From town to country, the new Velo Orange Campeur is my main bike as I pass the winter in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With 45mm Schwalbe tires, the bike is capable of mild dirt road exploration, light trail riding in the Sandia foothills, and daily commutes. A Carradice Camper saddlebag and an Ostrich handlebar bag carries most of my stuff, although I look forward to a custom frame bag soon.
For more demanding adventures, I reach for even bigger tires…
I’m currently riding a first generation Surly Pugsley, purchased secondhand in Seattle before moving to Anchorage, Alaska for the winter. The purple Pugsley was the first mass-market fatbike available, while other builders and smaller manufacturers pioneered the design. It’s been a great bike and allowed me to ride every day this winter in a season of record snowfall. As the snow melts, I find new uses for this highly versatile bike. I rode Schwalbe Big Apple 26 x 2.35″ tires on 65mm rims leaving Anchorage on a mix of dirt and paved roads– as such, a hybrid bike to satisfy my hybrid needs. To read about the evolution of the Pugsley from a conventional fat-tire snow bike to the all-season tourer shown below, read this post about one bike for all seasons.
In Montana, I refit fat tires for the Great Divide Route and the coming months of dirt roads and trails, including the Colorado Trail, and assorted routes through CO and NM.
1985 Schwinn High Sierra
Assembled from a stock 1985 Schwinn High Sierra, this bike was ridden in various forms in France, Mexico, Canada and the US from 2010 to 2011. This bike was ridden on the Great Divide Route, leaving from my front door in Maryland. This has been my favorite bike to date.
A bike as many years in life as I, of perfectly matched proportions.
My 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, figuratively.
Once a typical mid-80′s ATB, this bicycle is chameleonic, molding it’s aptitudes to the nature of its surroundings.
1995 Trek 520
I left on my first bike trip in the fall of 2008 on a 1995 Trek 520. The bike featured a mix of favorite parts from several bikes, including those from a broken Miyata frame that had been destined for travel. In its place, the Trek was a great bikes for several years of touring. I eventually realized the benefit of bigger tires.
Riding south from Ferndale, CA into the Lost Coast region, through Petrolia and Honeydew and along ridgelines past Shelter Cove toward Usal Beach and Highway 101. Below, Usal Road. Photos: Matt Blake