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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

How I started
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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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Best Bike Helmets for Bicycle Touring:  Recommendations and tips on buying head protection for your travels

To Helmet or Not to Helmet? Actually, I've no intention of taking a side in this debate; I'm completely pro-choice when it comes to bicycle helmets. Popular opinion on the necessity of helmets varies around the globe. Bike commuters in Copenhagen ride helmet-less looking cool and well-combed, Portland riders don artsy egg-shaped helmets and Indian bicycle rickshaw wallahs have never heard of such a thing. Bike helmets are the law in Australia and some parts of the US. Personally, I choose to wear a helmet while bicycle touring for more than just the safety benefits. My mountain bike helmet has a visor that keeps the sun and rain off my face while protecting my noggin from bumps.

I don't like over-spending on bike equipment, but helmets are not a place to economize. While all cycling helmets sold the US meet minimum safety standards, the higher end models are generally lighter, cooler and better fitting. More vents mean better airflow. Pay attention to the sizing as well. You can customize the fit of your bike helmet by adjusting the length of the straps. A too-large helmet will slip around, making it ineffective if you take a tumble. Remember: you want the front of the helmet to stick out further than the tip of your nose if you face-plant into the pavement. A helmet propped on the back of your head will only provide protection in the unlikely event you fall backward or directly on the top of your head.

Most of the wear and tear on helmets happens when they're off your head. All those clunks on the floor add up. Although the shell remains intact, the integrity of the polystyrene core is gradually degraded. It's a good idea to replace your bike helmet every few years. If you do have a crash and hit your helmet, get a new one even if the old one looks undamaged. There could be cracks inside.

Personally, I like a mountain bike helmet with a visor. The vents let air circulate, keeping me a little cooler, and the visor provides shade. The mountain bike style seems more substantial than a racing style (I've no evidence of that, it's just my impression). Racing helmets are made to be aerodynamic, not really one of my concerns for touring. My helmet takes some abuse from bouncing on the floor or being set too close to the fire. I need something tough rather than fast.

Like all gear, there's a myriad of fun accessories to complement your helmet. I like a Gore-tex helmet cover for rainy day riding. Plastic shower caps work in a pinch, but don't breath, making your head just as wet as the rain would. Cycling caps are fashionable on and off the bike. On super sunny days, a stylish cap with a neck cover keeps the back of your neck from burning. Commuters may be interested in a lighting system that attaches to the helmet for increased visibility during night rides. Another cool bit of safety equipment is a small rear view mirror that attaches to the helmet. If you want to record rider's-eye-view footage of your ride, check out some light and durable helmet cams.

Helmets with Visors

Look for a helmet that gives good shade.  If the vents are too big, the sun can hit your head enough to burn your scalp or turn you into a  checkerboard blond.  I like a helmet with versatile fitting and adjustment mechanisms. It's not hard to find helmets on sale.

Bike Mirrors

I do not actually use a mirror myself but know a ton of touring cyclists who don't feel safe riding without one.  Some mirrors mount on the helmet or sunglasses while others attach to the bike's handlebars.

Waterproof helmet covers

A waterproof helmet cover is a must for wet and/or cool weather touring. A Goretex covering will keep rain off your head while allowing your body heat to dissipate. In cold conditions, a Goretex covering keeps you warm but not sweaty.

Helmet Cameras

I have never used a helmet mounted camera but I can imagine lots of fun uses. If you're a video blogger, there are endless possibilities but it could even be used as a tripod alternative


Helmet Mounted Lights

Ever get tired of fiddling around with removable lights every time you park your bike? Lights that attach to your helmet may be the solution. A great idea for bike commuters, these lights stay on your helmet instead of the bike, keeping them out of reach of grabby hands. You could even use the helmet headlamp around camp, instead of searching for that flashlight.

Cycling Caps

A cycling cap worn under the helmet can provide a bit more shade or warmth. It can also hide sweaty helmet hair and keep you looking like the hip cyclist you are even off the bike.


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Water Filter
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Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


Bike Shoes
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Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
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