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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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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.)

 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.

Co-op Cycles ADV 2.1 Bike - 2017 When your touring plans take you onto variable terrain, the Co-op Cycle ADV 2.1 bike gets you there. Its hybrid design, disc brakes and included rear rack help you answer the call of the open road.

REI brand Touring and Trekking Bikes

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.

  • Double-butted chromoly steel frame offers great stability and strength under heavy loads, plus the reliably smooth ride quality that steel is known for

  • Shimano 27-speed drivetrain is designed for ease of use and reliability (without a ton of maintenance), making it ideal for the loads and long distances of touring

  • Microshift SL-A09 thumb shifters offer easy, intuitive shifting; custom-shaped handlebar supports a wide range of hand positions

  • Alex ATD 470 rims with Vittoria Randonneur tires offer reliable performance on or off road

  • Comes ready to travel with a sturdy aluminum rear rack; accepts front rack (sold separately)

  • Please note: gear load recommended not to exceed 250 lbs.



Salsa Fargo


  • Cobra Kai chromoly tubeset and Firestarter steel fork are compatible with multiple wheel sizes

  • Easy, versatile and slip-free Alternator dropouts v1.5

  • Belt-drive compatible

  • Rear-rack friendly

  • ZS44 semi-integrated headset standard

  • Specs subject to change

The bikes below are sold online and shipped to your address.  Online bikes are a very good value but hard to find so I have rounded up my favorites.
Shop All Touring Bicycles Here

This is the type of bike I have done most of my traveling on.  Great for road and off road with an agile geometry and accepts wide or narrow tires.

REI brand Touring and Trekking Bikes

This is the bike I am buying next. I am tall and recently bought a mountain bike with 29er wheels and really like how it rides and would like to try this in my next touring bike.

Salsa Fargo

If comfort is your first priority check out these great bikes.  I have never toured this light but I know a ton of cyclist who like this style of bike.

Salsa Marrakes


The new breed of off road bike packing and snow bicycle. I have never owned a bike like this but I bet someday I do.

Fat Bikes


Seasonal - Surly bikes are not always available on line but they are a great deal. 

Surly LHT touring bicycle



eXTReMe Tracker


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


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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