Ryan Van Duzer – Trek Checkpoint Gravel Bike Review-We Rode em’ 3500 Miles Across the USA


My girlfriend Ali and I rode the Trek Checkpoint ALR5 and SL5 across the United States. We pedaled 3500 miles, carrying all of our own gear while searching out America’s beautiful backroads and rail trails. Of the 3500 miles, 1,000 were on dirt roads and rail trails. Neither of us had ridden gravel bikes before, and we LOVED these bikes! The main takeaway is that gravel bikes open up a variety of terrain, you can easily go from pavement to dirt and be very comfortable.

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Here’s the playlist for all of our videos across the USA https://tinyurl.com/ybqme7gb


Here’s a map of our entire route:https://tinyurl.com/y7fs3c9h

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Our Gear: *most of it

Ryan’s Bike (ALR 5): https://tinyurl.com/yb27vr4y
Ali’s bike (SL5): https://tinyurl.com/y9kz3m83

Bike Stuff:
Ortlieb Back Roller Plus: https://tinyurl.com/y7xgeevy
Ortlieb Ultimate 6 PLus: https://tinyurl.com/ycvfck3m
Ortlieb Saddle Bag: https://tinyurl.com/jymlr8h
Green Guru top tube bag ‘Stasher’: https://tinyurl.com/ya65vzve
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 404 Tires: https://tinyurl.com/ycqpjjwe
Bontrager Ion 800 front light and Flare R Rear Light: https://tinyurl.com/y7u655vn

Clothes N Stuff:
Ryan’s Smith Helmet ‘Overtake’: https://tinyurl.com/ya4d57eu
Ali’s Smith Helmet ‘Network’t: https://tinyurl.com/y93ms2pq
Ryan’s Smith Sunglasses ‘Langley’: https://tinyurl.com/ycsk74dv
Ali’s Smith Sunglasses ‘Westgate’: https://tinyurl.com/yaa9f48r
Eleven Pine Convertible Shorts: https://www.elevenpine.com
Keen Bike Sandals’ Commuter’: https://tinyurl.com/y9rnok57
Showers Pass Apex tech shirt: https://tinyurl.com/ycuguvn5
Showers Pass Trailhead Merino Hoodie: https://tinyurl.com/y9mlqdea
Black Diamond Distance Wind Shell

Camp Stuff:
Thermarest Xlite Max SV-https://tinyurl.com/ycvjd7cd
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent: https://tinyurl.com/y8bs87jq
Thermarest OHM 900 Fill Down Sleeping Bag
Thermarest Sleeping Pad Coupler
inflatable Solar Powered Luci Light: https://mpowerd.com
MSR-Water Filter: https://www.msrgear.com/water/trailshot

Camera And Tech Gear:
Sony A6500
Sony 4k Action Cam FDRX3000
Rode VideoMicPro Plus
DJI Mavic Air
JOBY Gorilla Pod
La Cie 4tb Rugged Thunderbolt Drive
Goal Zero PowerBank
Amazon Fire 7
Macbook Pro 13inch

Lezyne Micro Floor Pump
2 Pedros Tire Irons
Crank Brothers Multi Tool
Tri Flo Chain Lube
Patch Kit

Contact: crazyduzer@gmail.com