Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Bike Touring Tips

Grindola Weekend Ride: May 19-21

Spring has finally arrived in southern Idaho and it's time for a good overnight bike trip!  We're planning a ride for next weekend and want you to come along!     For the record, this is not an organized bike race or event and is unsupported, unsanctioned and in no way affiliated with Bike Touring 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

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

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

Disc Brake Pads, When to Replace Them

Disc brake pads, like rim brake pads, wear out. But unlike rim brake pads which are out in the open and easy to see, disc brake pads are hidden inside the brake caliper housing and are a part of the mysterious (to some) inner workings of disc brakes. Out of sight, out of mind. It's Read More