Bikepacking in Colorado
inspiration from the road

The Journal

Sharing inspiring stories from Colorado's majestic landscapes + practical tips and advice.
Gravel Cycling in Colorado

With a network of unpaved roads that wind through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state, gravel cycling offers a unique adventure for those who crave the thrill of the unknown and the joy of exploration. If you're a cyclist looking to expand your horizons, here's why Colorado's gravel trails should be your next destination.

Colorado Cycling: Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort

The crisp morning air and sweeping views greeted us as we embarked on a new adventure in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Our team at Pactimo had set out for a unique cycling photoshoot, with the iconic Buffalo Bike Lodge as our home base.

Spring '24 Lookbook
As cyclists, we find ourselves intricately woven into the very fabric of the landscapes we traverse. Each hill conquered and curve navigated whispers of the awe-inspiring beauty enveloping us. 
11 Tips to Descend Better and Faster
Like any skill, the best way to become better at something is to really work on it. Ask someone that is good at descending to ride with you – follow that wheel while descending. You can learn a lot of things that way.
6 Ways to Become a Better Climber
People think it’s this magical thing that only lucky or skinny people can do. This is a misnomer. Anyone can climb. Anyone who likes to ride a bike, can ride up a hill.
8 Things to Consider when Buying Cycling Shorts
The primary purpose of cycling shorts is to provide comfort. Designed specifically for men and women, cycling shorts make sure that padding is in the right places and seams are strategically placed to reduce chaffing.
Glossary of Cycling Terminology
Cyclists have their own lingo and language. Hopefully this list will help make sense of  it all. A aero: Slang for aerodynamic or streamlined. Anything that helps a cyclist combat wind. Aero devices include handlebars, bullet-shaped […]
5 Reasons Why You Should Own a Cycling Vest
Whether you’re a year-round commuter, fair weather fan with an annual event, or a seasoned racer, the humble vest is a key component to any kit. Here are 5 reason why you should consider a vest.
5 Ways to Avoid Getting Dropped
Whether it’s a team ride, weekend bunch ride or race, we all fear getting dropped. It’s either slowly losing the wheel in front of you bit by bit or knowing that the moment the road turns up, you’ll be moving backwards until you’re riding on your own.
Pocket Bibs: Carry More with Easy Access
Mesh thigh pockets allow easy access to ride necessities like gloves or nutrition, or serve as a convenient location for carrying your phone, money, or cards.
How to Properly Hydrate When Cycling
Water is crucial to the function of your body, especially when participating in strenuous sport activities such as cycling. Water not only carries oxygen and nutrients to your muscles through your bloodstream, but it also helps pull waste away from your muscles as well.
4 Tips for Choosing a Cycling Jersey
Making a decision with regard to a jersey can be a bit daunting. These tips will help you understand what it is you're getting for your money and what a jersey can do for you and your ride.
7 Tips for Riding in a Pack
Riding in a pack can be intimidating, and even dangerous at times, but it’s an essential skill for racing and participating in large rides and events. There are good reasons for cyclists to ride in a peloton – efficiency chief among them. And if you’re racing, it’s a skill that is simply not optional.
10 Ways to Lose Weight Through Cycling
Cyclists seem to always be fretting about their weight… Maybe it’s the skin tight clothing. Or, maybe it’s watching as a rider half your size bombs past on an intense mountain climb–as if you were standing still.
5 Tips for Organizing a Weekly Ride
Getting together with your team or friends to ride is one of the most beautiful parts of our sport. The lifelong friendships, shared laughs, and connections made on the bike are among my favorite experiences.
8 Tips for Riding a Road Bike on Dirt
No need to stop having fun when the pavement ends! Many riders, especially those who are new to cycling, have a misconception that road bikes should only be ridden on pavement. But the truth is, road bikes can be safely ridden on all kinds of road surfaces, including cobblestone, dirt and gravel.
When to Wear Cycling Warmers
Warmers are a great choice for any cyclist because they are compact and lightweight, making them easy to pack and carry, while also being extremely effective against chill.
Cycling Clothing : What to Wear in Different Temperatures
It's 42°F outside, potential snow ahead and you've got 2 hours of climbing intervals ahead. What the heck do you wear?! This is probably one of the more popular questions one is thinking about pre-ride or asking fellow buddies and teammates.
Riding Lookout Mountain
Lookout Mountain is a classic go-to ride for any Denver-based cyclist that’s made frequent appearances at Colorado stage races.
All About Cycling Base Layers
Base layers are one of those items you seen on cycling apparel sites, but you’ve probably never thought about buying one since you weren’t sure exactly when to use it or why.
From the Heart of Denver
When Ryan White moved from Boston to Denver to accept the position of senior product designer at Pactimo he made the commitment to ride to and from work every day.