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Bicycle Route From Boise to Mountain Home
When asked how to get between Boise and Mountain Home on a bicycle without riding on I-84 and without riding the Old Oregon Trail, which is dirt road, I haven’t been able to give a good answer. Until now. From Bike Touring News to the eastern most exit off of I-84 it is 14 miles. […]

Bear Pete Trail, Idaho Hot Springs Route Secesh Option
So we found the Bear Pete Trail and rode it. Here’s proof. Watch for the new page with links to posts with current-ish conditions of these routes. The page link will be in the right column. Bear Pete Trail from Aileen Frey on Vimeo.

In The General Vicinity
NO WHINING My initial response to this misery is to put the blame on someone and then to either make hurtful comments to that person or pout; preferably both. This is not the way I had wanted to go. My route would have been much easier and would have involved effortless pedaling through be-flowered high […]

Ostrich S-2 Saddlebag
The Ostrich S-2 saddlebag is a traditional canvas saddlebag meant to be attached to the loops built into the rear of most leather saddles. These are made in Japan;  “Excellent Equipment of Pack and Carrying Gear for All Cyclists at Heart“  Nice!  It has been discovered, although not by me, that this bag also fits […]

Around the World on a Bicycle; An Interview With Leana Niemand
Leana Niemand has ridden her bike in more countries than most people will ever visit. She started in South Africa seven years ago and as she says “..once you’re on the road, there’s just no reason to stop” Bike Touring News caught up with her in Boise last week and recorded our conversation to create […]

Idaho Hot Springs Maps
Adventure Cycling Association has recently released their Idaho Hot Springs Maps. There are two maps; the Main Route which describes a 517 mile loop beginning and ending in Idaho City and the Single Track Options map which outlines about 227 miles of optional loops off the main route. The main route is divided into a […]

Little Jimmy Scott
As I write this I’m listening to David Byrne’s song  Heaven as interpreted by Jimmy Scott. Jimmy Scott passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014. He was 88. This article at theguardian.com highlights five of his performances and gives a little bit of background about his life and career. I became a fan of his during […]

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 […]

Revelate Designs Frame Bags for Bikepacking and Bike Camping
Bike Touring News carries the full line of Revelate Designs products (when we can get them; these things are popular and, since they are all made in the US on a relatively small scale, sometimes they are out of stock). We are also one of four Authorized On-Line Dealers in the U.S. Revelate Designs “are […]

A few good things about bike friends
Fear not, The Bike Hermit is doing an excellent job of upholding his title, but he does confess to enjoying several of our Wandering Wheels Adventures this past year. Like kids in a candy store, exploring the Owyhee Desert (just out the back door) has given us a new appreciation for an area of Idaho […]



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