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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

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

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The 5 years before I left

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Equipment Pages Index

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.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

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

Bike Touring Shorts

Short-wave Radio
Bicycle touring lights

Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures

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Saddle care and conditioning for Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle

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The following bike saddle care directions are from The Brooks Cycle Saddles Company in England.

Leather Bike Saddle Care.

Congratulations on choosing a Brooks leather saddle.  You have chosen a quality product which will bring you many years of cycling comfort.  Leather is a natural material, which will provide lasting comfort, coolness in hot weather, style and durability.  If you follow these simple instructions your saddle will adapt itself to you and retain its support and comfort.  A new saddle should be treated with the Proofide to help assist the 'breaking - in' process.  Proofide helps keep the leather supple as it is specially formulated from natural ingredients to condition, preserve and rain proof your saddle.  Proofide is the only substance that should be used to care for your saddle.

Apply a little Proofide to the finished side of the leather.  Allow the Proofide to permeate until dry and then polish off.  Proofide should be used several times during the 'breaking-in' period and every 3 - 6 months thereafter.  On bicycles not fitted with mudguards, an initial application to the underside of the saddle will be beneficial. This need not be polished off.  The leather gets its color during the tanning process and it is possible, therefore, that some color residues will remain.  It is recommended to polish the saddle with a soft cloth before first use.

You should protect your leather saddle from moisture with a saddle cover.  If a wet saddle is ridden the color may stain your clothing.  Allow wet saddles to dry naturally.  Never tension or Proofide a wet saddle.

Correct leather tension will ensure your saddle retains its shape and comfort.  To tension, turn the nose bolt nut 90 at a time, checking tension.  You can  use the tension wrench or allen key to do this.  Over-tensioning a saddle will overstretch the leather fibers and may destroy their structure.  Little and not very often is the key.  Remember, once the end of the nose bolt is reached, the saddle can no longer be tensioned.

Different bicycle touring saddles

Brooks produces a range of saddles varying from race saddles to heavy duty saddles in various colors with single, double, and even triple wires. Whilst single rail saddles can be used with a micro-adjust seat pin, remember that with double and triple railed saddles, the clip provided should always be used as this supports the saddle/rider correctly preventing premature breakage to the rails.

Brooks supply a range of spare parts for your saddle to ensure it is always in a good state of repair.

Your Brooks saddle is guarenteed for two years from the date of purchase against defects in manufacture or materials.  If you believe you have a claim under this guarantee, you should return the saddle to the place of purchase along with your proof of purchase.

(see also the buying a bicycle touring saddle page)

Brooks Maintenance Kit

Brooks Proofide Saddle Dressing and Tensioning Spanner (if needed)

Brooks Leather Saddles are very comfortable but need to be conditioned on a regular basis, especially when they're new. Saddles get exposed to rain, sun and heat that causes premature wearing and cracks. For extended touring, I go through one canister per year per saddle.

My Favorite Bicycle Touring Saddle

Brooks England Flyer Saddle - Men's
Brooks Flyer Sprung Saddle
My Favorite)

Especially designed for extra long rides or off road use; the Flyer has an extremely comfortable shape, plus shock absorbing springs. Approximate weight: 850g depending on thickness of the leather.

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Brooks B17 Saddle - Black

Back by popular demand, the Brooks line of saddles are the most requested item that you our customers are asking for. The Classic? B17 is an all leather cover with brass rivets plus tension adjuster. When broken in? Brooks saddles are considered by many to be the most comfortable on the market. The Standard width (6 3/4?) is ideal for commuting, long distance trekking and general purpose riding. Steel rails. 518g. (weights vary slightly, due to cover thickness). Specify Color: Black or HoneyBK-B17-(color)

Buy Brooks England B-17 Saddle  HERE

Brooks B73 Touring Saddle

For the ultimate cycling comfort.  If you have had trouble getting comfortable on bike seats, things like back pain distracts from enjoying the ride, or you have any other aches and comfort issues while bicycling you might try the super shock absorbing leather touring saddle from Brooks.    One spring in the front, two in the rear, comfortable and stylish.

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Comfortable Leather Brooks Conquest saddle with suspension, 

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Touring Bicycles

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Camp Stove
Water Filter
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Bike Maps
Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


Bike Shoes
Bike Touring Shorts

Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
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