Video: Specialized Adventure Dispatch x Sarah and Tom Swallow


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In this episode of The Adventure Dispatch, we head out on an overnight ride with Sarah Swallow through the Humboldt Redwood State Park. Sarah is an expert when it comes to creative route planning, which is why we’re happy that she decided to share her methodology for sub-24-hour overnight riding (S24O). So take notes or just enjoy the scenery and get motivated, because you’re about to learn what happens when you saddle-up, slow down, and take notice of the world around you.

Read more about the Swallow’s pioneering ride along the Trans American Trail.


Swallow Bicycle Works joins forces with Bruce Gordon

After finishing their traverse of the U.S. along the Trans-America Trail, possibly the first to do so by bicycle, Sarah and Tom Swallow were looking for their next adventure. They had closed up their bike shop, Swallow Bicycle Works in Loveland, Ohio, before they left.

The completed their ride across the country on Bruce Gordon’s Rock N Road tires (see our review in Issue #38) and, after visiting Gordon in his Petaluma, California, shop, they decided to stay. The Swallows will join Gordon running his bike shop doing repairs, manning the phones and sharing their knowledge of adventure touring with the world.


Gordon knows a thing or three about that market, too. His Rock N Road touring bike—in both custom and production versions—has been at the forefront of big-tire, gravel road riding for decades. The flat-bar version is even credited with helping to create the market for 29-inch wheel mountain bikes.

Their target start date at the shop is February 1, 2016.

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