We dropped by Lewis and Clark Outfitters in Rogers, Arkansas to chat with Tray Halliburton about the hottest trends in cycling: what to wear, essential gear and where to ride. Tray is the bike service manager and an avid cyclist. Read the interview below for bucket list trails and how not to look like a Fred.
Tray's bag of essential cycling gear,
including JUNK Brands Tactical Black headband for under helmet
Would you recommend cyclists wear a headband under the helmet?
Sure, headbands are great under helmet to keep the sweat out of your eyes. Caps are more traditional for cyclists, but cycling apparel trends are moving away from the all spandex look and more towards a casual lifestyle. Cyclists want to be comfortable for a commute and look cool if they get off the bike to go into the store or to grab a bite to eat with friends.
What is in style for apparel right now? Where do the trends come from?
The trends start with the bike designs and eventually influence the clothes cyclists wear. It used to be bright and bold in your face colors, but now more subdued colors are in style. Cyclists are wearing blacks and grays, maybe with a bright pop, like a neon yellow stripe. Everything is more minimalist now. Oh, and bandanas are not cool.
Name a trail every rider should have on their bucket list?
Here in Northwest Arkansas we have the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail rated as Epic by the International Mountain Biking Association. According to the IMBA an Epic trail is "a true backcountry riding experience-- one that is technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent single track and at least 20 miles in length." The Upper Buffalo is 40 miles of singletrack at the highest point of the Ozark Mountains through hardwood forest. You've got steep cliffs and beautiful waterfalls mixed in too.
Where else do you love to ride?
Anywhere in Colorado. I just came back from a trip to Colorado Springs. If I'm at home here in Arkansas I'm looking for backroads and gravel.
What's happening in cycling right now? What are you excited about?
Sub 24-48. It's great to get away without going too far. Ride out to a state park, camp overnight and ride home the next day. You don't need much to get by. I always bring my growler full of water (stays cool longer during summer), food (rice cakes or stop in a gas station) and Garmin GPS. Right now in general people are into adventure cycling, going backroad, getting away from the daily grind.
Thanks to Tray for sharing his expertise as a cyclist and adventure rider. We're stoked about adventure riding and will definitely visit the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail.
What's your ultimate bucket list trail? Let us know in the comments section.