Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Drivetrain

A Bike Touring Wheelset

A hub is laced to a rim with spokes and nipples in order to create a wheel. Elementary I know but semantics are important if the aspiring bike tourist is to make him/her self understood. I don't want to go into how to build a bicycle wheel because there are hundreds of YouTube videos and Read More

More About the Best Touring Tire

I enjoy reading the posts and looking at the pictures on the Pondero blog. The latest post happens to be a review of the Schwalbe Marathon Dureme tire. Check it out and look at some of his other articles while you're at it. Good stuff. I copied the following from the Road Bike Rider website Read More

Some Square Taper Bottom Brackets

Second in a series on bottom brackets. Numero uno is here. The newest (2012) Long Haul Trucker complete bikes come with the Shimano UN55 square taper bottom bracket which is an improvement over the UN-P.O.S. used in earlier years, but when asked what I might upgrade on a stock Long Haul Trucker I am likely Read More

Bottom Brackets

At the risk of talking down to some readers and over the head of others I feel the need to explain the term "bottom bracket". According to Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary a bottom bracket is: The part of the frame around which the pedal cranks revolve, also the bearings and axle assembly that runs through Read More

A Trio of Tough, Top-Notch Tires

We travel, in a week, to the high desert south of Boise for a three day ride on mostly unpaved roads. For the rough, loose surfaces we have outfitted our bikes with wider tires. More air volume at lower pressures is going to make for a smoother ride and a wide footprint will float over Read More