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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
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Surly Long Haul Trucker LHT Touring Bicycle for Bike Tours, Commuting, and Fully Loaded Cycle Travel Camping.

(see also Custom Touring Bicycle and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide.)


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

 

I get asked all the time about what kind of touring bicycles I like and what is the best or most economical tour bike.  I have my own preferences but they are undoubtedly different from the next guy's. Below are some good options for you to test out.

Surly Long Haul Trucker LHT Touring Bicycle
Frames, and Forks  - all sizes - 700C or 26 inch wheel


Click for Great Prices Surly Bikes at REI.com

This bike has won me over as the best entry level bike for the money.  Just over a $1,000 gets a well thought out bike that can carry you anywhere.  I have seen this bike being ridden by numerous nationalities in places from the endless flat roads in Kansas on Adventure Cycling's Trans-America Trail to the remote rough gravel road of Tibet.  This is the touring bike that has set the bar for affordable comfort and durability.  The fact that ALL sizes now come with your choice of 26 inch or 700c wheels makes this my #1 pick.  As you move on to more advanced long distance tours the Surly Long Haul Trucker LHT will be right there with you.  I am always excited to see new people get into bike tours and this is the bike that makes those dreams come true.

Click for Great Prices Surly Bikes at REI.com


(from vendor) If you want to carry a lot of stuff while riding your bike long distances, you’d be hard pressed to find a better bike than the Long Haul Trucker. It starts with the frame, whose custom drawn 4130 tubing and geometry were specifically designed for loaded travel, low bottom bracket for stability, long head tube, long stays, the whole thing. We added braze-ons for everything you’re likely to need. We gave it parts that are durable and long lasting, and ready to travel.  Add racks, bags, fenders, what have you, and go somewhere. This bike has been among our most popular models because it’s a good value and a great riding bike. Oh, and it handles short distances too.

We’re continuing to offer the LHT as we always have, with 26" wheels on the smaller sizes and 700c wheels on the larger frames.  New this year, we’re also offering 26" wheels for the larger frame sizes too. Although many people (some of us included) like the ride of 700c wheels, in many parts of the world 26" is a more popular size, so you’ll be able to find replacement tubes, tires, and rims more easily should the need arise. Smaller wheels are also stronger than their 700c counterparts, so they’ll stand up better to rough roads and heavy loads.  Frames in both wheel sizes accommodate pretty big tires with mud and fender clearance for a smooth ride.

Click for Great Prices Surly Bikes at REI.com


 

Surly Big Dummy Utility Bike

Click for Great Prices Surly Bikes at REI.com

(from vendor) The Big Dummy was a natural. It’s designed to carry a lot of stuff easily, and that’s just what it does. It was designed in conjunction with Xtracycle, whose modular plug-ins make it easy to carry groceries, garden supplies, tools, and just about anything else you’d normally carry with a car. It’s got an upper limit of 400 pounds (180kg) total rider and cargo weight, which is more than you’ll probably need, but not so much it’s impossible to pedal. It does ride a bit different than normal bikes, due in large part to its long wheelbase, but a couple of trips to the store is all it should take to convince you that this bike is not only exceptionally useful, but fun too. We include Xtracycle's V-Rack bags and snapdeck, but you'll find more options for attachments, like Wideloader platforms, on Xtracycle's

Click for Great Prices Surly Bikes at REI.com


 

Surly Cross Check Hybrid Multiuse Commuting, Utility, Touring Bike

Click for Great Prices Surly Bikes at REI.com

(from vendor) A do-it-all road ride, the Surly Cross Check bike handles commuting, light touring, everyday riding, weekend charity rides and centuries with ease and smooth, steely grace.

* 4130 chromoly steel frame and fork offer the legendary smooth handling and ride associated with steel, ensuring all-day comfort
* Andel double crankset is partnered with Shimano Tiagra derailleurs and shifters to provide dependable performance and easy shifts between the versatile 18 gears
* Shimano bar-end shifters offer easy shifts
* Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes supply sure speed management and offer plenty of clearance for fenders
* Alex rims and Shimano Deore hubs combine to supply reliable, smooth rolling; Ritchey SpeedMax Cross tires handle on- and off-road conditions
* Frame features eyelets for fenders and racks (sold separately), 2 water bottle mounts, downtube lever bosses and semi-horizontal rear dropouts with adjusters
* Fatties Fit Fine (FFF) stays and slope-crowned fork provide plenty of room for tires up to 700x45 with clearance for fenders

Click for Great Prices Surly Bikes at REI.com

 


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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What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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