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Holiday Gift Giving – Here’s some ideas
We’ve added a Gift Category to the website, allowing you to shop by price point for great biking gear.  Here are some items that should bring a smile to many a bike traveler. Bike Touring News Custom Water Bottle Who doesn’t need a fresh water bottle?  These are Specialized’s Purist bottles, BPA free. Dishwasher safe […]

Esbit Alcohol Stove and Trekking Cook Set- Product Review.
NOTE: The Bike Touring News store carries the Esbit Alcohol Stove and Trekking Cook Set. We don’t stock the other stoves mentioned in this post. If you have been thinking about buying a stove for bike touring, and one of the mentioned stoves appeals to you, clicking on one of the links will take you […]

#OptOutsideBTN Instagram Photo Contest!
It is coming.  You can practically smell the monster’s rancid breath as it approaches.  Retailers and “consumers” across the country will soon be in its grip.  Poor, helpless employees will be struggling for survival like citizens of Tokyo hoping to escape Godzilla’s rampage.  Of course, the monster I’m describing is the annual shopping blitz known […]

Product Gallery: Apidura Bikepacking Gear
All photos by @niclaskrake.                        

6 Tips for Successful #BikeFishing!
Except on the most rugged of trails or in Wilderness areas where mechanized transport is not allowed, a bicycle is the ideal vehicle to transport you and your gear to your favorite fishing locations, especially if you’d rather escape from the crowds!  The hassle of finding a suitable place to park a truck on narrow, […]

Riding the Boundary: South Fork Owyhee Wilderness
In our overpopulated world, there are few places where humans rarely venture.  For better or worse, our species has learned how to make a living in just about every environment on Earth and has left only a precious handful of habitats unmolested.  Even in the most remote corner of Idaho – a state with more […]

Braving the Elements – biking in wet conditions
Much laughter was exchanged on a recent S24O as we watched the clouds roll in and the rain begin to fall and one of our friends said “but the forecast said no rain until late tomorrow”.  The smug ones in the group put on our jackets, the others just rode faster :).  We’ve all been […]

A Great Little Idaho Hot Springs Route Ride
We are big on “just wander” styles of biking.  So far, the 2016 Idaho fall weather has been excellent for some nice weekend S24O rides.  The “start” of the Adventure Cycling Association’s Idaho Hot Springs MTB Route is right out our door, but finding the time to ride the entire route in one big trip […]

Smoke ‘n’ Fire400 – Bikepacking Endurance Testing
No surprise to our readers but bikepacking, and the bikepacking gear, gadgets and bikes to accommodate such activities, continues to grow in popularity.  As people who like to travel off the beaten path we really appreciate these innovations and continue to bring new items into our store, plus take advantage of them ourselves. Three years […]

“Diamond A Desert” by Bicycle
“drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log” Three of us set out on the bicycles to find Arch Canyon in the Bruneau Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness. On day one we missed our turn and ended up at Dead Horse Spring. The next day we saw a dead horse, got disoriented and lost our way, traveled […]