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Jake Dean (Bicyclist Abroad)
Attends Oregon State University
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Firstly, let me say that I am firmly against the idea that you need any special bike in order to have an adventure, and thusly feel the category of “adventure bike” a little ambiguous and misplaced. What they mean to say is, ...
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The Mrs. and a couple friends of ours were running a half marathon in Hamburg this past weekend, so along came I and the little one to visit the historic city and be a spectator to the race. Upon arriving, we checked in and w...
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Front loading has recently become a popular way of carrying panniers. The setup has been made trendy by manufacturers like Specialized with their AWOL x POLER touring bike, or any number of the touring bikes featured on bicycle lifestyle website, The Radavist. But is front loading a better place to locate your gear on a touring bike, or is it …
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Before we left Sven’s house in the morning, he gave us two pieces of advice. The first was to stock up before we left Hannover, because we’d have problems finding supplies once we were beyond the city limits. That turned out ...
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A couple days left, its worth a shot!
Crank Brothers: y-Tool Kit, Gem Pump+Clip, EggBeater Pedals, Lever, Grips Greenbelly Meals: 9 Variety Pack (Ready-to-Eat Performance Meals) Louis Garneau: One Course Cycling Helmet Adventure Cycling Association: Choice of Bicycle Touring Map Set NiteRider: Lumina Micro 550/ Solas 30 Light Combo Wahoo Fitness: RFLKT Bike Computer, TICKR Heart Rate Monitor Green GURU: One Hauler Bike Pack/ Saddle Bag
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We’re still learning to navigate the holiday season in this part of the world; somewhere between St. Martin’s and Christmas Day, Christmas trees become available to purchase. These Weihnachtsbaumen, or Kerstbomen to the Dutch...
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The Eroica is a cycling event, but it’s also a festival with music and food and a celebration of all that is vintage. It is as much about aesthetics as it is about cycling. Beginning in Italy in 1997 as a nod to the cycling r...
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One of the great things about living in Europe is the myriad of vintage bicycles that can be found-- either locked to a bike rack, abandoned in an alley, or for sale on the local classifieds. In certain Dutch cities, you can ...
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Having spent the night in our hammocks, I thought that perhaps my knee would have benefitted from being elevated all night long. Standing up the next morning proved me wrong. I gave it a chance and hoped that as I warmed up, ...
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On our way to Berlin Bicycle Week, but first a ride to Düsseldorf.
The plan was hatched at a friend’s house over a couple beers— why don’t we just ride from here to Berlin Bicycle Week? We could leave on a Sunday and make it there by Thursday if we kept a fairly quick pace. 650 kilometers o...
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Although I try not to self-reference this blog within this blog, what you might call going “meta”, there’s no denying that there’s been little in the way of new posts the past couple months. The Blogger platform and Windows L...
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Whilst is a British way of saying “while”, though now that I think of it, I’ve never actually heard anyone use it before. Maybe on the BBC. Anyway, the Mrs. and I did not travel all the way to London just for the purposes of ...
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Witness as an ordinary American rides his bicycle in mysterious foregin lands!
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Second Class Citizen

About a week ago, I had some errands to run around town. It was actually a lovely, albeit brisk, autumn day with a small amount of ice on so


Many people romanticize rail travel, even though the age of billowing steam and luxiurious passenger coaches has long since passed. Still, t

Niterider Sentinel Review

The age-old adage “good things come in small packages” seems entirely appropriate here. Like many others, I too nerd-out over cool new tools

Wearing Out the Dogs

If you have young dogs you understand that the best thing to keep a dog out of trouble is keeping them well exercised! Surprisingly enough m

Der unsichtbare Radfahrer

Der Radfahrer in der Presse: gerne übersehen, oft touchiert, ohne Helm längst tot und gegen Verkehrsregeln verstoßend, die niemand korrekt e

The art of living well, or... well, living the art.

A mid-week miracle happened the other day. It was sunny and beautiful outside at the very same time that I had a few hours on my hands. It w

The Flat Tire: Outside the Box

I don't know why but I was compelled to purchase one of these olden days box cameras. Okay, I really liked the deco looks. These cameras are

Walmart Fat Bikes - And the Perils of Being a Part-Time Blogger

So I was in the process of putting together a Retro-grouchy article on Walmart Fat Bikes when, taking a break to see what else is going on i

"Dry Cold" and "Wet Cold"

A couple of days ago I woke to a beautiful sight: For the first time this season, the mountains outside my window were capped with a dusting

Early Morning Cyclist Inspiration

Not quite cold enough to ride the trails, not quite nice enough to ride a road bike. The Bridgstone (tank) is getting it's workout. While I

Participant prize

I'm reluctant to ever say anything negative about the cycling community, we're small and usually under fire already, so saying anything nega

Cycle Jerk: Thank You Sprocket Man!

My daughter just attended a safety demonstration put on by Montgomery County. I have to give the county props, they sent a ladder truck and

In Search of Singletrack

Okay, so I’ll admit that even as a bicycle enthusiast, mountain biking wasn’t something I particularly cared for. It was always portrayed as

Nightride to Oktoberfest (Coffeeneuring Waypoint No. 3)

Something that I learned since moving to Germany is that Oktoberfest is not a one-time event, nor is it necessarily in the month of October.

anniebikes: Coffeeneuring 2014 - First Cup

Coffeeneuring 2014, a challenge put on by M.G. of Chasing Mailboxes blog.

So I Went Automobile Shopping...

So I went automobile shopping the other day... I know, I know, you're probably thinking “Why would you do such a silly thing as that, a man