NICK LEGAN’S GRAVEL CYCLING
A guide to bikepacking and gravel riding
If you are into bikepacking, Gravel Cycling is a book you should consider reading. Author Nick Legan worked as a professional team mechanic in North America and Europe and records 18 of his favorite one-day gravel routes and eight multi-day bikepacking trips. Gravel Cycling features 320 photos and interviews with dozens of gravel and bikepacking participants. Retail price is $25, and the book can be found online at www.velopress.com.
Vittoria has built a strong reputation in the skinny-tire community with its tires. The last few years the company has made a big push into mountain biking, and the Mezcal tire is aimed at cross-country racing and riding. The Mezcal is available in 26-, 27.5- and 29-inch diameters with widths ranging from 2.1–2.6 inches. Vittoria uses its G+ Isotech compound and low-profile knob design for lower rolling resistance. On the outside are stouter shoulder knobs for a little more confidence in the corners. These tires can be found at your local bike shop for $65. www.vittoria.com
Winter riding can be wet and cold, wreaking havoc on your gear. The Force Dry from DryGuy was made specifically for drying wet and damp gear after an outdoor adventure. The Force Dry uses two arms that push dry, warm air into gloves, shoes, boots, etc. to kill fungus and bacteria while drying your gear. The DryGuy is a fairly compact design that is easy to store and lightweight. Retail price is $50, and the dryer can be found online
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