Win this Restrap x Temple Cycles loaded tourer – Temple Cycles & Restrap bags have teamed for a competition to give away a killer adventure touring setup: a do-it-all bike and enough bags to outfit every commute, bikepack or heavy loaded tour you can dream up.

The ride is a UK built-to-order Reynolds 725 steel Temple Adventure Disc bike with Hunt tubeless alloy wheels & a complete Shimano 105 groupset, then the full Restrap luggage setup including Large Rando, Large Frame, Toptube, Stem & Tech bags, plus a 14L Drybag & two of each sizes of their new Panniers – total value over £2400. All you need to do to enter is answer a relatively simple trivia question and sign up for Restrap’s mailing list (no purchase necessary). The raffle runs from now until Dec 24, 23:59 GMT, with the winner announced Christmas Day.

Win Mitch’s ti Mosaic CXer benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project (NOW!)– What about that custom titanium Mosaic XT-1 cyclocross bike you say? We wrote about elite racer Mitch Hoke’s custom Mosaic CX bikes that would get ` off at the end of the season to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project back in October. Well the time is now.

In fact, you have ONLY until midnight tonight to buy your tickets. US Nationals are this weekend and Mosaic is selling raffle tickets for $10 a pop. And you won’t just win some used bike like we originally thought, but a custom sized Mosaic XT-1 either in the WWP paint scheme or any other stock Mosaic paint job you prefer. Act fast, like DO IT NOW!

Where to Ride

  • Escape winter with 4 days of Samarathon Desert Racing – While much of Europe & North America are in freezing temps, spend four days Feb 13-16 stage racing in Israel in short-sleeves. The 5th annual Samarathon is an adventurous 4-stage, UCI S2 mountain bike race (prologue + 3 stages) for teams of two through desert singletrack & jeep roads in the wilds of the Negev & Southern Arava deserts. Entry includes everything, full service & meals, plus a place to sleep in your choice from a spot to pitch your own tent up to a luxury B&B. Full details and registration available now at:

Advocacy & Industry News

  • Berlin Bike Show cancelled for 2019 – Slipping out just past the wire at the end of last week (after we already heard that Interbike 2019 has been cancelled), the popular international urban cycling show in Berlin has been called off for 2019 too. It was going to be the 10th anniversary of the Berliner Fahrradschau, but it seems market conditions have been hard for industry & consumer cycling shows alike. (BFS is not to be confused with VeloBerlin, a separate show run by Eurobike’s organizers, which will still be held next April.) A bit more Berliner Fahrradschau information (but not much) on their Facebook.

Gear & Deals

  • Shop last minute for cyclists & help fund WBR – With the holidays getting closer, World Bicycle Relief’s new online store has some great last minute “gifts that give” back from its Bicycle Joy collection for men, women, kids and even little kids (6-24 months). Orders placed by midnight Dec 17 will arrive by Dec 24 in the states. Did you know that WBR brings bicycles & freedom & power & joy?

  • Get a faster drivetrain for Christmas from CyclingCeramic – From now until Dec 24, CyclingCeramic is celebrating by offering an ~20% off either their Oversized Derailleur Cage with their Racing Chain for 350 € (down from 424 €) OR a pair of their Standard size Pulley Wheels with a Racing Chain for 182 € (instead of 220 €). Add the two items to your cart and use code: CHRISTMAS at checkout.




    • mark on

      You’re not going to want to carry the kitchen sink with only a 34/32 low gear.

      You’ll probably only carry some of the bags or change the gearing. Word on the street is that you can fit up to a 40t cog on the back with the 105GS derailleur. Otherwise you’ll need to change the crankset before you want to carry all the bags. Depending, of course, on your route, load, strength, etc.

  1. BenH on

    I don’t mean to be overly negative about a company that’s selling some neat bikes at reasonable prices, but when you read about a “UK built-to-order Reynolds 725 steel (…) bike”, it’s clear that they’re drawing on the cachet of local custom builders and implying that the frame is built in the UK. There are many great frames coming out of Taiwanese production – many of the best – but honest brands shouldn’t hide their origins. Cjell Monē had a great article a while back about doing some production in Taiwan.


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