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The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions, and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world. My Plan

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Places I have been
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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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Bicycle Touring Camping Equipment and Gear
Trekking Backpacking travel

Below are the major categories of my camping equipment and information.  Please remember that I am in no way suggesting that I am an authority in this area.  This is only meant to give reader ideas about my preferences and ideas.    Your personal preferences will probably be different than mine.  Please see Some advice about advice for more discussion in this area.

Camping Equipment Menu

Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Toiletry Bag

Misc Articles

Stealth or Free Camping
The Frugal Bike Tour: How to Save Money and Economiz
How to Prevent Flat Tires


Bike Touring Shorts
Shoes For Bicycle Touring



Solar Power
Bicycle touring lights
Short-wave Radio


Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures



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Buying Camping Equipment

I started looking at camping equipment in a new light when I realized that I was not just buying a new tent or stove but my new apartment and appliances.  After all, this was not just a vacation but our my nomadic lifestyle.

Researching and buying all of my camping equipment was almost as confusing and frustrating as buying my new bike.  I have been camping all of my life and have experimented with several different types of gear and feel that I have a handle on what I like.

There are many reasons to camp while bicycle touring, backpacking, or trekking.  These reasons may include getting out in nature or the joy of living with few material possessions.  Camping and the equipment involved is absolutely necessary in two situations.  First, if you are traveling in remote places there are often no hotels or other indoor accommodations within a day's bike ride from each other.  In this case you have no other choice but to camp.  Usually this type of camping does not involve a campground or any other type of facilities.  I typically ride until late afternoon, find a place to collect several liters of water, and then ride on until I find a place.  I prefer a flat location, well hidden from anyone, where I can sleep under the stars or pitch the tent.  This is what some cyclists refer to as "guerilla camping" or "free camping."  Much of North and South American camping fit in this category.  In fact, if you are riding around the world you will find that you often have no other choice but to free camp.

The second reason that cyclists camp is to save money.  There are places where you can find hotel rooms at the end of every day.  In these places many bike tourists choose to not carry camping equipment and rent a room every night.  This is sometimes called a "credit card tour."  The advantage to this is that you can travel much lighter and faster.  The disadvantage is the expense.  You have to pay off that credit card someday.  Places where a credit card tour is possible might include the eastern states of the USA, Europe, and Japan.  In these places a much cheaper option is to stay in campgrounds or free camp at night.

I stay in hotels when they fit in my budget, free camp when I have to or to save money, and stay in campgrounds in developed countries. Below are my favorite retail stores where I like to shop.

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.


Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice

- Bike Stuff
- Camping

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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