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Bike Touring Equipment

Packing for the Smoke ‘n’ Fire 400

Greetings!  I'm a new voice here so I'll briefly introduce myself.  My name is Ryan King and I'll be riding the inaugural Smoke 'n' Fire 400 bikepacking race with the support of the good folks at Bike Touring News.  I've done a small handful of rides like this, including the Oregon Outback in May of Read More

Frostbike 2014

Every year Quality Bicycle Products, or QBP, produces a trade show for their dealers featuring vendors who sell their products through QBP. Your humble reporter was invited this year to the frozen wasteland that is Minneapolis. By the way, those who refer to Portland, OR as Minneapolis West are not even close to the mark Read More

Riding and Touring Off Pavement

If you follow any of our posts you have already noticed we aren't afraid of touring on dirt and gravel roads.  In fact in the last few years we have probably covered more miles on dirt than on pavement... AND we cover most of them on loaded touring bikes. Certainly, riding a fully loaded touring Read More

The ever necessary Water Bottle

Living in the High Desert we have come to appreciate the ability to carry enough water when touring.  Look closely at the Bike Hermit's feet and you can see his white water bottle attached underneath his down tube. (click on the photo to see it better)  The challenge is "Chief",  his A Homer Hilsen, only Read More

Tactical Flashlights and Survival Kits

Ever since I read "How To Use A Flashlight Tactically" on the Art of Manliness (yes, that's for real) blog I have wanted a tactical flashlight. A tactical flashlight is not much bigger than the palm of the hand, has a bright LED beam, is made of impact resistant material, is waterproof and has a Read More