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The Pannier Journal

TOASTING Life at 15KPH...

A collection of adventure cycling journeys, conversations, events and news stories that celebrate the spirit of travelling by bike...

Trips & Events | NORTH WALES

WAYFARER CENTENARY

...we join the Rough Stuff Fellowship and Anfield Bicycle Club in the Berwyn Mountains of North Wales, to celebrate the first ride of what is now known as the 'Wayfarer' Pass, in 1919. Organised by cycling author and journalist, Jack Thurston....

by STEFAN AMATO
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Journey | GERMANY

FRANCONIA BACKLANDS

...an overnight bikepacking trip, from Ortlieb HQ in Heilsbronn, to a hut in the backlands of Franconia with the Ortlieb Bikepack Squad. As featured as part of our 'The Ortlieb Story' Journal...

by STEFAN AMATO
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Kit & Equipment | GERMANY

THE ORTLIEB STORY // HARTMUT. HISTORY. HERITAGE…

...we head to Ortlieb HQ in the heart of Germany to un-roll the bike bag brand's beginnings, and what makes them tick today. Is there more to Ortlieb than their uber-utilitarian image? 100% W̷a̷t̷e̷r̷p̷r̷o̷o̷f̷ Yes ...

by STEFAN AMATO
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Journey | UK

REPORT // ROUTE BEER® RAMBLE 2019

Last weekend we hosted our first Route Beer® Ramble – an overnight 230km bikepacking tour to Bristol, from London – to taste and launch this year’s batch of our refreshing, tasty touring ale…

by PANNIER
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Journey | FAROE ISLANDS & ICELAND

CPH > FAROE > RKV

Fulvio & Valentina explore the north coast of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland by bike - capturing their cycling adventure in this rather special photo series...

by FULVIO SILVESTRI
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Journey | ITALY

LOOPING THE ORTLER

Bikepacking the Stelvio National Park and Ortler Alps, hut-to-hut from Bormio >> inspired by the photos and tracks of Fred Wright, renowned Rough Stuff Alps pioneer...

by STEFAN AMATO & JORDAN GIBBONS
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Trips & Events | YORKSHIRE, UK

OUR SOLSTICE SOCIAL CAMP // 2019

Our Pannier.cc Solstice Bikepacking Camp is returning for its fourth year, and 2019 is shaping up to be a goodun. This time we are heading a little further north and pitching Pannier Basecamp in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, surrounded by deep dales and majestic moorland…

by PANNIER / 15KPH CLUB
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Journey | ROUGH-STUFF LAND

THE ROUGH STUFF FELLOWSHIP WAY…

Introducing the new Rough Stuff Fellowship Archives book - a collection of photos and stories - from the oldest off-road cycling club in the world...

by MARK HUDSON
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Journey | SCOTLAND, UK

The Ride to Wrath

Chris and Jelle tour the very north-west of Scotland by bike - to Sandwood Bay with flippers, surf boards and wetsuits in tow, before bikepacking the famed road to Cape Wrath...

by Chris McClean & Jelle Mul
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Journey | LAKE DISTRICT, UK

Tea & Tarns | Pass Storming England’s Lake District

A two-day bikepacking trip in the Lake District National Park, storming Lakeland passes between two remote YHA bunkhouses, in search of the ideal tarn brew stop...

by Stefan Amato & Duncan Philpott
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Journey | ITALY

Bonatti Tour | Overview

Bikepacking the Mont Blanc Massif, Bergamasque Alps, and Dolomites in the tracks of renowned Alpinist Walter Bonatti...

by STEFAN AMATO & JORDAN GIBBONS
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Journey | ITALY

Bonatti Tour I: Inspiration & First Climb

Bikepacking the Bergamasque Alps in search of Monte Alben - the mountain that inspired Bonatti, and the Grigne peaks - his first climb...

by Stefan Amato & Jordan Gibbons
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Journey | ITALY

Bonatti Tour II: Home

Bikepacking the Mont Blanc Massif, based out of Courmayeur - the town that Walter Bonatti called home...

by Stefan Amato & Jordan Gibbons
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Journey | ITALY

Bonatti Tour III: Expedition

Bikepacking the Dolomites, from Cortina d'Ampezzo up to the Tre Cima di Lavaredo - a winter climb in 1953, that hammered Walter Bonatti's name on the list of world-class climbers...

by Stefan Amato & Jordan Gibbons
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Journey | Scotland, UK

The Long Road | Bikepacking the Southern Hebrides

Ferry-hopping & bikepacking the southern Hebrides Islands - Gigha, Jura & the Kintyre Peninsula - for three days either side of Grinduro! Scotland, on the Isle of Arran...

by Stefan Amato, Chris McClean & Chris McNally
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Journey | BAJA

Fear and Confidence in Baja, Mexico

Chris joins a group bikepacking tour - the Baja Divide. He shares his thoughts on travelling with others, and all things practical for riding the route…

by CHRIS GOODMAN
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Journey | WALES

FILM: The Desert of Wales

Introducing our latest short film, which follows the Pannier 15KPHClub into The Desert on an overnight bikepacking tour in mid-Wales...

by Pannier, Quoc & Josh Brooks
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Journey | ICELAND

The Best Roads Are Always The Toughest

Jonathan spends the last leg of his RTW journey cycle touring around Iceland, in Winter, not quite expecting -15°C conditions but relishing the challenge of such spectacular roads...

by Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett
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Journey | ITALY

Bikepacking Torino-Nice, in B/W

The Torino-Nice Rally celebrated its second mass start in September 2017. Andre set off to ride the route a week earlier, and thankfully added a black & white film camera to his kit list...

by Andre Kniepkamp
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Kit & Equipment | UK

Brooks Cambium ‘All Weather’ Saddle

Brooks add the 'All Weather' to their Cambium saddle range - an all black, cheaper option that has a more weatherproof (waterproof) & durable top...

by THE PANNIER TEAM
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Journey | EUROPE

A Paris-Corse Randonneur

Max seeks out the finest route from Capital to Coast, to Corsica on a 1400km journey through the French mountains...

by MAX LEONARD
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Journey | UK

Reiver Bothypacking II

...we head up to the Dirty Reiver gravel event a day early, and sneak in a Bothy Overnighter & Sweet Potato Curry Cook-Off with the Bombtrack Bikes Squad

by Stefan Amato, Mat Waudby & Franzi Wernsing
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Other | EUROPE

TCR No.5: A Photographer’s Race Manual

Roaming photographer Camille looks ahead to the fifth edition of the Transcontinental Race...

by Camille McMillan
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Journey | AMERICAS

Blackburn Design: RIVER

The first chapter in a film project, follows Brian along the rivers of the Pacific Coast as he rides in search of Steelhead fish...

by BRIAN OHLEN, DOMINIC GILL, BRIAN VERNOR
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Journey | WORLD

ESCAPE BY BIKE BOOK

Introducing Pannier Journal Contributor Josh Cunningham's new book - "Escape By Bike: Adventure Cycling, Bikepacking & Touring Off-Road"....

by Josh Cunningham
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Other | UK

Borders Tour: A Weekend with Pannier

Reportage: Our Borders Tour 1st Edition - a 3-night, 240km tour from the Heart of England > Wild Wales...

by Alex Turner & Elliott Waring
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Kit & Equipment | ALPS

Rough Stuff Cycling In The Alps

The original 'Rough Stuff Cycling in the Alps' ring-bound book – Fred Wright's original guide to adventuring by bike in the Alps - is being reprinted with stunning vintage photography...

by MAX LEONARD & FRED WRIGHT
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Journey | CALIFORNIA

CA WEST COAST RAMBLE

A three day bikepacking tour - from San Francisco, south to Santa Cruz - taking in Coastline, Mountains and Redwood Forests...

by Stefan Amato, Paul Errington & Erik Mathy
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Other | Sheffield

ShAFF – Free Bikepacking Fringe Session

Join us, at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival on 10 March, to discuss all things bikepacking...

by Pannier Team
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Kit & Equipment | UK

BIKES: The Desert of Wales

A selection of our loaded bikepacking bikes, high up in a forest somewhere in mid-Wales. Featuring Surly, Condor, Stanforth and Fairlight...

by Stefan Amato, Ben Spurrier and Chris McClean
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Journey | UK

THE DESERT OF WALES

Follow us as we bikepack into The Desert of Wales, on an overnight tour to preview Quoc's new Gran Tourer (GT) adventure cycling shoes...

by Stefan Amato, Chris McClean & Josh Brooks
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Journey | YUKON

THE FROZEN ROAD

Ben's ace new film charts his winter journey into the Canadian Arctic - one of the world's last great wildernesses. We interview him about the film, and ask him more about his world tour...

by BEN PAGE
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Journey | GEORGIA

The Chacha Chronicle

Stefan and Ad spend three weeks discovering the hidden roads, passes, huts and drinks of Georgia...

by Stefan Rohner
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Kit & Equipment | UK

Cumulus: Down Sleeping Bags & Quilts

Introducing Cumulus - lightweight, packable down sleeping bags & quilt sleeping systems for bikepacking/adventure-based cycling...

by Pannier
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Journey | UK

Beyond The North Wind

A pedal powered bike-surfing adventure to the Western Isles. Chris and four friends ride north from the Isle of Skye - towing their surf boards and kit by trailer in search of waves, and freedom...

by Chris McClean & Mike Lay
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