At 718, we believe that being able to conquer the next Adventure is more about what’s inside of you, as opposed to having the most expensive gear. Our Adventures have always aimed to “lower the barriers” of entry, with the goal of creating adventures that are attainable, diverse and inclusive.
Sleeping Bag selection is critical. From a packing standpoint, it generally is one of the more bulkier items you will travel with, so so size and weight are important. In addition, and more importantly, sleeping safely and comfortably is one of the most important parts of any trip outdoors.
2019 Micro-Tour 3 was a 30 mile ride to camp at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field. It's a 12 mile ride straight from the shop, but we stretch it out by circling around Broad Channel, the Rockaways and Jacob Riis Beach.
Packing the “Ten Essentials” whenever you step into the backcountry, even on day hikes or rides, is a good habit. On a basic trip you may use only a few of them or none at all. It’s when something goes awry that you’ll truly appreciate the value of carrying these items that could be essential to your survival.
Since we began our touring series, the 718 Summer Tour has been the Adirondack Loop. This is a well-traveled lap around the Adirondack Park in Northern New York State. Adirondack Park is absolutely stunning and, despite being located in the crowded northeast, is one of the largest nature preserves in the country.
A few hundred miles north of Brooklyn, the Adirondack mountains await. A few hundred miles of riding up, through and down these mountains comprise 718 Cyclery's traditional summer bikepacking tour, now in its third year.
The 2017 Micro-Tour 6 was our most ambitious in terms of states visited (3!), and in terms o weather. A classic 'nor'easter was foretasted for the weekend (Spoiler Alert..it rained alot!), but 13 souls took the along and ventured north with 718 Cyclery
On June 5/6, 2017, 718 Cyclery closed its doors to go on a staff camping trip to Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, NY. For a shop that is open 362 days/year (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day), this was a major bonding event. We had a good amount of rain, and it was the coldest June day/night in the last 10 years.
2017 Micro-Tour 2 was a ride from 718 Cyclery on May 20th up through Westchester County to historic Croton Point ParkThese 47 miles was mostly traversed at a calm elevation on protected bike lanes (Hudson River Greenway, South County Trailway and North County Trailway)
When we plan a Micro-Tour, we use 3 basic criteria. Distance, weather/season and campsite facilities. The 2017 Micro-Tour 01 broke 3 records, as it was longest (67 miles each way), coldest (33 degrees at night) and the first to go to a
Micro-Tour 03 was a fire-breathing, misty-mountain hop. It's a 55 mile ride from 718 to Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park, 5 miles NW of Stony Point. At one point, we had 71 people signed up for this trip. Due to the threat of storms (that only partially materialized), we pulled 24 people out to ride and camp with us.