2021-04-23 A Toronto north loop ride

April 23rd I enjoyed a 127km ride on a Toronto north loop I created with RideWithGPS using off-road paths and trails where possible. To stay safe during Covid I took four bottles of water with me so that I wouldn't have to stop at any store along the way. Wish I had taken more water … Continue reading 2021-04-23 A Toronto north loop ride

For Earth Day today I repaired bikes for refugees…tomorrow a 125k bike ride.

Today I did a small part for Earth Day...as a volunteer bike mechanic for Bikes Without Borders's The Great Bike Recycle program I repaired three used bikes, that will be givin free (with helmets and locks) to a poor family, empowering them with mobility. Tomorrow I am going to enjoy Mother Earth with a 125km … Continue reading For Earth Day today I repaired bikes for refugees…tomorrow a 125k bike ride.

Post Covid dreaming of Bikepacking from Alaska to Pantagonia and other adventures

If you, like me, are looking for inspirational bikepacking journey stories to vicariously get you through these dark dangerous covid times, then I highly recommend Mark Watson's Highlux Photography Blogs, especially Alaska to Pantagonia, which follows Mark Watson and Hanna Black's transcontinental cycling journey, following the length of the Americas: from Deadhorse, Alaska to Ushuaia, … Continue reading Post Covid dreaming of Bikepacking from Alaska to Pantagonia and other adventures

My planned ONXL Bikepack Ontario Epic 3,838km ride this summer

For my planned ONXL Bikepack Ontario Epic ride this summer I have to thank Matthew Kadey for creating the first bikepacking races in Ontario, and laying down the following challenges on his BT 700 Bikepacking site... Those who are really ambitious will combine both the GNR and BT 700 in what I call the BT … Continue reading My planned ONXL Bikepack Ontario Epic 3,838km ride this summer

Installing Wolf Tooth Tanpan SH11 to allow wide-range mtb cassette on road/cx/gravel bike

I love my 2020 Giant Revolt 2 gravel bike but found myself wishing for easier gearing when climbing steep hills, especially when fully loaded on bikepacking trips such as the BT700. My Giant Revolt came with Shimano 105 shifters, rear derailleur, 11x34 cassette and 32/48 crankset. What I wanted was my mountain bike's Shimano XT … Continue reading Installing Wolf Tooth Tanpan SH11 to allow wide-range mtb cassette on road/cx/gravel bike

Oak Ridges Moraine Trail Bikepacking Trip, November 2020

I would like to thank good friend Hal Judd for inviting me on an Oak Ridges Moraine Trail (ORMT) scouting bikepacking trip in November 2020. Hal had explored parts of the western end on some day rides and had liked the trails he found. We wanted to see if we could enjoy riding the entire … Continue reading Oak Ridges Moraine Trail Bikepacking Trip, November 2020

My bikepacking rides…

On last weekend's Grand Nith Ramble (GNR) bikepacking ride with friends we had some enjoyable chats about our past rides. The bike sure is a wonderful way to explore the world! This got me to revisit and re-enjoy my past bikepacking blogs and photos. To make them easy to find and share with others I … Continue reading My bikepacking rides…

20200925-27 GNR brewery tour bikepacking trip with amazing friends!

The Grand Nith Ramble (GNR) Bikepacking Route (http://www.bt700.ca/gnr-bikepacking-route.html) created by Matthew Kadey (thanks Matt!) rewards cyclists with: an epic 350k ride through mostly rural central Ontario countryside; a large network of doubletrack and singletrack trail riding along the Grand River, through the forests of Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Puslinch Track, Drydan Track, Little Track and … Continue reading 20200925-27 GNR brewery tour bikepacking trip with amazing friends!