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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
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The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
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Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

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Tires for Bike Tours..
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Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
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Titanium Camping Pots, Pans, Mess Kits, Camp Kitchens for Bicycle Touring and Camping, Trekking, Backpacking Travel.  The best lightweight camp cooking

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 see also Camping Stoves

I use a set of lightweight pots and pans daily.  If I'm camping or cooking in a hotel room, my set of camping cookware is pretty important.  Buying camping pots and pans is a big decision because they last for years.

Living with only a small set of pots and pans can be easy if you think before you buy.  It boils down to overall size and every piece having multiple uses.  Camp pans take up a lot of space in your bags.  If your set is cheap and large, you will have trouble packing them.  If your set is too small, you will find any type of creative cooking impossible.  It is important to choose the smallest set that can handle your biggest meal. 

The size and amount of the pots and pans that I carry varies somewhat depending on what continent I'm on.  If I'm going to be doing a lot of wilderness camping and making my own showers I take a full set with a 4 liter pan and a frying pan.  A 4 liter pot is great for retrieving water from a creek or heating shower water.  If I'm in more developed areas and mostly camping in campgrounds or staying in hotels I can scale back to the next smallest pan and skip the frying pan.

My pans are a mixture of several different sets that I've collected over the years.  Some are titanium and others are stainless steel.  The most important thing is that they fit together nicely in my bags and last over the years.

Lightweight travel and trekking cookware can very greatly in price and quality.  Just like all camping gear, the cheap stuff can let you down at crucial times. 

Things that I look for when buying  Camping Pots and Pans

- Fit nicely together  If your pans do not fit snugly together they will make a lot of noise in transit.  Pack-ability is one of the most important things to consider in your decision.

- Individual handles  Some camping pots and pan sets have a removable handle that is used with the entire set.  This is to avoid the redundancy of individual handles.  My problem is that I always misplace the handle and am left with no way of picking up hot pans.  I prefer individual handles for each piece.  This way they are attached and never get lost.

-Cleans easy     I like non-stick surface as it makes for easy cleaning.

-Does not burn easily Titanium behaves differently than stainless steel. The whole surface of a titanium pan heats up. Stainless steel pots heat mainly on the bottom. Cheap quality pots (aluminum) easily get hot spots that can scorch your meals.

Accessories that I like

- Liquid dish soap - Many places in the developing world only have solid bar dish soap.  This is great for traveling but difficult to use.  There is often no other choice.  Liquid dish soap can be hard to find in poor countries. 

- Pan scrubber The little scrubby things that you wash your pans with at home are sold universally around the world.  My favorite is the plastic net type that does not absorb much water or scratch the pots.  It's common to be washing up with very limited water and a scrubber does a lot of work with little liquid.


MSR Titanium Tea Kettle

If you could carry only one pot on your next technical adventure this would be purist's choice.

* Designed for maximum heating efficiency, rounded bottom edges offer more surface area to the flame * A dripless spout controls the flow and the tight fitting lid won't come loose halfway through the pour * Folding wire handles fold flush to minimize space in the pack

Superior strength-to-weight ratio, titanium is 45% lighter than steel and stronger than aluminum. Titanium also offers excellent corrosion resistance and is chemically nonreactive. Please note: MSR products can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

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Snow Peak Titanium Mini Solo Cookset

Traveling light and fast? This minimalist kit packs your kitchen into a tiny space, and weighs about 5 ounces.

  • Kit includes 28-fl. oz. pot with lid and a lightweight, 10 fl. oz. cup; pot nests inside cup, Giga™ stove nests inside pot

  • Both pot and cup have a handle that folds flat for packing

  • Rounded bottom edges are easy to clean and improve heating efficiency

  • Comes with a lightweight nylon storage bag; stowed dimensions are 4.25 (diameter) x 5.2 (height) inches

Capacity and dimensions per piece are as follows:

  • 28 fl. oz. pot is 4 inches (diameter) x 4.75 inches (height)

  • 10 fl. oz. cup is 4 inches (diameter) x 2 inches (height)

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Snow Peak Titanium Multi Compact Cookse

Whip up gourmet meals in the backcountry--this compact kit is perfect for the minimalist looking to shave weight without limiting the menu.

* Kit includes 34-fl. oz. and 26-fl.oz. pots, plus lids that also double as a 12 fl.. sauce pan and 17 fl. oz. fry pan
* Each pan has a handle that folds flat for packing
* Rounded bottom edges are easy to clean and improve heating efficiency
* Inner nesting pot is sized to store a Snowpeak Giga™ 110 gram fuel canister (sold separately)
* Comes with a lightweight nylon mesh storage bag; stowed Dimensions 6-1/8d" x 4h"

Capacity and dimensions per piece are as follows:

* 34 fl. oz. pot = 2-7/8 inches (height) x 5-7/8 inches (diameter)
* 26 fl. oz. pot = 2-3/4 inches (height) x 5 inches (diameter)
* 17 fl. oz. fry pan = 1-1/4 (height) x 6-1/8 inches (diameter)
* 12 fl. oz. fry pan = 1-1/4 (height) x 5-3/4 inches (diameter)

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GSI Pinnacle Dualist Cookset

The fully integrated, self-contained GSI Pinnacle Dualist Cook System provides 2 backpackers with lightweight essentials for backcountry dining. Includes nonstick coating and a BPA-free plastic lid.

* Kit includes 2 insulated mugs with lids, 2 bowls, 2 telescoping foons and a hard-anodized pot with strainer lid
* Mugs nest securely inside the bowls, which in turn nest within the pot; color-coded mugs and bowls prevent mix-ups
* Insulated mugs have a low center of gravity and include lids with Sip-It openings that virtually eliminate spills
* Ultralight backpacking stove and small isobutane fuel canister (both sold separately) can also nest within for a complete and compact cooking system
* Pinnacle-series aluminum pot distributes heat evenly for fast and efficient cooking and is extremely lightweight and abrasion resistant
* Pinnacle-series cookware utilizes hard-anodized aluminum and Teflon® Radiance technology for supreme scratch and abrasion resistance
* Teflon Radiance technology features a specially formulated topcoat to enhance heat dispersion for quick and even heating
* Nonstick coating is tough enough to handle use with most metal utensils
* 2 telescoping foons give you the functionality of a fork and spoon, and they fit compactly inside the cook system
* BPA-free plastic lid is lightweight and features an integrated strainer ideal for use with pasta and steamed vegetables
* Flip-up tab on top of lid makes for easy lid removal
* Silicone-coated handle provides a comfortable, secure grip; handle locks into place for cooking and secures the entire set for transport
* Mugs, bowls, foons and pot lid are made from BPA-free Infinity polypropylene plastic, which has a high melting temperature, is dishwasher safe and completely recyclable
* Includes a rugged stuff sack that doubles as a sink or wash basin

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GSI Deluxe Kitchen Set


The portable GSI Deluxe 11-piece kitchen set adds culinary panache to your forays into outdoor cooking.

* Handsome zippered case packs small yet springs forth with nearly every item imaginable to manage a veritable outdoor food fest from prep to cleanup
* Set includes stainless-steel grater and whisk, spatula and spoon with telescoping handles, cutting board and salt and pepper shakers
* Wait, there's more! Also includes 2 squeeze bottles, a scouring sponge and a highly absorbent, highly efficient camp towel
* Salt and pepper shaker is constructed of BPA-free copolyester
* Case includes an adjustable hand-carry strap

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MSR Alpine Kitchen Set


Set of plastic cooking accessories and containers for use in the backcountry; all designed to store neatly inside MSR Alpine pots (sold separately).

* Containers include: organizer bowl with lid, two 3-oz. bottles, one 2-oz. bottle, four 3/4-oz. bottles, one 1-oz. and one 1/4-oz. squeeze bottle
* Utensils and accessories include: folding spoon, spatula and strainer, cutting board, sponge/scrub pad, salt and pepper shaker, three resealable bags
* Nylon zippered pouch holds the smaller items and fits inside the organizer bowl and lid
* Spoon is curved on one edge to fit MSR pan contours; the other edge is flat for scraping; inside of spoon features measuring marks in milliliters

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Snow Peak Titanium Spork

What do you get when you cross a lightweight titanium spoon with a lightweight titanium fork? The ultimate eating utensil!

* Twice the weight savings--not only is titanium light, but you need only carry a single utensil cutting the weight you carry even further
* Titanium leaves no metallic smell or taste and will not rust


Light My Fire Spork
The perfectly designed outdoor eating utensil, this light, strong spoon-fork-knife combo brings a bit of civilization to the wild for your trailside meals.


Coghlan's Can Opener

Compact and easy-to-use, this handy mini can-opener can hide in your cookset until you need it.

* Made from hardened carbon steel; nickel plated to resist rusting * Stays sharp for years


REI Campware Cutting Board

Slice and dice in the backcountry with this ultralight cutting board.

* Rugged polyethylene construction resists wear and is easy to clean * Flexible design allows you to funnel food and makes for easy packing










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REI - Camping, Cycling, and Traveling Gear

REI Outlet Store:  Great deals on camping and bike gear

Very good prices on hard-to-find bicycle touring panniers, racks, and more.

Jenson USA - great deals on complete bicycles and parts.


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