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For the past two years or so I have dreamed of riding in the Tararuas, so after finally finding two other nutters keen to give it a go, we locked in some midweek time off and headed for the hills. To my knowledge the track isn't a riding track, but as far as I could see it didn't say "no bikes!". Still, we decided to go midweek to avoid potential walker conflict, and I'm happy to report the walkers we did see were stoked to see us trying to ride it. As it is still a bit of a question...

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Enduro, New Gear -

  Most people at some point would have seen a tube strapped on to a frame with electrical tape, although it works, it isn't pretty. The Enduro Strap is the perfect solution to the problem. Designed to hold a tube and tools tightly to the frame, it is the ideal solution to ensure you can repair a puncture on any ride. If strapping things to your frame is not your thing, then it also works under the saddle too. No more stuffing tubes down uncomfortable bibs, or backpacks with nothing in them but a multi-tool. Crafted to high standards with...

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After finishing the Old Ghost Road we had planned to ride to the start of the Heaphy, but heavy rain had caused slips and closed roads so we caught the shuttle back to Lyell to get the car. After re-stocking in Westport we hit the trail. Wild West coast sea foam Bananna Storage The ride along the coast from Karamea is stunning. Lush rainforest, sandy beaches and wild seas. About an hour or so of flowing single track we were at Heaphy Hut. The beautiful west coast 360 degree views After claiming some bunks and eating our dinner we watched...

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Bikepacking -

After making countless bags for riders going to ride the Old Ghost Road I thought I better go see what it was all about. After a few quick messages, master of the bike, Diggle said he was keen and able to take the time off to come with me.  An uneventful ferry trip across the straight and then we were on the mainland. After filling our bellies with greasy burgers in Murchison we got into the cold tent in Lyell and rested up for a big day ahead.  First break  The mor [...]

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Fabric, New Gear -

Since the beginning, I have always aimed to make the highest quality bags possible. This has meant countless hours looking for the not only the best materials possible, but also the best machines to do the job properly - sewing on Grandmas old Singer just won't cut it. I have an ever growing workshop, now with three sewing machines (nearly four), all set up to do a specific job and do it well.There are now well over 500 Stealth bags out and about. To date, I have had 2 bags that have had things [...]

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