Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Bike Hermit®

Wide Rims

A customer needed a new front wheel for the new Straggler fork on his Cross Check. He wanted a disc brake on front for single track riding and the Straggler fork is very close to the Cross Check fork geometry-wise. I built up the wheel using a Surly Ultra New hub and the DT Swiss Read More

Mid-Week Overnight Bike Camping

B. suggested a mid-week overnight trip on the Bikes to Atlanta, ID. I was keen to go and was delighted when my secretary reported I had no pressing obligations on the proposed days. The next few photos are of some of the hunting camps that are set up along side the road. Hunting season opened Read More

The Watercarriers

Not to be confused with The Stars and The Watercarriers. One particular overnight desert bikepacking trip in the desert of southern Idaho had the potential for a little extra discomfort. We had planned on being able to get water out of the river at the end of the ride, but the river gurgled along several Read More

Eight Uses For The Surly Junk Strap

The Surly Junk Strap is essentially a super long (48") nylon toe clip strap. Toe clip straps are those straps which wrap around the rear edge of a pedal, through the eye of the toe clip and are cinched down to hold the rider's foot in place. Not too many people use this type of Read More

It's Friday afternoon about 4:30 and I'm in the weeds. I've had pretty steady walk in traffic  and I am just starting to fulfill the online orders which came in today. Don't get me wrong; these are good problems and I really appreciate every customer. But I'm tired, and the thought of going to a Read More