Packing the “Ten Essentials” whenever you step into the backcountry, even on day hikes or rides, is a good habit. On a basic trip you may use only a few of them or none at all. It’s when something goes awry that you’ll truly appreciate the value of carrying these items that could be essential to your survival.
Since we began our touring series, the 718 Summer Tour has been the Adirondack Loop. This is a well-traveled lap around the Adirondack Park in Northern New York State. Adirondack Park is absolutely stunning and, despite being located in the crowded northeast, is one of the largest nature preserves in the country.
A few hundred miles north of Brooklyn, the Adirondack mountains await. A few hundred miles of riding up, through and down these mountains comprise 718 Cyclery's traditional summer bikepacking tour, now in its third year.
The 2017 Micro-Tour 6 was our most ambitious in terms of states visited (3!), and in terms o weather. A classic 'nor'easter was foretasted for the weekend (Spoiler Alert..it rained alot!), but 13 souls took the along and ventured north with 718 Cyclery
On June 5/6, 2017, 718 Cyclery closed its doors to go on a staff camping trip to Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, NY. For a shop that is open 362 days/year (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day), this was a major bonding event. We had a good amount of rain, and it was the coldest June day/night in the last 10 years.
2017 Micro-Tour 2 was a ride from 718 Cyclery on May 20th up through Westchester County to historic Croton Point ParkThese 47 miles was mostly traversed at a calm elevation on protected bike lanes (Hudson River Greenway, South County Trailway and North County Trailway)
When we plan a Micro-Tour, we use 3 basic criteria. Distance, weather/season and campsite facilities. The 2017 Micro-Tour 01 broke 3 records, as it was longest (67 miles each way), coldest (33 degrees at night) and the first to go to a
Micro-Tour 03 was a fire-breathing, misty-mountain hop. It's a 55 mile ride from 718 to Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park, 5 miles NW of Stony Point. At one point, we had 71 people signed up for this trip. Due to the threat of storms (that only partially materialized), we pulled 24 people out to ride and camp with us.
Fall 2016 Tour was a 6 day tour of the Catskills from September 20-25. Unsupported, but led by the best touring staff in NYC. The ride will be 272 miles, with 15,529' of total climbing. Getting outside and creating events and experiences is what we do.
This weekend was the inaugural overnight camping trip for the Women's Adventure Cycling Club. We met up at Grand Central Station on Saturday morning, five women with fully loaded bicycles. We decided to cut out miles of city traffic and sitting behind stifling hot exhaust pipes to start pedaling from Peekskill to our destination - Charles Fahnestock State Park.
Micro-Tour 2 saw 43 people travel 60 miles from 718 Cyclery to Ward Pound Ridge Reservatio n for a night of camping, and riding back the next day. A majority of riders met at the shop top start the ride at 9am
The ride was scheduled for 40 miles ( Ride Map Here), with a large group leaving from 718 Cyclery , and meeting up with another group on the George Washington Bridge. The ride included 1.755 feet of climbing.
On May 7th, 718 Employees and some adventurous customer made their was from NYC to Pittsburgh to start our Spring Tour. It was an unsupported affair from Pittsburgh to Washington DC via the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. This trip was "unsupported", meaning
This trip was a year in the making, and relied heavily on the expertise of Justin and Harris. Justin proved to be the ultimate tour leader...compassionate, flexible and organized. There is no way this trip gets pulled off without their guidance.
On July 10-12, 2015, 718 Cyclery led as bike camping trip to Fahnestock, NY. This free trip was the culmination of a free program that saw 3 bike camping classes and an overnight trip to Floyd Bennett Field in the Spring.