Finding Solitude on the Road with Tyler from Barenaked Ladies

Usually touring and living on the road isn’t ultra conducive to cycling. For Tyler Stewart though, drummer for the Barenaked Ladies, cycling has become an outlet to find solitude and sweat far from the stage. He brings his bike on tour both to ride alone, and to ride with other musicians. “You quickly identify each other and try and get out there.”

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We met up with Tyler in downtown Boise and then pedaled to Hyde Park for iced coffee. Full disclosure: We let him borrow a roommate’s Schwinn Speedster. (Tyler rides a hybrid Cannondale.) Full disclosure: He bought us iced coffee.



When there isn’t three feet of snow, Tyler rides everyday he can in Toronto. “I bike for groceries, I bike to school (and) I bike my little daughter who’s 18 months right now around in the back (of the bike).”


Tyler was a huge fan of the Pho at Baguette Deli. We are a huge fan of their ~$4 BBQ Pork sandwich.


Before he knew that we worked for the biggest blog in Boise that specializes in bikes and also specializes in doing stories with photos and stereo sound, Tyler offered us tickets to his show at the Botanical Garden in Boise. We went, and of course, it was awesome. He tweets here. You should follow him, and hey, us too.

Comments focus: What’s your favorite riding tunes?


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  1. Sandy
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a great guy!

    • Posted August 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      Yeah. I think he’s better spoken than the average drummer and obviously cares about the work he does.

  2. Posted August 11, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Awww he’s awesome!

  3. Jake
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    That was really interesting to be able to look into life in a band. I don’t think I would like to live on the rode but if I did I can see how a bike would be really nice to have. Another nice one guys!

    • Posted August 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      Yeah. It seems like life on the road can only be done in spurts.

  4. Posted August 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    With your size and experience working on the rough Boise Bench, maybe they could hire you as a bouncer so you could collect some cash.

  5. Posted August 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Ok I’ve got three favorites for riding and tuning.

    1. Hello Seahorse – they’re upbeat and fun + if its a long enough ride for music, it’s a long enough ride to study Spanish.

    2. Watch the throne. Of course. (Holler.)

    3. Manchester Orchestra. My first winter in Boise and at Boise State was nothing but Manchester. In my cold room, on frigid bike rides, beautiful stuff.

  6. Heidi Groover
    Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Love the idea of questions/discussions in the comments section. My riding music is all about the day and weather.

    Full disclosure: Most mornings, it’s no music. NPR gets in my ears and gets me the news before I even show up at work. The best.

    But if it’s rainy or nighttime, I usually start with Josh Ritter. Maybe a little something like this:

    Sunshine gets some old, happy Dylan (, or something like Vampire Weekend (you know ’em), Tapes n’ Tapes ( or Oberhofer (

    • Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      NPR? I love them but I feel like its just too much going on for my rides. Maybe I need to try it out though. Tapes n’ Tapes is good jams.

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