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2020 Round-up & Shutdown Dates
Posted by Jon Hicken on
2020. It’s been a funny old year hasn’t it? We hope you’re all having an amazing Christmas so far and have some great plans for the New Year ahead. To keep you going while you flop on the sofa after Christmas dinner, we’ve put together a round-up of our favourite bits from 2020.This year we cycled the famous North Coast 500, a legendary route along the rugged Scottish coastline and then onto the Highlands. We’re excited to bring you the trailer for our latest film: ‘LOCH-DOWN’
Loch-Down chronicles the reality of touring through harsh conditions, relentless weather and the challenges faced in a country fresh out of a pandemic lockdown. Click below to watch the full trailer:
Highlights from the Year
This year we released our much anticipated Adventure Race Collection, to which we’ve seen a great response from you guys already. Restrap ambassador, Guillaume Chamont, has already put this to the test in Bikingman’s Portugal event, finishing 5th overall after a strong 56 hours on the bike without sleep.One of our favourite projects to work on this year was our CHPT3 range of bags. We used CHPT3’s amazing ‘Devesa’ pattern on our Canister Bag, Musette Bag and Tool Roll. We were blown away by the reception to this range back in May. Unfortunately, being a Limited Run, it’s no longer for sale - but don’t worry! We’ve got some amazing plans next year for more Limited Runs, so stay tuned!
Some stats from the Year
1,342 miles of thread used - that’s enough to take you from our workshop in Leeds all the way to St Petersburg, Russia.
We’ve made enough Saddle Bags to hold over 140,000 litres of water. That’s the equivalent of 4 petrol tankers, or about one week’s worth of tea to keep our workshop running.
If you stacked all of the Canister Bags we’ve made this year end-on-end, it would be 12,560m tall. That’s higher than Mt Everest (8,849m)
On The Blog
We’ve had some awesome blogposts throughout the year. It was difficult to pick our favourite, but we had to go with Steven Lehyaric’s blogpost from his 700km trip across Lake Baikal with Perrine Fages. The pair braved temperatures of as low as -35C and deep snow on their mission across the deepest freshwater lake in the world.
Click here to read the blog post.
It was hard to choose from the thousands of amazing photos you guys tag us in, but our favourite instagram photo of the year has to go to @starfish_g4ng, who has sent us this amazing photo of their lo-pro track bike adorned in bikepacking kit, showing any bike really can be your bikepacking build.
Be sure to submit your bikepacking builds to our Build Gallery: here
CHRISTMAS SHUTDOWN DATES
From 24th December until 4th January 2021 our workshop will be on Christmas shutdown and we'll be back in the new year, as wespend time at home and ride our bikes over the festive period.
If you have any queries, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be on hand to help as soon as we're back.
We hope you all have a great christmas! 🎄