Bikepacking the C&O Canal Towpath

Written by Lidia G. With COVID summer coming to an end and the heat starting to fade, bike camping is a great social distance activity you can do with a couple of your fellow biker friends. The 184 mile long C&O canal towpath trail, which starts in Georgetown Waterfront and …

Must-Have Gear for Multi-Day Adventures

We’re going to ignore the obvious things here like personal hygiene, food, and clothing, because those are highly personalized choices. And also because at Handy Bikes we’re focused on mechanics and technicalities of the gear itself. Here’s a quick list, with details on each: Cargo carrying capability. Don’t let someone …

Wheel Builds

If you’re going to want to go bikepacking or adventuring, you’re going to have some very specific needs when it comes to your wheels — and building a custom set of wheels to meet those needs is the best way to meet them. Dynamo hubs, 650b (27.5″ – henceforth simply …

Drivetrain Options: 10 Speed Systems

When it comes to drivetrain options, trying to decide what you need can be overwhelming. This writeup will give you some thoughts on a good way ahead if your goal is a simple, capable, and durable wide-range drivetrain for bikepacking, adventure racing, mountain biking, or touring. We’re big fans of …

Gear Review: Lauf Grit

By Peter Buck // Owner, Handy Bikes LLC After years of secretly wanting one, I finally got my hands on a Lauf Grit fork this week. Ultimately intended for use on a gravel / bikepacking bike, I first decided to install the Grit on my current road workhorse – a …