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Road trip with the Rennstahl Limited Edition and Udo Kewitsch - Bikepacking Adventures

Road trip with the Rennstahl Limited Edition and Udo Kewitsch - Bikepacking Adventures

Here Udo is on our first moto road trip with the 853 touring bike Pinion. He is a passionate cyclist in his spare time and reports on his blog udokah.de regularly about his tours and travel adventures.

What is your favorite bike tour or your favorite bike travel destination at the moment?

That's a bit of a difficult question. Two answers: the short day tours here in the Chiemgau are varied and exciting, each a little gem, so you don't have to commit yourself. From the "long-distance multi-day perspective" I'm still living from my 4-week trip in Mongolia. I have to go there a second time.

How long are these bike tours?

The day tours range from really quick (1 hour) to extensive (3-4 hours) depending on the time credit. The travel story is a thing of 3-4 weeks and daily units between 60 and 120 kilometers.
The personal highlight of the year used to be the Alpencross (7 days, 450-500 km, 12,000-15,000 meters in altitude) - but everything had its time.

What does this place offer when you're not on your bike?

The Chiemgau offers an incredible number of beautiful natural corners and cozy rest stop options, whether up on the Alm or in a beautiful bay. Mongolia offers me the endless vastness and untouchedness, an almost unimaginable magic and reduction. That was a sensational trip. Good to read on my website.

What demands do these paths place on your bike?

Here, too, I have to answer heterogeneously. In the Chiemgau, depending on the route, I have the right to have good footing and grip on the mountain trails, on the overland tour stability and a comfortable position are simply essential. When it comes to long-distance travel, the more carefree the better. This applies to the entire bike, the trip shouldn't be a maintenance thriller but an adventure - but that can sometimes turn out completely differently, as Mongolia taught me. Overall, on mountain routes: a light MTB must be agile and stable at the same time (quite a balancing act), for the overland tour I am happy about a perfect geo but above all the possibility to completely accommodate my bikepacking setup - the same applies to my (long-distance) touring bike .

These pictures confirm that the bike is equipped with the finest parts for on the go.
Hubs from Tune ensure easy freewheeling on Udo's bike

The practical USB top cap "The Plug" can be used to charge a navigation device and smartphone.

Moto pedals provide the best grip in wind and weather without cycling shoes.

Also see Udo Kewitsch interview with MOTO

Photo: Udo Kewitsch








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