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The Latest From Bike Touring Gear

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.

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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.

Bill’s Ortlieb-Revelate-Extrawheel Extravaganza!

Extrawheel trailers are on sale!! at Bike Trailer Shop thru September 4th.  Showcasing the Extrawheel Voyager‘s tremendous cargo carrying capabilities is Bill’s custom built ready-to-tour bike.  The setup includes a Revelate Designs Tangle frame pack, the rack mounted and ever-popular Ortlieb Back Roller Classics in black and yellow (black and yellow black and yellow, everything we do, we do it big), and Extrawheel trailer.  This beast is guided by cycle-computer and held steady with the Pletscher double kickstand. Bill comments, “(the kickstand) does make installing the trailer a snap.” The only slightly more space-efficient carrier would have been one of the Revelate frame bags, made to maximize the carrying space in the front triangle. Impressive build, Bill, and happy touring!

Rick’s Sick Helmet Plummage, Bro!

Rick has been a busy collector on his 10,000 mile bike journey through the southern California desert.  1200 miles in, he has collected eight feathers from eight different species of bird.  Wonder what the next 8800 miles will bring?  And the rest of you: beware the mighty and elusive mythical desert peacock.

 

Marc’s Mexico Adventure with Ortlieb

Marc is enjoying his summer in Playa del Carmen, Mexico as we kick off another Ortlieb summer sale.  Marc’s Strida folding bike is outfitted with the Ortlieb Front Roller Classics. He comments, “I love the fact that they’re totally waterproof, to ward off the frequent tropical storms.” Weathering your own storms this summer? Or want to skip the metaphors and just get a really great bag? Ortlieb, Tubus and Racktime are now 10% off at Bike Bag Shop through August 15.

 

Tyler’s Custom Cape Cod Commuter

Green with envy over this green commuter?  I’ll let Tyler explain:

I had my bike custom built by my cousin, Sam Densmore, of Cycles Densmore out of Cape Cod. I chose the color scheme and all of the features to fit me, my aesthetic, and my daily needs of a cycle. Then I was left with the hard task of finding accessories that complemented the utter BEAUTY of the bike he created. I found the Ortlieb [Back Roller Classic] Panniers and immediately knew they were not only a good functional fit for what I needed for my daily commute, but that they would match the spirit and the look of the bike perfectly.

Tyler’s bike is also outfitted with equally “flashy” Planet Bike, blue silicone Knog Beetle, and green SpokeLit lights.  Better be toting a state-of-the-art theft-proof bike lock in that awesome pannier, Tyler!

 

Rudi’s Techno-BOB Trailer Wonder

We were really impressed to see these photos of Rudi’s  very impressive bike touring setup.  This is a very interesting example of utilizing the products together that we represent through 3 of our 4 specialty shops, BikeTrailerShop.com, BikeBagShop.com and BikeTechShop.com.

Greetings from Berlin, Germany.  I have mounted a solar panel on my B.O.B. Ibex. Since I do a lot of camping and carry some electronics with me (GPS, phone, mp3-player, sometimes due to my job a laptop), there’s always the need to charge some batteries.

The rear two boxes carry two 7.2 Ah accumulators which serve as a buffer, a solar charger and the rest of the electronics like step-up/step-down converters for the different voltages I need.

Seamus’s Suspicion of Ortlieb’s Motives

We generally prefer the Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Classic and Plus handlebar bags in the medium sizes.  The large just seems a little too large.  But it seems that our customer has figured out the main reason why Ortlieb developed the slightly larger version of this bag.
I love to ride my bicycle.  I also like my beer.  I don’t drink and drive, and thank goodness my bike has enough horse-sense to get me home in case I have a beer or two while out and about.
I have a large Ortlieb Handlebar bag.  I am now beginning to believe that the German engineers whom designed this bag also like to ride and drink because a 6-Pack of bottled beer fits PERFECTLY in this bag, and still offers just enough room for my mini Abus U-lock on the side.
Reverse engineering at its finest, or a fantastic coincidence? I don’t care, but a big Thank You is in order!!!
Great beer from Great Divide, a great bag, and a great bike – Ride on!