Acre

weatherproof hydration packs and
technical apparel

The Acre Trail System is a collection of bags and apparel that balances the need to climb light and fast with exceptional durability and weather protection.

Enjoy the ride, no matter the conditions.

 

ACRE JOURNAL

GUIDE TO GETTING LOST

Photos by Adrian Marcoux / Words by Ross Measures

Every trip should be full of not-knowing and a little bit of guess work. Take this as a friendly reminder to take off and get out.

Our plan was simple: We wanted to experience a mountain bike trip that was all about getting out there, getting lost and getting it done. We’d all become accustomed to familiar trails and perfectly maintained bike parks. And usually, even when we ride new trails, we have locals along, keeping us from losing our way and often showing us the best lines.

The goal here, though, was to find old-school adventure on rugged terrain in a completely unfamiliar location.

RIDING THE LAKE DISTRICT

Photos and Words by Andy Waterman

The English Lake district has always been a magnet for adventurers and artists. From William Worsdworth's poetry that was largely inspired by Lakeland's wild terrain, to George Mallory, who in the course of scaling the area's 3000ft peaks, found the confidence to tackle Everest in 1924. For mountain bikers, the region poses a wealth of challenges—from wild, high mountain passes to marginally more tame lakeside single track—and in recent years, two well regarded trail centers.

Read on to see photos taken by Andy during their ride over the pass of Nan Bield and on Helvellyn.

DECOMPRESSION

Photography by John Watson

For the past seven years, Scott and Dickon from Santa Cruz Bicycles had made it their ritual to ride the trails near Freiburg Germany after the Eurobike tradeshow. Joining them this year was John Watson from Prolly Is Not Probably and Lyle Barton from Mission Workshop. What resulted was an 8-hour fun fest through the legendary Black Forest trails surrounding Freiburg. The trails could almost be considered a cliche of epic mountain biking; sweeping flow trails through dense forest, rutted rocky descents, and a whole lot of roots.

Read on to see photos taken by John during their ride into the Black Forest and the following days in Switzerland.

WANDER

Photography by Dan Barham

The number of switchbacks were beyond counting. Another summer storm had blown in and pushed us off the trail and down into the valley for safety. Although we could ride through the weather on most days, this time we had to head for cover.

Shooting film had become our "new normal" by the end of the second week. Covering thirty to fifty kilometers of trail per day, there were endless moments that could be captured, however, only having a finite amount of film made each shot more of a decision to be weighed rather than a whim to be indulged.

THE ENDS

Photography by John Watson

Setting out from Shanghai, John Watson and Mission Workshop began their cycling tour of China's Yangtze River Delta. Using both film and digital formats, Watson photographed the surroundings and encounters with the local community. Led by their friends from Factory Five, they headed into a frenetic network of massive residential complexes, large industrial parks, and super highways. At first glance, the route seemed straightforward, however, the reality of the 1,000km trip was far more intense than anyone expected.

Continue on to view photographs from their trip were taken by John Watson, depicting his impression of what is meant by "the ends justify the means."

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