People: Joe Cruz — Bikepacking and Beyond

January 14, 2016

in People, Ride Studio Cafe, Seven Cycles

Joe Cruz.  If you know already know his name, I already have your attention.

“[Joe] is perhaps the world’s premier bikepacker. He spent a year pedaling Pakistan, Nepal, and Tibet in 2007, and rode his Pugsley the length of South America, to name a few notable trips.”

Joel Caldwell

That’s a good introduction to Joe.  And he’s so much more.  Seems like he’s ridden everywhere and everything.  And now Seven Cycles is working with him on a new bike project.  I was fortunate to work with Joe this evening on the fit and design of his new Seven Treeline at Ride Studio Cafe.

We had a great meeting — that felt more like a clinic for me.  I’ve done a fair bit of bikepacking but I can’t say that with a straight face when talking with Joe.  We discussed just a few of his many travels, the way in which his new Seven could be helpful in his journeys, how he approaches bikepacking, his next few trips, and some of the ways in which I’m in awe of what he’s done.

Seven is designing a  few unusual details of Joe’s bike; the frame is going into production next week and we’ll have the built up machine ready by early February — just in time for one of his long adventures.

More details to come.  And, I hope to have more stories from Joe’s world soon.

Joe Cruz - from his website

 

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