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Rollin’ Fatties in the Snake River Canyon
Late February might not normally be a time one could expect to find dry conditions in the Snake River Canyon.  Blame climate change or just call it good luck but a long spell of dry and unseasonably warm weather in the middle part of the month has resulted in excellent trail conditions throughout much of […]

The Best Bikepacking Bike is the One you Already Own: Part I
As interest in bikepacking and off-road bicycle travel has grown, 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 ECR that are ideal vehicles for pedal-powered exploration. This level of specialization in bicycles can be a good thing […]

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 […]

Trials of the Owyhee
When we arrived at the trailhead we were a hardy band of 16 or 17, many of whom were venturing into this high desert landscape for the first time.  After several weeks of cloudy, wet and often icy winter weather in the Treasure Valley, we were primed and ready for a sunny day in the […]

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 […]

Dropping Out and Looping In: Converting from Drop Bars to Jones Loop H-Bars
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 […]

Please Come To Texas
In 2010 The Bike Hermit took his first bike jaunt in Texas.  Titled Texas Buckaroos, his adventure is well chronicled on crazyguyonabike.com.  Since then, I have heard about his trip pretty much Every Single Day; how amazing this part of Texas is, how friendly the people are, how we need to move to Texas, how […]

New Products From Lone Peak Packs
Lone Peak, in Salt Lake City, Utah, has long been a maker of high quality bike touring bags. Gary Hubbert bought the company a few years ago and moved operations to Marysville, WA. We like the fact that Lone Peak is fairly small and so Gary is able and willing to consider our input into […]

The “Roll Your A**” Tour- West Texas and the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
It’s Christmas Eve 2014 and 50 degrees colder here in Santa Fe than what we have been accustomed to. After spending 14 days in west Texas and the Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park and sleeping in the tent or the teardrop trailer we are treating ourselves to two nights in […]

A Visit To King Cage
We have used and sold King Cages for years. Ron Andrews started the company in Durango, Colorado and recently moved into  new, larger accommodations. We stopped in on our way to West Texas and Ron gave us the tour. The price of admission was four Sew Your Oats oatmeal cookies from Bread bakery in Durango […]