VIDEO: What to pack and how to fit it on your bike

Travelling long distances on a bicycle is easier if you have a complete list of must-have items to bring along, and also know what you can live without. Cycle touring veteran Rick McFerrin shows you everything you need to bring on your tour, and also shows you how he likes to pack his panniers for …

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How we’ll ride and relax safely during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a motivator for the 2021 ConnecTour ride and a complication. From week to week, new developments either bring waves of optimism or concern. And yet we are confident enough to move ahead with plans for this year’s ride. As we approach our May 15th departure date for the cross-Canada tour, …

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What I learned about Canada from the seat of a bike

Lessons learned on an epic bike-packing trip in 2020 “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, …

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Pedal it forward: One act of kindness grows into 400-plus bike giveaways

OKOTOKS, Alta. – When Todd Martin donated one of his son’s old bikes to a neighbourhood kid who didn’t have one, little did he know what that small act of kindness would amount to. Three years later, he has repaired in his well-equipped garage and donated more than 400 bikes to hundreds of neighbours and …

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Oh, the places you’ll go! touring on a bike

Bike touring has been my favourite way to travel since 1993, when my partner Tanya and I discovered it as an affordable way to visit her dad in New Zealand for a month. Since then, we have logged thousands of kilometres in more than 50 countries. By the time we completed a 14-month family bike …

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Cycle-touring is this family’s life

Two-wheeled nomads find balance and kindness around the world DRUMHELLER, AB – Pedalling up a dusty, gravel path, we spotted two tents amid Drumheller’s iconic moonscape hills, flapping in the steady breeze on a late-July day. Two young children were crouched playing in the dirt. A passerby might conclude this family was random camping for …

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VIDEO: A spontaneous 7,000-kilometre bicycle ride

For most people, a bicycle ride across Canada would require months of conditioning and preparation. Yet these three fit young athletes pulled their trip together in days. Sampson McFerrin, 19, and Jacob Grover, 22, left Victoria on June 23 with a third rider. They planned to ride all the way to St. John’s, NL, over …

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Bikes and breweries just naturally go together

When ConnecTour is biking at the speed of life, we meet the most interesting folks along the way. Hard Knox Brewery in Black Diamond was our lunch, beer and music stop for our group of 24 in June 2020 on a 38-km loop ride from Millarville to Turner Valley and Black Diamond. where we had …

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