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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

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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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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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My Recommended Best Value Buys in Touring Bicycles from Surly Long Haul Trucker LHT, Novara Safari, Randonneur,  and Salsa Fargo for Loaded Bike Tours.

(see also Custom Touring Bicycle and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide.)

(see also Surly Long Haul Trucker LHT Touring Bicycle here)

 I do not have a touring bicycle sponsor. For now I'm keeping quiet about the brand of bike I currently ride, in hopes that some manufacturer may want to sponsor me in the future. I am often asked by first time or new bicycle tourists what touring bicycles are the best buys and highest value for the money.  Below are my picks.

Novara Safari Touring Bike - all sizes 700c/26 inch wheel

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This style of trekking bike is my favorite type of go-anywhere touring bicycle.  It has the ability to carry a heavy set of panniers and gear.  No matter what kind of bike I am riding, I usually build them up similar to this.

(from REI) Novara Safari is the ultimate adventure-touring bike, built for dirt roads, heavy loads and exploring new abodes.

  • Double-butted Reynolds 520 steel frame and fork are built for solid handling under heavy loads; dynamo guides on fork make for easy mounting

  • Frame and fork also feature disc brake mounts and disc hubs for an easy brake upgrade

  • Shimano 27-speed drivetrain is designed for ease of use and reliability with low maintenance; ideal for the loads and long distances of touring

  • SRAM Attack twist shifters offer easy, intuitive shifting; custom-shaped handle bar supplies a wide range of hand positions

  • Stout Weinmann rims and Continental Town Ride tires ensure reliable rolling performance on- or off-road

  • Leather-topped saddle and handle bar tape offer lasting use and comfort

  • Comes ready to travel with a sturdy aluminum rear rack that's been updated to better fit panniers and offers improved clearance for disc brakes

  • Please note: Size Small has 26 in. wheels; sizes Medium, Large and X Large have 29 in. wheels.

  • The Small-size frame uses 26 in. wheels in order to optimize fit and versatility for smaller riders

  • Specs on the Novara Safari are subject to change


  • Kinesis aluminum double-butted frame is strong yet lightweight; chromoly, double-butted fork is built for solid steering under heavy loads

  • 27-speed drive train is designed for ease of use and reliability with low maintenance; ideal for the loads and long distances of touring

  • SRAM Attack shifters offer easy, intuitive shifting; Shimano disc brakes provide dependable stopping power in all kinds of conditions

  • ATS adjustable stem gives you a precise fit; handlebars allow a variety of hand positions

  • Durable Alex DP17 rims are mounted with Vittoria Randonneur tires for excellent performance on- or off-road

  • Fizik Nisene saddle and Kalloy micro adjustable seat post create a smooth riding experience

  • Comes ready to travel with a sturdy aluminum rear rack

  • Please note: Sizes Small (15 in. frame) and Medium (17 in.) have 26 in. wheels; sizes Large (19 in.) and X Large (21 in.) have 29 in. wheels.

  • The two smaller-sized frames utilize 26 in. wheels in order to optimize fit and versatility for smaller riders

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Novara Randonneur Touring Bike - 700c - all sizes.

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(from REI) Set off on an adventure aboard the REI Novara Randonneur touring bike, which will comfortably carry you through long days exploring new countrysides, climbing passes and taking in beautiful vistas.

  • Load it up! Classic touring frame accommodates fore and aft racks and fenders—rear rack provided (front rack and fenders sold separately)

  • Reynolds 520 chromoly frame is double butted for added strength under heavy loads; tubes are thick at the ends, narrowing once toward the center

  • Long wheelbase and low center of gravity optimize stability and handling under heavy loads and high speeds

  • Shimano touring gruppo provides smooth shifting through a gear range designed to get bike, rider and equipment up and over mountain passes

  • Keep the cadence you want—27 speeds let you adjust for the smallest changes in wind and terrain

  • Lightweight Mavic A319S rims and puncture-resistant Vittoria Randonneur tires have the durability needed to log long miles

  • Shimano brake levers and Tektro brakes provide reliable stopping power; cantilever configuration allows ample room for fenders front and back

  • Novara Touring Anatomica saddle is contoured and padded for support and comfort during long days on the road

  • No fancy shoes required—platform pedals with toe clips accommodate many casual shoes; we suggest supportive cycling shoes for long rides

  • And just to make sure we thought of your every need, Randonneur includes a spare spoke mounted on a seatstay

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Surly Cross Check Hybrid Multiuse Commuting, Utility, Touring Bike

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A do-it-all road ride, the Surly Cross Check bike handles commuting, light touring, everyday riding, weekend charity rides and centuries with ease and smooth, steely grace.

* 4130 chromoly steel frame and fork offer the legendary smooth handling and ride associated with steel, ensuring all-day comfort
* Andel double crankset is partnered with Shimano Tiagra derailleurs and shifters to provide dependable performance and easy shifts between the versatile 18 gears
* Shimano bar-end shifters offer easy shifts
* Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes supply sure speed management and offer plenty of clearance for fenders
* Alex rims and Shimano Deore hubs combine to supply reliable, smooth rolling; Ritchey SpeedMax Cross tires handle on- and off-road conditions
* Frame features eyelets for fenders and racks (sold separately), 2 water bottle mounts, downtube lever bosses and semi-horizontal rear dropouts with adjusters
* Fatties Fit Fine (FFF) stays and slope-crowned fork provide plenty of room for tires up to 700x45 with clearance for fenders

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Salsa Fargo Touring Bicycle

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If that long and winding road is beckoning to you…consider our 29’er adventure mountain bike, the Fargo.

Crafted of Salsa Classico CroMoly, the Fargo is a bit of a bicycling anomaly: a disc brake only, drop bar mountain bike designed for off-road touring.

Drop bars provide multiple hand positions for long days on single-track, path, or roadway. A full compliment of braze-on’s on the frame and fork allow for both front and rear racks and fenders. The investment cast chainstay-mounted disc brake mount is conveniently tucked out of the way, eliminating accessory mounting interference. Load as much or as little gear as you choose for your next adventure.

Six (count ‘em, six) water bottle cage mounts (on sizes 18 – 24") help keep you hydrated on a long journey. The sloped toptube allows plenty of standover clearance for those fully-loaded starts and stops.

Both frame and fork offers gobs of tire clearance: throw on some big 29 x 2.4" meat (29 x 2.1" with Planet Bike Cascadia fenders).

The Fargo is designed to take you wherever it is you wish to go. Throw a dart at a map, make some plans, load up your gear, and hit the dirt. Fargo. Go far.


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