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Start Bicycle Touring: Basics

What is bicycle touring? Bicycle touring refers to using a bicycle to travel long distances carrying whatever gear you believe you need in the process. This section will cover off both what touring is and...


How to Go on a Bicycle Tour

Now that you’ve read a bit about touring it’s only natural to want to know about how you can get started. This post discusses how to go about getting started. It focuses on the things...


What Kind of Bicycle is Best for Touring

A proper bicycle for touring When I consider a bike I think of the three most important criteria that surround a successful touring bike. For me these three criteria are: Proper fit Ability to handle...


Carrying the Load on the Bike

Now that you’ve picked out the bike and sorted out your mental and physical training issues the next step is figuring out how to carry everything you need with you while touring by bicycle. There...


Keeping your Bike Secured while Touring

Keeping your bike secured during your bicycle touring adventure I don’t know about you but when I am bicycle touring my bicycle quickly becomes the most important possession that I have with me. This isn’t...


Best Saddle for Bicycle Touring

One major worry that a lot of new cyclists have prior to leaving on their first bicycle touring adventure has to do with how comfortable their butt will be on the seat. Although this issue...


Touring Bike Tires and Pumps

Best Tires for Bicycle Touring The most common problem encountered on bicycle tours seems to be tire related. Flat tires are common and it’s not unknown to hear about a tire blow-out. When I look...


Choosing a Drivetrain for Touring Bicycle

Selecting the best gearing for your touring bicycle A very common question on most bicycle touring related forums concerns selecting the proper gearing for a bicycle touring bike. There are really two answers that are...


Best Pedals for Bicycle Touring

Selecting the best pedals for bicycle touring There are many, many types of pedals out that can be used with a bike so it’s not surprising that from time to time a question about the...


Preparing for Touring at Night

Reflecting the light Ask people who tour and you will rapidly discover that most of them never tour at night. In a lot of ways this is a smart choice because riding a bicycle at...


Bike Computers for Touring

Dreaming of the perfect touring bike computer Over the years I have used a good selection of different bicycle computers from devices that simply showed speed and distance onward. Back when I first started touring...


Water on Bike Tours

Hydration Everyone knows the necessity of drinking plenty of water before, during and after exercising for an extended period of time. Bike touring is no different: your body needs water to work properly. Failing to...


Bicycle Maintenance & Repairs while Touring

Emergency repairs Spoke Emergency Repair Kit From discussions with other cyclists and reading numerous journals it sounds like one of the most common problems experienced during a bicycle tour are broken or damaged spokes. The...


Shelters for Bicycle Touring

At the end of the day during a long distance bicycle touring adventure you want to experience a nice restful sleep so that the next morning you will be ready to get back on the...


Stoves for Bicycle Touring

Touring with a MSR Dragonfly stove I currently use a MSR Dragonfly stove when I go bicycle touring. I’ve had this stove for four years now and I’ve used it during all of my bicycle...


What to Wear on a Bicycle Tour

Layering your clothing Imagine that it is a much colder then normal day. A massive storm has just come through the area knocking out the power so no stores or restaurants are open. You have...


How to Keep Clean while Bicycle Touring

Taking a shower in the woods No, not to worry, this page will not contain photos of me taking a shower in the woods. Rather it’s about a common concern people have when considering stealth...


Dealing with Adverse Weather while Bicycle Touring

Riding in the rain! Earlier today I read a question on bikeforums.net where someone was asking about whether or not they should go on tour despite the forecast of a week’s worth of rain so...


A Bicycle Touring Fitness Plan

How to Train for a Long-Distance Bicycle Tour Back in May I returned from a heavy duty work assignment in a city away from home. I worked many long hours and the assignment was successful....


Getting Physically Prepared for Your Next Major Tour

One of the more common questions that comes in relates to preparing yourself for the incredible hardships of your next major tour. Of course most people worry and frit about how to prepare before they...


Choosing a Bicycle Touring Companion

If you decide to tour with someone else then there are very few more important decisions that you can make then determining who that someone else should be. Some things to consider include: Are your...


Credit Card or Self-Supported Touring?

When I first allowed myself to actually think about going on a tour, credit card touring seemed the only rational option. After all, who wants all the extra weight to lug around? After working hard...


What's a supported bicycle touring adventure like?

I have never been on a fully supported bicycle touring adventure so I started looking for opinions from people who have. Not only has Nancy Bradbury experienced several fully supported tours but she’s willing to...


Getting re-supplied via Postal drop while bicycle touring

During my last few longer tours I’ve been thinking about the whole issue of re-supply while on a bicycle tour. Most of my re-supply thoughts have centered around getting critical spare parts to me quickly...


Money Matters - Accessing Money Abroad

Eric St Mary sugggested including an article about money safety and how to access money when on tour. He raises a number of very good points in this article and offers some excellent suggestions on...


Dealing with Bears while Bicycle Touring

From time to time a question appears on touring mailing lists, newsgroups and forums about how best to handle bears. This particular question is one that has occupied my mind from time to time as...


Photography while Bicycle Touring

Selecting a camera for a bicycle touring adventure A favourite river view from the last day of my Round Lake Huron tour. I began the search for a more permanent camera that would be used...


Interactive List of Bike Touring Gear

Bike Accessories and Storage Accessories Helmet Head Light Flashing Tail Light Bicycle Lock Cycling Computer Helmet Mirror Handlebar Mirror Handlebar Extensions Mudguards Reflectors Stem Riser or Adjustable Stem Bicycle Rain Cover Bicycle Transport Bag Kickstand...


Electricity on a Bike Tour: How to Keep Your Electronics Charged

Need for Electricity on a Bicycle Tour Sources of Electricity Electricity from Solar Chargers Electricity from a Bicycle Dynamo Fuel Cells Cafes & Hotels Energy Storage Power Banks Replaceable Batteries Need for Electricity on a...


Sleeping on a Bicycle Tour: Equipment Overview

Shelters Tent Single Layer Tents Double Layer Tents Tarp Tents Tarp Bivvy Bag Hammock Shelter Accessories Poles Stakes Guylines and Tensioners Groundsheets Other Options Sleeping Bags and Quilts Synthetic Sleeping Bags and Quilts Down Sleeping...


Bike Touring 101 - The Basics

What is bike touring? Bicycle touring means self-contained cycling trips for pleasure, adventure, and autonomy rather than sport, commuting, or exercise. Touring can range from single to multi-day trips, even years. Tours may be planned...


The Ultimate Guide to Bike Touring

It may not be that easy to leave your family and friends behind, but after the 10-day milestone, you’ll be free from whatever has kept you for so long. You may have a corporate job...


How to Train for Long-Distance Bike Touring

Unless you train first. Planning the training Your first week on the tour is your test, both physical and mental. To pass that test, it’s best to train first. The best way to train for...


The Costs of Bike Touring and Budget Management

The Costs of Bike Touring General Expenses Bike Touring Gear Costs Transport Costs Visa Costs Healthcare & Insurance Costs Daily Expenses on a Bike Tour Food Costs Water Costs Accommodation Costs Unexpected Expenses Repair and...


Cooking on a Bike Tour: Pot, Stove, and the Mess

What to Eat on a Bike Tour Carbs Fats Protein Vitamins & Minerals Cooking Gear for Bike Touring Pots & Pans Aluminum Pots and Pans Anodized Aluminum Pots and Pans Stainless Steel Pots and Pans...


Finding Water on a Bike Tour and Using It Wisely

How Much Water Do You Need Water for Drinking Water for Cooking Water for Dishwashing Water for Laundry Water for Bathing / Showering Water for Cleaning the Equipment Water Sources Springs Streams Lakes / Ponds...


Bathing, Showering, and the Call of Nature

How to Keep Clean on a Bike Tour How to Bathe on a Bike Tour Bathing in Streams / Lakes Bathing with a Bowl of Water Bathing with Water Bottles Bathing Under the Rain How...