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Colorado Trail Race 2017 – The Long Road to Denver, Pt. 1: The Bike
At 4:00am on Sunday, July 23, I’ll be among the group of bikepackers setting out from Durango to ride the 525 miles to Denver along the Colorado Trail.  This will be an adventure unlike anything I’ve ever undertaken, with challenges unlike anything I’ve ever faced.  The route is 60% singletrack and tallies nearly 70,000 feet […]

Boise Ridge Road Randonnee: Sunday, June 25
Ready for some challenge and adventure up in the Boise Foothills?  Come ride the third annual Boise Ridge Road Randonnee!  The ride takes in 45 miles with around 7,000 feet of climbing on rugged dirt roads, ATV tracks, a little singletrack and even some pavement.  Though the climbing will test your legs, the views are […]

Grindola Weekend Ride: May 19-21
Spring has finally arrived in southern Idaho and it’s time for a good overnight bike trip!  We’re planning a ride for next weekend and want you to come along!     For the record, this is not an organized bike race or event and is unsupported, unsanctioned and in no way affiliated with Bike Touring […]

The Best Shelter for Bikepacking: Three Opinions
We get lots of questions about shelter from folks getting started in bikepacking.  What shelter is best?  Can I use the ____ that I already own?  How do I know which shelter to bring on a given trip?  In this post, we’ll offer three perspectives on the best bikepacking shelter and try to answer some […]

The Best Bikepacking Bike Pt. III: Wheels
The stakes are high when traveling far into the backcountry by bicycle.  The potential success or failure of your trip is (literally) riding on your wheels.  A mechanical malfunction at the wrong time can leave you in a very serious situation.  Like teeth, taxes or electricity, your bicycle wheels are easy to ignore when they […]

Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. Circa 1969 I bought this double album called Fleetwood Mac in Chicago at Super Saver Drug in Bozeman, MT. I think I paid $6.95 or so which was a lot of money for a fifteen year old kid. I bought it because the people in the pictures on the cover were […]

Karate Monkey 27.5 Plus
Surly Bikes as a company cultivates an image of being comprised of hooligans who, between visits to the tattoo/piercing/beard parlor, drink beer and ride bikes through campfires and sleep under bridges. While this describes the surly lot I know, they are also smart business people and engineers who happen to love bikes and bike riding. […]

Tune-Up For Touring the Southern Tier
What should the cyclo-tourist do to make sure the bike is ready for a several week long bike tour? A brace of custom Independent Fabrications touring bikes were recently brought in to the shop to be prepared for a ride from Florida to New Mexico along the ACA Southern Tier route. These bikes have been […]

The Best Bikepacking Bike Part II: Luggage
Author’s Note:  This post has been revised and updated as of January 9, 2017.  It was published in its original format on March 20, 2015. By now, hopefully you’ve had time to digest our introductory post and are ready to start equipping your mountain bike for bikepacking!  The best bike in the world won’t do […]

The Best Bikepacking Bike is the One you Already Own: Part I
Author’s Note:  This post was updated on Dec. 29, 2016.  It was originally published on Feb. 20, 2015. As interest in bikepacking and off-road bicycle travel continues to grow, 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 […]