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Tech for Travel: Mid-Cage eTap, DU/ER Jeans, S&S, Blackburn

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Issue 63 of PELOTON Magazine is on newsstands now, as well as available directly from the PELOTON Shop. It is our annual travel issue and while many stories are designed to inspire you to travel, much of the magazine is dedicated to the gear that will help get you there, and then make the most of your time on the bike after your arrival- Mid-Cage eTap, DU/ER Jeans, S&S, Blackburn. Here’s a little sample of issue 63 of PELOTON Magazine.




SRAM RED eTap has quickly ascended to a position as the ultimate drivetrain on the market, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the ultimate drivetrain for riders that travel with their bike—especially breakaway or coupled bikes. With no cables to disconnect or wires to thread, assembly is quicker, shifting is more accurate and the chance of damage is remote. With the introduction of the RED Mid-cage eTap derailleur and 32-cog WiFLi compatibility, you’ll also have the gearing to ascend into the unknown on your next adventure. RED eTap w/WiFLi Upgrade Kit (Mid Cage RD, 11–32 cassette, Red 22 Chain) $920;


We already knew DU/ER out of Vancouver, Canada, made the best jeans in the world, especially for an active lifestyle. The cut is perfect for both the commute to work and a night at the brew house. A seat gusset makes hopping on a town bike a breeze; reinforced stitching makes them last forever; and L2X performance-stretch denim with COOLMAX moisture-wicking makes them pajama-like comfortable even on a transatlantic flight. DU/ER has now added Rainshield, making the jeans incredibly water repellant, which is ideal if that transatlantic flight happens to be to Belgium this spring. $130;

RELATED: To preview more of Issue 63 check out our preview video.


In the mood for some bikepacking, but don’t have panniers or a million rack mounts on your bike? The Blackburn OutPost Seat Pack and Dry Bag offers 11 liters of waterproof storage in a seat bag that attaches with no tools or brackets. It’s a two-part system; the 11-liter dry bag is removable so it’s easy to stuff with your sleeping bag or clothes, which is then stuffed in the seat bag. You can even store a small bivvy sack or sleeping roll above the dry bag and strap it all down tight for easy riding. The bag comes in black or camo and works well with the Outpost Top Tube and Frame bags for plenty of storage without the need for racks and panniers. $130;


What’s better than riding in far-flung destinations on your Moots? Doing it without forking over hundreds of dollars to the airlines. On almost any Moots frame, S&S Couplers can be added for $1,200. The couplers allow you to pack your bike in an airline friendly 26- by 26- by 10-inch case, then quickly assemble it at your destination. Stiffer and tougher than a Reynolds 531 steel tube, couplers add only 226 grams to your frame, are totally silent and most importantly your Moots will still ride like a Moots with the magical ride quality of Ti intact. $1,200 upgrade;