The Path Less Pedaled | Inspiring Bike Travel through Storytelling
Russ and Laura sold everything they owned in 2009 to bike across the US and abroad for three years. Since then, they have relocated to Portland, OR and have been sharing their passion and tips about travel and bikes. They provide travel tips, gear reviews and trip inspiration to get you stoked for your next outdoor adventure.
In the latest episode of our podcast, we interview Ely Rodriguez from Ruthworks SF. Well known for his randonneur bags, we talk about how he got stated, when he made the leap full time, if randonneuring is going to be the next big thing and what caught his eye at NAHBS. If you are a bike nerd you will enjoy this episode.
The Velo-Orange Polyvalent was one of our favorite all-rounder bikes from 2018. I recently took it with us on tour in California and put it through its paces with a front load. How did it handle? Is a threaded fork TOO old school in 2019. Find out!
LONG TERM REVIEW: Velo-Orange Polyvalent - YouTube
Ira Ryan is the other half of Breadwinner Cycles. In this podcast we get real nerdy about things like bottom bracket height for climbing, Ira’s preferred chainstay length, trail for front loading,why mass production steel bikes will always be a overbuilt as well as why it was important to remove the mystique around frame building.
Over the years I’ve gone back and forth between clipless pedals and flat pedals. While some proclaim that clipless are the BEST in terms of efficiency, I would argue it depends on what your definition of efficiency is. If its to purely go fast and extract marginal gains in your pedal stroke, then sure. But if you’re definition of efficiency is not having to carry two pairs of shoes on tour just to walk around, or to be able to potentially do a long hike-a-bike, then the case of efficiency for a clipless pedal goes out the window.
In this video, I give reasons why we tour on flat pedals as well as review the new iSSi Thump pedals which are a pretty good composite flat we like.
They both have drop bars, disc brakes and room for wide tires. What’s the difference between the modern gravel bike and the traditional touring bike. In this vid, I compare the Surly LHT and the Salsa Warbird and talk about why both work for “gravel” and when you would want to use one over the other.
Gravel Bike vs Touring Bike (Whats the REAL Difference?) - YouTube
Aren’t gravel bikes just repurposed mountain bike technology? We get this comment a lot and decided to compare geometries between the modern “gravel” all-road bike and a 84 Stumpjumper. We also talk about reasons why we choose a drop bar style gravel bike over a mountain bike for the rides and events we like to do.
Gravel Bike vs Old School Mountain Bike (The Same???) - YouTube
I recently discovered the magic of 3D printing and decided to try my hand at making some bike parts. One thing I wish my Ortlieb Gravel panniers were able to do, was to be converted to a bungee system. It seems counterintuitive to use “old” and unsophisticated technology like a bungee to “upgrade” panniers, but in certain instances, they work really well.
In this first (of hopefully many) video about my journey into 3D printing, I fabricate a new part and use a pre-existing bungee system offered by Ortlieb to work with my Gravel Panniers.
3D Printing a BIKE HACK! (Ortlieb Pannier Mod) - YouTube
What is #THESUPPLELIFE? If you’ve watched our youtube videos, you’ve definitely heard us utter the strange term. In this video, I go into its origins and what it means. The TLDW version is that we want to build a community for cyclists that love bikes, bike culture but aren’t performance oriented or into racing. It’s an underserved space.
#THESUPPLELIFE EXPLAINED (AND NEW PATREON PERKS!) - YouTube
In our latest podcast, we interview Andrea Cohen, a Salsa sponsored rider and all-around gravel maven based out of Iowa City. She rode an impressive list of events in 2018. Everything from Landrun, DKXL to the Tour Divide.
In this podcast, we talk a little bit about how she got into gravel riding and her thoughts on why it has become so popular. We talk about what it was like to go from DKXL to Tour Divide and also about her latest venture – the Gravel Scouts. If you like gravel riding, this episode is for you!