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The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions, and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world. My Plan

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I write, self publish and sell books about touring

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May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Australia
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
March 2002 to April 2003

How I started
The 5 years before I left


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Equipment Pages Index

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle touring lights

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping


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Touring Bicycle Handlebars and Trekking Bars with Road Bike Drop Vs. Straight Mountain Bike Setups.  Also Cycling Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, Padded Grips, and Cork Tape.

Straight or drops?

Question from a DownTheRoad.org reader

So, I've started compiling my touring bike's parts and I've come to bars. Which do you prefer, straight bars or drops? Judging from the pictures, it looks like you have used both. Which do you prefer?

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You are correct, I have used both types of handlebars and I am perfectly happy with either type.  For me each type of handlebar has its advantages and shortcomings depending on the situation.  These differences (to me) are so minute that I would be happy with either system while traveling.  I have no problem using a drop bar for off-road touring (this is different than mountain biking) and a straight bar for road touring (this is different than road biking). I recommend drop bars only if you are an experienced cyclist and already know that is what you like.  Many experienced cyclists still prefer straight bars on their touring bikes.  If you are unsure or new to the sport I recommend mountain bike or straight bars.  Road drop bars have some advantages over mountain bars but they do not feel as practical to most new bicyclists. 

Ergon Handlebar Grips (highly recommended)

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 Dimension Dimension Riser bars - all sizes

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 designed by Jeff Jones, featuring an unconventional design that allows for multiple hand and body positions for better handling and greater comfort.

Titec H-Bar Touring Handlebar Up Sweep (rise) 4 degrees

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Titec J-Bar Mountain Handlebars - flat bar (no rise)

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 Moustache Double-bend Touring Commuting Handlebar - all sizes


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Salsa Moto Ace (Touring Bicycle) Drop Bar

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Salsa Woodchipper (Bicycle Touring) Drop Bar

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 Cruiser Multi-Position Handlebars


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 Bar Ends - all shapes and sizes

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Brooks Leather Handlebar Tape

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Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice 
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Touring Bicycles
Panniers
Racks
Saddles
Tires
Lights

Fenders
Tools and Spares

Tents
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress
Camp Stove
Water Filter
Pots and Pans
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Bike Maps
Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Pedals
Handelbars/Grips
Headsets

Helmet
Bike Shoes
Bike Touring Shorts

Much MORE Gear Here!

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Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress Pads


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