Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Bike Touring Equipment

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

Author's Note:  This post was updated on Dec. 29, 2016.  It was originally published on Feb. 20, 2015. As interest in bikepacking and off-road bicycle travel continues to grow, many bike makers are offering machines that claim to be optimized for the task. We should know, as Surly's line is full of bikes like the Read More