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We're Hiring Four Bicycle Bloggers!

As I’ve mentioned recently, we’ve got some big plans here at the Campfire Cycling blog. We’re focusing on #1 improving the quality and consistency of our content. And #2 improving the design and functionality of our blogging software (Through WordPress Custom Theming). For the content side of things, we’re currently recruiting four bicycle bloggers to…

Our Tucson Cyclovia Experience in Photos

For the first time, in our short history down here in Tucson, we were an official sponsor of Cyclovia Tucson. To captivate the Cyclovians we decided to bring out some of the bicycle touring rigs we had set up for our new showroom. We brought out a Surly CrossCheck and ECR both setup with Ortlieb…

Ortlieb's Ultimate Man Purse

This week I was inspired to talk about my beloved handlebar bag, the Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Pro-M. The thing I’m discovering about doing these videos, is doing them impromptu like this, I’m not sure what ridiculous things are going to come out of my mouth. Video Transcription: Hi I’m Josh Lipton with Campfire Cycling and…

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Bicycles at the All Souls Procession

Tucson’s All Souls Procession has grown into an event of epic proportions. I decided this year to capture some of the bicycles that joined the festivities. While the season has transitioned from spooky to thankful to festive, I wanted to get this up before all of the holiday cheer had subsided. Think Nightmare before Christmas….

The Zombie Apocalypse Bike

I’m working on the prototype of an idea to start doing a weekly video post here. It’ll just be top-of-mind stuff related to Campfire Cycling be it new products, ruminations or interesting projects like this bike that we’ve got featured in our new showroom. As I get started the videos may be a bit rough….

Adjusting to the New Commute

A few weeks ago, I moved from a house where I had a very simple bike commute (I rode straight down one road for 3 miles) to house located such that there are a wide array of route options. As I began exploring these various routes, I was reminded how enjoyable it is to optimize…

Holiday Gifts for Those Who Adventure Daily

Let the Holiday adventures begin! Enjoy our list of gifts optimized for everyday cycling adventures. Revelate Designs Viscacha Ready to break away from the everyday? The Viscacha is the first bag to start your ultimate bikepacking setup. Ortlieb Commuter Bag Looking for a better way to do it? The Commuter is going to get you…

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The Adventure Begins…Updates to our Blog

As of a few days ago, we completed the first step of a rebranding project for www.CampfireCycling.com with some updates here. Step 1 involved the following: Transition CommuteByBike.com into www.CampfireCycling.com/blog. Transition UtilityCycling.org into www.CampfireCycling.com/blog. Put up a several aesthetic changes including a new header images. Archive our Forums Organize our content into 5 categories: Commute…

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The Habit-Forming Neoprene Hug of Owl Band

This is like one of those “When You See It” pictures that your friends send you on Facebook. I took this photo while commuting by bus in Madagascar. Do you notice anything odd? This was during my “Bikeless in Madagascar” period. It was a weird time. I would do my normal morning get-ready-for-work routine. I’d…

KP FaceOff Messenger Bag Review

Over the last 22 years that Ive been bicycle commuting regularly, I have often tried to be a messenger-bag-kinda-gal, but it never seemed to work out. The bags felt too floppy, or too small, or too big, and always too heavy on my shoulder. They often swung around while I was riding, and I can…

Interview By Bike: My Ride in Omaha

If you’re a devout follower of the Commute By Bike blog, you know that I typically write about exciting advocacy issues and helpful or controversial new products. Once in awhile, I engage in some hard-hitting investigative journalism. Today, however, I am inspired to write about a more personal experience with cycling – one that reminded…

Which Direction Are Bicycles Trending?

When I launched www.CampfireCycling.com in 2006, I had great timing. While the economy was about to head off a cliff, I somehow got myself into a nice little area of opportunity that was very likely buoyed by the residual impacts of our collective economic shit-storm. It was very exciting how excited everyone was about using…

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Bikeless in Madagascar

For the first time in more than 20 years I do not have a bicycle. Here’s what happened: The bike that I have been using since I arrived in Madagascar belonged to the Government of the United States of America (USA). A few days ago, I wrapped up my contractual obligations to that particular organization,…

My 2015 Interbike Report

I walked the floors of Interbike for the last 3 days. I met with our suppliers, the folks behind brands like Ortlieb, Revelate, Thule, and Weehoo. After some catching up and business talk I captured video of their latest products some of which I will be sharing here after some editing. The culture shifts of…

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The Ingenious Bike Bells you (Probably) Can't Buy

Check out this homemade bike bell system I came across in Madagascar.The owner of the bike — perhaps the inventor — was more than happy to demonstrate.I was visiting the Cold Water Geysers of Analavory. I was not commuting per-se; I was being a tourist.The geysers are not a natural phenomenon, but instead are related…