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The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions, and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world. My Plan

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I write, self publish and sell books about touring

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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

How I started
The 5 years before I left


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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
(See more about Sponsorship)

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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The story of how we saved money, quit our jobs, sold our possessions, and set off to bicycle tour and travel around the world


Alaska / Canada / USA
5-3-08 to present
Index to all pages

New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
Index to all pages

Australia
9-15-06 to 9 -16 - 07
Index to all pages

SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to 9-15-06
Index to all pages

South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04
Index to all pages

North & Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03
Index to all Pages


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Lonely Planet Cycling

My 1st book
The Road That Has No End


How we traded our ordinary lives for a global bicycle touring adventure.

My 2nd book
Down The Road in South America

A bicycle tour through poverty, paradise, and the places in between.

Printed Soft Cover
(Ships Internationally)

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We have used several brands of bicycle panniers and highly recommend Ortlieb. See Why we switched to Ortlieb waterproof Panniers?


More Bike books and DVD's here

 


Barnett's Manual

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Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair for Road and Mountain Bikes
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Bike Cult

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New and Used Koga Miyata Utility Bicycles
(see also Koga World Traveler and Globe Traveler touring bikes )

 

PLEASE READ FIRST  Tim and Cindie Travis (www.DownTheRoad.org)  no longer endorse or recommend Koga Miyata Bicycles.  We are actively looking for new bikes to ride on our around the world tour.  If you have suggestions or recommendations about touring bicycles you think we could Please Write.  Don't forget to tell us what you think the best touring bicycle is and why.

 

Koga Miyata

Metro, City, Commuting Bike, and Bicycle for Riding Around Town.

Freedom is when you can pick up a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread without burning anything but calories.  Bicycle commuting can be done an a lot of different bikes but bicycles designed specifically for metro, city, or, bike commuting are rare in the USA.  koga Miyata metro commuting bikes are the way to do your part for the environment in style. 

See PDF catalog with USA Koga Miyata Touring Bicycles 5MB Download


Excellence

Computer controlled full suspension Comfort Metro bike.  The most sophisticated and comfortable bike on the road.


Distance

Versatile, practical all-weather town bike.  This commuter metro bike has front suspension to smooth out the road.


Advance

This durable bike is thoughtfully complete for day and night riding with a unique lighting system powered by a front hub generator.


Hard to Find Touring Bikes and Specialty Gear.

Email: KogaInfo@DownTheRoad.org
for questions and pricing.
"Tell them Tim sent you"

See PDF catalog with USA Koga Miyata Touring Bicycles 5MB Download

- Koga touring and commuting bike
- Complete line of Phil Wood hubs;
- Hard to find Tubus Racks;
- Individual consultations and solutions to unique cycling problems and discomforts.

 

Excellence

 Koga Miyata Excellence

Step Through Mixte
(women's / girls frame)
version also available.

The ultimate luxury bicycle. And the easiest to ride. Shimano Smover (Smart Mover) technology offers fully automatic computer control of shifting and suspension tuning. Or, control to your personal taste. Adjust performance with the Shimano Di2 (Digitally Integrated Intelligence) Flight Deck mounted in the handlebar stem. Hand built full-suspension frame uses triple-hardened aluminum 7005. Built-in attachment points for thoughtfully integrated accessories. Powerful hydraulic brakes, rear rack, mudguards, automatic lighting system, leather grips. Shimano Nexave C810 computer controlled front and rear suspension elements and 24-speed group. Pedal and enjoy!

Frame
Full-suspension, hand built frame. Triple-hardened 7005 aluminum. Rear swing arm with computer-controlled air shock. Built-in attachment point for all accessories, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Fork
Shimano C810 electronic 70mm travel
Rear shock
Shimano C810 electronic 125mm
Color
Black metallic/Silver metallic
Sizes
50 54 57 60cm
Derailleurs
Shimano Nexave C810 electronic (3x8)
Crankset
Shimano Nexave C810 46/34/24t
Cassette
Shimano LG60 11-33t, 8 speed
Shift control
Shimano Nexave C810 Flight Deck
Brakes, F/R
Shimano Nexave C901 hydraulic disk
Brake levers
Shimano Nexave C901 hydraulic
Pedals
Koga VP-191 industrial bearing
Front hub
Shimano NX70 Dynamo QR
Rear hub
Shimano Nexave C811 Dynamo
Rims
Koga double-eyelet 700/622-19 36h
Tires
Conti' CityContact 700/622-37 reflect
Saddle
Selle Royal Look-In Act-tex
Seatpost
Pro XLT 250mm
Handlebar
ITM Digitally Integrated Intelligence
Stem
ITM Di2 Flight Deck integration, adj.
Grips
Selle San Marco leather
Headset
Cane Creek IS-22 Integrated
Mudguards
SKS P-45 Chromoplastic
Headlight
B&M Lumotec Topal Diwa senso auto
Rear light
B&M DToplight Plus Diwa
Dynamo
Front and rear hub
Rear rack
SL Bike AR-185
Bonus extras
Shock pump, Tire pump, Bottle/cage, Saddle cover, Saddlebag, Rack strap, Bell, Coat guard, Ring lock, Kickstand, Derailleur guard, Chainguard

 

Hard to Find Touring Bikes and Specialty Gear.

Email: KogaInfo@DownTheRoad.org
for questions and pricing.
"Tell them Tim sent you"

See PDF catalog with USA Koga Miyata Touring Bicycles 5MB Download

- Koga touring and commuting bike
- Complete line of Phil Wood hubs;
- Hard to find Tubus Racks;
- Individual consultations and solutions to unique cycling problems and discomforts.


Distance

 Koga Miyata Distance

Step Through Mixte
(women's / girls frame)
version also available.

Versatile, practical all-weather biking solution. Strong hand built 7005 aluminum frame, easily adjustable stem, adjustable suspension fork with lock-out, suspension seat post. Shimano C500 24-speed group uses easy-shifting control buttons. Built-in attachment points with thoughtfully integrated mudguards, rear rack, automatic lighting system powered by hub dynamo. Leather grips. Perfect for commuting, country rides and exercising with friends.

Frame
Completely hand built frame. Triple-hardened oval 7005 aluminum. Built-in attachment points for all accessories, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Fork
Insync Odesa LX 45mm travel
Color
Blue metallic/Silver metallic
Sizes
50 54 57 60 63cm
Derailleurs
Shimano Nexave C505 Smart (3x8)
Crankset
Shimano Nexave C505 46/34/24t
Cassette
Shimano LG60 11-33t, 8 speed
Shift/Brake levers
Shimano Nexave C505/503
Brakes, F/R
Shimano Nexave C600 V-brake
Pedals
Koga VP-191 industrial bearing
Front hub
Shimano NX32 Dynamo QR
Rear hub
Shimano Nexave C500
Rims
Koga double-eyelet 700/622-19 36h
Tires
Conti' CityRide 700/622-37 reflect
Saddle
Selle Royal Freedom Gel Act-tex
Seatpost
PM Bracer Comp II 30mm travel
Handlebar
ITM Touring Long alloy
Stem
Koga Easy Adjust
Grips
Selle San Marco leather
Headset
Cane Creek ZS-22 industrial bearing
Mudguards
SKS P-45 Chromoplastic
Headlight
B&M Lumotec Topal senso automatic
Rear light
B&M DToplight plus
Dynamo
Front hub
Rear rack
SL Bike LK-885.2
Bonus extras
Pump, Bottle/cage, Saddle cover, Saddlebag, Rack strap, Bell, Coat guard, Ring lock, Kickstand, Derailleur guard, Chainguard

 

Hard to Find Touring Bikes and Specialty Gear.

Email: KogaInfo@DownTheRoad.org
for questions and pricing.
"Tell them Tim sent you"

See PDF catalog with USA Koga Miyata Touring Bicycles 5MB Download

- Koga touring and commuting bike
- Complete line of Phil Wood hubs;
- Hard to find Tubus Racks;
- Individual consultations and solutions to unique cycling problems and discomforts.


Advance

 Koga Miyata Advance

Step Through Mixte
(women's / girls frame)
version also available.

Amplify your cycling pleasure on this smooth, durable bike! Thoughtfully complete and ready to go. Hand built frame uses strong triple-hardened 7005 aluminum. Holistic design features built-in attachment points for intelligently integrated accessories. Shimano hub dynamo-powered lighting system, rear rack, suspended seat post. Shimano 21-gear T300 group with upgraded C600 V-brakes with ‘power modulator’ (ABS for bikes). Great for exercise, cruising and commuting.

Frame
Completely hand built frame. Triple-hardened 7005 aluminum. Built-in attachment points for all accessories, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Fork
Wide Bone integrated aluminum
Color
Blue metallic/Grey purple metallic
Sizes
50 54 57 60 63cm
Derailleurs
Shimano Nexave T300 (3x7)
Crankset
Shimano Nexave T300 42/34/24t
Cassette
Shimano HG50I 11-34t, 7 speed
Shift/Brake levers
Shimano Nexave T300
Brakes, F/R
Shimano Nexave C600 V-brake
Pedals
Koga VP-191 industrial bearing
Front hub
Shimano NX22 Dynamo QR
Rear hub
Shimano Nexave T300
Rims
Koga double-eyelet 700/622-19 36h
Tires
Conti' CityRide 700/622-37 reflect
Saddle
Selle Royal Freedom Gel Act-tex
Seatpost
PM Bracer Comp II 30mm travel
Handlebar
ITM Touring Long alloy
Stem
Koga Easy Adjust
Grips
Koga Rubber
Headset
Cane Creek ZS-22 industrial bearing
Mudguards
SKS P-45 Chromoplastic
Headlight
Spanninga Radius senso automatic
Rear light
AXA Omega II
Dynamo
Front hub
Rear rack
SL Bike LK-655
Bonus extras
Pump, Bottle/cage, Saddle cover, Saddlebag, Rack strap, Bell, Coat guard, Ring lock, Kickstand, Derailleur guard, Chainguard

 

Hard to Find Touring Bikes and Specialty Gear.

Email: KogaInfo@DownTheRoad.org
for questions and pricing.
"Tell them Tim sent you"

See PDF catalog with USA Koga Miyata Touring Bicycles 5MB Download

- Koga touring and commuting bike
- Complete line of Phil Wood hubs;
- Hard to find Tubus Racks;
- Individual consultations and solutions to unique cycling problems and discomforts.


 

Equipment Pages Index

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship Here)

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

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle Touring Lighting Systems
Solar Power for Camp

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping

 

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Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice 
(see all Equipment Pages)

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 for Camp

Helmet
Bike Shoes

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