About Us

Bike Touring News was founded in 2011 by Jim Powers and Stacy King-Powers with the goal of “Empowering the Bicycle Traveler.”  Our mission is to help provide the products, services and knowledge you need to ride your bicycle more of the time, whether that means riding to the store, to work, on an overnight camping trip or across a continent.  To that end, we operate an online store with a retail showroom in Boise, Idaho and maintain a blog full of tips, how-tos, trip reports, product reviews, biased opinions, blatant propaganda and other resources.

Jim and Stacy retired from bike shop ownership in 2017 and sold the business to Ryan King, a longtime Bike Touring News blog contributor and co-conspirator.  Ryan has an abiding passion for human-powered exploration and a deep background in the bike business.  Before taking over BTN he spent time in bike shops as mechanic, service and shop manager along with stints as a framebuilder’s assistant, CNC operator, published writer and self-styled photojournalist.  He enjoys long rides on any kind of terrain but is at his happiest when on overnight or multi-day trips in the rugged Idaho backcountry – especially if there are fishing opportunities along the way!

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Ryan somewhere on the Idaho Hot Springs MTB Route, 2014

Despite the change in ownership, Bike Touring News’ goals and mission remain the same.  We want to be your local bike shop and source for the gear and knowledge you need to travel bike bike, whether you live here in Boise, across the country or around the world.  We strive to provide the absolute best possible customer service and a hand-picked selection of high-quality products that we stand behind 100%. We want you to get out and explore your world by bike, so let us know how we can help!  We want to hear from you!  Give us a call, email, stop by the shop, comment on the blog or reach out via one of our social media platforms.  Links and contact info can be found here.  Thanks for coming along on the journey!