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Gear Review | Redshift Shockstop Stem

Product Overview The Redshift ShockStop Suspension Stem aims to solve an issue that so many people riding road and gravel bikes must deal with. Poor quality roads. Whether you’re on a local group ride, or exploring gravel back roads, the ShockStop Stem will make your ride smoother, faster, and more comfortable. What is RedShift? Founded…

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Ride Review | BT 700

Butter Tart 700 As with any good cycling route, the Butter Tart 700 (BT700) has evolved into a glorious route that is 768km long, taking the rider throughout Southwestern Ontario. The designer of the route, Matthew Kadey, has taken his international experience working in bicycle route development in Costa Rica and Colombia and created a…

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Blackburn Outpost Elite Handlebar Roll

Product Overview With so many types of handlebar rolls on the market, it’s tough to find one that can stand up the rigor of everyday use. The Blackburn Outpost Elite Handlebar Roll is the premium offering by Blackburn Design, featuring a multi-adjustable harness system to get the roll perfectly set up. What is Blackburn? Beginning…

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Gear Review | Opus Horizon: Long-term Review

Having ridden road bikes since 2003, I decided it was time to change things up. In 2020 I traded in my road bike for something more modern and a little bit more versatile. With a more relaxed geometry than a traditional road bike, the ability to fit wider tires and plenty of braze-ons for mounting…

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The Ultra-Distance Bikepacking Kit List

In the summer of 2020 I rode 5521km from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon and then onwards east all the way to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Covering a distance of 5500km (3400 miles) over 29 days of riding, averaging 190km per day across 6 different major Canadian highways, packing the bike in an efficient and organized…

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PART 5: The Alaska Highway

The Alaska Highway Built by the Americans during WWII, the Alaska Highway was constructed to connect the Lower 48 to the state of Alaska. Beginning at the junction of several highways in Dawson Creek, it stretches 2,232km northwards until Delta Junction, Alaska. Originally 2,700km long, it has since been improved upon and straightened out. The…

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PART 6: Eastern Yellowhead Highway

Eastern Yellowhead Highway Originally constructed in 1970, the Yellowhead Highway stretches across the four Western Provinces, starting just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba and going all the way to Prince Rupert, B.C. The highway is named after the Yellowhead Pass, which gets its name from the french explorer Pierre Bostonais, who just so happened to have yellow…

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PART 4: The Cassiar Highway

The Stewart-Cassiar Highway The Stewart-Cassiar Highway, first built in 1975, is the northern-most and most remote part of British Colombia. Stretching from Kitimat in the south to the Alaska Highway 22km west of Watson Lake in the north, the Cassiar Highway is 874km long, with 722km between Kitwanga and the Alaska Highway. Day 12 Day…

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PART 3: The Yellowhead Highway

The Yellowhead Highway Originally constructed in 1970, the Yellowhead Highway stretches across the four Western Provinces, starting just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba and going all the way to Prince Rupert, B.C. The highway is named after the Yellowhead Pass, which gets its name from the french explorer Pierre Bostonais, who just so happened to have yellow…

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Bikepacking Canada Adventure

In the summer of 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, I was forced to cancel my plans to take part in two ultra-endurance races in Europe. In lieu of this, I decided to use this opportunity of closed borders and social distancing to make the most of summer and explore my beautiful country. After a short…

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