If your special someone likes the road less traveled, then these great gifts for bikepackers and gravel grinders are sure to please.
NINER RLT 9 STEEL 2-STAR BIKE 2020
The road less traveled is being ridden more thanks to gravel bikes. The gravel bike category continues to grow in popularity and many new bikes are coming out that make gravel riding a blast. The 2-Star version of the RLT Steel comes with a 2×10 Shimano GRX drivetrain. This provides riders with a cassette that has an 11-34-tooth gear range that works well with climbing and riding in rougher terrain. Shimano GRX hydraulic disc brakes provide confidence-inspiring stopping power. The Niner CX Alloy wheels are paired with Schwable G-One 700x40c tires. With the Niner Carbon Seatpost, you’ll have a slightly smoother ride compared to an alloy seatpost.
MSR WINDPRO 2 STOVE
While out on a bikepacking trip or camping trip, you might get hungry. However, eating an energy bar might not be satisfying enough. The MSR Windpro 2 Stove is a camp stove that combines the stability and wind protection of a remote-burner design with the convenience of canister fuel. The Windpro 2 is capable of running on liquid-feed direct from the canister which lets you run the stove in the traditional upright mode for optimal efficiency and flame control or, with a simple twist, invert the canister on the included stand to deliver liquid gas directly to the burner. This is perfect for cold weather and low-fuel performance. It includes a windscreen, heat reflector, canister stand, instructions, and a stuff sack.
ENO SUB6 HAMMOCK
Stepping up the hammock-camping game, Eagles Nest Outfitters brings us the SUB6 Hammock. The SUB6 is ENO’s lightest hammock ever. It embodies the true spirit of backcountry camping at under 6 ounces. Even though it’s light, the SUB6 still maintains a strong and secure design with a 300 lb. max capacity. Constructed of 30D ripstop nylon, Dyneema line, and aluminum toggles, the SUB6 when combined with the helios or helios XL suspension system, provides the ease and comfort of a traditional hammock that can fit into the smallest places.
MAXXIS CHRONICLE 29X3.0″ TIRE
The Maxxis Chronicle 29+ 29X3.0 is an adventure-oriented, plus-sized tire that is ready to basically roll over everything and anything that comes its way (sort of like a steam roller of mountain bikes tires). It comes in 60 and 120 TPI options. The Chronicle is a versatile tire, able to take on many types of terrains and uses from trail rides to over-night bike-packing adventures. The tread design provides maximum grip on the varying terrain and the 3.0-inch casing provides a comfortable ride for those endless hours on the saddle.
WTB VENTURE TIRE
When you’re riding offroad, the type of tires you use on your bike have a significant impact on your performance and ride quality. The WTB Venture 700C Tire delivers optimal performance across the widest range of conditions. It is designed with elevated centerline ridges that provide excellent climbing traction and two rows of outer knobs that provide confident cornering capabilities. This tire will be the tire of choice when you’re out riding the gravel or going on an adventure.
SALSA ANYTHING CAGE WITH STRAPS
Whether you are touring, bikepacking, or just out exploring, the Anything Cage adds new capabilities to your bicycle. Carry lightweight roundish objects such as insulated Nalgene bottle holders, Thermoses, Gatorade jugs, small dry bags, and ultralight sleeping pads and shelters. Mounts to water bottle cage mounts via Salsa’s three-bolt pattern.
The Anything Cage is designed to work perfectly with the Salsa Anything Bag.
MARIN FOUR CORNERS ELITE
Adventure riding isn’t all about speed, it’s all about comfort and relaxing long distance riding. The Marin Four Corners Elite Bike is built for the adventure rider that is looking to ride off the beaten path. The Four Corners Elite comes with a SRAM Apex 1×11-speed drivetrain which includes a SRAM Apex 1×11 shifter and rear derailleur. The FSA Gossamer Pro crankset has a 38-tooth chainring and the e*Thirteen TRS 11-speed cassette has a 9-44-tooth gear range which makes this bike perfect for riding in rough and mixed terrain. The WTB KOM i25 rims and WTB Resolute tires are both tubeless compatible. If you’re looking to take a ride to trails unknown, or looking to leave your vehicle behind for the day while you ride to work, then you’ll love the Marin Four Corners Elite.
Red Shift ShockStop Stem
Gravel racing can be brutal. High-frequency vibrations can wear riders down. This is why some frame manufacturers have started adding suspension system to their gravel rigs. Red Shift’s ShockStop stem is a great way to add comfort without investing in a new bike. The ShockStop pivots on elastomers that can be tuned to rider weight. It offers up to 20mm travel — just enough to keep you fresh and focused.
SOCKGUY CAMPER WOOL CYCLING SOCKS
With a classic design that serves well on winter rides, the Camper Wool by Sockguy is warm and comfortable, without making you stuffy or sweaty. It’s comprised of 75% TurboWool, a great blend of polyprophylene and Merino wool, giving you five times the strength of Merino wool, with the added benefit of being shrink and itch resistant. The Camper wicks away sweat and keeps your feet ventilated while still providing excellent warmth.
SUGOI STASH JACKET
When the weather becomes less than desirable, some riders choose to stay at home, but others don’t let the weather dictate when they can ride. The Sugoi Stash Jacket is an easily stowable jacket that provides rain and wind protection. It features Helium 2.0 which is a lightweight woven fabric and Piston 230 fabric under the sleeves for increased breathability and stretch. It has a rear zipper pocket that converts into a pouch to pack the jacket under your saddle. The drop tail hem with an elastic gripper for increased protection and a secure fit.
OVEJA NEGRA GEARJAMMER SADDLE BAG
In the world of truckers, a gear jammer is a speeding big rig. And, like its namesake the Gearjammer helps haul a vast load of the necessary items for overnight bikepacking trips and randonneur adventures alike. Not only is this bag good at hauling, but it is also lightweight, sports waterproof materials and has bomb-proof construction. This sets you up with a light yet durable pack with a wide array of features needed to securely store gear from your seat post. Stiffened side panels and a plastic frame sheet help to keep the Gearjammerseat bag stable and positioned away from your legs.
SHIMANO SH-RX800 GRAVEL SHOE
When you’re in a race, you need every advantage you can get. Everything down to your shoes will have an impact on your performance. The Shimano SH-RX800 Shoes are featherweight gravel racing shoes that have a super stiff and light carbon composite sole. They are system-engineered with SPD pedals for max pedaling efficiency and stability and they have abrasion-resistant TPU lugs that grip well off the bike. The surround upper pattern provides the perfect balance of holding power and absolute all-day comfort and the Boa IP1 with dual micro-adjustment function lets you dial in the perfect fit.
Entry into a Ramble Ride Event
Are you searching for your next adventure but aren’t quite ready to take on a self-supported bikepacking trip? Ramble Rides are a fun, inclusive, gateway to bikepacking. Think of a Ramble as “bikepacking light” with 80 of your soon-to-be friends. For 2020, each event is four days long and will cover some of the most stunning terrain in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. The Rambles are fully catered and partially supported, meaning riders are expected to carry everything they need for a long day on the bike, with the option of leaving casual clothing and camp gear with the support crew. The curated routes lead riders through remote forest roads with plenty of aid stations along the way. The scenery is stunning, but the real treats are the new friendships you will forge along the way.
More Info: ramblerides.com
Price: Varies — early bird discounts available
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