Team AWOL Please explain why I should preferentially load the front rack as this seems to be the way of the AWOL. — Asked by chrisjhfisher

/ Hi,

One of the more common questions and the answer is simple. Because it sucks for anything else than riding on a flat, smooth surface on your way to the corner store. For any other riding, loads up front gives superior handling as long as they ride low and weight is evenly distributed on each side of the bike.

As soon as You get up from the saddle, climbing or accelerating, the loaded rear will start swaying out of rhythm and behave like a heavy pendant or tail. Climbing with a load in the front makes the bike handle like a normal bike since the load is balanced around the front hub and the headset pivot.

Descending with a bike, loaded front and low, stabilizes the ride further. Front and low for smooth surfaces and front and as low as possible for more gnarly terrain. Rule of thumb: 2 panniers only, always in the front - low, never in the rear. 4 panniers, front and back, as low a possible.

Try it out yourself and hey, try bunnyhoping  a snake with 2 heavy panniers in the back only.

/ Team AWOL

At AWOL / Specialized HQ we have a secret Catwalk Gallery where we exhibit rad stuff to inspire ourselves and our colleauges to do rad stuff themselves. Right now we’re exhibiting the AWOL x POLER collaboration and the Fanzine from The Oregon Outback with John Watson’s photography. Since You can’t get into the gallery, we thought it was only fair to give you some pics and btw, this wery limited fanzine that includes a patch might be available soon on a great Austin based bicycle site. Notch notch.

Wow, this actually happened this weekend. The Peacock Full Nuke Unicorn AWOL finally got its Darth Waderish My Little Pony Space AWOL babe. We saw them tighly locked up together,  it all happened at Ocean Beach in San Francisco and it was beautiful. Happy ever after you two and we hope to see some AWOLings pretty soon!

GO AWOL THIS WEEKEND!

We sure will…

AWOL on the magnificent Goddess of Provence, the Mont Ventoux (1909m) is one of the most epic climbs of the world, maybe only beaten by L’Alpe d’Huez. Altough not the first AWOL up there, Erik of team AWOL did it last year, we are stoked to see another. Follow  Pedalours on Instagram for more inspirationl.

AWOL on the magnificent Goddess of Provence, the Mont Ventoux (1909m) is one of the most epic climbs of the world, maybe only beaten by L’Alpe d’Huez. Altough not the first AWOL up there, Erik of team AWOL did it last year, we are stoked to see another. Follow  Pedalours on Instagram for more inspirationl.

Luke kills it right now riding through Coloroado. He’s way beyond the Continental Divide, riding 12.000 ft mountain passes. Apparently hail hurts at 40mph. Check out more inspiring pictures and words at his blog  HERE

Allenspark to Granby. 76 miles, 6575ft

This was the big one. Up into the Rocky Mountain National Park and over the Continental Divide. I had a weird mix of nerves and excitement as the road started climb. Excited about the ride, views and of course, downhill. Nervous about the weather.

The road weaved it’s way up between the mountains for 25 miles. It was a fairly gentle gradient so it was just a case of chugging away and enjoying the views.

I was right to be nervous about the weather. It changed from sun to wind to rain to hail in a breath. My jacket was on and off the whole way up, wind would force me to put my foot down and above 10,000ft it stared getting real cold.

At 11,796ft above sea level I reached the summit and the sun came out. A quick coffee, bite to eat and I was ready for the fun bit. Though, it wasn’t quite as fun as I hoped - hail hurts at 40mph.

What really surprised me was the encouragement I got from local drivers - people were honking, cheering and asking for my photo. They couldn’t believe I was going up on a bicycle. I’m guessing they don’t get a huge amount of cyclists up there.

And after this epic day… I was 20 miles as-the-crow-flies from last night’s campsite. Excellent.

Hey AWOL, Any chance the front rack will be out on the market for sale anytime soon? — Asked by mannersbanshees

Hi,

The Pizza Rack is such an awesome and clever little rack and we wouldn’t wanna keep it from You. We’re working on it for 2015

Team AWOL

what's new for AWOL for 2015 ? — Asked by bw38world

Hi,

It’s too early to reveal at this time but one thing is sure. We’re making some pretty sweet things both on a detailed level and range wise. 2015 will be a fun year for AWOL and AWOLers. Promise!

Team AWOL

The AWOL x Poler Touring Bike and Panniers are in Stock and available for the hungry ones. This is a limited edition (r)adventure bike from the Specialized LAB team. The best way to find one is to visit your local dealer and ask them to get one. Also use the Dealer Locator Since these sweethearts are limited in numbers, not all global markets will carry them. Bikes retail at 1950$ and comes in a kit with the AWOL Pizza Rack and a set of Poler panniers. All photos by The Radavist

AWOL x POLER specification

Frame: AWOL 1 frame, Custom double butted and formed Cr-Mo tubing, custom cast dropouts, Headtube for integrated headset, Post Mount disc brake. Fork: AWOL Unicrown fork, all Cr-Mo, custom leg bend/butting, Post Mount disc brake. Headset: 1-1/8“ sealed Cr-Mo cartridge bearings integrated w/ headset, 15mm cone spacer. Stem: Specialized 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise, anti-corrosion hardware (S-M-L-XL // 60-70-70-80mm)Handlebar: Specialized AWOL, 6061 double-butted alloy, 12-degree fare-out, 31.8mm. Bar tape: Specialized Roubaix, w/ 2.5mm gel pads. Front Brake: Tektro Spyre-CS, mechanical disc, dual pivot, 160mm rotor, stainless hardware. Rear Brake: Tektro Spyre-CS, mechanical disc, dual pivot, 160mm rotor, stainless hardware. Brake Levers: SRAM APEX. FD: SRAM Apex, braze-on. RD: SRAM X9 Type 2, 10-speed, long cage. Shift Levers: SRAM APEX 2x10. Cassette: SRAM PG 1030, 10-speed, 11-36. Chain: KMC X10, 10-speed, reusable Missing Link. Crank set: Compact 2pc Crank, forged AL6061, BCD110, double. Chain rings: 46/34, stamped AL6061. BB: integrated, w/ sealed outboard bearing . Pedals: Alloy, 1 pc. body, stamped cage, w/ refectors, 9/16”. Rims: 29“ disc, aluminum 6061-T6 double-wall, 622 x 21C, 32H, w/ AWOL Decal. Front hub: Specialized Hi Lo disc, alloy, RCC bearing system, QR, 32h. Rear Hub: Specialized Hi Lo disc, alloy, RCC bearing system, QR, 32h. Spokes: Stainless, 2.0/1.8/2.0mm, Black. Front Tire: Specialized Ground Control, 60TPI, folding, 700x48C (29”x1.9”). Rear Tire: Specialized Ground Control, 60TPI, folding, 700x48C (29”x1.9”) Inner tubes: Standard, presta valve. Saddle: Body Geometry Phenom, steel rails, 143mm. Seatpost: Specialized alloy, 27.2mm. Seatclamp: AWOL forged alloy, CNC, stainless bolt, 29.8mm. Carrier: AWOL PIZZA RACK, frontrack w/ pannier capability, folds down to the size a pizzabox size. Panniers: Poler 22 liter. A classic bicycle pannier for the everyday commute, or your weekend excursions. Simple quality hardware is durable and serviceable when needed. Comes with a rain cover with reflective Poler logo for visibility. Small external pocket fits a standard U lock and bar tacked Molle webbing allows accessory straps (sold separately) to strap additional gear and accessories to the outside of the bag. Fits most standard racks. Panniers are in stock now at Poler as a limited run. Panniers included with each AWOL x Poler bike. Campdura 900d body fabric / Nylon lined / Adjustable Bungee Retention System / rubber coated metal hooks able to fit large diameter racks / Rain cover with reflective summit logo included / 22 liters per bag / Dimenisons: 12″ x 16″ x 7″

Patchman just stopped by. These will be available at Friday’s party in the Poler store, Sept 5th 5pm - 9pm 413 SE 10th ave in Portland

Patchman just stopped by. These will be available at Friday’s party in the Poler store, Sept 5th 5pm - 9pm 413 SE 10th ave in Portland

Boring day at the office? Check these two kids out, they do all the things we don’t at the moment and they’re doing it all right. Beautiful set ups! Follow @pedalours on Instagram for some good alp vibes!

Hello team AWOL, I'm currently living in New Zealand and planing a trip from 'Cape Reinga to Bluff', the kiwi equivalent of 'Land's End to John O'Groats'. I have been researching and testing touring bikes for about a month, a couple of weeks ago I came across the AWOL, I've decided it's the bike for me! there being very limited stocks in NZ, there is no possibility for me to test ride, measuring 1.87M with longish legs, I don't know whether L or XL is best for me. Could you help me? Thanks Jacob — Asked by jacob-hunt

Hi

Wow, that sounds like quite a trip. We’d say You’re a clear borderline case. The L will be big enough but those longish legs might lean more towards XL. The top tube difference between L and XL is 25mm / 1 inch which you can fine tune with the stem. The XL with a short stem might feel more responsive than the L with a long one. You choose what experience you want. Or, since You’re borderline, flip a coin. Both of them will work.

Team AWOL

Oh boy, You have no idea of how many brains you are screwing with right now. The photography, the good vibes, the open mind, the (r)adventure. What your doing is perfect:

Newton to Sterling. 61 miles.
Sterling to Ness City. 105 miles.
Ness City to Scott City. 56 miles.
Scott City to Eads, Colorado. 104 miles.

Well, after 6 days, 520 miles and 4 roads - I’ve made it across Kansas. Here’s how I coped…

1. Made the most of the wind. The direction changes hourly in Kansas, so when I had a tailwind it was head-down and go for of it.

2. Stayed in motels. They’re fairly cheap and most haven’t changed since 1983, which is amazing. Back to campsites after Denver though.

3. Started everyday with Bill Withers, Lovely Day.

4. Podcasts. Lots of them. Particularly one called ‘Err Yea Dude’, America through the eyes of two American Americans.

5. Ice cream

It wasn’t actually as bad as imagined. The limitless horizons of crops, cows, dirt and grass are strangely beautiful, particularly early morning with the sun rising behind you. But I’m definitely ready for some mountains now.

Follow Luke Clark as he’s going AWOL across the US of A on Instagram

In case You’ve missed it. We did a bike with POLER and rode it across the entire state of Oregon together with John Watson / The Radavist. Join us for some good vibes this Friday in Portland Oregon. Bike will be there, Team AWOL will be there, John Watson will be there. Will You

In case You’ve missed it. We did a bike with POLER and rode it across the entire state of Oregon together with John Watson / The Radavist. Join us for some good vibes this Friday in Portland Oregon. Bike will be there, Team AWOL will be there, John Watson will be there. Will You

We have always been confident in the capable and good vibes of the AWOL family. Teaming up with THE most inspiring outdoor / (r)adventure / campvibes brands just makes so much sense. We love what Polerstuff have achieved in such a short amount of time, how much good vibes that has been sent around the globe the last year, truly inspiring. We’ve built a great friendship and we’re both super stoked on the result. Head over to The Radavist for more pictures and stay tuned for the the great release party next Friday in Portland at the brand new Poler flagship store.  More info on that to come.

To the whole Poler Team and The Radavist one man show. Love and respect, kudos in general. See You soon!