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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

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

How I started
The 5 years before I left

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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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Best Touring Bicycle Fenders and Mudguards

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Bicycle fenders are a wise choice.  Whether you're traveling on a bike tour, cycle commuting, or utility urban cycling, you're likely to encounter unpleasant weather.  What drops from the sky is much cleaner than what gets flipped up by your tires.  I personally value my fenders the most when  riding through open sewers and every kind of filth imaginable found on the roads in developing countries.

I have had many different brands and styles of bicycle fender over the years.  None of them last forever and I buy new fenders for my touring bike regularly.   If they are not broken during a flight or being thrown on top of a bus, then a few years of all-day sun will eventually break down the plastic.  My favorite is the Planet Bike line (below) and second is SKS brand.

HINT - If you are boxing your bike for a flight or bus trip and need new fenders, do not install them before packing your bike in the box.  Bring them new in the package and install them at your destination to avoid damage.  I would also run to the hardware shop before you leave home, and grab a few extra bolts and washers that are also useful for the racks and water bottle cages. 

Planet Bike HC and Cascadia Freddy Fender

Because I tour on a wide 26X1.75 tire I prefer the extra clearance of the wide 60mm Planet Bike Hardcore Mountain Bike Fenders. If I were traveling on a road touring bike or commuting on a hybrid bicycle I would switch to  Planet Bike Cascadia Hybrid/Touring Road Bike Fenders - 45mm.  If you are riding light and fast, I recommend the minimalist 35mm road bike fenders which are also nice for a winter training bike where slush and mud can make for a messy group club ride.

(from vender) This all-terrain fender set will keep you riding all winter long.

* Superflex™ unbreakable all-weather polycarbonate is strong and durable
* Quick-adjusting stainless steel hardware and mud flaps are pre-installed for hassle free mounting
* Includes all the necessary hardware for mounting to virtually any bike
* Set includes front and rear fenders

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Clip On Bike Fenders Mudguards (all sizes)

I have not seen too many touring bikes outfitted with clip-on fenders.  I imagine the temporary mounting system would eventually be damaged in time with the beating a touring bike takes.  They are nice if you ride at home and want to get out on the occasional bad day.

(from vender) These all-terrain, clip-on fenders are easy to install and remove, depending on the riding season.

* Constructed of robust, all-weather polymer material
* Includes hardware for most bikes and clips on and off in seconds
* Set includes front and rear fenders

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Camp Stove
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping pad
Water Filter
Camp Cooking
First Aide
Touring/Utility Bikes
Solar Charging
Tools and Repair
Topeak Deluxe Kit



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Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice

- Bike Stuff
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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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