Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Bike Touring Tips

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

The Watercarriers

Not to be confused with The Stars and The Watercarriers. One particular overnight desert bikepacking trip in the desert of southern Idaho had the potential for a little extra discomfort. We had planned on being able to get water out of the river at the end of the ride, but the river gurgled along several Read More

Eight Uses For The Surly Junk Strap

The Surly Junk Strap is essentially a super long (48") nylon toe clip strap. Toe clip straps are those straps which wrap around the rear edge of a pedal, through the eye of the toe clip and are cinched down to hold the rider's foot in place. Not too many people use this type of Read More

As interest in bikepacking and off-road bicycle travel has grown, 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 ECR that are ideal vehicles for pedal-powered exploration. This level of specialization in bicycles can be a good thing Read More

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