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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

My 3 Books
I write, self publish and sell books about touring

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Places I have been
How can I afford this?)

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

How I started
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
(See more about Sponsorship)

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

See My Videos Here

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Off Road and Dirt Trail Bicycle Touring Tires in 700c and 26 inch.  Don't let mud, rocks or gravel spoil a traffic-free mountain bike tour.

My experience with touring bicycle tires - Studded tires ice and snow riding - Just bike tour tires
Touring Bicycle and parts - Equipment Index - Bicycle touring Sponsorship - All Equipment Index

Riding through one of many puddles on a dirt road in China.

Studded Mt. Bike Tires Sold Here   Wide Off Road Touring Tire

Off road bicycle touring tires need to be extra strong to survive a loaded bike on rough dirt roads and trails.  I like to remove my fenders and use a super wide tire. Knobby tread is optional.  I like panniers or saddle bags for off-road touring, but a lot of touring cyclists prefer one wheel suspension paired with a two wheeled bike tour trailer. Finding a wide 700c is not easy but see below for my recommendations.

Schwalbe Big Betty 26 x 2.4 Black/Black Folding Tire

The large volume and heavy duty features make the Big Betty really tough. The tread is optimized for braking performance and steering. Even so these qualities do not make it too heavy for uphill. (from catalog)

* Aggressive freeride tire for stony or dry conditions with a profile designed for optimum braking and steering

* Triple Nano compound - light rolling base, durable center and grippy shoulders

Wide Off Road Touring Tire

Schwalbe Marathon Cross 700x38

  • A tire for all seasons, on the road or off

  • Long wear with good puncture protection

  • Robust profile, grippy compound, and reflex reflective sidewall

  • Marathon Silica compound for easy rolling and longer life

  • Reflex sidewalls incorporate light-reflecting bands (from catalog)

Wide Off Road Touring Tire



My experience with touring bicycle tires - Studded tires ice and snow riding - Just bike tour tires - Touring Bicycle and parts - Equipment Index - Bicycle touring Sponsorship - All Equipment Index

Camp Stove
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping pad
Water Filter
Camp Cooking
First Aide
Touring/Utility Bikes
Solar Charging
Tools and Repair
Topeak Deluxe Kit


eXTReMe Tracker

Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice

- Bike Stuff
- Camping

Touring Bicycles

Tools and Spares

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

Much MORE Gear Here!

Sponsors (how?)

Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress Pads

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