Joey Schusler's Time to Reflect - Video

Feb 6, 2018
by Freehub Magazine  

The Art of Adventure // Chapter 3: Joey Schusler's Time to Reflect

Adventures are often glorified as wild missions to exotic places, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. The Colorado River and its surrounding terrain is a natural wonder not far from Joey’s house and the perfect place to escape on a solo, multi-day bike rafting trip. There’s no better way to step back from the whirlwind of daily life than by sleeping under the stars.

About this Series:
With roots in Boulder, CO, the mountains have been a formative force in Joey Schusler’s life. However, after nearly a decade of racing – climbing the ranks from local races to the UCI World Cup – his focus began to shift toward filmmaking, seeing how far his bike could take him, not just how fast he could go. In the years since, he’s travelled the world with his camera, bike and best friends, exploring rugged and remote areas, telling the stories of places and their people. For Joey, adventuring is not only a lifestyle but an art form.

Watch The Art of Adventure // Chapter 1: Joey Schusler's Obsessed Upbringing
Watch The Art of Adventure // Chapter 2: Joey Schusler's Unexpected Journey

Opening spread from The Chairman as seen in Freehub Magazine Issue 8.4.
"The Chairman" as seen in Freehub Magazine Issue 8.4, the Adventure & Escape Issue

Freehub Magazine Issue 8.4. True adventures always seem to start when plans go awry. In Issue 8.4, this means continually bump-starting a van in New Zealand, a quick visit to South Lake Tahoe’s Emergency Room, and in Canada’s Yukon, not knowing (or caring) what time of day it is. Adventure filmmaker Joey Schulser seeks new experiences on the far sides of the globe, while Thomas Vanderham reflects on where bikes have taken him, beyond geographical locations. Through everything, bikes serve as the impetus and provide a common denominator that transcends all languages and borders.

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  • + 17
 Would be interesting to see all the gear needed for an adventure like this, also which pack holds the pack raft? Does the extra weight hinder the journey and alter the ride much?
Love these vids btw!
  • + 6
 You can see him putting the packraft in the handlebar bag at about 39s into the video. The raft looks like a kokopelli nirvana, weight about 4.5kg.
  • + 2
 All depends on the route. Length, remoteness, and technical difficulty play a role.

Someone like Joey who loves to rip will probably be leaving more at home and packing lighter, smaller gear (sleeping bag, tent, etc). Guys like these are riding loaded full suspensions bikes while still being able to ride how they want. (

Some people who are in it for around-the-world long hauls have 75lb+ setups,
like Luke from Final Frontier. (

Also, a guide to bikerafting if you're interested! (
  • + 1
 You basically need a 20-30L pack. Basic backpacking gear. Seatbag, Handlebar bag and preferably a framebag too. You can donit on the cheap by using ski straps and dry bags for the handlebar bag and seatbag and make the framebag out of duct tape. You can still ride really hard and fast if you pack right. The seatbag will probably have some sway to it but the handlebar bag and framebag don’t effect the ride. If anything the handlebar helped weight the front tire.
  • + 15
 That's what life is all about. Great video!
  • + 9
 Sitting here with a broken ankle...that video just struck a chord. No bat shit fast riding, just riding and getting away. I needed to see that. Thanks Joey!!
  • + 6
 I remember shuttling the local DH trails in Colorado and seeing Joey pedal his trail bike up the road, not stop at the top, and rip down the trails. As I sipped my beer from the back of a truck I remember thinking "Damn this guy is on another level!" So cool to see what he's doing now.
  • + 4
 I love Joey's adventures as well as Ben Page's but who inspired me most is a chap called Alastair Humphreys who champions the whole 'microadventure' thing of doing whats accessible for you within your own limits and time frame from your own front door. Watching this stuff is awesome n all but I live in Cornwall, England, no mountains no huge rivers to packraft BUT we do have stunning rugged coastline, so embacing the 'microadventure' thing and using what we have available to us myself and a friend found our adventure. Check it out -

Anybody can do an adventure, it doesn't have to be on an epic scale it can be just from your own front door, you just gotta put the effort in and find it.
  • + 2
 @cornwallfreerider: That looks like a great trip! Some of us who live near desert rivers dream of a trip like what you did. Grass is greener, right?
  • + 1
 That looks like an awesome adventure. Great job capturing it.
  • + 1
 @cornwallfreerider: I've just checked out the pics in your link, looks like you had an awesome trip with some immense scenery! I take it Doc Martin wasn't home though?
I need to find time to break the often monotonous daily grind to get out for an adventure of my own!
  • + 4
 Would be great to see an overview of all his gear and how it's packed like stated above.
  • + 4
 Fun to see bike packing that is not a fatbike out in the frozen tundra. This looks way more fun
  • + 1
 That was beautiful. Totally show the awesomeness of mountain biking and that it doesn't have to be all about big jumps, gnarly trails, etc and more about the experience you have while mountain biking! 3
  • + 1
 These are all so damn inspiring. Would love to see more packlists from Joey to get ideas.
  • + 1
 Nice, I feel like this type of riding is one of the most enjoyable experiences in biking.
  • + 2
 [Big dreamy sigh]
  • + 1
 Joey is the man when it comes to adventuring. Thanks for this series.

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