It’s 5:45 p.m. on a Friday in downtown Tokyo and I’m lurching down the bustling sidewalk with 50-pound box packed with my bicycle and everything I’ll need for a ten-day ride around Japan. I know I’m looking for Sophiearth Hostel, but I have only the faintest idea how to get there ...
There’s something about a topographical map that gets me in the mood for an adventure. More than a typical highway map, a topo goes off road, detailing the hidden valleys and mountain passes accessible only to those willing to brave the briars on foot — or fatbike.
After successfully running tubeless tires on my Salsa Fargo for many miles, I have fully embraced the tubeless movement. So, naturally, when the Surly Ice Cream Truck came into my life, I wanted to run my Bud and Lou’s tubeless.
I think a number of Tour Divide riders experience fear at some point along their journey. And I mean genuine fear, not just your basic worry about strange noises coming from your bike, nagging saddle sores, or the possibility of having consumed contaminated water. I mean fear for your life.
Bikepacking Arkansas is a website dedicated to dirty bikes. ‘Cause that’s what you get when you brave the myriad rugged roads and trails in this state. From the Ouachitas to the Ozarks, over IMBA Epic trails and lost forest roads, Arkansas offers the best there is. So, pack up some stuff and go for an overnight!