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Sept 2007 to May 2008

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Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

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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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Custom Touring Bicycle Advice and Bike Tour Gear Tips and Buyer's Guide

see also Camping and Electric Equipment Index

Touring Bicycles: an Overview Choosing and buying the right cycle for the job.

see also
Best Touring Bike Frames, Custom Framesets and Touring Bicycle Frame Geometry.

The Steel Frame Repair Myth
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair
Suspension for touring bicycles
Women's specific touring bicycle frames
Frame color, paint jobs and rust prevention

Best Buys in Sturdy Touring Bicycles for Entry Level and Beyond.

Commuting Bikes

Panniers or Bike Bags  Cheap will not keep your gear dry and real cheap will fall off your bike every time you hit a bump.  This is not just a luggage issue; it's a big safety concern.

see also
Handlebar Bags, Map Cases, Camera Inserts

Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Bicycle Commuting bags
more about my experience with Ortlieb
Bicycle touring Sponsorship
Ortlieb at REI
Always the BEST prices on panniers and accessories
  Ortlieb at CycloCamping

Tubus Logo Evo Rear RackFront and Rear Bicycle Touring Racks  The forgotten workhorse that holds all that gear you stuffed in your panniers or tied to the top of your load.

see also Tubus professional bike racks
Suspension racks for touring bicycles

Strong Bicycle Touring Specific Wheels  The most common mechanical problem for cyclists on tour is broken spokes.

see also
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs with Maintenance Free Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Touring Bike Wheels: 26 inch or 700c?

Bicycle Touring Saddles  The #1 physical problem on tour is a sore butt.  Find out what every insider knows about saddles.

see also
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning

Highest Quality Long Distance Bicycle Touring Tires  A frequent mechanical headache is a flat tire.  I have not figured out how to completely prevent punctures but I can help you reduce them.

see also
How to Prevent Flat Tires
Off Road and Dirt Trail Bicycle Touring Tires.
Studded tires for ice and snow riding.

Just bike tour tires

Topeak Deluxe KitTools and Spares  There are a lot of bicycle touring specific tools that need to be carried and hopefully never needed. In my experience, they will be used more than expected and just might save your tour.

see also
Three levels of tools to carry on a bicycle tour:
#1 Day Rider
#2 Intermediate Bike Touring
#3 Advanced Bike Travel

Handlebars, Grips and Padded Bar Tape  Upright mountain bike style with bar ends or road drops with multiple aerodynamic hand positions.  Are you comfortable?

Maps Maps designed specifically for bicycle touring are a cyclist's dream come true. Adventure Cycling bike maps thoroughly cover the best bike routes North America has to offer.

Headsets Can you ride no handed?  Maybe you have pitted bearings.

PedalsThe connection between the human engine and the machine.

see also
Shoes For Bicycle Touring, Travel, and Camping

Bicycle Touring Lighting Systems Bike lights are usually designed for commuters and night time training rides. But what about the special needs of people touring by bicycle?  Are you ready for those long dark tunnels?

Bike Computer My never-ending quest for the unbreakable bike computer.

Portable Solar Panels How to charge your cell phone and other electronics when you are traveling in places with no electricity.

Kickstands Your loaded touring rig can not stand up by itself.

Fenders or Mud Guards "What is that smell?  I hope that was just water we rode through."

Sponsors for Camping and Bike Gear  I am tough on my gear and very, very picky. These sponsors have lived up to my high standards.

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


My favorite big rear Panniers
Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Rear Panniers

If you are going to be living out of just a few bags you need big. durable and rain proof ones.  I have used these bags for years and still can not find anything better on the market.

These spacious bags are some of the largest around for extended trips.

  • Polyurethane-coated Cordura® nylon makes panniers durable and waterproof

  • Zippered outside mesh pockets hold wet gear or allow easy-access to essential gear

  • Large reflectors make you visible to motorists in poor light

  • Contents are held secure with two buckle closures and compression straps

  • Convenient handle on top for easy carrying

  • QL2 mounting system makes mounting and un-mounting panniers a snap

Shop for Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Rear Panniers

Most common Front Panniers
Ortlieb Front Roller

My travel partners usually carry less than me and use these bags on the front for quicker steering with a lighter load

Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure. Symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Absolutely waterproof, special 3D welding constructed bicycle panniers--for front rack mounting, small bag rear rack mounting or children's bikes

  • 3D welding is a special overlapping technique that uses no thread or adhesives

  • Roll-over style closures keep water out and are able to expand with your load

  • Attaches with the Ortlieb QLR-System: a strong, fast, quick-releasing system that locks tightly into place; easy unlocked by lifting up on the handle

  • QLR-hooks are replaceable and adjustable; will fit racks with tube diameter of up to 10 mm; 14 mm hooks available separately; will fit low-rider racks

  • Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester

Shop for Ortlieb Front Roller Panniers

Larger Front (my pick) or Smaller Rear Panniers
Ortlieb Backroller

I am always thinking outside of the box but on my long trip packing light was not an option for me so I used these traditional rear bags on my front low rifer rack on a bike with smaller wheels.

Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure and constructed of an exclusive Cordura material that is completely watertight and welded. Utilizes Ortlieb's QL 2 Mounting System. Its symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Made of durable Cordura(R) nylon with polyester; coated with PVC for water resistance

With 3D welded seams, these panniers will keep your gear dry on rainy rides. Constructed with welded seams for strength. Designed with an easy access, roll-top closure. Replaceable, adjustable, quick-release security catches mount panniers quickly and easily on racks--also removed easily. Lifting on pannier carrying strap automatically releases the QL1 system security catches, while releasing the strap causes latches to lock in place. Please note: This item is sold as a pair.

  • Constructed with welded seams for strength

  • Designed with an easy access, roll-top closure

  • Replaceable, adjustable, quick-release security catches mount panniers quickly and easily on racks--also removed easily

  • Lifting on pannier carrying strap automatically releases the QLR-system security catches, while releasing the strap causes latches to lock in place

Shop for Ortlieb Backroller

Convert a saddle bag to a backpack
Ortlieb Panniers Backpack System

You will be surprised how often you use this. 

The Ortlieb Pannier Carrying system turns selected Ortlieb panniers (sold separately) into a backpack, so you don't have to bring a separate backpack along.

  • Foam construction offers carrying comfort

  • Quickly converts a pannier into a backpack; rolls up small for easy transport when not in use

  • Padded ventilated back support is made from fold-resistant foam

  • Adjustable, anatomically-shaped straps feature reflective yarn; equipped with a chest strap and carrying handle

  • Fits Ortlieb bike panniers: BackRoller, FrontRoller, BikePacker, BikeShopper, all sold separately; also fits SportPacker and BikeTourer, not included

Shop for Ortlieb Panniers Backpack System

I keep my emergency tools ready to use
Ortlieb Micro Seat Bag

When I get a flat tire or need a quick adjustment having these tools available in a waterproof seat bag, not buried at the bottom of a pannier, is a great idea.  If you are tired of looking like you are having a travelers yard sale with all your gear dumped on the side of the road just because you need a tube and lire levers put them in a seat bag.

Waterproof and ultra light, the Ortlieb Micro Seat Bag with rolltop closure secures on-the-bike essentials with watertight, low-profile design.

shop for Ortlieb Micro Seat Bag

Good choice if you don't like a roll top system
Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus Panniers

I have used these in the past. At first I wasn't sure about the flap closure but ended up appreciating it. I would have no problem using these again.

Features 3M Scotchlite™ reflectors to increase your visibility in poor light. Made to mount on low-rider front racks or rear racks, these feature snug-fitting lids that allow for higher load capacity. Outer mesh pockets are spacious and feature zippers to hold contents secure. QL2 suspension system holds bags secure and is easy to load and unload. Surrounding compression straps allow size of panniers to be altered. These panniers are the perfect size for your daily commute, or to strap on to children's bikes.

shop for Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus Panniers


Coming Soon!

Gear Shifters:  The road is seldom flat.

Drive Train: Crankset, Chainrings, Chain and Cassette Cogs  Do you have the lowest gear available?

Water Bottles and Cages:  I used to break cages until I found what lasts.

Brakes and Levers:  "Llama up - STOPPING!"  How to avoid a face full of fur.

Bicycle Fit:  The first rule in bike buying is that bicycles need to fit the rider correctly.

Bungie cords, straps and rear rack top bags

Bicycle Touring on a Mountain Bike.

Buying a Touring bike Online

My tour bike buying story (2 parts)

Adjustable and Suspension Stems and Seat Post

Presta Vs Schrader valves

Bicycle Frame Materials: Chromoly Steel, Aluminum, Titanium, Carbon Fiber, Other?

Bells, Horns, Mirrors and other safety equipment:  Learn a whole new language

Rims and Spokes

Packing a Computer and electrical gear


eXTReMe Tracker

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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