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South America
June 2003 to June 2004

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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
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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.
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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Best Ortlieb Bicycle Touring Handlebar Bags sold in the USA and Canada including Waterproof Map Case, Camera Bag Insert, Panniers and GPS Holders.
see also 
Front and Rear Bike Touring Racks

I could not bicycle tour without by Ortlieb Handle Bar Bag.  It is the perfect off-bike camera bag because it can hang out in the rain all day.  Once attached to my handlebars I have access to my camera just in case something interesting comes along. I can pull over and take a picture in a few seconds.

I always have a local map in my map case which keeps documents and papers dry and visible.  But the thing I love best about this handlebar bag is with the camera insert. I can keep things organized in pockets and keep my smart phone and amplified speakers (see picture) handy so I can turn it off or adjust the volume while cycling.  I also keep a small shortwave radio to keep up with world news.  Add in a bunch of scraps of paper with notes written down and lip balm and you have the dashboard of my life.

Ortlieb at REI    --   Ortlieb at CycloCamping


 Ortlieb Ultimate and Classic waterproof Handlebar and Accessories

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bag   HERE!

GRAPHITE/BLACK ride in the rain all day and keep your camera dry with these Handlebar bags with lid closures, including lockable mounting set, for handle bars with diameters up to 31,8mm, PU-coated Cordura®, 2 outer mesh pockets (Plus) with zip, inner pocket, internal dividers, shoulder strap, reflector.


Handlebar bag: Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Compact

A smaller handlebar bag for better steering control. Water-resistant and easy to attach or detach, it also makes a nice daybag or purse.

Highly water-resistant, with durable welded seams. Lid has inner stiffener and is easy to open and close with one hand. Lockable mounting fits up to 31.8mm handlebars. Reflective logo. This versatile handlebar bag features a rigid lid, a removable shoulder strap, and a lockable mounting.

See more Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories

Ortlieb Ultimate Map Case

Mapcase for all Ortlieb Ultimate (L or M) Handlebar Bags with removable mapcase feature. New version: won't turn yellow over time.

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Ortlieb Camera Insert for Ultimate Handlebar Bag

Padded nylon camera insert for Ultimate models (sizes M + L), with movable dividers for individual adjustment. Also suitable for Hip-Pack. Not waterproof! Height 7.5 in. Depth 4.7 in. Width 9.8 in. Weight 6.7 oz


Ortlieb GPS Cover / Case for Handlebar Bag - Horizontal Model

Details Have your GPS or PDA within the field of vision, and still know it is protected from moisture, dirt and dust. The ORTLIEB GPS cover is also a contemporary transport solution on the bike for your mobile phone or communicator.

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Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Plus Handlebar Bag

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Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Plus Handlebar Bag

Map, sunglasses, papers and energy bars - all within reach in your handle bar bag. The Ultimate5 models are made of heavy duty fabric and are still lightweight. They are easily mounted and taken off, and can be converted into a shoulder bag within seconds.

The lockable mounting set protects them from theft. An extension adapter for handle bars with extreme bends is available as accessory. Stay on the right track! A mapcase or GPS cover can be fixed onto the lid of the Ultimate5 Plus and Clasic. Both products are part of the Ultimate accessory program. The handle bar bags have stiffeners to keep them standing and feature a rigid lid.

The integrated valuables pocket helps organize small items. Both models feature a 3M Scotchlite reflector for safety in the dark. Maximum allowable weight is 3kg/105oz. Designed for a handle bar diameter of max. 31,8mm/1.25 in. Includes two outer mesh pockets with zippers, and an internal divider.

Handlebar bag with lid closure, including lockable mounting set, for handle bars with diameters up to 31,8mm, PU-coated Cordura®, 2 outer mesh pockets with zip, inner pocket, internal dividers, shoulder strap, reflector.

Optional accessories: map case, GPS cover, internal dividers and camera insert. Bag fits onto KLICKfix mounting by Rixen&Kaul.

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bag HERE!


Ortlieb Ultimate 6 M Pro E Handlebar Bag

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Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bag   HERE!

Ortlieb Ultimate6 M Pro E Handlebar Bag: Map, sunglasses, papers and energy bars - all within reach in your handle bar bag. The Ultimate5 models are made of heavy duty fabric and are still lightweight.

They are easily mounted and taken off, and can be converted into a shoulder bag within seconds. The lockable mounting set protects them from theft. An extension adapter for handle bars with extreme bends is available as accessory. Stay on the right track!

A mapcase or GPS cover can be fixed onto the lid of the Ultimate5 Plus and Classic. Both products are part of the Ultimate accessory program. The handle bar bags have stiffeners to keep them standing and feature a rigid lid.

The integrated valuables pocket helps organize small items. Both models feature a 3M Scotchlite reflector for safety in the dark. Maximum allowable weight is 3kg/105oz. Designed for a handle bar diameter of max. 31,8mm/1.25 in.

Optional accessories: map case, GPS cover, internal dividers and camera insert. Bag fits onto KLICKfix mounting by Rixen&Kaul.

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories HERE!


Ortlieb GPS Cover / Case for Handlebar Bag

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories HERE!

Ortlieb GPS Cover / Case for Handlebar Bag - Horizontal Mode

Have your GPS or PDA within the field of vision, and still know it is protected from moisture, dirt and dust. The ORTLIEB GPS cover is also a contemporary transport solution on the bike for your mobile phone or communicator. It can be fixed, by means of push buttons, to all handle bar bag models Ultimate2-5, except those with roll closure and the Compact versions. The contents can be operated without any problem through the UV resistant, transparent PU foil. New in 2008: version in horizontal format.

The GPS cover is supplied with a Neck cord

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories HERE!


Ortlieb Camera Insert for Ultimate Handlebar Bag
 (M or L)

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories HERE!

Ortlieb Camera Insert for Ultimate Handlebar Bag (M or L)


Ortlieb Ultimate Map Case

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories HERE!

Ortlieb Ultimate Map Case

Mapcase for all Ortlieb Ultimate (L or M) Handlebar Bags with removable mapcase feature. New version: won't turn yellow over time.


Ortlieb Ultimate Compact Handlebar Bag and Purse

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories HERE!

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories HERE!

Ortlieb Ultimate Compact Handlebar Bag and Purse

This versatile handlebar bag features a rigid lid, a removable shoulder strap, and a lockable mounting.

* Lockable mounting fits up to 31.8mm handlebars
* Lid has inner stiffener and is easy to open and close with one hand
* Highly water-resistant, with durable welded seams
* Reflective logo

Shop for Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories HERE!


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

 


 

Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice 
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Touring Bicycles
Panniers
Racks
Saddles
Tires
Lights

Fenders
Tools and Spares

Tents
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress
Camp Stove
Water Filter
Pots and Pans
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Bike Maps
Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Pedals
Handelbars/Grips
Headsets

Helmet
Bike Shoes
Bike Touring Shorts

Much MORE Gear Here!

Sponsors (how?)


Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress Pads


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