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Clothes for bike touring

What do you need in terms of clothes for bike touring? It’s hard to say. One thing I’ve noticed consistently is that each cyclist has his/her own preferences for clothes, so it’s hard to say what you should take with you. All I can do is give some idea about what we packed (and each […]

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What kind of shoes do I need for bike touring?

The shoes you wear while touring on your bicycle will dictate a lot of your tour and will be one of the most basic decisions you will need to make. Do you want dedicated, hard-soled cycling shoes? Or will regular sneakers work for you? Depending on what kind of tour you are planning, you might […]

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Steel or aluminum bike frame for touring?

One of the current debates about touring bikes is whether an aluminum or steel bike frame is a better choice. In the end, it comes down to personal choice. Aluminum is more rigid, which some people prefer. Steel flexes, which leads to a more comfortable ride for many. There is, however, another consideration that needs […]

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My very first bike tour: A comedy of errors

I was curled up in my chair, watching the flames flicker in our wood stove, and I got lost in my thoughts. As the flames flickered, I drifted back through the years and I started thinking about my very first bike tour. That first tour I took – I hesitate to even call it a […]

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What to look for in a touring bike

Thinking about heading out for a bike tour? Here are our thoughts on what to look for in a touring bike. Depending on where you are going, you may or may not need a really good bike. For a one or two week trip, use whatever bike you have. It may not shift perfectly, it […]

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Scott Stoll

Falling Uphill: One man’s quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle – A review

I listened to Falling Uphill by Scott Stoll last week while driving across the country. It’s a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages, but somehow just never got around to it. I was glad Scott had recorded it as it made my drive just a little less tedious. Amazon describes the book this […]

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How to take a bike tour with young children

Many people think they have to wait until their children are teenagers before heading out on a bike tour with them, but touring with small children can be a fabulous experience for all involved. There are a number of options available for a bike tour with young children. Trailers There are many trailers available for […]

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Bicycling with children on a trailer bike

If you’ve been bicycling with your children in a trailer, and are wondering if she is big enough to graduate to a trailer bike, chances are – maybe. Everything depends on your child, but most children will be ready to move onto a trailer bike by about age 3 or 4, at least for short […]

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2 Wheels Always Beat 4 When You’re Sightseeing in Chicago

Chicago has been voted one of the most bikeable cities in America, and for several good reasons!  Many of the top attractions and Chicago hotels  are located along the lakefront and downtown area, and almost every street makes it easy for bikers of all ages to ride safely. Biking in Chicago is for everyone. The […]

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A Local’s Guide to Biking in San Diego

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” ~Albert Einstein Traveling isn’t just about getting away from everyday life, it’s about finding new excitement within one’s life and stepping out of your comfort zone with new experiences. Movement is at the heart of adventure both literally and figuratively, and […]

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Changing Gears

Changing Gears: A Family Odyssey to the End of the World

I can’t tell you how excited I am! We are now into the formatting stage for my book about cycling the PanAm! We’re planning to release it March 21 – on the 2-year anniversary of the completion of our journey. The presale will start soon. Changing Gears: A Family Odyssey to the End of the […]

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Enjoy France by bike: from Champagne to Le Tour

Every year, the famously punishing Tour de France winds its way through the stunning French countryside. Criss-crossing the nation, the images are beautiful and stick in the mind. There’s no reason why you can’t experience France by bike for yourself as France offers a wide variety of cycling opportunities, from north to south, through wine […]

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Train etiquette for folding bikes

Taking a bike on the train is your answer to getting to the station and back – plus there’s the added fitness benefit. The great thing about folding bikes is they can coil like a contortionist and, though they may not fit in your man bag, they are a shadow of their former selves when […]

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Which is better for bike touring: a trailer or panniers?

While bike touring, we needed to carry everything on our bikes. Everything. If we had it with us, it had to be somehow strapped, lashed, and buckled onto our bicycles. One of the most common questions potential cycle tourists ask is:  which is better – a bike trailer or panniers?  My response is – it depends […]

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The Freedom to Live – Without Owning a Car

I’ve often toyed with the idea of ditching my car. For two years in Egypt we managed just fine with public transportation and our bicycles. We did the same our first year in Ethiopia. But then, the convenience of the car won out and we bought a car with the idea of using it sparingly. […]

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3 Mistakes That Ended My First Bike Tour Early

Today’s guest post is from fellow blogger Matt Gibson. Although he make a few bike touring mistakes and had to abandon his bike tour, I give him all kinds of kudos for getting out there! In June of 2011 I decided to do my first long-distance bicycle tour. Although I had little experience with multi-day […]

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