Bicycles and accessories I use:

  • Arkel; Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.  Very well built selection of panniers bags etc. Designed to work with Old Man Mountain racks
  • Cervelo Cycles: Super-fast carbon super-bikes with Canadian heritage.
  • Chris King Components; Portland, Oregon, USA.  Simply the best hubs and headsets money can buy.
  • Enve Composites: Super-strong carbon rims, second-to-none
  • Moots:  Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA.  Crafters of bicycle excellence, hand-made with a magical blend of passion and titanium.  An amazing production facility with even more wonderful people.  Get one and you’ll never be happier.
  • Old Man Mountain: Strong, lightweight racks for all your touring/bike-packing needs.
  • Oveja Negra Threadworks: Leadville, Colorado, USA.  Small custom manufacturer of high-quality bike-packing gear.
  • Steel Wool Bikes; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Small custom steel frame builders from The Valley.
  • True North Cycles: Guelph, Ontario, Canada.  Hugh Black is a passionate yet laid-back fellow who hand-builds simple, elegant steel–and titanium–frames.  Having Hugh build Irene was a dream come true and she rides like one.


Bike shops I support:

  • Absolute Bikes; Salida, Colorado, USA.  Everything you would want in a bike shop; great selection, awesome vibe, super friendly & knowledgeable staff who all ride,  LOTS.  Specialize in everything mountain-bike.
  • Bicycle Sport Shop; Austin, Texas, USA.  Owned and operated by the former IMBA President, so yes, they are serious about cycling.
  • Bicycle Company, The; El Paso, Texas, USA.  Great guys who really helped me out when I was in desperate need of having my Lefty rebuilt.
  • Bike Route, The; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.  Friendly, passionate people who love to ride.  Ask for Pat.
  • Bloomfield Bicycle Co.; Bloomfield, Ontario, Canada.  Only the coolest bike shop you’ll ever visit!  Super knowledgeable and experienced owners who really get cycling as a lifestyle.  You can even rent a titanium or carbon bike for the day for a very modest price.  Everyone here is fantastic and Kt’s my sister by choice.
  • Community Cycling Center; Portland, Oregon, USA.  It is places like this, strengthening community with bikes, that proves the bicycle can help save humanity.
  • Desert Sports; Terlingua, Texas, USA.  When there’s water in south-west Texas, Desert Sports are the only folks  to take you out on the Rio Grande.  More than just running a business, they are serious about boating…and cycling.  Offering rentals, guided bike tours and weekly rides, these folks walk the walk, ride the rides and live the life.  They also run a killer three-day mountain-bike festival in February.  Ask for Mike or Crystal.
  • Duke’s Cycle; Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  One of the most storied bicycle shops in all of North America.  Down-town Toronto with something for everyone.  Big supporters of local riding and racing.  Ask for Michael.
  • Mojo Bicycle Cafe; San Francisco, California, USA. Picture a small, service-oriented bicycle shop.  Then, imagine a small cafe that serves great food, micro-brews and excellent espresso.  Put them together under one roof and staff the place with really cool people.  Presto, Mojo Bicycle Cafe!  Ask for John.
  • Neworld Cycle; Burlington, Ontario, Canada. High-end road and tri shop.  Also have a running store and spin studio.  Ask for Darren.
  • Noble Cycles; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. A small, service-oriented shop owned by a dedicated rider.  Ask for Nate.
  • Peddler Bike Shop, The; Austin, Texas, USA.  Great shop owned by a really great guy.  Ask for AJ.
  • Subculture Cyclery; Salida, Colorado, USA.  A small shop with big passion for single-speed mountain-bikes.  Ask for Jason.
  • Sweet Pete’s; Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  An excellent shop without the pretension.  Ask for Jill.


Blogs, organizations and other resources:

  • Adventure Cycling Association:  Everything you need to know about touring in the US.
  • Bike Mojo: online bicycle bulletin-board and blog-hosting site.  Cool folks, too.
  • Collective resource everything bike-packing.
  • kids at The Brenham Community Center in Brenham, TX sent me this excellent resource to help get children on bikes.
  • Couchsurfing: Never pay for accommodation again when travelling and meet really cool people.
  • Crank Directory: A world-wide directory of cycling blogs.
  • CTC: UK charity promoting cycling to all.
  • Drunk Cyclist: booze’n’bikes, ’nuff said.
  • IMBA: International Mountain Bike Association.  Proponents of trail advocacy, innovative trail-building and responsible trail-use.
  • Sustrans: Responsible for the [UK]’s 14,000 mile National Cycle Network.  Amazing organisation.
  • Singletracks: Online mountain-biking magazine.  An incredible resource with tons of trail info.
  • Team Super Awesome: Well, just, awesome.  Like glitter and bikes and beer and unicorns
  • Warmshowers: A list of sympathetic cyclists willing to put you–and your bike–up for the night.
  • While Out Riding; One man’s adventures bike-packing the Americas.  Really well done and a super nice guy.

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