Editor’s Note: This post was written by Mtbr contributor Josh Patterson.
If your special someone likes the road less traveled, then these eight great gifts for bikepackers and gravel grinders are sure to please.
Vittoria Terreno Dry Gravel Tire
Vittoria has a quiver of gravel tires to choose from. The Terreno Dry is the most versatile of the bunch. This fast-rolling tire has been proven at events such as the Land Run 100 and the Dirty Kanza 200. The low-profile fish scale center tread minimizes rolling resistance, and the edge knobs are large enough to help you corner with confidence.
Red Shift ShockStop Stem
Gravel racing can be brutal. High frequency vibrations can wear riders down. This is why some frame manufacturers have started adding suspension system to their gravel rigs. Red Shift’s ShockStop stem is a great way to add comfort without investing in a new bike. The ShockStop pivots on elastomers that can be tuned to rider weight. It offers up to 20mm travel — just enough to keep you fresh and focused.
MSR TrailShot Water Filter
MSR’s TrailShot is perfect for bikepackers looking for a compact water filtration system. It eliminates protozoa and bacteria that can ruin your adventure. Don’t let its small size fool you. This pocket-sized water filter is capable of filtering up to one liter of water per minute.
WTB Sendero Tires
Many “Road Plus” tires are designed for the roads less traveled. The Sendero will take you even further. This 650bx47c tire widens the scope of drop-bar adventures by letting you get sendy on singletrack. The Sendero has ramped center knobs to reduce rolling resistance with sturdy edge knobs that will help you grip and rip.
Lizard Skins 3.2mm DSP Handlebar Tape
One way to fight hand fatigue and numbness on long rides is by investing in extra-thick handlebar tape. As the name implies, this version of Lizard Skins’ DSP tape is 3.2mm thick. It features a textured surface pattern to improve grip in wet and muddy conditions.
Salsa Cycles EXP Series Anything Cradle Plus Dry Bag and Front Pouch
“Adventure by Bike” is Salsa’s motto. The company backs it up with thoughtfully-designed bikepacking gear. The Anything Cradle clamps to the handlebar and positions gear away from your controls. This is a massive improvement over strap systems that crowd your controls by cinching gear against the handlebar. This EXP Series package also includes Salsa’s dry bag and accessory pouch.
Wolf Tooth Morse Cage
The US-made Morse Cage is the product of a collaboration with the water bottle cage specialists at King Cage. The name comes from the dot-dash-dot design. This layout gives riders 32mm of height adjustment and four different mounting positions. This is key for adventure cyclists looking to mount water bottles below partial frame packs.
Entry into a Ramble Ride Event
Are you searching for your next adventure but aren’t quite ready to take on a self-supported bikepacking trip? Ramble Rides are a fun, inclusive, gateway to bikepacking. Think of a Ramble as “bikepacking light” with 80 of your soon-to-be friends. Each event is three to four days long and covers approximately 200 miles. The Rambles are fully catered and partially supported, meaning riders are expected to carry everything they need for a long day on the bike, with the option of leaving casual clothing and camp gear with the support crew. The curated routes lead riders through remote forest roads with plenty of aid stations along the way. The scenery is stunning, but the real treats are the new friendships you will forge along the way.
More Info: ramblerides.com
Price: Varies — early bird discounts available
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