Say Hello To My Little Friend: Skydio 2 Drone – First Thoughts and Footage

I’ll let the video speak for itself on this one. Nutshell – I got a new drone. One that is autonomous. What’s that mean? I don’t have to pilot it. No more riding my bike one-handed, while trying to fly a drone and concentrate on the trail. It doesn’t crash, it just hangs with me. This could be my favorite riding buddy, ever. Say hello to my Skydio 2, aka Alphie.

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Improve your Bikepacking Rig: Shockstop Suspension Stem

I’m always tweaking and making small improvements to my bikepacking setup. I don’t know why it took me so long to try out the Redshift Shockstop Stem, but now that I’ve put it through the paces, it’s here to stay. If you suffer from hand and arm fatigue after long days in the saddle, check out my long-term review to get the knitty gritty and decide if it’s right for you – Ride on!

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Whole Enchilada Boom Bada: Moab’s Finest

This was my 2nd time getting the “Whole” Whole Enchilada from top to bottom. Luckily, I got it on the last shuttle day of the season, as it snowed 6″ the next day. So stoked to slip it in and bring the GoPro and drone to capture it this time. Put this trail on your bucket list if you haven’t already. Why? Watch the video, and I promise you’ll understand 🙂 Ride on!

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The Iconic Warm Springs / Cold Springs Loop @ Sun Valley Ski Area (Bald Mountain)

One of my favorite parts of mountain biking is reaching that elusive picnic table at the top of a long, strenuous climb. It’s even better when you pull out that chocolate chip cookie that’s been getting warm and gooey in your jersey pocket and the thought of it devouring it has been pulling you up the hill.

The Warm Springs / Cold Springs Loop at Sun Valley Ski Area offers a fantastic cookie spot at the top of a 3k climb and insane views to boot. I snuck this ride in just before the snow started falling. Super glad I did. Come along for the adventure!

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Ask The Pros: Fixing Sticky Zippers on Bikepacking Bags

Zippers are the weak point on pretty much all bikepacking bags, but nobody really talks about them. I finally decided to devote a video to often overlooked zipper maintenance. I chatted with eight of the best bag makers out there to get their insight, tips, and hacks, and somehow wound up with an 8-minute video all about zippers. You might suprise yourself and learn a couple things… I sure did. Ride on!

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I Think He’s Got the Bug: Caleb’s 1st Bikepacking Adventure

If you haven’t noticed, I get stoked on stoking others out on riding bikes. One of my biggest joys in life, actually. Rarely ever do I get the chance to take a “never-ever” out on their first bikepacking adventure. So… when I had the chance to take my buddy Caleb out for his first overnighter, I jumped at it. Hopefully, he’ll be able to look back at this video a few years from now and get a kick out of it. We sure had fun making it!

Enjoy 🙂

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Fat Bike Curious? The 2021 Salsa Mukluk May Be The Ticket

I’ve been riding fat bikes for close to a decade now. Wow, I’m getting old. My battle-tested Salsa Mukluk has served me well for 8 years, and realistically, I’m due for an upgrade. My buddy, Wade, just bought a new Mukluk and gave me the opportunity to partake in the unboxing, as well as geeking out to all the specs and components, etc. Suffice it to say, this video will give you all the info you need to know about the new Mukluk and why it should be at the top of your list, if you’re considering giving “big-boned” bikes a try this Winter. Now I’ve got to figure out a way to validate getting one for myself!

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Ride Report: The Fabled Fisher Creek Singletrack

Isn’t it a great feeling to check items off your bucket list? I sure get a kick out of it… especially when it’s my “singletrack bucket list”. Well, I’ve been hearing about Fisher Creek since before I moved to Idaho, and I finally got a chance to ride it with some friends and decided to bring the GoPro along. Glad I did. Check out the video below and tag along on a fantastic voyage like Coolio would say. Hopefully it will stoke you out to get on your bike and ride today!!

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Reflecting on the Smoke N Fire 420 Bikepacking Race – A Video Blog

A few of weeks ago, I decided to take a crack at the Smoke N Fire 420 bikepacking race. In the Covid-era, it’s one of the few bikepacking events that didn’t have the Grand Depart cancelled… although it was staggered, meaning the ~ 70 participants were broken up into groups no larger than 8 that left every 1/2 hour between 2-7am instead of the traditional 6am mass start.

In hindsight, this worked brilliantly. For someone like me, who does the “Grand Depart” to meet people and interact with other riders, it allows you to cross paths with more people on course… as you’re passing slower riders, and faster riders are passing you. Normally, you just see a few people that ride around your pace as you leapfrog between resupplies and break time.

Anyhoo… This is the first time I’ve taken a GoPro on a bikepacking event. My goal was to document my personal adventure, struggles, and triumphs… while giving a glimpse into the not so glamorous side of bikepacking race life. I crashed hard early on and dealt with some minor adversity. Par for the course. Please watch the video and if you haven’t subscribed to my Youtube Channel, please consider doing so.

A few extra things to note from my ride journal:

  • Somehow, even with all the hanging out with people and chatting and slow pedaling and filming video, I made the top 10 with a time of 2 days 20 hours 27 minutes. I’m very proud of that. Of course, I’ve already started planning how I could shed time if I approached it next year as a full-on race without distractions… we’ll see!
  • When I finished, I got a motel room because I was so tired and didn’t want to drive home. After a couple hours of shut-eye, the alarm clock in the room next door went off and wouldn’t stop! I called the front desk, and they called and then pounded on my neighbors door to no avail. Oh well, I got up and drove 2.5 hours home to get some real sleep.
  • Life is good, get out and ride!

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Weighing and Unpacking my Fully Loaded Tour Divide Bikepacking Rig = Man it’s heavy.

I’ve been looking forward to making this video for a while! I love to geek out on all the bikepacking gear and prep, and I’ve been super curious what the whole setup weighs once it’s locked and loaded.

Many people have also been asking me to show how I fit everything on the bike. So here it all is: packaged in one video you’ll never soon forget (yes, I’m being sarcastic).

This video is kind of like the rug that ties the room together in The Big Lebowski. Give it a looksie and take your best guess at what my rig weighed on the TD. Enjoy!

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