Bike Touring News

Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

The stakes are high when traveling far into the backcountry by bicycle.  The potential success or failure of your trip is (literally) riding on your wheels.  A mechanical malfunction at the wrong time can leave you in a very serious situation.  Like teeth, taxes or electricity, your bicycle wheels are easy to ignore when they Read More

Fleetwood Mac

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Circa 1969 I bought this double album called Fleetwood Mac in Chicago at Super Saver Drug in Bozeman, MT. I think I paid $6.95 or so which was a lot of money for a fifteen year old kid. I bought it because the people in the pictures on the cover were Read More

Karate Monkey 27.5 Plus

Surly Bikes as a company cultivates an image of being comprised of hooligans who, between visits to the tattoo/piercing/beard parlor, drink beer and ride bikes through campfires and sleep under bridges. While this describes the surly lot I know, they are also smart business people and engineers who happen to love bikes and bike riding Read More

Tune-Up For Touring the Southern Tier

What should the cyclo-tourist do to make sure the bike is ready for a several week long bike tour? A brace of custom Independent Fabrications touring bikes were recently brought in to the shop to be prepared for a ride from Florida to New Mexico along the ACA Southern Tier route. These bikes have been Read More

The Best Bikepacking Bike Part II: Luggage

Author's Note:  This post has been revised and updated as of January 9, 2017.  It was published in its original format on March 20, 2015. By now, hopefully you've had time to digest our introductory post and are ready to start equipping your mountain bike for bikepacking!  The best bike in the world won't do Read More