Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Touring Bike Components

The stakes are high when traveling far into the backcountry by bicycle.  The potential success or failure of your trip is (literally) riding on your wheels.  A mechanical malfunction at the wrong time can leave you in a very serious situation.  Like teeth, taxes or electricity, your bicycle wheels are easy to ignore when they 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

A Tale of Chain Suck By replacing my chain and the middle ring on my triple Sugino touring crankset I thought my problems would be solved. The chain would now drop smoothly from the middle ring to the small ring without hanging up on the bottom of the middle ring, getting dragged around and over 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

Jones H-Bar® Setup Guide

For ages, they've been the standard.  They're nearly as ubiquitous as racks and panniers on touring bikes around the world but can also be found on road racing steeds, track bikes, cyclocross machines, commuting rigs or even mountain bikes.  I'm talking about drop bars.  Ask just about anyone what a bicycle handlebar looks like and Read More