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Review: GSI Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker

Changing over to a lightweight bikepacking setup for South America forced us to shift a fair amount of equipment off the bike. This meant there was no room for our beloved Snow Peak, Titanium French Press (review here). Not that it was heavy, it was just an...

Using SLOG2 on the Sony RX100iv

This is my first time shooting and grading Sony's slog2 camera profile. All video shot in Tech Info Sony RX100iv - amzn.to/2pJ6itL Shot 1080p at 120fps. Edited and graded in FCX. LUTs - deluts.businesscatalyst.com/deluts-set-2.html Music by Lee Sparey -...

The Random Way Down – VLOG 11

Sam and Julie make it to the city of Medellin for a well deserved break. Then it's a 35 mile descent down to the Cacus River before back up to 5000ft to the coffee triangle of Colombia. Here they sample some of the finest coffee in the world. They climb to the highest...

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SAN FRANCISCO, THE TENDERLOIN DISTRICT

A stones throw a way from the tourist friendly area of San Francisco lays the Tenderloin district. A stubborn, dilapidated district of the city. Fueled with gang violence, prostitution, and blatant drug use. Non-profit social service agencies, soup kitchens, homeless...

The Dog Butchers of China

It was still early when I navigated the streets of Yangshuo's central market, by the time I arrived at the main entrance there was already a hive of activity. Streams of old women were busy unloading an array of unusual looking fruits and vegetables from waiting...

Fallout: The Day I Toured Chernobyl

You must not walk on the moss, OK?' A thick Ukrainian accent echoing throughout our rusty soviet made minivan. We all sit in silence nodding our heads furiously. 'I repeat to you, do not step on the moss when we reach reactor four, OK?'. 'What happens if we do?' pipes...

Centralia, PA – The Real Silent Hill

The front fender of our underpowered rental car catches a raised piece of concrete as we enter the makeshift car park on the edge of highway 61, rural Pennsylvania. Julie and I exit our tiny ash grey Nissan to inspect the damage, luckily everything looks fine so...

PHOTO ESSAY: WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN

I thought I'd show you around the birthplace of the 'new age hipster', and my new home; Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From these photographs you might think that I live in a bit of a slum, but I really don't, it's an extremely vibrant and colourful place to live. Anyone...

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Review: GSI Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker

Changing over to a lightweight bikepacking setup for South America forced us to shift a fair amount of equipment off the bike. This meant there was no room for our beloved Snow Peak, Titanium French Press (review here). Not that it was heavy, it was just an...

Our Tandem Bikepacking Setup

We knew the Andes were going to be tough going on the tandem, the mountain roads are notorious for being steep dirt roads which touch the heavens. We needed a plan to drastically cut the bikes weight down as we were starting to find the roads in Central America a...

What we’ve broken, sent back, lost, and loved

173 days ago we left Julie's moms house in Alabama. We now find ourselves in the central highlands of Mexico, just shy of the 3000 mile mark. At this point I would say that we have our equipment and clothes figured out for the next 10000 miles or so. We know what...

REVIEW: SNOW PEAK TITANIUM FRENCH PRESS & PORLEX MINI COFFEE GRINDER

I'll admit it, I'm a coffee snob and an addict to the black gold. That's what four years of living in Williamsburg does to you. Before this move to hipsterville, I drank terrible lattes, and even god forbid, the Frappuccino. But now, times have changed, I've grown up,...

Packing List for the Cycling the Pan-American Highway

Deciding what to pack for a two year bicycle tour is no easy task. Still, it's one of my favorite things about the planning stage of bicycle touring. This is our full kit list for our two year trip down the Pan-American Highway. CAMPING Tent - Nemo Equipment: Obi 3...

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Our Tandem Bikepacking Setup

We knew the Andes were going to be tough going on the tandem, the mountain roads are notorious for being steep dirt roads which touch the heavens. We needed a plan to drastically cut the bikes weight down as we were starting to find the roads in Central America a...

Cycling from New York City to Montauk

I remember that punishing day like it was yesterday. I had been in New York for over a year and had explored all five boroughs extensively on my bicycle. I always believe the best way to adjust to a city is by going out and exploring the surrounding, and it's even...

Our Surly Long Haul Trucker Build

Edward has been part of the family since 2012. Julie named it after the vampire in the film, Twilight. She says her Long Haul Trucker has a 'goth-like' paint job which sparkles in sunlight. I'm not sure about the name, or yet to see it sparkle, but it's not my bike so...

Koga Signature World Traveller

Say hello to Battle Cat, my 26" Koga Signature World Traveller, 2011 edition. Named after He-Mans faithful feline companion, he's my workhorse and my go anywhere adventure bicycle. To be frank, when researching touring bikes back in 2010 I had very little knowledge...

CO-MOTION: EQUATOR TANDEM BICYCLE

A bicycle made for two. Yes, we're 'that' couple now. We bought a touring tandem, happily named 'Chewbicca'. We wanted a our tandem hand-built in the USA, so we saved up our pennies, sold off some bikes and had the Oregon based, Co-Motion build our first tandem frame....

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