Epic Tours:

From weekend trips to round-the-world adventures, epic is in the mind of the beholder.

Bike touring is a wonderful and enriching way to explore the world. It yields such interesting photos and stories.

We're not afraid to say it: bike touring makes you a better person.

And this is where we say it.

Read about those adventures and the gear that makes it possible -- the gear we have on, BikeTrailerShop.com and BikeBagShop.com.

Submit your Bike Touring Photos

When we send a bike rack or pannier off to a customer it's always with the hope that it is going somewhere amazing -- epic.

But the accessories we sell can't take their own photos (yet). So we need you to send us photos from your bike tours to exotic locations. Send us anything from that shot of you and your bike at the top of the summit to that shot of your perfect rack and bag setup. Submit your bike touring photos here and we'll let you know when we publish them.

The Latest From Epic Tours

Bike Shop Hub Blog Posts Are Migrating…Come With Us!

Hello from the BikeShopHub.com crew!

We want to thank all of our readers for submitting amazing photos and stories of their experiences with their trailers, bags, racks, and other bike accessories.  We love reading about all the ways you are getting out there on your bikes exploring the world.  Please keep those photo and video submissions coming!

From this point on, we are going to be migrating all future BikeShopHub blog posts to our sister site, Commute by Bike.com.  If you aren’t already a reader of Commute by Bike, we encourage you to head over to check it out.  It’s one of the top commuter blogs out there discussing all things bikes.  Obviously, the main focus is on commuting by bike, but we have a vibrant, engaged blogging community and there are often interesting posts about all the ways cycling impacts and enriches our lives.

You can also follow Commute by Bike on Twitter @Commute_by_Bike

Continue to send us your weird, your cute, your inspiring photos yearning to be seen; the DIY projects of your home workshops.

Join us in creating a great resource for sharing creative ways to do more with bicycles!

BOB Trailer Cruising the Burr Trail

Rick's Bob Yak on Burr Trail Tour

Rick recently sent us this photo of his touring set up.  He’s got a BOB Yak trailer with the attached Greenspeed rack for extra storage.  He’s also using a Greenfield Stabilizer Kickstand for extra stability for the added weight.

He toured from Bullfrog Utah to Boulder Utah along the Burr Trail, carrying 5 large bottles of water plus a 6 liter bag.  A heavy ride, but necessary as there was limited filterable water along the way.  His BOB is well packed with the BOB DrySAK and some Ortleib Front Roller Classic Panniers.

Looks like it was a great rig for a really nice Utah tour!


JILL’S NEWSFLASH!! Ohio is good for biking!

According to Jill, a news director in Cleveland:

Ohio is a surprisingly good area for biking.  And I absolutely love my Ortlieb Back Roller Classic with BSH logo.  These panniers are incredibly versatile and hold tons of gear (or $200 worth of groceries).  I use them for commuting to work, for pleasure rides and even for grocery shopping.

Yes.  You can bike to the store and haul home plenty of groceries effortlessly (or maybe minimal effort at least).  Check out all of our panniers including Ortlieb and grocery-specific designs.  Or if you need an extra boost (I’m embarrassingly raising my hand over here), pickup a Ridekick Trailer.  Seriously.  Worth it.

Mark’s Revelate Equipped Ride

Mark Falanga Revelate‘d the crap outta his bike:

I ordered a bunch of Revelate bags from you for a five-day San Juan Mountain Hut bike ride.  The system that you put together for me was incredible and because of the system, my bike performed so well on all terrain, going up mountains, down mountains and on level grades.

Create memories out of your bike adventures with Bike Bag Shop and email us your stories.

Cycling Keeps Jim in Shape!

BOB in tow:

Out riding my bicycle yesterday 80 miles.  Staying in shape for the finishing of my cross America bicycle trip which is restarting Sept 17 from Rapid City SD to Key West Florida.

Over the last couple of weeks been debating whether to cycle across all of China or all of Canada next summer.

I’ve already pedaled from the southern Canadian border to the Arctic Ocean last summer.  That was the most challenging trip I ever took.  You can see the pictures from that trip in some of the very early postings on this blog.  Peddling from Seattle to Rapid City was almost just as challenging because the passes in the mountains were much steeper and longer for the most part.  But in this area there is lots of hotels. In the Arctic one can go for 300 miles along a rode without finding civilization.  I did it.

Riding a bicycle to Key West from South Dakota is very easy compared to the first part of this trip. Having the most difficult part behind me now will bring mostly rolling hills with the odd small steep one.  I have done this portion previously when I pedaled to Winnipeg from Florida.

Feeling motivated?  Because BOB‘s are currently on sale.  And checkout Jim’s blog for further motivation.

Ethan & Reid’s Fundraising Ride Across U.S.

Brothers Ethan & Reid are cycling across the U.S. to raise money for the Phoenix Children’s Hostpital here in Arizona.  The story behind the cause, according to Ethan:

Back in my junior year of high school, I was rushed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital via ambulance in a grand mal seizure. Doctors quickly induced a coma to stop the violent seizure. For the next few days, the staff was unsure if I would survive, let alone function after such a traumatic event. Ever so fortunately, I did. In all, I spent ten days in the hospital, nine days of which were in the ICU, and the first three in a coma. Due to the seizures, stroke, and immense pressure placed on my brain from this meningoencephalitic infection, I suffered impairments to my cognitive, speaking, and fine motor function.

Thanks to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I survived this battle for my life and now, some four years later, after a long rough road to recovery, I’m back. This summer my brother Reid and I are bicycling across the continental United States in an effort to raise money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the hospital that saved my life. We’ll be riding self-supported, carrying all our own gear, as we pedal from the Virginia coast to the Oregon coast, some 4,233 miles. We look forward to bringing together many people of our community, state, and nation to help support this hospital that performs life-saving miracles on an everyday basis, just as they did for me.

Please check out the brothers’ website:  www.PCHPedalWithPurpose.com  //  blog:  http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pedalingwithpurpose  //  and Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/pedalingwithpurpose  to help them out.  Best of luck on your travels!

Armed with Ortlieb!

Tomas, Bike Shop Hub, and Ortlieb in India

In 2012 I cycled over 3,000 miles solo across India. The first part of my trip was in Rajasthan, in the north; the second was an epic journey from Mumbai down Konkan coast to border of Goa, then up to Deccan Plateau, south through the interior of entire Karnataka, across Tamil Nadu and Kerala to Fort Kochi (Cochin) on the coast. It was on this second leg of my India traverse that I used Ortlieb Bike Shop Hub panniers.

Although currently unavailable, Ortlieb Bike Shop Hub panniers will appear on Bike Bag Shop again soon.  If you’re in need of great gear more immediately, regular Ortlieb panniers are a great choice for summer travels!

To read more on Tomas’s travels, please visit footloosecycling.com.

Rick’s Ortlieb-Assisted Epic Tour

Rick, of feather plumage fame, has updated photos of his journey bike touring (a portion of) “America the Beautiful.”

Cut it down to 9000 miles, the track from April to November was (roughly):

Portland, Oregon – Death Valley – Mount Rushmore – Central Texas – St. Augustine, Florida – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – New Orleans.

My girlfriend, Stephanie, joined me on the last section on the Natchez Trace and down to New Orleans.  A few of which our stories were published in Country Roads Magazine.  Of course, there are dozens more.  The Ortleib Bike Packer Plus bags (Rick obviously prefers Classic Yellow) kept my gear dry and easy to access for the entire trip.  You guys are great–good gear, great prices, excellent service.

Check out Rick’s previous NorCal Tour, and while you’re at it, our awesome line of the always popular Ortlieb products for touring and commuting.

Nuno’s Muddy BOB-Aided Adventure: Round Two

Nuno has been busy touring his home country of Portugal by bike.  Last time he checked in he was busy BOB-ing the local National Park, wine in tow.  Nuno’s most recent adventure took him and his trusty BOB from Entroncamento to Castelo de Bode – an approximate 20 mi. (30 km) ride.  “The weather was fine on the first day, but on the second it was raining. [Despite the bad weather] the trails were nice and included a few river crossings.”  BOB Trailers are currently 10% off!  Small investment, big adventure!

Nuno Bikes and BOB’s Through Portuguese National Park

Nuno accounts:

I like to travel on the unknown trails in the mountains, in complete autonomy, in the company of one or two friends, overcome obstacles and meet the locals.  I may live in a very small country, but one that’s big on natural beauty and full of idyllic locations.

Peneda-Gerês National Park, Nuno’s chosen idyllic location in this case, is described by a European National Park site:

In the extreme North of Portugal, between the Atlantic Coast and the Spanish border, remnants of wildlife that once roamed all Europe have survived next to the vestiges of long lost civilizations.

Only on foot or astride a garrano pony can one appreciate the vast expanse and diversity of Peneda-Gerês. Walk along narrow shepherd trails or on the ancient cement of Roman roads…..  [It] is the refuge of some of Europe’s last surviving great predators. A transition zone between the Mediterranean and the Euro-Siberian regions with a hodge podge of microclimates and new plants on every new trail.

One of these “last surviving great predators” listed is …..a badger.

Here are Nuno’s photos.  We’re happy to see that he opted against going the ol’ garrano pony route and instead chose his trusty bike and BOB.

Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal