The Pedalshift Project 138: Bike touring Canada, designs, and hacks

An interview with Jesse Herbert on his experiences biike touring Canada (and around the world), plus a ton of great ideas, hacks and tips on all things bicycle touring, from lightening your load to braving a chilly night in a hammock.

The Pedalshift Project 138: Bike touring Canada, designs, and hacks

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If you signed up for the newsletter or paid attention to Pedalshift socials last week, yes I screwed up and promo’d the best of… for next month! Hope you enjoyed the best of on hiking traditions we should adopt in bike touring… next month is the Erie Canal!
C&O update… more rain, more flooding! We had some drier weather that has (by many reports I’m seeing) improved the trail conditions, but…. we have Hurricane Michael possibly rumbling up through here later this week. Duuuuude! Poor trail can’t catch a break, but people are still getting through with some road detours and shuttles.
FOTS Preston Paige Piper has assembled what appears to me to be the most comprehensive road detour list of the trail… he was kind enough to allow me to share it with all of you, so check it out at the Pedalshift C&O guide. Many of these roads aren’t exactly full of drivers used to seeing cyclists, so Preston underscores these routes are “use at your own risk.”

The Interview

Jesse Herbert is a native of Ottawa and lives in Montreal, Canada. He’s so relentlessly Canadian that his great uncle designed the iconic Canadian flag! Jesse’s an entrepreneur with a background in mechanical and industrial engineering. Combined with his life long love of camping and bike touring, Jesse has designed a variety of items for the urban and touring cyclist for his businesses. Jesse has tackles long-term tours of Europe and Patagonia in addition to adventures in Canada.
Bike touring tips and tricks
  • Gear ideas
  • Eating on tour
  • Stealth camping
  • Minimizing your load

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