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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Our Gear: *most of it

Ryan’s Bike (ALR 5):
Ali’s bike (SL5):

Bike Stuff:
Ortlieb Back Roller Plus:
Ortlieb Ultimate 6 PLus:
Ortlieb Saddle Bag:
Green Guru top tube bag ‘Stasher’:
Schwalbe Marathon Plus 404 Tires:
Bontrager Ion 800 front light and Flare R Rear Light:

Clothes N Stuff:
Ryan’s Smith Helmet ‘Overtake’:
Ali’s Smith Helmet ‘Network’t:
Ryan’s Smith Sunglasses ‘Langley’:
Ali’s Smith Sunglasses ‘Westgate’:
Eleven Pine Convertible Shorts:
Keen Bike Sandals’ Commuter’:
Showers Pass Apex tech shirt:
Showers Pass Trailhead Merino Hoodie:
Black Diamond Distance Wind Shell

Camp Stuff:
Thermarest Xlite Max SV-
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent:
Thermarest OHM 900 Fill Down Sleeping Bag
Thermarest Sleeping Pad Coupler
inflatable Solar Powered Luci Light:
MSR-Water Filter:

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


Created By Ryan Van Duzer

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