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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

Australia
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

Introduction
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.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
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

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle touring lights

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping


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Bicycle Touring and Camping Best Sleeping Bags: 1, 2, and 3 season.
Down fill goose feathers and synthetic warm camp backpacking trekking

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See more pages Camping Mattress - Tents - Stealth Camping  -  The Frugal Bike Tour

I have owned several Down Fill (goose feathers) and Synthetic Fill sleeping bags.  Down sleeping bags pack smaller, weigh less, and feel very soft when new.  The problem I keep having with Down sleeping bags is that they are hard to wash on the road, do not work when they get wet, and the soft loft breaks down after about a year of everyday use and then it is not so warm or soft anymore.

Synthetic sleeping bags are a bit bigger and slightly heavier but last longer.  The big appeal is that you can throw them in a washing machine or hand wash them while on the road.  Synthetic sleeping bags also cost much less.  When I am shopping for sleeping bags there a few things that I like.

Things that I look for when buying sleeping bags

- A rating of 0 F.  These ratings always seem very optimistic.  A 0F bag will usually be comfortable down to freezing.  This is the rating I usually use.  I need this because my trip is long and I encounter all types of weather.  You may be able to get by with less but always remember that the temperature rating are not realistic.

- Can be washed and dried easily.  For me, traveling by bicycle can be a grungy business.  Showering everyday is not always possible.  There are stretches when I'm forced to go several days without a proper shower.  It seems like a sleeping bag wipes the dirt and sweat away nicely and you wake up cleaner than when you went to bed.  Of course, it does not take much of this and the sleeping bag needs to be washed.  In developed countries I use half the amount of any of normal laundry detergent and drop it in the washing machine.  In developing countries where everyone washes their cloths by hand so, I do too.

- Extra long   I am fairly tall and many brands of sleeping bags offer models that are extra long. 

- Different colors  If you're traveling with a partner, consider getting sleeping bags in different colors so you can easily tell them apart.

- Opposite zippers  Another consideration for couples traveling together is to get bags with compatible opposite zippers. Zipping together two bags conserves body heat and makes for a nice snuggly night in the tent.

Accessories that I like

- Waterproof stuff sack / backpack   I like to use a waterproof dry bag for my stuff sack. You can find all sorts of dry bags in the canoe and kayak section of the camping store.  The dry bags that I like best double as a backpack for day hikes.

- Pockets  Some sleeping bags come with outside pockets which can be handy.


15F and Above
3 Season Sleeping Bags

My pick for long term bicycle touring or 3 season camping.  If your bike tour is taking you into high altitudes or chilly weather, you need to be ready for almost anything. This is the sleeping bag for the job.

Shop for Sleeping Bags rated 15F and above


30F and Above
Small Light Summer Sleeping Bag

If your travels include crossing the USA for the summer, generally warm weather, or mostly in the tropics why carry more?  These bags pack so small and light, you can use them occasionally for emergencies or everyday in warm weather.

Shop for Sleeping bags 30F and Above


Winter Sleeping Bags 10F and Below
Winter Sleeping Bag

I have never bicycle toured with cold temperature  winter gear but know a few who do.  Below freezing travel, hiking, backpacking, and trekking is possible with the proper equipment.

Shop for Winter Sleeping Bags 10F and Below

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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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Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice

- Bike Stuff
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Touring Bicycles
Panniers
Racks
Saddles
Tires
Lights

Fenders
Tools and Spares

Tents
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
Pedals
Handelbars/Grips
Headsets
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag

Lights

Helmet
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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