Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Idaho

A Ride With The General

A couple of weeks ago - while the Bike Hermit and Sky King were out gallavanting around west Texas - a longtime customer from McCall called the shop.  He introduced himself as Chris but I'm told he's known as "The General" in certain circles.  He was heading to Boise for a long weekend to escape 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

Sifting Ashes from the Smoke ‘n’ Fire 400

So, what happened out there? Frankly, I'm not entirely sure. Even after nearly three days back at home and two glorious nights of sleep in my own bed I'm still sifting the ashes. All the oversaturated visions of rivers, mountains, valleys and canyons I had out there in the Idaho high country are swept into a 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