The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions,
and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world.
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books about touring
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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present
/ Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010
Sept 2007 to May 2008
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007
SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006
June 2003 to June 2004
AZ, Mexico, and
March 2002 to April 2003
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Equipment Pages Index
How Much to Bring and Weight
Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
more about Sponsorship)
HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames
Steel Repair Myth.
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
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
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Bike Touring Shorts
Bicycle touring lights
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Thumbnail Pictures of Dharamsala to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Rishikesh to Banbassa, Uttaranchal, India
Bicycle Touring Dharamsala to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Picture of the narrow bazaar in Mandi, India. These shops sell fine custom
tailored dresses to pilgrims to the holy city.
Buddhist and Hindu Rewalsar Lake, India
Rewalsar Lake is sacred to Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. Famous English Hill
Shimla was once the official summer capital of the Raj. A lot of the
architecture is British style.
Now you can see why there are no cars allowed.
The whole avenue is carfree, full of shops and restaurants in little alleyways.
The hillside is forested, lots of nice hikes.
Shimla to Rishikesh, India
This area is so peaceful I set up camp next to the road near a well - there's a pump
with a handle in the distance near the path. Very good bike touring here in northern India.
“Oh My Gods” – I caused several cars to crash. I was sitting well off the road
on a stone wall changing the batteries in my MP3 player when a car of excited
university students, possibly on a weekend road trip to Shimla, stopped on the
road and the driver yelled out the window “Hello Sir, from which country are you
coming from?” By the time I got halfway through “America…” - BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!
Three cars rear ended each other. No one was hurt. I got hit by some broken
headlight glass but I was fine.
This is the pamphlet handed out to rural farmers explaining safe practices.
It relies heavily on pictures because literacy rates are low in the area.
The two workers on the left carried the ginger harvest down from the hills while
their higher caste foreman, next to my touring bicycle, arranged the deal on his
This is how children go to school in the flat areas. I wish the man
pedaling could be seen better. Passing the cycle carts, one by one, and teasing
the kids is my favorite road encounter - especially if I can sneak up on them -
they never expect to see me on the way to school.
This is a Belgian couple I met outside of Shimla. They were bike touring
China, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal and India.
Tips & Advice
(see all Equipment
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Cycle Touring Racks: Why chromoly steel is best.
Heavy Duty Travel Tested
Sealed Cartridge Hubs.
Take a look at the strongest hubs built specifically for touring