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

Rudy’s Tour de Water 2012 Bike Tour

“Water and sanitation are the building blocks of human life and dignity.  Without them, people will forever struggle to move forward with their lives,” so states Blue Planet Ride‘s website – part of the Blue Planet Network.  This guest post, brought to you by Samuel Hagler of Ride For Good, details one of Blue Planet’s latest conquests:

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BICYCLE TOURING ACTIVIST PULLS BOB IBEX

For the third year in a row, Rudy van Prooyen is pulling a Bob trailer for a good cause.

SAN DIEGO, CA was Rudy van Prooyen’s last check in point. Rudy plans on riding to three coasts across the US. He will be finished in late August.

Rudy is riding for safe water across the world and has partnered with The Blue Planet Network to raise funds for this cause.

The facts are that unlike all of us, over one billion people on this earth have no safe drinking water. Women and children may walk up to 6 hours a day to get water, and even then, it may not be enough, or safe enough to drink. Many drink contaminated water and then get sick. 2.2 million human beings die each year from water borne illnesses. 6,000 people die every day and 240 children die every hour. But there is hope, because the solutions are so simple and collectively we have the power to solve this human crisis that is going on in front of our very own eyes, tragically mostly unnoticed.

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.

 

Bicycle Traveler Magazine

Always happy to share other great cycling advocacy and adventure resources, we received this guest post from Grace Johnson, publisher of Bicycle Traveler magazine and TravellingTwo.com:

Bicycle Traveler is a new – and free – online bicycle touring magazine.  It’s full of entertaining stories and inspiring photography which will have you dreaming over new destinations and also includes information on cycling gear.

Featured in the magazine is one of Grace and partner, photographer Paul Jeurissen’s very own epic tours…

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!

 

Green Riders: Southeast Asia Eco-Tour

Green Riders Kenny and Jamie’s “sustainable transport odyssey” from Thailand to Bali summed up:

Six weeks. Two bamboo bikes. A camera. A continent of environmental stories, struggles and successes. Plus, several thousand kilometers of twisted little roads stringing it all together.

These guys are really putting their Ortlieb gear, Kenda tires, and legs to the test.  Support this eco-duo or just check out their route, blog, and video journey at greenriders.asia.  Also learn about sustainable bamboo rigs, recycling, and community-based tourism.

GREEN Riders kick off at Thanyamundra Organic Resort with triathletes from from Thanyapura Sports Complex

Rick’s NorCal Bike Tour

Here is some bike touring inspiration in photo journal form from one of our customers Rick who purchased a full setup of Ortlieb bags and Tubus Racks from us for his Northern California bike tour that he took this April.

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!