In this video, we review a pannier from the Swift Industries Hinterland Collection. Lightweight, svelte and black, this pannier if perfect for an overnighter, commuting or if you prefer to do light weight bike touring.
Arkel has recently entered the bikepacking scene with a new set of rear seatbags that they are calling their Seatpacker line. What’s unique to their design is that the bags work with a mini support that lifts the bag from the top! Check out how the support works and if we like it in our video first look.
In this video, we stumble upon something really special. Part of the Bitterroot 300k route, we ride some car free doubletrack that connected our campsite to the small town of Avery, Idaho. The scenery is spectacular, the riding is scenic and the fishing was amazing! If you’re digging these mini vids, don’t forget to subscribe to our Bicycle Travel Channel.
On our way back from Idaho, we drove a portion of the TransAM and Old West Scenic Bikeway to check up on some business owners we know along the route to see how their season was going. One of the biggest surprises was Mitchell, OR. When we pedaled through five years ago, we were enamored with old buildings and general quirkiness of the town, but we did wish it had a few more services. On this visit, we were thrilled to see that some locals had started renovating some of the buildings and that a new local brewery and food cart had opened! Check out the video below and learn a little town history and the plans for Tiger Town Brewing.
We also got a chance to get a tour of Spoke’n Hostel from Pat. The Spoke’n Hostel is the latest incarnation of a trend we’ve seen of small communities along popular bicycle routes creating lodging for cyclists to help generate an overnight stay. Pat and his wife added lots of awesome little touches to the hostel like privacy curtains around the beds, charging stations for devices and little welcome placards for cyclists who booked a bed. They did an awesome job and it might be one of the best examples of a bicycle hostel we’ve seen in the US! Check out the vid below to get a tour.
We first got tipped off about the Harriman trail from a friend in Portland who was going on a road trip through Idaho. He suggested we check it out. After a little research it looked tempting so we made the trek out there. While there was decent information about the trail online, nothing really gave us the sense of how fun it was to ride and fish along. It parallels the Wood River for a lot of the trail, and river access is pretty good (almost all public access…though some spots require bushwacking). Here is a video of our thoughts on the trail.