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What do you take on for the ride?! essential stuff you should not forget at home

What do you take on for the ride?! essential stuff or waste of weight?!

Last year I helped writing an article about adventure bike packing and the things we should carry on a bike ride, depending and the type, place and length of the ride you are about to take.

The thing is that you have to be dynamic in everything you do, in how you ride, what decisions you make and change you’re track if necessary and also in what you take with you on the ride. Yes, is good to have everything with you and don’t miss a thing when you camp but maybe you will not enjoy the trail that much with a 10kg backpack on you or with lots of stuff hanging from the bike. I for one don’t want to sacrifice the descent as much as possible, I like to enjoy every bit of it and ride it in almost normal conditions not being forced to take it to slowly because of the stuff I carry. That’s why I try not to take unnecessary things with me and I am very pleased when everything in my backpack (except first aid kit) is used and I did not carry anything unusefull with me :).

To help organise you’re backpack, you can use this site i find very simple and practical: lighterpack.com

With this in mind, I wold split the bike luggage in 3 groups, super light, light and bike packing.

  1. “Super light” luggage – for half-day or maximum 1-day ride

These are fun rides, for training in the bikepark or on enduro trails. These are rides on routes that you already know and where no significant surprises can occur. These are rides in which you can leave later in the day and which you can finish without worries over a beer in the evening. In such rides the luggage is super minimal, and many of the objects, such as tools, it is recommended not to be taken in duplicates. For example, a pump is enough for everyone or a single multi tool. The recommendation is also valid for the other two types of luggage.

In a “Super light” ride it is enough to have the things below. Luggage should not exceed 1-1.5 kg.

  • Helmet
  • Snacks (2-3 energy bars / chocolate, a sandwich, possibly 1 energy gel)
  • Spare tire tube, self-adhesive patches, levers, pump, multi tool (except for the tube, the others are enough to be in one for the entire group, spread to other friends in the brat pack :)))
  • Water bottle – with water 😉
  • Hip bag (optional), in which you carry tools and snacks
  • Knee pads (armpads are optional or depending on your experience – the smaller the more
  • ptotections needed)

You can check the representation of this type of luggage on lighterpack here.

2. “Light” luggage – for tours of 1 day or maximum 2.

The 1-2 day tours can be characterized as “short adventures”, in search of beautiful alpine trails. These are rides in which we do some exploration with an average level of “surprises”. It is not excluded to reach unknown areas from which we must get out safely. However, it is important to mention that having this luggage with you, rides should not exceed two days.

For safety we will have several items with us, such as a headlamp, first aid kit or change / sleeping clothes. If the ride involves sleeping in a shelter or an mountain refugee, we must also have a “light” sleeping bag. If we stay at a cottage, no.

For such a ride a backpack of 20-25 L is needed, and the weight should not exceed 3 kg (excluding the weight of the backpack). It is also important to say that the weight of the luggage is directly proportional to the comfort. The larger the luggage, the greater the comfort. I always sacrifice a little of the comfort side of the ride to have a lighter and more balanced luggage, to feel more free on the bike.

  • Helmet
  • Snacks – double the “super light” luggage or the same if you can refuel on the route
  • The same tools (it is recommended to be fixed on the bike and not carried in the backpack)
  • Rain jacket
  • First aid kit
  • Sun lotion
  • Photo / video camera (or phone only)
  • Headlamp
  • 1 liter of water (possibly with hidratation powder if you know it helps)
  • Backpack 20-25L
  • knee pads

You can check the representation of the light luggage on lighterpack here.

3. “Bike packing” luggage – for rides that take more then 2 days

This baggage can be more complicated and certainly harder, but it should not be discouraging. It depends a lot on how you evaluate yourself – whether you are colder or not, whether you eat a lot or not, etc. And that’s because you don’t want to take with you things you won’t use, excluding tools, or first aid kits. During the multi-day tours, surprises can appear on the route, from bad weather to dead ends on the route and you have to make a U-turn or get stuck there. These are reasons why luggage gets bigger, with more food, spare clothes and extra equipment. The luggage must contain food for two meals (evening and morning) as well as snacks during the day, if you know that the route does not go near “civilization”. If you go down to the cottage or a mountains hut in the evening, you can lose food because you will eat there. But if the route is only on top, on ridges, then the self-assessment we were talking about matters a lot. As for the food, in the evening you can be satisfied with “gas station” type sandwiches that withstand a day of heat or you can add comfort if you have small burner and some quick cooking food. But keep in mind that luggage can be shared between members of the ride. The burner can stay with someone, the gas can with someone else, and the dishes with the third riding buddy.

Also, if there is an epic trip and you are going to wild camp, you should have more specific equipment like bivouac bag (in addition to sleeping bag), air mattress or tarp under which 3 people can sleep. Survival foil is very effective, put under the mattress, and do not weighed much. In addition, it is very useful in case of an accident. For a warm sleep don’t forget that the surviving foil must be put with he silver part towards you’re body.

  • Helmet
  • Knee pads (optional)
  • Food for two days – it is preferable for the route to pass through areas with villages, cottages from where you can resupply. Otherwise the luggage is a bit bigger
  • Tea or coffee – for relaxation in the evening and in the morning when you look at the mountain tops 😉
  • Tools (to be shared between members, except for the spare room to be present to everyone)
  • First aid kit
  • Sun lotion
  • Photo / video camera (or phone only)
  • External battery – for phone, video camera, gps
  • GPS or cycling computer (preferably with navigation included)
  • Headlamp
  • Small burner (primus – 110-200g) and gas supply (capacity 100 g or more, 230 g if there are several riders in the lap)
  • Drinking cup for each rider
  • Spork (spoon, fork and knife integrated into a single object)
  • Lighter / flint (if you want a campfire or for the burner)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Wet wipes for intimate care
  • Sleeping bag, bivouac bag, mattress
  • Change clothes, for wet or cold weather – it’s up to you how you can stand the cold
  • 1-2 L of water – depends on whether you still find on the route for resupply (springs, cottages, villages)
  • Tent or tarp. The components of the tent (tent, tarp, sticks, nails) can be divided between ride members. There are also self-supporting tents. They no longer need the inner tent or nails, the upper tent supporting itself using only the sticks.
  • Backpack 25-30 L.

You can check the representation of the bike packing luggage on lighterpack here.

Please find the original article form freerider.ro here.

Also check this clip we made on our last trip to Cindrel mountains bellow or the Tour du Mont Blanc video and article.

Enjoy and ride safe!

SHAPING THE SOUTH, MEHEDINTI ENDURO

This year is the first edition of Mehedinti enduro, courtesy of Alexandru Pufan aka The Pufalot who has worked his ass of for us to have an awesome contest on 12 of May here in Topolnitei Valley, Mehedinti county.

Yep, this guy has shaped some awesome trails here and took the time to show us around. Is the second time coming here and we had the same feeling, being amazed of what this place has to offer.

The contest itself has around 27.5 km with and elevation of 1350m and 5 downhill stages varying between 1 and 2 km long. Here’s a description of them made by The Pufalot, on which we agree 👊.

The 5 specials from Enduro’s first Mehedinti edition are located on the Topolnita Valley, a diverse geographically area, making the trails quite different from each other.

The first trail, La Muerte Peluda, is the most rocky and the longest (and the most difficult to reach, with a transfer of nearly 7km), with several exposed and inadequate areas. Completely natural, this is in fact an old touristic trail brought back to life on the occasion of the contest.

On the other hand, the second special PS2, Imaginationland, will be the shortest but most interesting. It will pass through the ruins of a fortress and will descend along a natural carousel, so that in the end it will pass through a rocky and open area.

The following two PS3 and PS4 have the same starting point, being constructed from scratch over the past 3 years. Much easier from a technical point of view, they will probably please those who prefer more of a bike park type of trail with lots of berms and jumps.

PS3, Stevie Niks will actually be a berm skill test for the riders, having a dozen of berms, while the next one, PS4, Blame Canada, will show us who is best in the air, building the biggest gap in the competition. And yes, this guy’s a South Park die hard fan 🤣🤟.

The last trail, Taming Strange, completed this month, is actually a combination of everything we’ve ever met. Technical areas alternate with flow paths, including very tight switchbacks, straight-forward portions, drops and gaps, on unforeseeable terrain 😳.

Hope this words made you an image of what to expect, and if not check up this edit that we made form our first day of riding here.

Second day we took a short trip to Herculane baths to check up some sick exposed trails that we will be uploading soon on youtube. Beside this we will upload all 5 contest trails in the next days so stay tuned on VRR youtube channel 🤙.

Also, you can find the complete map of the contest here: MEHEDINTI ENDURO ON TRAILFORKS! 🚵‍♂

Yes, it was a sick weekend and all we have to say is that we can hardly wait for the contest and also to come back here to check out more trails. For sure in automn we plan another trip here, there are so much more trails to be ridden.

This guy is actually shaping the south of this country! Cheers mate! 🍻

P.S.: Remember 12 mai 2019 – Valea Topolnitei.  Photo credits: Alexandru Pufan.

You can also check out this article about Mehedinti county: MEHEDINTI FTW

Iezer Mountains awesome over 1000m descent

This video is from a few months back when we did an awesome descent in Iezer-Papusa mountains, probably the coolest there is there. There are lots of trails but this one is the best here and its very long, over 10km and over 1000m of descent :D. For more info about this trail or other trails in Iezer-Papusa mountains, also check out this: Iezer-Papusa Enduro Singletrack or this Enduro bikepacking in Iezer-Papusa :D. Enjoy the video and ride safe! Link to track here!

Ciucas amazing landscapes and awesome enduro singletracks

Ciucas mountains have some amazing landscapes and awesome enduro single tracks if you haven’t heard about it yet. It’s also on our must do list of each year, and I think this year we will come again here when an event will be held to replace Ciucas Endro contest that was canceled because of the lack of implication of some parties…:(. But for sure we will come to the event because that means good people, nice bikes, beers and trails so you have it all in one place with this beautiful landscape on the background :D.

Ciucas mountains, as we also said in the previous post about Bucegi, they are also very friendly with ski touring and hiking and trail running activities. We did lots of trips here and cross this mountains in every direction but for sure there are more trails just waiting to be discovered here.

Until we come back with a different story abut Ciucas, we live you the pictures and videos bellow to better understand the beauty of these mountains!

Also check out this 2 articles for other riding ideas in Ciucas mountains:D: Grohotis and Ciucas XC to enduro and road tripCIUCAS ENDURO 2017 TRACK PREVIEW.

Enjoy and ride safe!

Bucegi mountains, Strunga descent singletrack

2 weekend back we did an awesome ride in Bucegi mountains. It’s a ride that we tried for the first time last year and we like it so much that we included in the must do rides of each year :))).

As you already know by now, or if not you will, Bucegi mountains are a small group of mountains in our Carpathian range of mountains. They are ideal for ski touring and bike trail riding but also for hiking, climbing or trail running. We prefer ski and bike, but, whatever you chose you will have the same beautiful landscape that surrounds you so check out the photos bellow.

We are trail hunters, as we like to call ourself :)), so we wanted to make 3 beautiful descent this day. We started in Sinaia, taking the cabin to 2000m altitude near Furnica peak. From there we descended to Padina on a beautiful technical trail. From Padina we have like 1h pushbike to Strunga cole from were we have a long, beautiful and fun descent to Simon village. It’s one of the most beautiful single tracks in Bucegi, a must do in each year. We will go back there in autumn, hopefully with a drone to catch more of its awesomeness :D.

From Simon we took the road to Bran and then straight to the mountains to reach Long Ridge, a trail that will take us to Busteni city, on the other part of the mountain. It’s an nice retreat with an beautiful raw single track that few know of its existence :D.

Check out the clip ant the pictures bellow to see why we use so much the words beautiful and awesome :D. For track just ask us in email, we have many tracks and we want to give you all the details. Also for more detailed videos and track check out this article from last year: STRUNGA AND MUCHIA LUNGA DESCENT 2017. Enjoy and ride safe!

 

A SMALL SLICE OF ROMANIAN BULZ @ Ciocanu MTB Trails, Romania

A SMALL SLICE OF ROMANIAN BULZ @ Ciocanu MTB Trails, Romania

This is a short video edit and some pictures from this weekend, shredding the trails @ Ciocanu MTB Trails, Bughea de jos, Arges.
Beautiful sunny day, with dry lose trails. Perfect for skidding around in every corner. You can find 2 of the tracks here, and here :D. Enjoy and ride safe!

Ciocanu MTB Trails end of season ride

Last ride in many more frames, #ciocanumtbtrails at its best 🤘. Riding, crashing, laughing and having fun, This is what it’s all about, except the second word. Until next time, ride safe! 🚵‍♂. Foto credit: Cristina Ion 👍

P.S. next articles and movies will include snow 🏔😎

#trailriding #verticalriding #singletrack #enduromtb #mtb #funride

Ciocanu mountain bike trails late autumn ride

Ciocanu mountain bike trails late autumn ride with beautiful colors, friends, fun trails and a bit of rain. It’s all you need to have fun. We made 4 runs and on the forth one we took some pictures on the main trail. In first video you can see a second best trail :D, a nice one, wit a flow line that ends up between Bughea de Jos houses.

After the 4 runs we stayed in the village for a beer and some trail stories.

The season ain’t over yet! Ride safe!

CIOCANU MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS DAY AND NIGHT RIDE

Last weekend we have been to Ciocanu mountain bike trails, near Campulung, Bughea de Jos, Arges county.

There, you can find some nice trails done by the local riders community. There are a sum of 4 tracks there, that average from 2 to 3 km long and with an elevation between 300m and 400m meters.

Are dirt trails, with some nice features done to them, like small drops, switchbacks and some natural roots section. Because of the altitude (starts at 800m), and that all tracks run thru forest, they are a good alternative to a bad weather day.

There is no shuttle there or cable for that matter but there is a forest road that takes you right to the starting point of the tracks.

We did a day and a night descent there. It is nice to descent a track at night. It’s like the track is totally new, like you discover it then, way more fun than the day descent. So, when you get tired of doing a trail, try to do it by night, rediscover that trail :D.

Bellow you will find movies and pics from there, and at this link, an older article that includes track and other footage. Enjoy!

Grohotis and Ciucas XC to enduro and road trip

Grohotis XC to enduro and road trip! Acesta ar fi cel mai adecvat titlu pentru tura din weekend. A fost prima tura in care am folosit toate pinioanele bicicletei mele enduro, chiar toate. Nici nu credeam ca pot sa ii dau cu 30km pe plat pe sosea :))) cui ii trebe cursiera :P.

Dupa Resita (Metal Enduro) parca vroiam o tura usoara, eventual ceva nou. Accidental am dat pe calculator peste un track din muntii Grohotis. Nici nu stiu de unde il aveam, probabil ca l-am salvat cine stie cand. Urcand trackul pe bikemap si cautand putin pe net, mi-am dat seama ca este ce trebuie, aproximativ :P. Trackul era clar de XC, o urcare din Valea Doftanei pana in apropierea varfului si apoi coborare inapoi pe un drum putin mai accidentat dar nu carare. Dupa mai multe negocieri cu colegii de tura, in speta Cosmin, am venit cu o derivatie, ceva mai hardcore a acelui track. Uite asa am ajuns sa facem 2 munti la pachet, in aceasi tura, si undeva la 90 de km cu ceva mai multa diferenta de nivel.

Planul final era sa plecam din Homoraciu, sa urcam in muntii Grohotis, sa ii traversam coborand in Bratocea de unde sa urcam in Ciucas si sa ii traversam si pe acestia pana in pasul Boncuta si apoi la final sa bagam si 20km de asfalt pana la masina. Practic incepeam cu ceva XC prin Grohotis, o dam in Enduro prin Ciucas si bagam si ceva asfalt in pluton pana la masina. Zis si facut si asa plecam noi de la masina dimineata pe la 8 in Homoraciu.

De aici se merge mult pe forestier pana aproape de creasta muntelui. Drumul este frumos si foarte putin umblat, ca doar deaia a vazut Alex 2 ursi de am rupt-o la fuga instant cand l-am vazut ca se intoarce in viteza spre noi. Am tras o spaima dar ne-am facut curaj si am continuat urland si facand ca toate cele doar doar sa se sperie ei mai tare decat eram noi deja. Dupa ce am urlat vreo 30 de minute de nu dureau gaturile, ajungem la capatul forestierului si incepe o usoara balaureala pana in creasta. Marcaj este dar se pierde rapid cum iesi din padure. In creasta dam de forestierul ce vine din Valea Doftanei si il urmam pana in Bratocea. Coborarea pe el nu este chiar plictisitoare, ai unde sa ii dai viteza si ai o multime de dropuri micute cu care te poti distra. La un moment dat devenise chiar scary din cauza vitezei :P.

Pe finalul coborarii, Cosmin reuseste sa taie cauciucul spate, exact inainte sa dam in DN1A. Stam sa il reparam si apoi ne indreptam spre celebrul pushbike din Bratocea. Daca exista ceva care ma face sa urasc pushbike-ul, pai atunci asta e. Te chinui sa impingi bicla printre niste braduleti care parca incearca sa te traga inapoi la fiecare pas….

Ajungem morti de sete si fara apa sus in culme. Stiti vorba aia, cere si ti se va da… merge, asa am facut si noi si am cerut apa la drumetii de coborau, altfel cred ca muream de sete pana la cabana :D.

Ii dam constant pe creasta pana la cabana unde ajungem la ora 5, insetati si morti de foame. Bem fiecare cate o cafea, o cola si o apa minerala si mancam ce mai avem prin ghiozdane si off we go spre pasul Boncuta. Distractia continua pe potecuta faina pana acolo, probabil cel mai fain segment al turei, dar deja cand dam in forestier se lasa intunericul si este chiar dificil sa il coboram mai ales ca este presarat cu muuulte crengi si pietre.

Intrun final ajungem la asfalt unde ne asteapta 20km de sosea pana in Homoraciu, de unde am plecat de dimineata. Se pare ca porcii astia enduro (la bicle ma refer :)))) sunt destul de polivalenti, am tras un pluton pe sosea si i-am dat o viteza prin bezna noptii … :D.

Linkul cu traseul, mai putin partea de asfalt de la final, il gasiti aici. In total, conform trackului lui Alex, ne-au iesit cam 93 km cu vreo 2700m elevatie, o gresala pe care nu o vom repeta prea curand :)))).

Va lasam mai jos filmuletul si pozele de rigoare si pana data viitoare, ride safe!

METAL ENDURO RESITA CNE 2017

Foto credit: Mihai Lupsan

Metal Enduro Resita is the final stage of romanian National Enduro Chanpionship #CNE, and probably the coolest one, but don’t take my opinion for a fact because is the second and the same enduro contest that I took part :D.

As I see it, the stages from our #CNE (national enduro championship) are starting to look more like the stages from enduro contests in western Europe with 8 specials and 2 days of competing and awsome trails. Who wold not want more, more trails, more fun, more riding!

Metal Enduro is held in Resita city in SW part of Romania. It is an old  and industrial city that has his charm because of it. At one time it was consider to be one of the biggest industrial centers of Romania with big factories in steel industry and metal processing (Combinatul Siderurgic Reșița) and in motor and train factory (Uzina Constructoare de Mașini Reșița).

That is why, this stage is called Metal Enduro, and the name suits it well.

As I said, this is the first year that metal Enduro has 8 stages and 2 days. There are lots of trails here that are build and maintained by the rider community in Resita, that we are grateful to.

All trails are hand maintained and well build, they are narrow, dirt singletracks that have cool elements like switchbacks, drops, ramps and the best rockgardens ever :D.

All singletracks run from the top of the hills that surround the city thru a beautiful mapel forest and get down near city center where you can stop and have a beer after a nice flowy descent.

There are no chairlifts here, but the scenery is so beautiful and all singletracks have forest roads access that takes you to the top all the way on your bike from where you can brrraaaapppp your way down to beer :D.

The contest in the last 2 years was held in the middle of October, with stable weather and good riding conditions. When it hasn’t rained for over 2 weeks, the tracks are lose, and you can skid your way down easily but be careful.

If it has rained recently the tracks seem to become more grippy and you can ride faster.

All trails are shared between riders, trail runners or hikers. Here in Romania we do not have any grudges sharing the trail, just look up ahead on the trail, slow down if you see hikers, salute them and move on. The trails are not crowded, and there are lots of trails so you will have an nice continues descent.

This time I took one day off from work and reach Resita on Frayday. I managed to ride 5 of the specials then and I was as fit as I could be for the contest, to bad I had a cold that was fed by these 3 days of riding :). The thing is that, when you’re having fun and ride such nice singletracks you kind off forget about the cold and keep on riding. It’s not the smartest thing to do but who wants to miss 3 days of riding :))).

For me was 13th place in hobby category. This contest comes also as a confirmation of my riding skills and level and I get to ride some of the best trails along some of the best riders in RO so it’s an win, win situation for me :D. For contest I teamed up with the guys form BikePoint team, best team ever. They are the guys that organised BAISOARA ENDURO, another stage, and they ware the most fun team to ride along. I had a blast riding with them and lots of fun while transferring from one PS to another! Cheers guys and hope to team up again next year!

For now I can say that for sure I will be attending Metal Enduro next year to, and hopefully at least 2 other stages form #CNE.

Here are the track for the 2 days of contest: DAY 1 METAL ENDURO 2017 (25km with 1200m elev) , DAY 2 METAL ENDURO 2017 (35km with 1400m elev). You also have 2 pics bellow where you can see the tracks and the transfers on the map.

You can find more informations on event page here www.metal-enduro.ro.

Also you have pics from contest and 8 clips with all stages so enjoy and until next time, ride safe!

 

Tour du Mont Blanc Enduro Bikepacking Trip #TMB

Tour du Mont Blanc Enduro Bikepacking Trip #TMB, an spectacular track that goes around Mont Blanc (4810m).
We biked around the tallest peaks in Europe that rises between green valleys and white glaciers.
We sow marmots all over we looked, big bearded vulture and ibexs.
We biked around 200km (80% rideable and 20% pushbike) in 3 countries and climbed over 8500m elevation in 5 days, 20% paved, 30% forest road and 50% singletrack !!!
If this not determined you to go on an adventure like this, then maybe the video and pics below will: D.
This is the intro that we had in mind from the start, and what we found there did not let us down :D. It was a trip to remember that just opened our appetite more for this kind of enduro bikepacking trips :D.

As we said, we biked little over 200km, between 32km and 57km per day and with elevations between 1400m and 2100m per day. We started in Courmayeur and did the trip clockwise as we advice you to do.

Trip Journal:

First day we passed thru Col de la Seigne and we slept in Les Chappieux near an abandoned house, after 37km with 1800m elevation and an awesome singletrack on descent. First day track here!

Seccond day we passed near peak Tete Sud des Fours thru Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, it was the highest altitude reached in this trip, 2537m. If the first day descent was flowy and very fun, this one was the most technical and challenging one. We could not do it all on our bikes. We biked around 32km with 1400m elevation and finish the day near Le Champel a little higher on the track. We slept in an abandoned treehouse. Seccond day track here!

Third day we passed thru Chamonix where we washed our bikes and bought some tubes. After, we passed thru Col de Balme and into Switzerland. We took a different descent here than the #TMB route, more technical and with lots of switchbacks, it was nice. We biked around 53km with 2050m elevation and stopped in Trient. Third day track here!

Fourth day we passed thru Col de Forclaz and Champex Lac. We slept in an abandoned animal stable  near La Fouly, after 43km with 1700m elevation. The singletracks this day ware nice, flowy but with rocky parts.  Four day tarck here!

Fifth day we reached again 2500m elevation in Grand Col Ferret and we passed back into Italy. Beautiful view here over Aosta valley and probably the nicest descent in the hole track, technical at start with beautiful alpine landscapes and then with lots of flow and fun. This day we biked 43km with 1800m elevation. Last day track here!

The hole track as we had it at the start of the route you will find in here, #TMB FULL TRACK, but we slightly modified it along the way.

Statistics:

  • 200km  (20% paved road, 30% forest road, 50% singletrack)
  • 80% rideable and 20% pushbike
  • 8500m gained elevation and descent
  • 2537 highest point 900m lowest point
  • 100% trailfun

Costs (starting Romania):

  • 900 EUR total expenses of the trip for 3 persons;
  • 580 EUR for gas and road taxes from Bucharest to Courmayeur and back (4000km)
  • 50 EUR for camping and car parking
  • 270 EUR for food, beer and other small stuff 😀

Equipment and stuff:

  • 1 enduro/trail bike – recommended 150m travel for more trail fun 😀
  • 1 backpack evoc fr trail 20L
  • 1 mattress foreclaz 550 gr
  • 1 sleeping bag milet baikal 750 gr
  • 1 bivouac bag 110 gr
  • 1 knife
  • 1 multi tool cranckrbrothers 19
  • 1 gas cylinder and burner
  • 1 fork and spoon
  • 1 knee protectors
  • 1 gloves
  • 2 spare tube
  • 1 sun cream!
  • 1 first aid kit!

Electronics:

  • 2 powerbanks in total 15000mah
  • 1 headlight
  • 2 GoPro cameras session 4
  • 1 garmin fenix 3
  • 1 phone with good camera (lg g6) and viewranger app having track uploaded
  • 1 mp3 player

Clothes:

  • 1 pair of bike shorts
  • 2 fast dry short sleeve T-shirts
  • 2 fast dry long sleeve T-shirts one wool for sleep
  • 1 wind stopper
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 light feather worm jacket
  • 1 pair of long trousers for sleep
  • 2 neck tubes (Buff)
  • 3 pairs of socks and underwear

Food from day to day:

  • sandwiches
  • 4 energy gels for entire trip
  • chocolate and energy bars
  • 1L of water in 2 bottles
  • coffee and tea for mornings and evenings 😀

*Not all fitted in the backpack so I had a bike bag on my top tube and the mattress was tied up beneath it.

Good to know:

  • Try to do this track off season, around the end of September. In season is very crowded by hikers and you may as well get a ticket for riding the hiking trails… do it in September and watch for good weather!
  • Wild camping is not generally encouraged, but is tolerated so be discreet.
  • Do not worry about food and water. There are many rivers along the way where you can refill your water tanks so don’t carry more then 1L of water. Regarding food, there are many locations (towns and villages) where you can buy food so carry food to last you the hole day and next morning.
  • We recommend to do the trip clockwise. It seems more fun and flowy but you can do it the other way around to :D.
  • Check your break pads before you leave. Long descents and heavy bikes will eat them alive 😀

Riders and content creators:

VLAD BOGDAN, PETRE PARASCHIV and BOGDAN ANDORA

Cabana Suru si Chica Pietrelor enduro singletracks

Cum ar fi sa te trezesti de dimineata, sa iti bei cafeaua si sa mananci o ompleta buna, sa te sui pe bicla si sa ii dai la vale… suna cunoscut?! doar ca de data asta nu am dat la vale, ci la deal, pushbike vreo 2 ore :))). Hai nu 2 dar 1.5 ore tot am impins la ele, dar ce a urmat dupa, doar noi stim si voi o sa va faceti o idee din filmuletele si imaginile de mai jos :D.

Weekendul ce tocmai a trecut am facut o vizita la Cabana Suru si de data asta am si dormit acolo, fain loc, atat cabana cat si cabnierul nea Popa care ne-a cinstit si ne-a cantat la chitara pana tarziu in noapte :D.

Pana seara ne-am dat pe cararea de coboara de la Cabana pana in Sebesul de Sus, marcata cu triunghi rosu. Este una dintre cele mai faine coborari, portiunea de final, ultimele 5 minute is deliciul, un canion cu multe contrapante numai bun sa iti creasca adrenalina. Toata coborarea iti ia cam 20min cu tot cu opriri dar merita tot efortul. De urcat inapoi la cabana am urcat pe bulina rosie ce merge pe un forestier pana undeva sub cabana si apoi vine mama tuturor pushbikeurilor sau mai bine zis carrybike caci poteca devine dintr-o data foarte abrupta.

Ajunsi la cabana am inceput in a ne cinsti la un paharel de vorba cu nea Popa si apoi ne-am pus pe basculat ciorba si tocana proaspat date jos de pe foc. Am stat pana tarziu ascultand acorduri de chitara.

De dormit am dormit intr-o camera noua ce arata cel putin bestial :D. Dimineata ne-am bucurat de ompleta Suru care este de asemenea bestiala, am baut ceai cat am putut si o cafea buna si am fugit spre creasta.

Pana in creasta dar si acolo, vant puteric dar si soare cu putini nori. Odata ajunsi in creasta Fagarasilor am urmat traseul de creasta, dunga rosie, pana am dat de cruce rosie, chica pietrelor. Toata coborarea mi s-a parut bestiala, atat cararea care alterneaza intre tehnica si singletrack cu flow cat si privelistea ce ti-o ofera. Fiind capatul crestei, ai o priveliste bestiala pe un unghi de 180 grade cel putin! Poteca are si portiuni foarte grele, una chiar imposibila de abordat pentru noi, poate o fi cineva dispus sa o incerce dar nu noi, nu acum :))).

Este si lunga si te scoate intr-un forestier ce duce la manastirea Turnu Rosu. De aici inca 6-7km pana inapoi in Sebesul de Sus. Bestial traseu, recomand, mult mai ciclabil decat ultima bucata de creasta pe care am facut-o in Fagaras desi si aceea a fost cel putin spectaculoasa. Regasiti acel articol aici.

Mai jos va lasam materialul foto video iar linkurile cu traseele celor 2 zile le gasiti aici: traseu ziua 1, traseu ziua 2. Pentru gpx, just ask!

Pana data viitoare, ride safe and have fun!

2 days enduro trip in Piatra Mare and Leaota

Cum ar fi sa te trezesti dimineata, sa admiri rasaritul de la altitudine, sa mananci o omleta si sa bei o cafea buna, sa te suii pe bicla si sa ii dai la vale pe o super carare?! in fine, si sa nu faci 2 pene in primele 5 minute :)))). Suna perfect nu-i asa? si este total posibil, noi asa am procedat si o sa repetam experienta asta prin mai multi munti de pe la noi, pentru ca se poate :D.

Weekendul asta ne-am dus in Piatra Mare ca sa verificam cat de faine sunt cararile de pe acolo. Indoieli nu existau dar pana nu incerci nu stii ce te asteapta. Cert este ca Piatra Mare este super faina de bicla si ofera 2 coborari super faine si distractive. Daca combini tura si cu dormitul la cabana care este de nota 10, iti iese un weekend super fain.

De urcat, am urcat pe Drumul Familiar. Daca sunteti puternici puteti sa ciclati destul de mult pe el… noi nu :P. Cu siguranta veti scoate un timp mai bun decat pe marcajele turistice. A fost fain ca am facut si un fel de trackwalk caci urma sa facem o coborare si pe familiar, si cu ocazia asta am si vazut pe unde se rupe poteca 2 din familiar a.i. sa dam in bulina rosie si in poteca tiganilor (familiarul este marcat cu dunga rosie).

Ambele poteci sunt super distractive si usor diferite. Poteca tiganilor este mai plina de radacini, putin mai scurta si cu portiuni mai abrupte.

Drumul familiar are de toate, de la rockgardenuri, la radacini la portiuni de viteza si multe contrapante pe care te poti suii in voie. Poate devenii foarte distractiv daca ai si putina imaginatie si stapanesti si bicla, la tot pasul gasesti chestii pe care sa le hop-uiesti :D, plus ca are tot felul de linii si variante pe unde o poti lua. Eu cred ca te poti da lejer pe oricare din carari de 2 ori in acelasi weekend si nu te vei plictisii… picioarele sa te tina. Noi am dat cate o coborare pe fiecare si ne-a placut maxim. Am si pus in caledar tura asta pentru to do-ul de anul viitor.

In rest, mancarea a fost super buna si cabana este asa cum imi aduceam aminte, foarte ingrijita, chiar una dintre cele mai dichisite cabane de pe la noi.

A 2-a zi, asa cum am inceput postarea, am mancat si ne-am dat, nu am stat prea mult pe ganduri :D.

Totusi, dupa 2 pene in primele 5 minute ne-am cam molesit. Am reusit intr-un final sa ajungem jos cu zambetele pe buze si fara nici o alta pana. De aici am fugit in Leaota sa mai cautam o mica carare care se zvonea a fi faina rau. Intradevar, este un segment interesant acolo, ce pleaca de la un schit, aveti trackul AICI, si care te scoate in forestiereul pe care ai urcat. Este cam cat o speciala de enduro si poti ajunge cu masina pana unde se termina coborarea, sau si mai sus daca vrei. Ca si recovery ride, eu zic ca a fost ok si daca o legi cumva cu o tura mai lunga pana pe varful Leaota, chiar merita!

Va lasam mai jos traseele (pentru .gpx just ask :D), materialul foto/video, cate un filmulet cu fiecare coborare si pana data viitoare, ride safe!

Link drumul familiar si poteca tiganilor Piatra Mare.

Link minisingletrail Leaota.