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Jul 30, 2019

Bikepacking Old Porcupine's Choice Loop Alberta Canada

It might have been about 2-1/2 years ago when, on a winter's day off I asked Nadia if she'd join me for a day in the car exploring some country roads I saw in the backroads map book I have. On this day we ended up finding one of the most lovely country roads I have ever had the pleasure of driving and so it began: Trying to loop together a new gravel/bikepacking route on roads (I was sure) that most local cyclists - even the adventurous ones hadn't ridden.

Further map studying showed me there was, what looked like, a road that ran north-south, west of the Forestry Trunk Road in the Livingstone PLUZ and after some more car-based exploring I was convinced it was there.

The last piece of the puzzle was some more car-based exploring of the Skyline Road in the Porcupine Hills PLUZ this past Spring. BOOM! A loop was possible.

So here is the ride report. My buddy Connor agreed to ride it with me and we set off on a Friday night after work so we could start early the next day.


Jul 19, 2019

Electric Bikepacking Is The New Black - Chapter 2 - Alberta Canada

Check out THIS link for Chapter 1.













Trip Notes:
  • If ebike touring is in your future, invest in a "fast charger" for your bike (if available). The regular charger that will be supplied with your bike will not charge fast enough for mid-ride recharge which may limit how far you can ride in a day.
  • The hillier the terrain, the faster you'll run out of juice. There is no magic way to determine how far you can go on a charge, so be conservative and try to use the lower power modes to extend your range.
  • Ebikes are heavier than acoustic bikes which can mean more technical trails may become very difficult to navigate and very difficult to hold onto in tight terrain. I had to dismount and walk the bike through a few technical sections on Jewel Pass and it was almost impossible to push the bike up some steeper inclines - even while using Walk Assist.
  • You'll feel the extra weight of the bike/gear - keep that in mind. As mentioned in the video, my upper body got a lot more of a workout then expected.
  • You stay seated a lot more on an ebike so proper saddle selection, positioning, and "under carriage" care is paramount.
  • If you're bike comes with a kickstand, leave it on! Trying to lift a loaded ebike up off the ground would be no fun.
  • Ebike touring is still hard work...you still have to pedal the thing...you just go further.

Jul 3, 2019

Bikepacking The Devil's Gap Alberta Canada

Last year, a few of us rode from the Waiprous area out to the Ghost River Valley to spend the night and I was blown away with how beautiful, rugged, and remote the place seemed. Fast forward about a year and here we are.

For the last 3 years, my brother and I (and sometimes a few others) plan a bike trip of some kind. Getting away for a week like we did for the Castlegar -> Pentiction trip is a little harder now as he has 2 little tykes at home so it was decided to go for a shorter trip together to keep the streak alive.

So, with these things in mind we decided to do something a few days shorter, a little closer to home, and something neither of us had done before.


May 22, 2019

The BikeBike Passport Rides - Fish Creek Loop

This ride is part of our "BikeBike Passport" rides around Calgary. Complete all the rides earn a special BikeBike prize. 

All rides are mostly off-street/pathway and are of varying lengths/difficulty level to accommodate all of you that love adventures.

The longer routes do require some level of route finding/navigating as Calgary does not yet have very good (well, barely any actually) route finding system. We've attached links to Map My Ride/Strava routes to make it really easy to use your smartphone. 


Other rides in the series - 





Distance: 60kms
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Hard: Some hills, wind, distance.
Estimated Time: 2-1/2hrs - 5hrs

May 15, 2019

Electric Bikepacking Is The New Black - Chapter 1 - Alberta Canada

Ebikes have finally started to catch on with North Americans in the last couple of years and people are starting to use them for all manner of reasons. Electric mountain bikes are a thing. Electric city commuter bikes are a thing. Electric cargo bikes are definitely a thing. But electric touring bikes? Are they a thing?

They are indeed a thing, and we believe they are poised to propel more people into bigger/longer adventures as more and more companies design bikes with bigger batteries and faster chargers.


Jan 24, 2019

The BikeBike Passport Rides - Pathway 100km

This ride is part of our "BikeBike Passport" rides around Calgary. Complete all the rides earn a special BikeBike prize. 

All rides are mostly off-street/pathway and are of varying lengths/difficulty level to accommodate all of you that love adventures.

The longer routes do require some level of route finding/navigating as Calgary does not yet have very good (well, barely any actually) route finding system. We've attached links to Map My Ride routes to make it really easy to use your smartphone. 

Other rides in the series - 





* Fish Creek Loop



Distance: 100ishkm
Difficulty Level: Hard-Very Difficult
Ride Time: 5-7 hours