Topo Designs Bike Bag Review

Topo Designs Bike Bag Review

In case you hadn’t heard yet, handlebar bags are finally cool. It wasn’t long ago that this accessory was something you wouldn’t even consider as part of your setup. Fortunately the days of “rules” in cycling are finally behind us, now that function and utility have its rightful place as a priority. There are loads of handlebar bags available today, each offering unique styles and functionality. We got our hands on this one from Topo Designs, called the Bike Bag.

An Interview With Ted King - Rooted Vermont

An Interview With Ted King - Rooted Vermont

Listen in to a conversation between Craig Dalton and Ted King. Ted discusses his former pro career followed by his entry into the gravel world. Also discussed are the Rooted Vermont gravel event Ted and his wife have created.

PRESALE - Gravelstoke Team Collection

PRESALE - Gravelstoke Team Collection

We’re pleased to introduce our second presale for 2019, going on now until May 19, 2019. Like the kit we released earlier this year, the colors are a charcoal grey and steel blue. New for our spring team collection we are offering a team specific jersey, designed for our Development Team, arm warmers and base layers.

For the Children - The 2019 Breakfast Burrito Ride

For the Children - The 2019 Breakfast Burrito Ride

This is how the 2019 Belgian Waffle Ride weekend would begin. With another SoCal breakfast favorite, the burrito. The brainchild of Brandt Furgerson, aka Uncle Tio, the 2nd annual Breakfast Burrito Ride (BBR) would take place on the cloud covered morning of May 3. Hosted by Canyon Bicycles USA, the BBR is a no-drop, all smiles coastal roll to the top of Torrey Pines and back. Just 35 miles in distance, the ride covers perhaps San Diego’s most popular strip of pavement. While not much dirt in sight (that will come on Sunday), the views and vibes through Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach and Del Mar can’t be beat.

Made in San Francisco - A Visit to Outer Shell Adventure

Made in San Francisco - A Visit to Outer Shell Adventure

During a recent trip to the Bay Area we stopped by the Outer Shell workshop to see what Kyle and Jim were up to. Last Fall we met up with these guys for a #CoffeeOutsideSF ride to Battery Wagner, followed by some sweet gravel shredding around the Marin Headlands. With no bike, and no time to ride, this time we opted for a quick visit to see what was new in the land of extremely dope bike gear. Here are a few shots we took that beautiful afternoon in the Mission District.

June 9, 2019 Hunt of the North Gravel Grinder Hosted by Canyon Bicycles USA

June 9, 2019 Hunt of the North Gravel Grinder Hosted by Canyon Bicycles USA

Not a race, the Hunt of the North is a true test of a rider’s gravel cycling abilities. Participants will call upon skills of navigation, proficiency on dirt terrain, a readiness to support other riders, and mindfulness of their surroundings as they become “hunteurs” to collect five pieces of uniquely colored gravel, each in a different location.

Photo Gallery: 2019 Great Western Reroute

Photo Gallery: 2019 Great Western Reroute

It was shortly after a friend’s birthday road ride to the top of Palomar Mountain in February of last year that we first had the idea for our own ride of a similar theme. With little time to plan we reached out to our friend Roman for help in crafting a memorable route that would take riders on a gravel adventure in late March of 2018. The concept was simple, yet true to our ways. The Great Western Reroute (GWR) was born.  

Top 14 Gravel Bikes from the 2019 Sea Otter Classic

Top 14 Gravel Bikes from the 2019 Sea Otter Classic

Our very first time to the Sea Otter Classic was quite the spectacle. While this is traditionally a mountain bike event, it has increasingly featured numerous large and small brand gravel bikes from all over the world. We visited numerous booths to bring you our favorite gravel bikes from the show.

SFO to Sea Otter with ENVE

SFO to Sea Otter with ENVE

ENVE arrived in style at Sea Otter this year with their 3rd annual Ride to Sea Otter starting in San Francisco and ending 140 miles later in Carmel.  A few riders were even lucky enough to test the all new SES 3.4 AR road wheels, which officially launched on Thursday at the show.  ENVE created a great video of the ride shown here, enjoy!

Introducing Gravelstoke Merino Wool Socks

Introducing Gravelstoke Merino Wool Socks

We carefully crafted these socks with durability and comfort in mind. Made with extra fine micron Merino Wool from Australia and New Zealand to create the best natural wicking fiber available. These are an all-season socks ideal for cool and warm temperatures alike.

Croatan Buck Fifty Gravel Event Recap

Croatan Buck Fifty Gravel Event Recap

#BestBikeGameEver. That is the hashtag for the Croatan Buck Fifty (CBF) race held in Swansboro, NC. Matt Hawkins and Gordon Wadsworth, the two race directors, set out to make that hashtag more than just a few words though.

Gravelstoke Dev Team Kit Pickup Event

Gravelstoke Dev Team Kit Pickup Event

A few shots by Explore With Chris at our team event this week at The Lost Abbey San Marcos. Eliel Cycling custom Gravelstoke kits were distributed and team sponsors announced. More details coming soon!

Update from the 2019 NAHBS

Update from the 2019 NAHBS

We tune into the Gravel Ride Podcast and listen in on conversations from the 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento, CA. Some interesting news from Steve Potts, Mosaic, Wolf Tooth, McGovern, Panaracer, Olivetti, No. 22 and Civilian.