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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

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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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Gear : Best Bicycle Touring Equipment and Spare Parts for Travel, Camping, and Self Contained Bike Tours with Complete Packing List


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
Helmet
Bike Shoes

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

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping

See Bicycle Touring panniers - See Bicycle Commuting bags - more about our experience with Ortlieb - All Equipment Index - Touring Bicycle and parts Equipment Index - Bicycle touring Sponsorship - Buy on sale Waterproof Ortlieb Panniers and Bags


INTRODUCTION

I get email almost everyday asking me about touring bikes, bicycle panniers and other bicycle touring equipment.  Selecting bicycle touring and camping equipment always involves difficult decisions.  Before you leave you want to have everything perfect so you do not have to deal with breakdowns and general failures on the road.


Weight: How much stuff should I bring?

After you have the bare necessities, how much more to bring is really a personal question.  It boils down to your personal taste and philosophy.  Even determining what the bare necessities are is highly debatable.  I carry much more than the average bicycle tourist. If your not living on your bike full-time, you can carry equipment just for the climate and conditions of your destination. Remember that too much gear and weight has a big effect on your lightness and speed. If you have a limited amount of time to travel, carrying too much gear can slow you down and keep you from seeing all the things you set out to see.

 

My trip has much different limitations.  We can travel until our money runs out. (see FINANCES)  We have no airline tickets and therefore no real schedule.  When we want to fly we buy the tickets on the internet at that time.  This shifts our emphasis from light and fast to asking ourselves "how can we travel on the least amount of daily money and still be comfortable enough to not burn out?"  We are completely self contained for "free" camping in all types of weather.  Not staying in hotels or campgrounds every night saves us the most money.  Filtering water in developing countries and cooking our own food in expensive countries saves us a substantial amount of money as well.  This requires a lot of gear.  I have a saying that I often repeat to Cindie.  "I would rather carry a pound than spend a dollar".


SOME ADVICE ABOUT ADVICE

Bicycle touring is a classic noncompetitive sport yet many people involved in bicycle touring desperately need to satisfy their competitive nature.  This competition is all to often played out in the equipment arena.  The one who has the best set up must be the "smartest"  and therefore wins.  I believe that best set up is highly individualized to each bike tourist and does not take any cyclist long to figure out what is best for them.  If you have taken a couple of multi-week trips you are already fairly experienced and this is all it takes to figure out what you like and do not like.  This is not rocket science.  Of course, your likes and dislikes will change as you mature through the years or branch out to more difficult routes our countries.

A Note to Prospective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers

I receive frequent offers from equipment manufactures for sponsorship or review. Most of these offers I turn down because I refuse to use or promote anything I do not fully believe in. I do not carry much so what I carry is important to me. Over the years I have accepted free items to use and review on my web site.  If you think I would prefer your product over something I currently use write mr and we can discuss your offer. Please be aware that I am never under any obligation to give a positive review. If I like your product I will happily communicate this and sell it on www.downtheroad.org.  If we do not like your product we will reflect this as well. It is a true test that only the most confident equipment manufactures should accept.  See more about Sponsorship Here


REI - Camping, Cycling, and Traveling Gear
 

REI Outlet Store:  Great deals on camping and bike gear

Very good prices on hard-to-find bicycle touring panniers, racks, and more.
 


Jenson USA - great deals on complete bicycles and parts.


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

 

 

 

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Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag

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Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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