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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 »

open range commute

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 »

Happy kids

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 »

  • Check out TFR in American Bicyclist Magazine!

    Are you a member of the League of American Bicyclists? Check us out in the Nov/Dec issue of American Bicyclist Magazine! Not a member? Maybe you should be! Here is the link to the magazine online — Eva and Clara catching air on the cover. Happy December everyone!

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    Upgrading to UpSki: The ExtraHuge bag review

    As a kid, I rode my mountain bike to class with a backpack. When I got my first grown-up job, I bought a set of rear panniers for my commuting bike. A simple, elegant solution for carrying a couple of things to work. When I started riding with kids, the game changed. It’s not just the… Read more »

  • Will Fort Collins’ Platinum designation be ‘detoured’ by the development of a powerful company?

    As far as bicycle friendly communities go, Fort Collins has it all. Bike paths, bike lanes, official bike plans, current bike maps, bike advocacy groups, bike parking, even biking police officers and, bike detours. We joined a group of seasoned cyclists to ride and assess a recently installed bicycle detour around the site of the… Read more »

  • A new direction for the Family Ride

    Mark and I are planning a new adventure. But it’s not what you might think. Instead of continuing to ride new places, we’re currently feeling the need to know one place more intimately — and to try and make this place more accessible to more types of cyclists. After completing our family bicycle adventure through… Read more »

  • Are motorists getting more hostile in Fort Collins?

    In 2013, my family rode more than 2,000 miles on bicycles through the Rocky Mountains without incident. After nearly four months of touring, I can count the negative, middle-finger sort of interactions with motorists on one hand. Everywhere we rode (with the exception of Yellowstone National Park) it seemed that motorists were safe, courteous, and… Read more »