Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Bike Touring Tips

The Pioneer Scenic Byway

Day 1 was not exactly what I had expected. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but this was down right miserable. The first 18 miles to Jackson MT were painful to say the least.  A head wind, of at least 75 miles per hour (no it was probably like 10-15 but still), and it was Read More

Stuff Bike Touring Chicks Say

In honor of my first real bike trip with Sky King and The Bike Hermit, I give you stuff bike touring chicks say… Seriously, is this headwind for real? Is it always uphill? I hate bike touring. I should have trained more. That cheeseburger was a bad idea. Does that sign seriously say "chain up area", sh*t Read More

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Here's a tip; go to Neil Gunton's crazyguyonabike.com, "a free, independent website for hosting bicycle touring journals, forums and resources", and read everything you could possibly want to know about bike touring. Our most recent journal is this one about riding the Old West Scenic Bikeway. I suppose everyone who enjoys reading these journals has Read More

A Few Bike Touring Hacks

D.I.Y. Garbage Bag Bellows Air Pump The outdoor gear maker Big Agnes makes a combination stuff sack/sleeping pad pump called the Pumphouse. It sells for $19.95 on their website. A quick Google search reveals several videos detailing how to make one out of a plastic garbage bag, an empty plastic bottle and a garden hose Read More

When To Replace a Worn Wheel Rim

It's early morning in Moab, Utah when the still air is violated by the sound of a small explosion and the clang of scraping metal. My friend's rear wheel has come apart and is a twisted jumble of aluminum rim, steel spokes and rubber. For the first time, I realize that soft rubber brake pads Read More