In this video, we give you an exclusive look at the new Swift Industries Sugarloaf Basket Bag! We are huge fans of bike touring with a basket and this bag makes it so much easier. Watch the video and check it out!
A couple of months ago we did some filming for MeetMeInKlamath to promote bicycling in the area. The video is finally live! The shoot was ambitious and hectic since the area has so many bicycling assets. There is everything from mellow road rides at the Running Y Resort, mountain biking through a lunar landscape on the High Lakes Trail, epic gravel rides around Hagelstein County Park and newly built singletrack trails on Spence Mountain (you can find out specific route details at RideKlamathRide.com. For the shoot we worked with dedicated locals to scout locations as well as be talent for the video. It was an immense group effort where we got up at chilly predawn hours to get the best morning light and shot late to capture the sunset. All the while we were constantly adjusting our schedule to avoid wildfire smoke that was creeping into the area.
Looking back, it was a crazy week of long hours but we are really proud of the end result. Our clients were so pleased with the video that it’s going to run as a TV spot! Check out the video and let us know what you think. If you do take a bike vacation in Klamath County, be sure to bring all your bikes.
Yay! We shot this video in early summer and it is finally being released. Having ridden, driven and filmed many of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways this one is one of our favorites especially if you like climbing on a road bike! It makes a great day trip, but it can also be broken up as a two day biketouring trip by camping one of two lakes that you pass. If you are in Southern Oregon, check it out!
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.
In this video we interview Rick Shaffer, the “prime minister” of Wallace, Idaho. The region, known as the Silver Valley, was heavily reliant on mining. In the last two decades, they have had to refocus from extractive industries to tourism. Rick tells us about what the Coeur d’Alene and Route of the Hiawatha Trail have done for the region.
5 years ago we stumbled dusty, hot and tired into Bike Camp in Twin Bridges, Montana. We had been hearing about this mythical place during our travels. As luck would have it, we ran into Bill White, the man behind Bike Camp and were able to get an interview with him. Although we only talked for a few hours, it left such a profound impression on us and really shaped our path into advocating for rural bike tourism.
This week, we retraced our steps. Bill died a few years ago, but his legacy remains. In this vid, we give a little tour of Twin Bridges and of Bike Camp as well as talk about what it meant to us.
Our first time meeting with Bill White in 2011.
We’re updating from a cool guesthouse in Pullman, WA nestled in the Palouse region of the state. We are catching up on editing videos of our trip and finally got a chance to upload them to our Youtube Channel. Watch them to catch up on our trip so far!
A funny thing happened when we decided to travel to Missoula for Adventure Cycling’s Montana Bicycle Celebration… We started thinking about all the other adventures we could add on to the trip… The places we could explore by bike, the rivers we could fish… After all, why fly out for just a single weekend, when you can re-arrange everything to go for the whole month, and bring a car full of bikes and fly rods and camping gear?
On Tuesday, we leave Portland for our Great Western Ramble. We’ve drawn up a giant loop that’s full of gravel roads and trout streams, and we’re really looking forward to exploring parts of the West that we haven’t yet seen. If you have any intel on any of these places, or if you want to meet up, give us a shout.
Our first stop is to the community of Pullman, Washington. Washington is blessed with an enormous number of railroad rights-of-way, and dedicated volunteers who are working to turn them into rail trails. When they’re successful, you’ll be able to ride from the Olympic Peninsula on the West Coast, all the way across the state to the Idaho border and beyond.
We’re joining the communities of Pullman, Albion and Colfax, for a discussion about rural bike tourism, and what the trail extension could mean for the area. If you’re local to the Palouse region, consider joining us.
The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes + The Route of the Hiawatha + the St Joe River
From Pullman, we’ll head East into Idaho, where we’ll finally spend time exploring the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha. We have heard so much about both of these trails, and we have wanted to experience them for years, so we’re stoked to incorporate them into this trip. We’re also planning to spend some time camping along the St Joe River, hunting for trout and exploring the endless gravel forest roads.
Next up, the impetus for the entire trip: 4 days in Missoula, helping celebrate the Adventure Cycling 40th Anniversary. There is so much good stuff happening over the course of the weekend, and we’re going to see and do as much of it all as we can. We’ll also be introducing some videos on Friday evening, so come find us if you’ll also be celebrating!
The Bitterroot Valley + the Madison River
After Missoula, we’re going to make our way to some of Montana’s most famous trout rivers. While we don’t know exactly where we’ll end up, we have a whole week to poke around, so you’ll likely find us in the Bitterroot Valley and along the Madison River.
The last time we were in Montana.
Next up, Sun Valley, Idaho. We’ve only spent a week, total, ever, in the state of Idaho, and that was way back in 2011. So, to say that we’re excited to just ramble around, is a bit of an understatement. We look at photos of the riding and the fishing and the mountains, and we can’t wait to get out there.
And since Boise is apparently the next Portland, and right in line with our route back, how could we not stop? It’ll be a quick visit, for one night on July 29, but let’s grab a beer while we’re in town!
Somewhere Eastern Oregon
From Boise, we’ll cross back into Oregon and follow some sort of zig-zagging route home. A stop in the Owyhee might definitely be in order.
Give us a shout if you know of a place we should definitely hit up, or if you want to grab a beer.