Guest Gallery: Brent Knepper by Lucas Winzenburg

Using Amtrak to travel around the Western US, Chicago photographer Brent Knepper started Railpass as a 15-day train trip to circle Western America, explore the areas therein, and document the adventures. Taking only a few cameras, a bicycle, and a change of clothes, each stop on that route was a full day's worth of adventure. The train rides between destinations offered a chance to talk to other rail-travelers, recuperate, and actually enjoy the travel as much the destinations. Since then, he's continued taking monthly trips on passenger trains in the same spirit: plan light, pack light, do a lot. 

Check out Railpass for photo highlights from his trip, journal entries, and daily snapshots.

An Update by Lucas Winzenburg

Bunyan Velo Issue No. 05 is coming your way this summer, featuring a dozen new stories from veteran contributors and a handful of fresh faces. We have several other exciting projects in the works -- stay tuned! 

Guest Gallery: Kevin Tweed by Lucas Winzenburg

I first got to know Kevin last year when we worked together on The Bicycle Cure, the powerful story of how cycling helped him recover from life-threatening carbon monoxide poisoning. I'm not sure I can think of a nicer or more talented guy out there, and I'm excited to showcase a handful of his photos here on the Bunyan Velo Journal. 

Kevin works with his wife Kirstie photographing mountain weddings in Banff National Park. He spends as much time as possible meandering around the Canadian Rockies by bicycle, be it on roads, dirt, or snow. You can see some of his photographs at tweedtelegraph.com and some of his and Kirstie's cycling related posts on their blog at canoewedding.com/blog.

Afton Overnighter by Lucas Winzenburg

Scenes from the season's first overnight bike camping trip from Minneapolis to Afton State Park. In just under 24 hours we encountered landslides and flooded trails, rode late-night hot laps on a go-kart track, narrowly escaped serious injury on at least one occasion, and were robbed blind of smoked trout, award-winning onion rings, and Sun Chips by a band of pesky raccoons. 

Bunyan Velo in the Wild by Lucas Winzenburg

It's been wonderful to see Bunyan Velo stickers, patches, and other products showing up in photos from all around the world over the last year. Here's a sampling of images featuring Bunyan Velo goods. Thank you for your support!

Get yours here.

Oregon Outback 2014 by Lucas Winzenburg

Images from my ride of VeloDirt's Oregon Outback, a 360-mile dirt route across a stunning and remote region of Oregon. I spent four days touring the route with several friends, including the folks from Swift Industries, and we had one hell of a good time exploring some of the most gorgeous country I've ever pedaled through, searching out beautiful campsites and taking in vistas along the way.

You can also see a handful of shots in color over on Instagram

Bunyan Velo Glen Coe Patches by Lucas Winzenburg

I recently teamed up with Minneapolis-based designer Jesse Lindhorst to create a unique patch for Bunyan Velo. The design inspiration comes from the night I spent camping in Glen Coe, Scotland, on my five-week ride across Europe last summer. The dusk light was absolutely brilliant as we set up our tents in a relatively flat spot along the West Highland Way. I'll never forget the moment I opened my tent's door early the next morning to reveal the most beautiful blue sky of the trip, set against lush, green mountains. 

Jesse captured this experience perfectly in this 3" tall patch, featuring a bikepacking rig and two tents under a setting sun in the Scottish Highlands. I also chose to include "Life is for Riding" atop the patch as a reminder to make the time to get out, ride, and explore by bicycle. 

My thanks to Walter at Falls Creek Outfitters for his outstanding embroidery work. 


A few shots from Glen Coe:

The West Highland Way through Glen Coe

The West Highland Way through Glen Coe

Waking up in Glen Coe

Waking up in Glen Coe

Packing up to continue the journey south toward Land's End

Packing up to continue the journey south toward Land's End


Here's a glimpse at Jesse's process:

Initial Sketch

Initial Sketch

Digitized Version

Digitized Version

Finished Product

Finished Product


Glen Coe patches are now available for $5.00 in the Bunyan Velo shop!