Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Touring Bike Components

Summer Love – Maxxis Chronicle 29+

Indeed, Sky King has a new love. I happen to be quite spoiled and spend many happy hours on my " Excellent Creative Riding" machine also known as the "Extremely Cool Ride" and for those of you who don't know me, just call it my Surly ECR. We ventured out in August for a S24O Read More

The wintertime (known to some among us as the "off-season") is a great time to experiment with your bike setup and few components can transform the ride of a bike like handlebars. Unlike many so-called "performance" upgrades that claim to offer weight savings, greater precision or improved efficiency, different handlebars change the way your body Read More

In Defense of Bar-End Shifters

We are often asked why Surly specs bar-end shifters rather than integrated brake/shift levers on the Long Haul Trucker, Disc Trucker and Cross-Check.  This is a good question and one we thought warranted some explanation. When you walk into most bike shops, you'll most likely find that every single new bike with drop bars is fitted Read More

Touring and Trekking Tire Trends

At the 2014 Interbike trade show, it seemed to us that 27.5" (a 650b by any other name would ride as sweet), so called "29+" and fatbike tires are gaining traction with manufacturers and with consumers. As fans of the 29+ wheel/tire combo as on the Surly ECR we were excited about the number of Read More

Jones Bars

Journalism is a tough business. Those not involved don't understand the sacrifices reporters make in order to enlighten and entertain them. As an example, I could not get the wi-fi connection to work at the Woodland Empire brewery and I had to walk almost 200 feet to Pre-Funk tap room in order to find a Read More