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Bike Touring Equipment

New Partnerships, New Products!

While the Bike Hermit and Sky King are gallavanting around Mexico drinking beer and camping under the stars, there has been a lot going on around Bike Touring News HQ!   We're constantly on the lookout for components and accessories to enhance your experience, help you ride more and have more fun doing it.  To that Read More

Colorado Trail Race 2017 Gear Roundup

The epically wet and stormy 2017 running of the Colorado Trial Race pushed riders and their gear to the absolute limits.  The technical singletrack and massive elevation gain of the CT also reward a light-and-fast approach to packing.  There is no room for excess gear in the alpine.  However, improper or inadequate gear can have Read More

We get lots of questions about shelter from folks getting started in bikepacking.  What shelter is best?  Can I use the ____ that I already own?  How do I know which shelter to bring on a given trip?  In this post, we'll offer three perspectives on the best bikepacking shelter and try to answer some Read More

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

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