Review :: Rivendell MUSA Rain Pants

In my Rivendell Rain Pants, before we left on our RTW tour.

Overall Rating: (5/5) Highly Recommended

My Rivendell rain pants keep me dry as we ride round the world.

As evidenced in an earlier post, I purchased a pair of Rivendell’s MUSA Rain Pants at their debut (Size L) with the intent of using them on our around the world cycling trip. Having been on the road now [Read More…]

Gear Shakedown :: Water Storage Choices

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At six months in to cycle touring we’ve had some experience using our equipment. Months ago we posted a three part series on how we were going to handle water storage and transportation while travelling. Here’s a quick shakedown on how our choices have fared so far:

 

Klean Kanteen Bottles

After 4 months of continuous use the “patent pending” screw top on one [Read More…]

Los Angeles :: Visiting Swrve

Kai on the L.A. Metro

Kai on the L.A. Metro

I’ll never forget the first time I slipped on a pair of messenger knickers. It was love at first rotation. I recall thinking, why haven’t I had a pair of these before? Super-comfy – thanks to the lightweight, woven, four-way stretch fabric – I’ve come to realize that messenger knickers are to cycle touring what bridle [Read More…]

Santa Barbara :: Meeting John Jones

John Jones in his workshop.

After a wonderful night’s sleep at Refugio State Park, we rode through Goleta then on to Santa Barbara for the evening. We couldn’t help but stop to window shop as we made our way to the Agave Inn, a sweet little place, which we strategically picked due to its proximity to our scheduled appointment with world-renowned and master wheel builder, John Jones. [Read More…]

Review :: Lab-Gear Merino Biposto Cycling Boxers

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Overall Rating: (5/5) Highly Recommended In my search for the elusive optimum base layer ‘bottom’ to wear whilst cycling around the world, I have to admit I was dumbfounded to discover that a small Australian company had long ago solved the riddle of “To lycra or not to lycra” and in doing so had created the perfect article of clothing for the long distance touring cyclist.

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Merino Next-to-the-Skin for Long-Distance Cycling

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One piece of kit that required my attention in the early planning stages of our trip involved what I might wear in between my bike’s finely-aged leather saddle and my own more finely-aged nether-regions. I’ll post later about what I’ve chosen to wear as an outer layer, so to be clear, this particular discussion is all about next-to-the-skin. In this post, I’ll discuss the [Read More…]

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