Osprey Flare vs Osprey Ellipse Backpacks

If you are wondering what the differences are between these two packs you came to the right place. Let’s start with specifications as provided by Osprey: Ellipse[amazon-element asin=”B00IMXP6I8″ fields=”button,new-price”] Flare[amazon-element asin=”B00IN0WCD2″ fields=”button,new-price”] Volume 25 liters (1526 cu.in.) 22 liters (1343 cu.in.) Weight 1 lb 6.9 oz (0.65 kg) 1 lb 9 oz (0.72 kg) The […]

Leaving the States

I initially planned on taking my bike to Germany using the hard bike case I purchased. However, that represented a problem: what would I do with the case once I got there? I figured I could just ask one of my cousins, who usually drive from Germany to Turkey just about every year, to take […]

The long list of things

Initially, we each prepared of long list of items that we thought we might need for the trip. Once we started shopping and really started thinking about the whole experience the lists have gotten relatively smaller. With the exception of my brother’s rain gear, everything worked OK at the end. To the best of my […]

Topeak Super Tourist DX Tubular Rack

In this post, I wanted to write about few other additions to the bike, one of which is the [amazon asin=B000ZKHN6Y&text=Topeak Super Tourist DX Tubular Rear Rack&chan=default]. The installation was straight forward The installation was quick and painless using eight screws in total. It looks and works well with the waterproof Altura panniers I ordered […]

Saddling up!

It has been about two weeks since I bought the Salsa Vaya and I managed to put a couple of hundred miles on it since then. The ride is quite different than that of the GT Road bike (as expected).My average speeds dropped around 3-4 MPH. I suspected that is because of the knobby tires […]