Words: Lucy Burningham | Date:
This week we’re dreaming about travel. Whether you’re taking the long road home or spending a few weeks in an exotic locale, these are objects we know will make the journey better. Because let’s be honest, be it the ultimate travel bike bag or a smart wool jacket designed for urban riding, sometimes you just need a reason to put something to use.
Rapha Women’s Base Layer – From $85
Yes, these base layers are perfect for riding. But I’m also a fan of wearing quality base layers in other situations: to help me get a good night’s sleep in a tent, or pick up the pace during a cold-weather run, or feel cozy while sitting around a bonfire on a beach. You can’t go wrong with this merino wool—it’s soft and never smelly. Short sleeves are great for warmer climes but for me, long sleeves are the more versatile must-have.
Pika Packworks EEP – $359
Because I always want to ride my own bikes no matter where I go, a durable, thoughtfully designed bike travel bag is essential. This one is clever in so many ways, starting with the name (Exercise Equipment Pack), which can inspire your explanation of “what’s inside the bag?” at airport ticket counters to avoid paying bike transport fees. Designed and crafted by one man — former pro cyclist Mark Smedley — in Salt Lake City, Utah, the bags come with a 10- or 20-year warranty, depending on where the bag ships.
Nau Highline Blazer – $332
This jacket could easily become one of my wardrobe staples. In addition to the water-resistant and breathable wool flannel, the coat has a popable collar plus longer sleeves and a hem—proof it was designed for a woman who rides a bike. It’s the kind of piece that packs easily and can go from light outdoor adventures to urban meetings.
Handmade rug from Our Open Road – Prices Vary
Sometimes travel can mean living vicariously through people who are doing it right. When I have a serious case of wanderlust, I check in on the blog by this American “family of three”:http://ouropenroad.com/. They’re traveling overland through the Americas in a 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia camper. To help fund their trip, they buy local artisan goods and sell them online. These rugs are gorgeous and I like the cause.
Woodblock chocolate $45 – 10 bars
Pop a few of these slim Portland-made chocolate bars into your luggage, and you’ll instantly become that houseguest who always gets invited back. Woodblock starts by sorting then roasting raw cacao beans, which means the final results are complex and thought-provoking treats. Highly recommended: the Madagascar and Salt & Nibs.
Starting in the cycling mecca of Portland and ending with a victorious pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge, this 1,380km ride is calling me. The weeklong trip follows the line of the Pacific coast. I know from my own experience that the Oregon portion comes with unbeatable views of the sea and range of dreamy roads. I’d be especially excited to ride through Northern California’s Lost Coast, new territory.
Because I believe in proper picnicking and in checking bags while flying, I’m enamored with this Japanese knife and wood carrying case, which can double as a cutting board. Hard cheeses and unsliced charcuterie of the world, look out. I’m coming for you.
Orval Beer – straight from the source
Sure, you can track down a bottle of one of the world’s rarest and most delicious Trappist beers at fine craft beer establishments around the globe. But I’m pretty sure the beer tastes a thousand times better at the source, within the walls of the Orval monastery in Belgium. That’s why I’m dreaming of riding my bike to the abbey tavern for a tulip glass filled to the brim with this wonderful beer.
Lucy Burningham is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. Her musings on food and wine are indispensable on any trip and her website lucyburningham.com is a great showcase for her work. Among other things you can check out her New York Times article: Bottoms Up: Beer-Flavored Ice Cream. Goodness knows, we would take #oneoftheseplease.
Obviously we’d expect most of those things to be Rapha but they don’t have to be. They can be absolutely anything that captures your desire, whether it’s that vintage Italian racing frame, those handmade loafers or state-of-the-art headphones. With some great prizes up for grabs, it’s also a great way of dropping hints to your loved ones.
And for those who discover some seriously incredible items, or present them in an intriguing way, there are prizes up for grabs:
• Third place receives a Winter Accessories Bundle.
Prizes will be be announced at the end of the promotion, with all entries eligible so long as they feature the #oneoftheseplease tag, a mention of @rapharacing, and brief description of their request.
To see how it’s done, here are some of the best ones from last week…
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