gear” poll

by Andy Amick

The results from the poll question several weeks ago about the most important piece of gear are in.  Ok, it was more like 10 weeks ago, but who’s counting. Does anyone else think the pie chart looks like an aero wheel design from the mid 90s?  Remember those anodized purple, green, and gold parts?   Result […]

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Why you will never see me at Wal-Mart

by Andy Amick

That’s right.  You will never find me inside a Wal-Mart or remotely close to the front doors. Why such a distaste you may ask?  It can all be summed up with a borrowed and slightly changed line from John Mellencamp – “I was born into a small company.  I grew up in a small company.  I’ll die in […]

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What is your most important piece of gear?

by Andy Amick

Today’s post is a poll with a simple question on your gear choices. I thought it was an easy question, but trying to decide on my single answer was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. When it comes to preparing for a bikepacking or camping trip, what do you consider to […]

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Introduction to bikepacking – how to pack your gear on the bike

by Andy Amick

The previous post walked through a first backyard overnight trip to try out bikepacking.  If you are here from that post, I’m assuming you thoroughly enjoyed yourself in the “wild” for the night and want to continue on the bikepacking path. Where does all of the gear go if there are no racks? Based on […]

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Current bikepacking setup

by Andy Amick

This post was supposed to be the first in the bikepacking series and introduce backyard bikepacking, but I got sidetracked.  There was family in town, work, trying to finish Jill Homer’s TourDivide book, and a few other excuses I could throw in.  The end result is I don’t have that post completed, so here is […]

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