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Idaho Conservation League Benefit Event at Smoke ‘n’ Fire Riders’ Meeting
Holy Smokes! We’re one week out from the Grand Depart and the 2017 Smoke ‘n’ Fire 400 has already lived up to its name!  Despite the smoky haze, we hope you’ll join us at the riders’ meeting on Tuesday the 12th for a special event benefiting the Idaho Conservation League!   We’ll pour beverages for […]

Middle Fork Sub24O
A few months back, I came across a small article about a Sub24O ride from Crouch, ID to Boiling Hot Springs. After posting said article to Facebook, I find that I have 3 general types of friends, the kind that will click that little ‘heart button’ and then comment something like “you are so badass, […]

New Bikefishing Gear Roundup!
We want to help you have fun and catch fish on your rides, so we are expanding our selection of bikefishing gear!  We’re stocking a selection of tenkara rods from DRAGONtail Tenkara, top-quality furled lines from Moonlit Fly Fishing and a range of tools, equipment and accessories hand-chosen to get you out on the water […]

2017 Surly ECR and Krampus
With the creation of the Krampus and the ECR Surly Bikes introduced a new wheel/tire standard; 29+. In 2017 they revamped both bikes in order to take advantage of some new technologies and hub standards. Krampus In regards to handling, the Krampus has always been the more playful sibling to the ECR due to a slightly […]

Colorado Trail Race 2017 Gear Roundup
The epically wet and stormy 2017 running of the Colorado Trial Race pushed riders and their gear to the absolute limits.  The technical singletrack and massive elevation gain of the CT also reward a light-and-fast approach to packing.  There is no room for excess gear in the alpine.  However, improper or inadequate gear can have […]

Colorado Trail Race 2017 Bike Setup
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 […]