Bikepacking and gravel cycling adventures

By Sabina Knezevic and Robin Patijn.

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Ride report: The Dirty Halland gravel ride ’22 Grusfest

Sweden’s gravel calendar starts in March with the Dirty Halland: A 165 kilometre gravel ride, organised by Team CYKLAMERA. We rode the 2022 edition, and it was a day filled with sun, gravel and climbs: a success formula for a first-class gravel event. The organisers create a brand new route each year, and this year’s…
Bikepacking Sweden sleeping bag

Bikepacking and gravel videos – Part IV

In this fourth part of 'Bikepacking and gravel videos,' we present you with five cycling-related films we enjoyed very much lately. From inspiring footage of a bike-and-pack rafting expedition to a powerful message about mental health. From the almost endless gravel roads of the United States to the rugged mountains of Norway. Sit back, relax,…
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Winter bikepacking – A photo report plus 5 tips to help you survive the cold

Winter bikepacking takes a special breed of cyclist. You have to be willing to embrace the cold winds and snow. Yes, it can be cold. Very cold. But if you prepare, it can also be a liberating experience when the rest of the world is stuck indoors. Here are five tips to help you survive…
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N+1 – Mason InSearchOf, a bikepacking dream bike

Our latest addition to the bike park, The Mason InSearchOf has quickly proven to become the talk of the town. And the trails! This rigid steel drop bar mountain bike made for bikepacking catches everyone’s eye with its oversized tires and sleek look.  But why a new bike? Well, why not! Simply following the rule…
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Dealing with saddle sores – Every cyclists’ nightmare

Dealing with saddle sores can be a real pain. I know from experience! They easily result from hours on the bike and from a poor bike position. I share my personal advice on how to treat a saddle sore and how you can prevent them in the first place. There really is only one big…
Amazing gravel road near Girona

Gravel cycling in Girona – 12 cycling routes in Spain

Gravel cycling in Girona along peaceful roads and tracks in stunning scenery. On our two-week holiday we cycled around Girona and Banyoles with its stunning lakes, forests and rivers. Our 12 routes will show you quiet roads and tracks, quaint villages and ancient fortresses, churches, chapels and monasteries; we pedalled through nature parks full of…
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Bikepacking videos – Part III

It's getting chilly outside. Winter is rapidly approaching, we already went past the end of daylight saving last weekend. While some of you may be diehard bikepackers who prepare to go out in the snow and frigid temps, this may be the off-season for others. Wintertime, though, means relaxing with a hot chocolate in front…
Bikepacking the Hærvejen family reunion

Bikepacking the Haervejen – A family reunion

Travel and bikepacking was near to impossible for a long time. Even family visits between the Netherlands and Sweden were a hassle for months. So when the travel restrictions finally allowed it, Robin, his father and brother travelled to start of the Hærvejen in Denmark. Here they would finally meet again after a long time.…
Bikepacking the Blekingeleden

Bikepacking the Blekingeleden – Our second attempt

In 2020, we made our first attempt at bikepacking the Blekingeleden. With our bikepacking bags strapped to our trusty steel touring bikes we set off. Deep in the beech forest, we climbed the Ryssberg and were rewarded with fantastic views of lakes. But we weren’t ready for the trails covered in tree roots. Now, a…
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Lightweight bikepacking set-up – 3 day bikepacking trip in spring

Every trip we take our bikepacking set-up gets lighter, and we manage to slim down our lightweight bikepacking set-up. After experiencing how hard it was to push a heavily loaded touring bike through mountainous terrain, we turned saving grams into an art form. Here is what we brought for a three-day bikepacking trip. When the…
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On bike nutrition – Testing 5 cycling snacks for longer rides

When you go on longer rides, there’s an extra aspect to take into consideration: on bike nutrition. We have mostly lived off Snickers and dried fruit, but realized that we needed to expand our culinary horizon a bit. So we decided to try out some new types of snacks to eat while cycling longer rides.…
Gravel cycling in rain

Ride report: A Day in Hell – Gravel cycling in rain, mud and soaked bibs

We all know that in cycling you don't just train your body, you train your mind too. And there is no better way to train your mind than gravel cycling in rain. Add some snow, hail and a brutal headwind. Some might even call it a day in hell, which it just happened to coincide…
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