Our Pint Pedaling AWOL friend posted a very cool camp kitchen spread and helpful list to go with it. Packing moderately when it comes to camp kitchen is difficult. A notion of a warm meal at the end of the day can keep you going for hours. Eating shitty food could demoralize you. Team AWOL never sacrifice low weight for shitty food, Luke would agree to that.

THE KITCHEN

Some people are content with boil-in-a-bag meals when touring but for me, cooking is a huge part of the experience. It’s cheaper, you can cook bigger portions, use local produce, get the right nutrients and it’s definitely therapeutic after a day in the saddle.

My kitchen equipment is far from minimal but I’ve not once regretted any of the choices. Here’s the list…

Trangia 27-8 - Yes, there are smaller and lighter stoves but you can actually cook proper meals on a Trangia.

Gas - I went for the gas attachment over meths for speed and ease - definitely happy with this decision trying to set off early, but I have found it difficult to buy this type of gas in the US.

MSR Deep Dish Plate - fits perfectly over the Trangia.

Trangia Multi-Disc - colander, chopping board, lid

5th Floor Enamel Mug - awesome design by the talented Sam Dunn. Holds coffee, tea, beer and whisky only.

Alpkit Titanium Cutlery - because I couldn’t afford a titanium bike

Miscellaneous Adventures Wooden Spoon - hand-carved from a log by me

Opinel Knife - the perfect picnic knife

Victorianox Swiss Soldier’s Knife - straddles the Kitchen and Toolkit. Has a serrated knife, can and bottle opener

Sawn-off spatula - gotta flip those eggs

Cooking oil - I’ve been asking nicely in cafés to get it refilled

Spices - salt, pepper, cinnamon (on porridge), cumin (in beans), chilli flakes and, my luxury item, Maldon Sea Salt. Reserved for special occasions, normally eggs. The great idea to store them in 35mm film canisters came from The Hungry Cyclist and works a treat.

Vegetable stock cubes - transforms any meal, even plain rice. Boil up pasta with one of these and strain off the water for a delicious hot beverage.

Plastic clips - seals up bags of crisps (yes crisps, not chips). Normally Chex Mix, for which I developed a mild addiction.

Lighter - kinda essential

Small plastic box - to keep most of the above in

Tea towel and sponge - not shown as I left them at the last campsite


One year, one month, one week and three days ago, team AWOL finished the first edition of the transcontinental race. It’s been pleasure and pain, glory and diffidence, (transcontinental) grace and disgrace. It’s an honor for team AWOL being back in this sick city today, together with team e r t z u i ° film. Melons, Trucks and Angry Dogs is in the Bicycle Film Festival selection this year, and Istanbul is hosting this event the third time. We are super excited to meet the Istanbul bike scene after the movie feature. It’s a strange feeling, though - being in the middle of fascination, without a bicycle..

One year, one month, one week and three days ago, team AWOL finished the first edition of the transcontinental race. It’s been pleasure and pain, glory and diffidence, (transcontinental) grace and disgrace. It’s an honor for team AWOL being back in this sick city today, together with team e r t z u i ° film. Melons, Trucks and Angry Dogs is in the Bicycle Film Festival selection this year, and Istanbul is hosting this event the third time. We are super excited to meet the Istanbul bike scene after the movie feature. It’s a strange feeling, though - being in the middle of fascination, without a bicycle..

Hi guys, there is only a medium size AWOL at my bike shop. I am 6'6" tall, do you think XL will fit or even that impossible to ride? Greets from Germany, Thorsten — Asked by captain-thorsten-sand-posts

Hi,

6’6” (200cm) isn’t very tall. Well it is but not really really tall. You should check THIS out. Nate there is 6’8” (207cm) and rides a sweet AWOL Comp in XL.

Team AWOL

Our friend Hallisar (The godfather of Church of the Atom) rode his AWOL on the last ever edition of the legendary indie race Ronde van Retaard this weekend. Ronde van Retaard has been an institution of unsanctioned fixed and single speed racing in Sweden since 2005. First known as Tour de Retard, then transformed in to La Retardo and finally Ronde van Retaard. We’re stoked to see these pictures by Christer Hedberg and we’re full of envy not being able to attend this classic.

Hey AWOL what randobag is that in the recent overnight burrito camping extravaganza..? I assume it's sitting on a pizzarack? I may need one... cheers in advance! — Asked by jamesmckeondidthis

Hi,

That bag is the Ozette Rando Bag from our friends at Swift Industries. They make THE BEST rando bags, we’re nothing but fans of this bag.

Team AWOL

On top of that: what’s better than sleeping under the stars, hear the owls and coyotes doing their thing and wake up before the sun and slowly see it make another day. It’s so easy and the reward is better than any other on this planet. Text a friend, get a burrito and #goawol this weekend.

 

A text message Wednesday night from Ben saying: I’m thinking about riding my bike up to Henry Coe tomorrow night and sleep under the stars…You guys up for it? The answer is always gonna be yes because what’s better than bikes, friends, burritos, brown drinks and an off the charts sunset?

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