Join us for an evening event celebrating bikepacking, photography, and travel. Ride your bike to The Bicycle Shop on Dimond Blvd. on Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 7PM. Pack the bike as if you were going on a big trip or a little trip, or a trek across town. We’ll have things to talk about. This is the week after the Fireweed 400 and the week before Singlespeed World Championships, so leave a little room in your schedule and invite out of town visitors.
The evening will commence with food and drinks and conversation. The program includes a diverse range of presentations including visual displays, stories, and expertise on routes, packing, planning, and photography. Our personal bikes will be on display, packed for adventure. As well, we’ll have an array of Salsa, Specialized, and Surly bikes packed for touring, commuting, and lightweight bikepacking. Free food, beer, and gifts.
Eric Parsons will share a personal history of Revelate Designs, including experiences from the trail, and from his years designing gear that works for himself and the rest of us. Eric’s business has grown from a one-man custom operation to a rapidly expanding Anchorage-based company which supports adventurous and accomplished riders across the globe.
Dan Bailey will share his expertise as an Alaskan adventurer and professional photographer. His images inspire readers in magazines and commercial media, including recent credits in the Patagonia catalog and advertisements for the new Fujifilm X-T1 camera.
Lael and I have prepared stories and a series of printed images from our exploratory summer of bikepacking in Europe. This event happens less than a week before our return to find new routes (and food) in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe. Come say hi, and goodbye.
Thanks to our event sponsors, we will be giving away a load of awesome gear from Surly, Salsa, Adventure Cycling, Revelate Designs, Velo Orange, and Bunyan Velo. So far, there are steel touring racks, a winter wool cycling cap, lightweight luggage, water bottles and cages and socks and t-shirts and hats and stickers, and a complete Great Divide map set to give away. I will also throw in some maps for the new Idaho Hot Springs Bikepacking Route from Adventure Cycling. Ride your bike to the event for a chance to win!
Photo: Eric Parsons