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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

How to Load a Touring Bike.

I have a strong memory of my first overnighter on "Bernard" my Gilles Berthoud Adventure Touring Bike.  I loaded him up the same way I had always loaded "Sky" my Rivendell Bleriot.  I pushed off and on the first small down hill immediately noticed a pronounced shimmy in the front wheel. WTH?,  I got off Read More

We are always looking, hoping and striving for the best possible experience when we head out on a bike trip. Our free time to dedicate to these journeys is limited and valuable and we should do everything in our power to make the most of the opportunity. Many components in this alchemical equation are beyond our Read More

By the time you'll be reading this post, I'll be headed eastward out of Boise with thirty-some other weirdos on a counter-clockwise loop central Idaho known as the Smoke 'n' Fire 400.  You've probably already seen all the stuff I'm carrying with me.  Now I'd like to share some of my hopes, dreams and plans Read More

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