Weekend Report: Trails and Gravel Outside Of Steelville, MO

The following is an account of a damned fine weekend involving family, friends, and bikes down in the Mark Twain National Forest outside of Steelville, MO. Read on for some serious inspiration!

Words by Sam Botts. Photos by Petey Botts.

"Picked up Petey Friday night. Saturday morning, met Nate at the gas station, headed for Bass River Resort for a weekend of friends and bikes and friends on bikes. Had my dad's Westy (he's very generous, it has been on many bike adventures) packed with two mountain bikes, two cyclocross bikes, two guys and all our stuff. Got to Bass River around 11am. Petey DJ'd, playing some old Memphis rap, eventually winding up with traditional music of India. We got a camp site and set up, anxious to get on the single-track. It was a little cooler than we expected so there was much consideration in regards to gear selection. Fortunately, the gravel climb out of Bass River warmed us up within a mile. The trail awaits!

Customer Appreciation Night - Dec. 8, 2016


It's time again for our annual Customer Appreciation Night! Thursday, December 8 at 6pm we'll have refreshments including beer from Logboat Brewing Co., live music from local musician Cody Mitchell (of Tom Sauk), and a huge raffle! Be sure to join us afterwards for drinks at Günter Hans downtown.

RSVP on the facebook event. See you soon!

Bicycle Camping Clinic and Campout!

bikecampposter Let's talk about bicycle camping. Camping by bike is one of the purest ways to experience the great outdoors. We'd love to share our knowledge with you and get more people exploring off the beaten path.

The details: Oct. 19 — 101: Learnin’ the Ropes Oct. 26 — 202: The Ins and Outs Nov. 2 — 303: Packin’ the Gear Nov. 5-6 — Final: Campout!

The first two clinics will be FREE! On November 2nd we'll have a night of guided preparation for our campout the following weekend.

Get the tools you need to start your own adventure with the Walt's Bicycle Camping Clinic.

Back to school sale and swap meet Aug. 25-28

salebanneraug16 Stop by the shop between August 25 and 28 to check out our back to school sale! All cycling, outdoor, and fitness accessories will be marked down all weekend. We'll have closeout models from Trek, Felt, Salsa, and more. Receive a gift card with the purchase of select current model year bikes.


Saturday Aug. 27 we'll have our annual Fall swap meet from 10am to 4pm! Bring in your old outdoor, cycling, and fitness gear with a price tag on it and we'll set it up outside. If your item sells you can take 100% store credit or cash with a 10% consignment fee.

Closeout Road Bikes

BSE_Social_1200x900-27 Pile on the miles this Summer. Whether you're hammering off the front on Tuesday night, going out for an early morning Big Tree Loop, or just enjoying the new Grindstone Creek Trail, Trek has the road bike for you. From now until July 18 Walt's and Trek will be offering huge savings on select road bikes. Here's just a few of the deals available:

Trek Emonda ALR 5 - $1679 $1379

Trek Emonda S4 - $1569 $1299

Trek Emonda SL5 - $2599 $1999

Trek Silque C - $2099 $1699

Trek Silque S - $2469 $1849

2016 Spring Collection

Walt’s Bike Shop is excited to bring you the 2016 Walt’s Spring Collection.  The Spring Collection features cycling clothing, casual apparel, and other miscellany carefully curated by a dedicated group of hardened bike racers, sleep-deprived adventure cyclists, and mysterious mechanics.  The Spring Collection is rooted in Midwestern cycling culture, but the collection’s themes of exploration, the great outdoors, and love of the bike are universal. gridshirtslider

Check out the entire 2016 Walt's Spring Collection at store.waltsbikeshop.com

Introducing the Walt's Adventure Kit

AdventureKitFINAL The Mark Twain National Forest, a staple of adventure riding in Missouri.  Its swatches of green mottle maps of Missouri topography like spots on a cow.  In those spots, the savvy adventure cyclist finds tumbling miles of gravel roads connected by sketchy stretches of single track.  Burbling brooks and sheer bluffs cut throughout the national forest land, slicing through engineer's attempts to conquer these landscapes with asphalt.

The Adventure Kit.  Designed by your very own Walt's cycling and outdoor outfitters and manufactured to the most diligent of standards by Castelli Cycling Apparel.  The Adventure Jersey is slathered with a map of the Mark Twain National Forest, presented in a pleasing green and orange colorway.  The Adventure Bib Short is a subdued and classy black, with subtle branding, elegant construction, and the softest of chamois.

Show your Missouri pride and Mark Twain spirit.  Get lost in the national forest and turn to the Adventure Jersey for a map.  Realize that the section of forest you are in is NOT the same section depicted on the jersey.  Drink from a stream, trip on a rock and tumble down a rocky trail, and fall into a sweet, painful sleep at the back of a cave, where the light, soft material of this kit will do nothing to protect you from the slavering jaws of a pack of coyotes.

The Adventure Kit is available for pre-order at store.waltsbikeshop.com!