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Gear for Travel: DU/ER, Easton, Blackburn, Zipp

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The World Tour season is in full swing, the weather is becoming warmer and drier, the days are getting longer. That means it’s time to travel. Here’s some gear we’ve been using for travel with our bikes, traveling on our bikes and just plain old travel – DU/ER, Easton, Blackburn, Zipp.




We already knew DU/ER out of Vancouver, Canada, made the best jeans in the world, especially for an active lifestyle. The cut is perfect for both the commute to work and a night at the brew house. A seat gusset makes hopping on a town bike a breeze; reinforced stitching makes them last forever; and L2X performance-stretch denim with COOLMAX moisture-wicking makes them pajama-like comfortable even on a transatlantic flight. DU/ER has now added Rainshield, making the jeans incredibly water repellant, which is ideal if that transatlantic flight happens to be to Belgium this spring. $130;

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On a recent trip overseas to race, we brought an extra set of wheels in an Easton Double Wheel Bag. Better safe than sorry, right? As we saw the wheel bag emerge from the bowels of the airport, our heart sank—big boot prints were all over it. The bag had been used as a steppingstone. Happily the bag (and the quality Easton wheels within) had withstood the worst the baggage handlers could dish out, remaining perfectly true and as handsome as ever. The bag has been a staple ever since. The wheels sit offset so axles and cassettes cannot do damage, the padding is very firm for real support and the Cordura shell is incredibly tough. $100;


In the mood for some bikepacking, but don’t have panniers or a million rack mounts on your bike? The Blackburn OutPost Seat Pack and Dry Bag offers 11 liters of waterproof storage in a seat bag that attaches with no tools or brackets. It’s a two-part system; the 11-liter dry bag is removable so it’s easy to stuff with your sleeping bag or clothes, which is then stuffed in the seat bag. You can even store a small bivvy sack or sleeping roll above the dry bag and strap it all down tight for easy riding. The bag comes in black or camo and works well with the Outpost Top Tube and Frame bags for plenty of storage without the need for racks and panniers. $130;


Wheels often represent the biggest expense and most important upgrade to any bike. Why then do we treat them so poorly? Tossing them in the trunk, putting gear on top of them, wedging them in like puzzle pieces when we travel. Add discs to the mix and the carnage can be terrifying. The guys at Zipp love wheels, so trust them to help you take care of yours. We love the wheel sleeves and rotor covers (shown), especially when heading off to a race day with a few bikes in the back of the SUV or minivan. These are cheap insurance for your most important gear—plus they’re marked "Zipp" no matter what wheels are inside, which is just cool. $20 (rotor cover); $31 (wheel sleeve);