Cycling is the best way to get to know a place. On a bike, you travel through towns you would never otherwise visit and meet people you would never otherwise meet. You see more of the countryside than you ever could on foot and gain more intimate knowledge of it than you ever could in a car. Hemingway said it best. “You have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”
Here are a few things we think you should add to your packing list:
SOIGNEUR TRAVEL GUIDE
Over the years, our writers and photographers have travelled all over the globe. From races in Rwanda to luxury holidays in Greece, city trips to the world’s major metropolises to sportives in Taiwan’s high alpine, they have seen the world from their bikes. This November, we will publish a special issue of Soigneur, featuring 200-plus pages of our contributors’ most inspiring travel stories and pictures on the best paper. It will be available for our subscribers and in very limited quantities for non-subscribers. If you would like a copy, please preorder it here now.
With Komoot’s superior route-planning and navigation technology, you will never again find yourself stuck on the side of a busy highway or lost in an industrial park when you head out for a ride in an unfamiliar place. On a city trip? Komoot can find you the best gravel roads in the area. Bike-packing across continents? Komoot will find you the quietest country roads that will take you from point A to point B. And you can upload its routes directly to your bike computer for easy turn-by-turn directions. If you’re looking for one product to make your cycling trips better, download Komoot.Visit site
There are a hundred ways to guarantee that you will always be able to have a good cup of coffee when you’re travelling. Besides planning a trip to Italy, most involve lugging an unreasonable amount of paraphernalia with you. Miir’s Pourigami does away with all that. The clever little dripper folds up flat, so it barely takes up any space. Chuck a few paper filters in your bag with a canister of ground beans and you’re all set.
THE ROUGH STUFF FELLOWSHIP ARCHIVE
Five months of slide viewing, slide scanning, slide selecting, design discussions and a lot of hard work, and they're there. The Rough Stuff Archive book has arrived, and Max Leonard and his colleagues think it’s a fitting tribute to the RSF and its long and illustrious history. It’s a beautiful document, featuring some special rides, from expeditions to club meets and brew-ups, holidays to adventures, through big landscapes and tight thickets, exploring how far an ordinary bicycle and a can-do attitude can get you.Visit site
ABSOLUTE CYCLING ONE
Cycling is the best way to experience a new place, unless you spend the whole time staring down at your bike computer. The Absolute Cycling One was designed to reduce distractions to a minimum. It displays all of your essential information on a 3” colour screen that is housed in a beautiful aluminium case. And it promises over 20 hours of battery life at full power—perfect for long, carefree days on the road.
CAFÉ DU CYCLISTE BETTY
There is a time and a place for a high-performance aero jersey. Your cycling holiday is probably not it. Café du Cycliste’s classy blue-white-and-red Betty jersey looks more like a T-shirt, but still features three handy rear pockets. You’ll appreciate its loose, lightweight fit on hot summer days.
ROLEX GMT MASTER II
The original Rolex GMT Master was designed for Pan American pilots in the 1950s. Featuring a 24-hour fourth-hand and distinctive blue-and-red bezel that denoted night and day, it could be set to show GMT or any ‘home’ time zone as well as the local time and soon became one of the world’s most iconic watches. It has just been reissued in steel.Visit site
How many times have you found yourself with a free afternoon in a foreign city and wished you had a bike with you to go out and explore? Livelo offers high-performance road bikes for rent, as well as guided tours, in most global business cities—and many more besides.
With its new Q2, German manufacturer Leica has released what might be the ultimate travel camera. Featuring a fixed 28mm F 1.7 Summilux lens, a 47-megapixel full-frame sensor, and a dust-and-rain-proof body that has been built to the highest standard, it is exactly the sort of compact camera that Soigneur’s photographers would love to have with them when they are on the road.Visit site
SEASUCKER TALON HUSKE
With the SeaSucker Talon, you’ll never again have to fiddle with roof racks, fold-down seats, hitch mounts, or straps. High-powered suction cups secure the parts of the rack to the top of almost any vehicle. All you then have to do is fasten your fork to the front one with a quick release and velcro down your rear wheel. It takes less than five minutes to put the whole thing on, and you can take it off easily and pop the bits in your trunk when you get where you want to go.Visit site
If you’re looking for inspiration to head off the beaten path, Outskirts II is a good place to start. The latest of the Thereabouts films Gus Morton has produced with Rapha, it follows four riders as they attempt to ride the Trans-Labrador Highway, one of the longest and most remote gravel roads in the world.
Japanese toolmaker Runwell does the simple things very, very well. This portable hex wrench is made from titanium and features 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm bits—all you are ever likely to need on a ride.Visit site
THERE & THEN
Travel was one of the late American novelist James Salter's great passions. This collection of his essays will teach you, “to have leisure, love food and conversation, how to look at nakedness, architecture, streets.”Visit site
SCICON AEOROCOMFORT ROAD 3.0 TSA
Packing a bike can be a pain in the ass. Most bike bags require you to at least remove your seatpost, wheels, and handlebars, and then play a game of Tetris to fit everything in. Scicon’s Aerocomfort Road 3.0 TSA will save you many hours of grief over its lifetime. It takes five minutes to pack. All you have to do is remove your wheels, secure your front and rear dropouts to its internal frame with quick releases, put your wheels in the side compartments, and you are ready to take off. There’s a good reason that airport terminals fill up with these bags whenever the pro peloton flies into town.
7mesh was founded by a group of designers from Arc'teryx, the Canadian outdoor-gear company. Based in Squamish, British Columbia, they are committed to developing better cycling clothing. Their women's Desperado jersey is made from soft merino wool and features 3/4-length sleeves. With its flattering fit, it is the perfect shirt for a long bike-packing excursion, as it looks as good off the bike as it does on.