Guest Gallery: Logan Watts by Lucas Winzenburg

At some point during his tour through East Africa last year, Logan Watts started shooting portraits of the cyclists and people he met alongside the road. The result is a collection of beautiful images captured during his five months of traveling, and I’m so glad to be able to share some of them here.

Logan told me that among the hundreds of wonderful aspects of cycling around East Africa, the people are what made his trip special. It was not uncommon for someone to run out to the road to stop him and his wife Virginia, wanting to shake hands and to ask about their journey. 

Sharing the road with other cyclists turned out to be an unexpected source of joy and intrigue. In particular, Logan was fascinated with the bicycles he encountered and their many novel uses. On this subject, he observes:

In general, East Africans ride Chinese, steel, mass-fabricated bikes with double top tubes, single chain rings, and bolt on cranks. Most have some sort of reinforcement, decoration, or add-on made from wood or reclaimed materials. 

They are everywhere here. They are used for hauling loads (including live goats and chickens), commuting, farming, or anything else you can think of. Folks are proud of their bikes, especially the pedicabbies. They decorate and customize their trusty steeds with bells, mirrors, stickers, wire, beads, baskets, tape, ridiculous mud flaps… anything to attract attention.

I hope you'll enjoy this set of photos as much as I do.

You can follow Logan and his growing assortment of bikepacking resources on bikepacking.com

Guest Gallery: Devon Balet by Lucas Winzenburg

Born in the small farm town of Montrose, Colorado, Devon Balet was raised loving and living the outdoors. Growing up following his father on wildlife shoots, Devon was exposed to photography at a very young age. His fascination for taking photos quickly became a passion to photograph anything that sparked an interest. Working as a bicycle mechanic from the age of 14, Devon paid his way through photography school and funded the beginning of his journey to becoming a full-time action and adventure photographer.

Devon's passion for the outdoors shows in his work. He lives for days and nights he can spend outside, watching the sun rise and fall behind the Earth to reveal the moon and stars. His lifelong goal to travel the globe and share the amazing and beautiful places he experiences with the world is coming to life.

Find more of Devon's work here.

Guest Gallery: Andrey Serdyuk by Lucas Winzenburg

Andrey Serdyuk is a 23-year-old cyclist and photographer from Moscow, Russia. He spent last summer touring Finnmark, Norway's northeasternmost county, bordered by Finland's Lapland region, Russia, and the Norwegian Sea. His photos convey the sense of isolation and solitude unique to the far reaches of the Nordic hinterlands. 

Find Andrey on Instagram, Flickr, or his blog, Cykling.ru.

Guest Gallery: John McCaig by Lucas Winzenburg

John McCaig just might be my favorite person on the internet. Here's a handful of shots from his recent tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles, shot on his Nikon FG with Fuji Neopan 400. 

Bunyan Velo Evening of Adventure by Lucas Winzenburg

If you're in the Minneapolis area, we invite you to join us from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at Angry Catfish on Friday, March 20th, for an evening of bicycle travel presentations and live music! 

Listen to stories from Joe Cruz, Ben Hovland, Kat McCarthy, Amy Oberbroeckling, Aaron Ortiz, and Mark Sirek. Hear songs from Ben Weaver. 

LynLake Brewery will be pouring free beer all night and Salsa Cycles will have loaded touring bikes on display. We’ll have dozens of prizes to give away from our wonderful sponsors, including Anhaica Bag Works, Banjo Brothers, Porcelain Rocket, Randi Jo Fabrications, Salsa Cycles, Surly Bikes, and Swift Industries.

This event is free and open to everyone, whether you’re a seasoned expedition cyclist or just have a casual interest in bicycle touring or bikepacking. Come celebrate the end of winter and get excited for springtime riding!

You can RSVP for the event on Facebook, here.

Guest Gallery: Kevin Scott Batchelor by Lucas Winzenburg

Kevin Scott Batchelor is a photographer, cyclist, and musician based out of Boulder, Colorado. Growing up in a rural town in the southernmost county of New Jersey, Kevin never dreamed he'd be living in the beautiful mountains of Colorado with his wife, Charlotte. Thanks to the awe inspiring beauty of his adopted home, Kevin has rediscovered his passion for photography and lust for all things outdoors. As bicycle industry insider, he has unique access and understanding of its internal workings, a perspective that he's happy to share through photographs and words. 

Find Kevin on Instagram here.