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Ogwen Revisited

A few weeks back I had my first bout of sciatica which had me bail my bikepacking ride. I posted about it here: https://fat-bike.com/2021/08/bad-back-bikepacking/ I honestly thought I’d be out of action for quite some time as the days following were very painful. However, after getting some meds from the Drs, I was soon moving […]

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Bad back bikepacking!

We all love making plans and love it even more when they work out for the good. However sometimes things don’t go as planned and that’s a real bummer! Last weekend saw me have a couple of spare days to go out bikepacking in some fine weather here in Snowdonia. I had a route in […]

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Slate bivvy

I’ve had a busy few weeks getting some fine riding in and a few bivvies to make up for what I’ve missed doing the past few months. One of those bivvies was in my favourite place of Cwm Eigiau. Back in late March I posted a video https://fat-bike.com/2021/03/85-days/ of me checking out future over night […]

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Revelate Nano Panniers

Revelate Nano Pannier Bikepacking has evolved over recent years from using panniers to strapping bags to various places on your bike. Panniers are still used but it’s mostly for touring as you can get away with filling them up and not worry too much about the weight. With that, there was a gap, a pannier […]

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85 days!

We all know it’s been one hell of a 12 months, there are many sad stories of loved ones lost. We have had restrictions put in place which has affected our mental health as well as our (my) weight! So when the Welsh Government lifted the restrictions on the Stay at Home so that meant […]

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Lock down ride to the beach

Due to local lock down restrictions here in Wales, all exercise has to be done starting and finishing from home. Luckily for me, the coast isn’t too far away and to get there is pretty scenic too. Check it out… Would you share your Plus or Fat Pixels? Give us your tired, your poor, Your huddled pixels, […]

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Super Sparrow bottles

For the past few weeks I’ve been using these Super Sparrow water bottles after they dropped into Wales. Super Sparrow was founded in 2015 with the aim of providing people with the ability to easily enjoy both hot and cold drinks and always stay hydrated on-the-go. The bottles I chose to test were a 500ml Sports […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – Cwm Dulyn

Cwm Dulyn translates to the Black Lake and is one of my favorite valleys here in Snowdonia, Wales. This is a route that not many take, especially on a bike due to the terrain. Its usually very hard going due to the long grasses and sodden ground. Perfect for the Salsa Mukluk then! Would you […]

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UK Packrafting Meet Up

John ‘Climber’, one of Fat-bike,com’s friends decided it would be a great idea to get people who are packraft curious together in North Wales, UK. Luckily for me the venue was just a 1 hour drive away which was on the shores of Bala lake. However the attraction of trying out packrafts attracted people from […]

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GORE Wear C7 Bib Shorts

When I was informed by Fat-Bike HQ that I’ll be reviewing a pair of bib shorts I was a little confused. Personally, I thought fat bikes and bib shorts didn’t go together as well as bullets and guns! However the new GORE Wear Vent C7 Bib Shorts soon put that thought out of my head. […]

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iSSi Stomp XL Review

ISSI Stomp XL Pedal Review The iSSi Stomp XL pedal landed here in Wales from their HQ in Minneapolis. The Stomp XL is their first attempt at a platform pedal and first impressions are they look and feel great. They are available in four different colours from black, plum, lime and blue. The platform is […]

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Bivvy a Month Challenge

Fat bikers of the universe we invite you to join us (relatively speaking) on a year-long adventure, the Bivvy a Month challenge. The bivvy a month challenge is a brainchild of one of the many bike packers that frequent the Bear Bones forum (http://bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/) in the UK, Kevin Cunniffe aka Blackhound. The rules are simple, […]

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