Consulting our trusty map

Montana Bike Camping Bucket List

My family loves bikes. We enjoy riding for exercise and recreation, but also to go places. To the park, to the fishing access, to the grocery store, to soccer practice, to work, to school. If you go places by bike, it’s not just about the destination, but much more about the journey getting there. A… Read more »


Family Bike Overnight to Loch Leven

Saturday, March 28th was the official kickoff to trail season. We decided to get the season started right with a bike overnight. But instead of carrying all three children, it was time for the girls to ride independently and carry some of their own gear. It was a last minute plan, haphazardly hatched the night… Read more »

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Free Range Bicycle Commuting

A few weeks back we had a mid-winter warm spell. With nighttime lows in the 40s and daytime highs in the 60’s, we blissfully welcomed a few 3-season activities into our mid-winter routine. Warm bike rides, playing fetch in the river, we even went on an overnight backpacking trip. During the thaw, a couple of… Read more »


Fat bikes ALLOWED on Forest Service Official Winter Routes

Early this winter, Mark and I purchased some beautiful Surly Ice Cream Trucks from Timber Trails  that we were anxious to hit the trails with. During the first snows of November we rode Mill Creek Trail south of Livingston. That day we ran into Brad Bolte, Law Enforcement Officer for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. He was… Read more »


Tapping deep roots in Montana

More on this soon. Stay tuned…


First family fatbike outing… nearly a complete success!

Our inaugural family fatbiking excursion was up Mill Creek Road, a popular Forest Service skiing and snowmobiling route south of Livingston. A combination of fatbiking, skijoring, sledding and hiking delivered our multiple family group up the road, with a respite of snacks and sunshine. Lesson learned: Seems we tend to get forgetful at the beginning… Read more »


Fattening Up For The Winter In Montana

TFR has gained a few pounds this season with a couple of Surly’s new Ice Cream Trucks. Sporting massive 4.8 inch knobbies and a gearing combination that would make a mountain goat envious, these things are a bundle of smiles… and a heck of a workout! Mainly we have been sticking to town due to… Read more »


Castle Mountain Bike Packin’ Over-Nighter

Last weekend we were feeling a little adventurous and with the absence of our two daughters (off to a family reunion and wedding on the other side of the country) we packed up the mountain touring/commuting rigs and headed for the Castle Mountain range. The Castle Mountains are a short distance east of White Sulphur… Read more »


Seeing Red…. Ants that is.

When we were offered the opportunity to help a good friend and participate in the Red Ants Pants Music Festival this coming July we couldn’t resist the thought of changing everything and returning to one of our favorite places; Montana. The festival is a three day event based just outside of White Sulphur Springs, Montana…. Read more »

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National Bike/Walk to School Day 2014

Thanks to Bevin Campbell who organized this fantastic day at Mountain Sage Community School in Fort Collins. Mountain Sage is a charter school, so children don’t necessarily live nearby. To make it work, Bevin staged 6 ‘stations’ in different locations throughout the city where parents could drop off their children with a parent/bike train leader…. Read more »

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    Good things come to those who ‘weight’

    When riding my Surly Big Dummy about town, often folks ask, “How much does that thing weigh?” or “That looks heavy”. My go-to response is, “I’ve never weighed it”. I tend to reassure myself with my own twisted bias with such inquiries. Truly, once you get the thing up to speed it isn’t so bad. Hills are… Read more »

  • Tools and other Paraphernalia

    I need a fix: Some basic tools for your ride…

    Good quality, well designed stuff tends to be pretty dependable, and dependability keeps it fun rather than frustrating.  Over the years we have  built up a little bicycle repair kit that accompanies us whether it be hundreds of miles of riding or a short trip to the grocery and back. Here’s a visual aid of… Read more »

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    The evolution of our revolution

    As our family grows, our gear continues to evolve. In 2010, we toured parts of Washington and Oregon with our two daughters, then 2 and 4 years old. To this day, the Surly Long Haul Trucker is a popular pick among practical cyclo-tourists and we built two of them. A throwback to the old steel “10… Read more »

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    Simple Saturday

    For the first time in many moons our nearly two year son old slept in.  We awoke to singing birds and sunshine.  Erica whipped up some heavy duty oatmeal and we planned a simple day of in town fun.  Despite Durango’s many impressive recreational offerings, it still brings a terrific little in-town scene.  No special… Read more »

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    The Reason We Ride: and New Beginnings

    Just 2 years after packing up all of our stuff and moving to Durango, CO, we’re preparing to leave. This tale begins in 2010 with the end of our first ever ‘bicycle tour’.  During that trip we became antsy to establish a landing site for our future lives.  A decision was made to settle down in… Read more »