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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 […]

Tigra Sport Power Converter and Power Pack Review
Recently we received the BikeCharge Power Pack by Tigra Sport and the BikeCharge Power Converter by Tigra Sport for review. The Power Pack is a storage battery with USB output for charging electronic devices, and a micro USB input. The Power Converter converts the A.C. power from a 6 volt dynamo hub to D.C. so […]

Big Fat Dummy
In the Northern Basin and Range ecoregion, the availability of water is one of the main challenges to traveling by bike, and while for our day trips we have been able to carry enough water, trips of more than one day require careful planning. I put this Surly Big Dummy together to use as a […]

This Kid Can Play
Here is one of my favorite Youtube videos. The pianist is good…he knows what not to play. Sometimes, the ear hears notes he doesn’t even hit. When he take a chorus, he starts to swing- almost tongue in cheek- before falling back into straight ballad time. A little pedal point, basic harmonies and just the […]



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