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May 2010 to present

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Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

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Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

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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Camping (stealth 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

camp showers go to rei

Toiletry Bag: Keeping Clean on the Road and at Camp

Stealth Camping or Free Camp while Bicycle Touring

 The Frugal Bike Tour: How to Save Money and Economize While Bicycle Touring

 How to Prevent Flat Tires

First-Aid Kit for Travelers above



Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Shoes For Bicycle Touring, Travel, and Camping

Helmets For Bicycle Touring

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle touring lights

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping

 

 

Civia Flat Bamboo Fenders 700 x 42 and 26 x 2.0 Full Coverage

Civia Bamboo Full Coverage Fenders. Features and Information Bamboo

* Made from natural bamboo * Durable and stylish * Aluminum and Stainless steel hardware * Treated with nautical grade poly finish * Fenders are sold as front and rear pair

Click to Purchase 700C

Click to Purchase 26 inch

Ortlieb Handlebar Bags old

 

Ortlieb Handlebar Bags and Accessories +acc

 

All ort  Ortlieb Panniers, Handlebar Bags, Accessories, and More!

 

 


Salsa Fargo 700c Touring Bicycle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Click to purchase.
Chris King Threaded Headset

"Keep debris out with metal-sealed cartridge bearings. Then easily clean, regrease and readjust them--no throwaways here. The Chris King GripNut? virtually eliminates headset loosening. Wt: 92.5g. Silver or Black. 1, 1-1/8"". Threaded

Buy  HERE


 

 

 

Bicycle Cargo Trailers  The new guy on the block.


 I have not yet found a bicycle computer I really like.

Any cycling computer used for travel needs to be waterproof.  The most common reason I hear of bike computers failing is rain or humidity.  Most brands claim to be waterproof but few actually are.  The Cateye line of wired and the Cateye cordless computers we currently use have performed well even in the continuous rain we experienced in China and high humidity in Southeast Asia.  We will continue to use our current computers until we find and can afford new computers that have improved features while maintaining the same waterproof and durable standards as the ones we currently have.


Portable MP3 Players


iRiver iFP-195T 512 MB MP3 Player

Sony SRS-T77 Travel Speakers with Worldwide Voltage AC Adaptor

Sony SRS-T55 Folding Travel Speaker with 2-Way Power Supply

Sony NW-MS7 Memory Stick Walkman

 
Sony SRS-T33 Compact Portable Speakers (Blue)


Sony SRS-T88 Compact Portable Speakers

Sony D-NF610 ATRAC3/MP3 CD Walkman with Digital Tuner

Sony CDCASE3 Carrying Case For CD Walkman

 

Extra Durable Chrome Moly Tubus Racks,
 

  A big disadvantage to sreel racks is rust.  About every 3 - 6 months steel racks should have rust prevention applied and touch up pain to cover areas where the paint commonely rubbed of by pannier attachment points, scratched when the unloaded bike fell over, or knocked off. in some other way.

Aluminum front and rear bicycle touring racks

Alumin racks are much lighter compared to their steel counterparts but do not last as long.  Aluminum bike tubing is made in large diameters to make it strong but touring rack have a diameter limit so they can accomadate standard bicycle touring panniers. 

This is not to say that aluminum racks can not be used for around the world or extended traveling expeditions.  We have met many long distance who were successfully using them but is safe to say that your chanches of breaking a rack increase with Aluminen racks.

The weight savings of aluminum racks makes them ideal for shorter trips or tours where riding light and fast are important

stand up for short to mediem trips - anything longer than a year I would go cro mo steel - 

no rust = no painting

 

 

Today There are essentially two choices in wheel sizes when it comes to standard (not recumbent or other) touring bicycles.  The width can vary but the diameter is either 700c or 26 inch.  I do not know how one got to be measured in metric and the other in inches.  Typically mountain bikes use 26 inch and road bikes use 700c wheels.  26 inch wheels are slightly smaller than the 700C wheels.  Other than the diameter wide tires can be both

MSR Velo Tent: (2 person)

The only tent specifically designed for bicycle touring.  This camping tent is not only your lightweight house but also a portable dry home for you bikes or dog.  The two doors keep campers from crawling over each other save a lot of money in marriage counseling.   The color disappears in most environments so free or gorilla camping possible in a wider range of locations.  This tent is made well, surprisingly light, and a best buy for bikers who care about protecting their bicycle from the elements.



Click to purchase.

This unique 3-season tent features 2 doors and 2 vestibules--one vestibule is big enough to hold 2 bikes, extra gear or your furry four-legged pal. Shaped-by-nature geometry: poles double cross and attach on same side providing lots of headroom and increased usable floor space. Ingenious Adjustable Door Vent System allows maximum ventilation and protection, even in a downpour. DAC Featherlight aluminum poles are 26% stronger and 16% lighter than other aluminum poles. Polyester rainfly and MicroMesh™ offer maximum UV-resistance, durability and tautness to keep you dry. Equal-length poles and continuous poles sleeves provide easy set-up and a strong structure. Removable gear loft, interior pockets, stow-away door pockets and utility loops keep your house organized and gear accessible. DryGuy™ guy-out system won't wick, freeze or hold water, plus it's glove-friendly and reflective so you can find tent at night. Rainfly doors feature zipper flaps and noiseless, water-repellent zippers to keep water out. Polyurethane-coated polyester rainfly and nylon bathtub floor provide excellent waterproofness and durability. Patented ZipGate™ lets you replace zipper slider in the field. A lightweight method to tie doors up and out of the way, DryTies™ are glove-friendly and easy to use. Dry Guys, water-repellent zippers and zipper pulls are reflective for easy tent location at night. Adjustable stake loops have ladderloc buckle tensioner that is backed up by a second webbing loop. MSR uses non-wicking materials throughout; these prevent water weight gain during your trip and won't transport water into the tent. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only.

Buy  HERE

 

 

Big Agnes Parkview 3 Footprint  Attach footprint to tent fly (tent/fly sold separately) for fast-and-light packing. Footprint will add approximately 13 ounces to your pack depending on tent model. Sized to fit so that it prevents pooling of water under tent during wet weather. Use this coated nylon taffeta footprint underneath your Parkview 3 tent to protect floor from wear and abrasion.

Buy  HERE

 

 

Big Agnes Parkview 3 Tent

Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. Bathtub floor is made from heavy-duty nylon with a hardy waterproof polyurethane coating. Cross pole increases stability in windy/stormy conditions. Enjoy a light load and a commodious living experience with the Parkview 3 from Big Agnes®. Fly is made of lightweight ripstop nylon with a silicone treatment for durability and a polyurethane coating for waterproofness. Footprint (sold separately) extends the life of your tent by protecting it from abrasive wear and tear. For a lightweight set up during nice weather conditions leave tent body behind; use poles, fly, stakes and footprint. Four mesh floor pockets keep your house organized. Front vestibule pole maximizes head room; small window in vestibule door allows you to see outside. Hub/pole system is super lightweight; plastic clips attach tent body quickly and easily to the pole frame. Includes stuff sacks and stakes. Lightweight aluminum poles feature floating connectors and non-corrosive shoktips®, enhancing durability and simplifying repairs. Mesh doors and windows offer excellent cross-ventilation. Two doors let two people share space more easily, while two vestibules each store gear.

Buy  HERE

 


Click to purchase.
Big Agnes Emerald Mountain SL2 Tent

Outside Buyer's Guide '07 says ''...lots of space for little weight—it only weighs just a few stakes over four pounds.''. The superlight Emerald Mountain 2 combines a lightweight, freestanding design with a roomy interior and two opposing D-shaped doors. DAC Featherlite® NSL pole system features eco-friendly anodizing, lightweight, strong poles with press-fit connectors, a hub and twist clips. Reverse combi-poles combine varying diameter pole sections to capitalize on strength, weight savings and headroom. Nylon ripstop fly has a silicone treatment and waterproof polyurethane coating; mesh tent body and waterproof nylon floor. Single hub/pole design and clip attachments provide quick and easy setup. Generous use of mesh means a well-ventilated tent. All seams on the rainfly and floor are taped for waterproof protection. Three mesh floor pockets keep tent well organized. For a lightweight set up during nice weather leave tent body behind; use footprint (sold separately) with poles, fly and stakes. Optional, zip-on, pole-supported front vestibule (sold separately) adds generous storage area. Includes stuff sacks, stakes and guylines. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. SL in product name refers to Super Light. .

Buy  HERE


 

 Ortl

Jus


 

Tim's Rear Panniers
Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Panniers


High specification design rear pannier made of Cordura fabric with spacious lid closure and QL2 mounting system. Even fully loaded; the pannier can be closed and is therefore particularly suited for extended tours. Outer mesh pocket with zipper (not waterproof) increases packing volume.

Click to Purchase

These spacious bags are some of the largest around for extended trips.

  • Polyurethane-coated Cordura® nylon makes panniers durable and waterproof

  • Zippered outside mesh pockets hold wet gear or allow easy-access to essential gear

  • Large reflectors make you visible to motorists in poor light

  • Contents are held secure with two buckle closures and compression straps

  • Convenient handle on top for easy carrying

  • QL2 mounting system makes mounting and un-mounting panniers a snap


Tim's front and Cindie's rear Panniers
Ortlieb Backroller Panniers
(we have two sets with different colors)


Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure and constructed of an exclusive Cordura material that is completely watertight and welded. Utilizes Ortlieb's QL 2 Mounting System. Its symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Click to Purchase

Made of durable Cordura(R) nylon with polyester; coated with PVC for water resistance

  • Constructed with welded seams for strength

  • Designed with an easy access, roll-top closure

  • Replaceable, adjustable, quick-release security catches mount panniers quickly and easily on racks--also removed easily

  • Lifting on pannier carrying strap automatically releases the QLR-system security catches, while releasing the strap causes latches to lock in place


Cindie's front Panniers
Ortlieb Front Roller Panniers


Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure. Symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Click to Purchase

Absolutely waterproof, special 3D welding constructed bicycle panniers--for front rack mounting, small bag rear rack mounting or children's bikes

  • 3D welding is a special overlapping technique that uses no thread or adhesives

  • Roll-over style closures keep water out and are able to expand with your load

  • Attaches with the Ortlieb QLR-System: a strong, fast, quick-releasing system that locks tightly into place; easy unlocked by lifting up on the handle

  • QLR-hooks are replaceable and adjustable; will fit racks with tube diameter of up to 10 mm; 14 mm hooks available separately; will fit low-rider racks

  • Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester

Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester.. Imported.


Turn a Pannier into a backpack


 Ortlieb Pannier Carry System

Feel like taking a walk after parking your bike? This handy accessory lets you easily convert one of your Ortlieb panniers into a waterproof daypack. Padded harness system is quick to set up, easy to use and simple to stow. Reflective stitching on the outside of the shoulder straps helps make you visible in the dark. Sternum strap ensures an extra-secure fit. Works with both QL1 and QL2 mounting systems


Cindie's Handlebar bag

  Ortlieb Ultimate 4 Compact Handlebar Bag

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.

 


Tim's Handlebar bag

Ortlieb Bicycle Panniers

Ortlieb Bicycle Panniers

A deluxe Ortlieb Handle Bar Bag : the Ultimate3 made of completely waterproof Cordura; removable map case; outer mesh pocket; 2 removable keyrings and removable inner pockets with zipper.

 


 

 

 

 

 


Koga Miyata World Traveler Touring Bicycles are for sale in the USA on this page. 

PLEASE READ FIRST  Tim and Cindie Travis (www.DownTheRoad.org)  no longer endorse or recommend Koga Miyata Bicycles.  We are actively looking for new bikes to ride on our around the world tour.  If you have suggestions or recommendations about touring bicycles you think we could Please Write.  Don't forget to tell us what you think the best touring bicycle is and why.

The bikes below are several times less expensive than the Kogas and are of great interest to us

26 inch (mountain bike size)  Far less common is a touring bike that incorporates a 26 inch or mountain bike wheel.  Twenty-six inch wheeled touring bikes will have the same size wheels as a mountain bike but the frame geometries are much different.  The main advantage to 26 inch wheels is tires and tubes can be bought throughout the world.  700c tires are very difficult to find in developing countries.  26 inch wheeled touring bikes are rare in the USA and Canada.  I personally prefer 26 inch wheel for several reasons especially when touring internationally.  (wheel information page)

26 inch wheel touring bicycle

Click for more information


700c (road bike size)  Road bike or 700C wheels are the most common size available for touring bikes in America and Canada.  A 700c wheel meant for commuting or loaded self contained bicycle touring will be wider, beefier, and heavier than a wheel meant for a road racing bike.I

Novara Randonee Bike 700c touring bicycle

Click for more information

 

 

 


Why we Bought Koga-Miyata Touring Bikes in the USA.

PLEASE READ FIRST  Tim and Cindie Travis (www.DownTheRoad.org)  no longer endorse or recommend Koga Miyata Bicycles.  We are actively looking for new bikes to ride on our around the world tour.  If you have suggestions or recommendations about touring bicycles you think we could Please Write.  Don't forget to tell us what you think the best touring bicycle is and why.

The bikes below are several times less expensive than the Kogas and are of great interest to us

26 inch (mountain bike size)  Far less common is a touring bike that incorporates a 26 inch or mountain bike wheel.  Twenty-six inch wheeled touring bikes will have the same size wheels as a mountain bike but the frame geometries are much different.  The main advantage to 26 inch wheels is tires and tubes can be bought throughout the world.  700c tires are very difficult to find in developing countries.  26 inch wheeled touring bikes are rare in the USA and Canada.  I personally prefer 26 inch wheel for several reasons especially when touring internationally.  (wheel information page)

26 inch wheel touring bicycle

Click for more information


700c (road bike size)  Road bike or 700C wheels are the most common size available for touring bikes in America and Canada.  A 700c wheel meant for commuting or loaded self contained bicycle touring will be wider, beefier, and heavier than a wheel meant for a road racing bike.I

Novara Randonee Bike 700c touring bicycle

Click for more information

 

 

 

 

New and Used Koga Miyata Utility Bicycles
(see also Koga World Traveler and Globe Traveler touring bikes )

PLEASE READ FIRST  Tim and Cindie Travis (www.DownTheRoad.org)  no longer endorse or recommend Koga Miyata Bicycles.  We are actively looking for new bikes to ride on our around the world tour.  If you have suggestions or recommendations about touring bicycles you think we could Please Write.  Don't forget to tell us what you think the best touring bicycle is and why.

The bikes below are several times less expensive than the Kogas and are of great interest to us

26 inch (mountain bike size)  Far less common is a touring bike that incorporates a 26 inch or mountain bike wheel.  Twenty-six inch wheeled touring bikes will have the same size wheels as a mountain bike but the frame geometries are much different.  The main advantage to 26 inch wheels is tires and tubes can be bought throughout the world.  700c tires are very difficult to find in developing countries.  26 inch wheeled touring bikes are rare in the USA and Canada.  I personally prefer 26 inch wheel for several reasons especially when touring internationally.  (wheel information page)

26 inch wheel touring bicycle

Click for more information


700c (road bike size)  Road bike or 700C wheels are the most common size available for touring bikes in America and Canada.  A 700c wheel meant for commuting or loaded self contained bicycle touring will be wider, beefier, and heavier than a wheel meant for a road racing bike.I

Novara Randonee Bike 700c touring bicycle

Click for more information

 

 

 

 

like the REI bikes. They are affordable and provide something a beginner can start with or an old pro can upgrade.

We stopped recommending Koga World Traveler and Globe Travel touring bikes after learning the headsets are available only from a Koga dealer and very difficult to install. It seems that it takes some kind of custom made tool that only exists in Holland or a work around that involves destructive removal of the headsets. It took us a couple years to wear out our headsets and learn of this shortcoming in the bikes design. Now that we know this, we can no longer recommend these bicycles. We are still working on replacing our headsets. Something that should be easy has turned into a time consuming hassle. We feel that a bike meant for world travel should utilize standard parts that can be found and replaced anywhere in the world. The rest of the bike uses parts readily found around the world and is not a problem but all headsets eventually wear out and all Koga owners are eventually faced with this problem.

 

 

 

The only stock touring bicycle sold in the USA and Canada that I have been impressed with and feel confident to ride off the showroom floor is the Koga Miyata Touring Bikes line of bicycles.

 

I like the REI bikes.  They are affordable and provide something a begginer can start with or an old pro can upgrade.

We stopped recommending  Koga World Traveler and Globe Travel touring bikes after learning the headsets are available only from a Koga dealer and very difficult to install.  It seems that it takes some kind of custom made tool that only exists in Holland or a work around that involves destructive removal of the headsets.  It took us a couple years to wear out our headsets and learn of this shortcoming in the bikes design. Now that we know this, we can no longer recommend these bicycles.  We are still working on replacing our headsets.  Something that should be easy has turned into a time consuming hassle.  We feel that a bike meant for world travel should utilize standard parts that can be found and replaced anywhere in the world.  The rest of the bike uses parts readily found around the world and is not a problem but all headsets eventually wear out and all Koga owners are eventually faced with this problem.

 

 

I like the REI bikes.  They are something a begginer can start with or an old pro can upgrade.

We stopped recommending  Koga World Traveler and Globe Travel touring bikes after learning the headsets are available only from a Koga dealer and very difficult to install.  It seems that it takes some kind of custom made tool that only exists in Holland or a work around that involves destructive removal of the headsets.  It took us a couple years to wear out our headsets and learn of this shortcoming in the bikes design. Now that we know this, we can no longer recommend these bicycles.  We are still working on replacing our headsets.  Something that should be easy has turned into a time consuming hassle.  We feel that a bike meant for world travel should utilize standard parts that can be found and replaced anywhere in the world.  The rest of the bike uses parts readily found around the world and is not a problem but all headsets eventually wear out and all Koga owners are eventually faced with this problem.
 

 

 

We stopped recommending  Koga World Traveler and Globe Travel touring bikes after learning the only way to replace our worn out headsets was to buy a frame and fork with the headset factory installed.  We have trouble getting straight answers from Koga but it seems that it takes some kind of special large hydraulic press tool that only exist in Holland to install theses special headsets.  It took us a couple years to wear out our headsets and learn of this fatal shortcoming in the bikes design. Now that we know this, we can no longer recommend these bicycles.


Koga Miyata bicycles are now available in the USA.  Check out why we bought two new Koga World Traveler touring bicycles.

Koga Miyata World Traveler Touring Bicycles
Why we Bought Koga-Miyata Touring Bikes.
Free Book Offer

Ciclosport CM 436 Alti M Downloadable Computer/Altimeter

Click to purchase.

Sometimes tracking how far you go doesn't do the ride justice what you really need to know is how much altitude you gained! All bike functions you expect from a wireless computer, plus current, average, maximum performance measurement (wattage), altimeter, and temperature functions. The downloadable CM 436 Alti M records up to 64 hours of data that can be downloaded to your PC. You?ll see graphic representation of recorded altitude, speed, grade, watts, cadence (with optional cadence kit) and temperature. System requirements: 80486 or Pentium processor with 16 MB RAM, 10 MB free hard disk space, Windows 95, 98, 2000, or NT, VGA-graphic card, free Com port, CD-ROM drive. Wristband Not Included

Buy  HERE

 

See the 30MB .avi movie from Koga-Miyata Europe
WARNING: This is recommended for broadband only

 

(805) 569-5381
"Tell them Tim sent you"
Email Tim Travis with additional questions.

[email protected]

 

See PDF catalog with USA Koga Miyata Touring Bicycles 5MB Download

See the 30MB .avi movie from Koga-Miyata Europe
WARNING: This is recommended for broadband only

 

 

While you are at their web site or on the telephone ask about the large assortment of bicycle touring equipment not commonly sold in the USA.  They have the best parts and accessories for bike tours available in the USA. 

Finally, a bike shop that meets the unique needs of the touring cyclist

Looking for a Koga Miyata dealer led me to an unexpected treasure that no touring cyclist should be without.  Pedal The Planet is a top notch bike shop that has experienced bike tourists for owners.  Mark and Wendy are expert bicycle tourists with several domestic tours and an around the world odyssey to their credit.  They know what you need from their years of experience.  I do not know of any other bicycle shops that specialize in bicycle touring in the USA or Canada.  Pedal The Planet not only stock and sell Koga Miyata touring bicycles and a large selection of hard to find bicycle touring equipment but also provide expert advice about bicycle touring routes, maps, equipment, and other topics specific to bike touring. I personally take comfort in the fact that they will quickly ship equipment to us almost anywhere in the world.  This is the ultimate global travel sag wagon and technical support.

 

 

A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers:  We receive frequent offers from equipment manufactures for sponsorship or review.  Most of these offers we turn down because we refuse to use or promote anything we do not fully believe in.  We do not carry much so what we carry is important to us.  Over the years we have accepted free items to use and review on our web site.  Some of these products have been excellent and others not adequate on an extended trip like ours.  If you think we would prefer your product over something we currently use write us and we can discuss your offer.  Please be aware that we are never under any obligation to give a positive review.  If we like your product we 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.

News Flash!  Koga Touring Bicycles are now available in the USA

 Please write us for Koga USA /Canada contact information .

Pedal The Planet  is one of the few places in the USA where you can purchase: Koga Miyata World Traveler Touring Bicycles, Kogas famous Commuting Metro Bikes, and  hard to find bicycle touring equipment and maps  (read more)

 

 

- The Solution! We Bought Koga Touring Bicycles in the USA

 

 

Koga Miyata USA is where Canadians and Americans can call or email for additional information about Koga Miyata World Traveler Touring Bicycles and Koga's famous Commuting Metro Bikes.

Toll Free Phone = Koga USA 1-800-796-2926
Email =  [email protected]

 

Koga Miyata bicycles are now available in the USA.  Check out why we bought two new Koga World Traveler touring bicycles.


 

See PDF catalog with all USA Koga Miyata Touring Bicycle

See the 30MB .avi movie from Koga-Miyata Europe
WARNING: This is recommended for broadband only

 

 

Shop at Pedal The Planet and receive a free book from DownTheRoad.org


The Road That Has No End: How we traded our ordinary lives for a global bicycle touring adventure

Price US$21.95
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Purchase Our Book Here
317 pages soft cover
over 150 photos

 

(It is now Here in the USA!)

- Finally, a bike shop that meets the needs of the touring cyclist
- Receive a free book from DownTheRoad.org

 


1-800-830-9925
 

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- Waterproof Ortlieb Bicycle Panniers
- Chrome Moly Tubus Racks
- Long Lasting
Bike Touring tires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfortable Leather Brooks Conquest saddle with suspension, 

 

Click Here for More Bike Tires

Buy 700c and other Touring Tire Options HERE

Pedal The Planet  is one of the few places in the USA where you can purchase: (read more)

- Koga Miyata Touring Bicycles.
- Waterproof Ortlieb Bicycle Panniers.

- Chrome Moly Tubus Racks
- Long Lasting Long Distance Bike Touring tires
- Hard to find bicycle touring equipment and maps.


1-800-830-9925 (Remember to mention our (free book offer)

 


Compact for camping, trekking, and backpacking

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In Chiapas, Mexico we boiled and filtered creek water

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Tim at his favorite job, pumping water.

Water Filter Movie


Complete filter unit, intake hose, and case


Hand pump, dirty brown ceramic filter, and plastic case


a bottle Iodine tablets for water purification emergencies.


Katadyn Pocket Micro Water Filter

 


 


 


Cracks in the pump housing on our MSR Dragonfly stove.


MSR Dragonfly Stove w/11oz Fuel Bottle

 

Read More Information Below

Of road touring

do not need a lot of tread - loaded bikes are not MT bikes

 

 

EXTREMELY PUNCTURE RESISTANT

The touring tire classic

 

Its dynamic tread, the 2-ply nylon puncture protection and its Skinwall sidewall make the TopTouring 2000 a tire for the touring experts. Reliability, speed and versatility are attributes that continue to ensure the tire's popularity.

 

5 plies/ total 213 tpi

 

 

Specs
Specification Description
Weight 690 grams
Dimensions 26 x 1.75
Recommended pressure 45 pounds per square

Specs
Specification Description
Weight 490 grams
Dimensions 26 x 1.75
Recommended pressure 56 pounds per square inch

The Globetrotters

You can't develop a tire for globetrotters on the drawing board. So that is why all of Tilmann Waldthaler's experience has been put to use in the development of the TravelContact. His requirements were obvious: a robust carcass with a high carrying capacity and protection against chafing and cuts, effective puncture resistance and last but not least, a tread that makes it possible to explore paths around the world quickly and safely.

A foldable version is of course also available to take along as a spare.

The TravelContact is ideal for touring all kinds of routes - be it along the Weser River in Germany or the Pan Americana.

 

4 plies/ total 240 tpi

 

 


 


The Road That Has No End:  How we traded our ordinary lives for a global bicycle touring adventure

http://www.downtheroad.org/Equipment/Bikes/Touring_Bicycle.htm

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When I started this e-mail, I was still working on the affiliate link, but now I have it figures out J. What we need to do is change the link to: STOP/amazing/go.asp?cc=pedaltheplanet&agent=downtheroad  This will take you to Pedal The Planet’s home page. If you want to go directly to the

 

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The story of how we saved money, quit our jobs, sold our possessions, and set off to bicycle tour and travel around the world


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How we traded our ordinary lives for a global bicycle touring adventure.

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Bicycle Touring Panniers and Bike Bags: Handlebar Bag Saddle Seat Front and Rear

waterproof, rugged, light weight, and durable.


 

Bicycle touring panniers are some of the most important pieces of gear we own.  These saddle bags need to remain securely on our bikes while keeping our expensive gear safe and dry on the roughest of roads and in the most extreme weather conditions.  If a pannier fails it endangers all of the contents in the bag and can even cause a dangerous crash.  In addition to the average camping gear, personal items, and clothing most other bike tourists carry with them but we also have additional delicate electronic equipment required to produce our web site and write our series of books.  This high tech gear includes a notebook computer and digital video and still camera.  This fragile gear requires exceptional performance from our panniers to keep it dry and off the pavement.  If our panniers fail our equipment can be damaged and our trip would end.

During our fist two years of our trip we used three different brands of bicycle panniers: Arkel, DeTour (formally Vaude) and Ortlieb.  They seemed like top of the line bike panniers and are all well recognized in at the professional international bicycle touring circles.  At first all three brands of bicycle touring bags looked to be of equal quality and clever design but time, sun, dust, rain, accidental drops, and tragic crashes exposed the differences in the bags and produced a clear superior product line.  Please remember that the pannier failures described below are personal experiences and we understand that readers may have different experiences.  Failures that we experienced with our bicycle panniers came in several areas which are described below:


Bicycle Pannier Failures We Experienced

Mounting System:

When I originally started shopping for bike panniers I concentrated on the bag design and overlooked the attachment system.  Now, with more than two years of experience with three manufactures (Arkel, DeTour (formally Vaude) and Ortlieb) I found out that while the bag design is important the mounting system is critical.

Cindie's set of Vaude bags had a poor mounting system.  From reading industry news publications I believe that Vaude tried to copy Ortlieb's excellent mounting system but were prevented because of international patent laws and were forced to come up with their own design.  Cindie used this brand of bags and mounting system and they slowly but consistently developed several major problems on the road. 

The first problem she had with her Vaude panniers was before we left.  One of her bags mounting systems cracked and broke in cold weather.  Vaude did warrantee this defective part but we were forced to carry bulky spare mounting hardware for when this problem would reoccurred.  It is very frustrating to haul spare parts in the bottom of bags for equipment that should not require this precaution.  The other brands of bags that we carried did not require us to carry spare parts.

On two different steep dangerous descents in Ecuador and Peru Cindie's rear Vaude panniers repeatedly fell completely off.  This caused all of the gear strapped to her rear rack to detach and skid across the road.   This created a very dangerous situation.  Cindie was in front of me during one episode.  She was cornering and one of her rear bags and gear suddenly slide across the road and the sudden weight change on her bike caused her to loose control of her bike.  I locked up my brakes and skid around her expensive Vaude pannier and our sleeping bags on the road.  When everything finally came to a stop we would had to search through the ditches for the gear that came off her rack.  Next we had to dig through my load for tools that are required to fix her faulty mounting bracket.  After the attachment mechanism was pushed back into place we remounted everything to her bike, swore a lot, and tried to salvage the rest of the days enjoyment.  This irritated me to no end because it happened several times for almost an entire year while we toured in some of the more remote parts of South America.

We tried everything to prevent her panniers from falling off.  We replaced the mounting system with a new one that we had been carrying for months.  This did not solve the problem.  Even the new mounting system could not hold the bag on.  I think it is simply a bad design.  We vowed to replace this line of bags as soon as we could.

A close up of the attachment system that opened too much which caused her bag to fall of on fast descents.  This required a lengthy stop to remove everything on her rear rack and an agonizing effort to push it back into place.

Waterproof:

Tim's rear Arkel bags were not waterproof, but in their defense, they never claimed to be.  I initially thought that this was not important but several days of wet weather in Honduras, Ecuador, and later in Chile caused several key pieces of gear, including our shortwave radio to get wet.  Fortunately our notebook computer is always kept in a rubber dry bag but I think that this caused our shortwave radio to quit working.  I will never tour with anything but water proof cycling bags again!


Material Durability:

Time and continuous use cause the workmanship and material selection flaws to surface.  I was surprised at how durable these bags seemed when we bought them and how quickly things went wrong.  When someone tells you that their panniers are "bulletproof" ask them if they would still think that after we borrowed them for a couple years.

All of Cindie's Vaude bags did the strangest thing.  They bowed around the mounting system which grew worse as the months rolled by.  We warrantee it but the new one did the same.  This may have cause them to detach during descents.

Cindie's rear Vaude bags developed rips in the seams of the external pockets.  This required constant gluing and re-gluing when they fell apart again.  We originally warranted her Vaude bags but the new ones had the same flaw.  We forced to carry the messy glue along which added to our load.  This battle with the pockets continued for months in South America until we ran out of glue and left the pockets in a trash can.  What a sad development for an expensive and important piece of equipment.

My Arkel Panniers developed several rips and loose stitching.  This required  frequent repairs and Cindie had to use our emergency sewing kit to piece back the failing seams.  If we would have continued using these bags I believe they would have completely fell apart.


Tim's Arkel rear pannier developed faulty stitching that required constant field repairs.

Cindie sewing the many broken and separated stitches on Tim's rear Arkel Panniers

Tim's rear Arkel bags hung too close to the ground and made frequent contact with the pavement which cause rips and holes to develop.

Cindie's Vaude pannier in the bottom of this picture (left hand side of bike) is bowing out and had to be warrantee during a visit to the USA

Convenient of use, service, and access to gear Customer Service:

Most companies in the business of selling high end sports equipment are very competitive and have similar customer service.  Cindie warrantee her Vaude bags with no problem and Arkel was always pleasant to deal with.  We never experienced any problems with our Ortlieb bags so we never needed to request service.  To me, building a quality product that does not require service is the best service of all.

One irritating occurrence in customer service was with my DeTour (formally Vaude) handle bar bag map case.  During our first two years, from Arizona to Argentina, my map case developed several rips.  I called and tried to buy a new map case.  They told me that I would have to buy an entire new US$100 handlebar bag to receive a new map case.  It does not seem right that a handlebar bag only lasts as long as the fragile map case.


Bike Bags that had Superior Performance

Only one brand of bags exceeded our needs and performed beyond our expectations: .  I am much harder on equipment than Cindie.  I am larger and just less delicate or careful then her.  Usually my equipment suffers more from damage than hers but the opposite was true with our panniers.  My Ortlieb panniers were the only set of bags that did not fail at some point.  I am still using them years later and believe that they may last for many more years to come. Thank You Ortlieb for making something that I never have to worry about as we bike around the world.

It not surprising that these bags are made in Germany.  The Germans are at the forefront of international travel and the bicycle touring equipment industry.  It must be a very popular sport among it's citizens.  More than half of all the international traveling cyclists we meet are from Germany.  Below are the bags that Cindie and I own, use, and depend on for the remainder of our tour which includes some of the more rugged places on earth.


Tim's Rear Panniers


High specification design rear pannier made of Cordura fabric with spacious lid closure and QL2 mounting system. Even fully loaded; the pannier can be closed and is therefore particularly suited for extended tours. Outer mesh pocket with zipper (not waterproof) increases packing volume.

Click Below to Purchase

These spacious bags are some of the largest around for extended trips.

  • Polyurethane-coated Cordura® nylon makes panniers durable and waterproof

  • Zippered outside mesh pockets hold wet gear or allow easy-access to essential gear

  • Large reflectors make you visible to motorists in poor light

  • Contents are held secure with two buckle closures and compression straps

  • Convenient handle on top for easy carrying

  • QL2 mounting system makes mounting and un-mounting panniers a snap


Tim's front and Cindie's rear Panniers
(we have two sets with different colors)


Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure and constructed of an exclusive Cordura material that is completely watertight and welded. Utilizes Ortlieb's QL 2 Mounting System. Its symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Click Below to Purchase

Made of durable Cordura(R) nylon with polyester; coated with PVC for water resistance

  • Constructed with welded seams for strength

  • Designed with an easy access, roll-top closure

  • Replaceable, adjustable, quick-release security catches mount panniers quickly and easily on racks--also removed easily

  • Lifting on pannier carrying strap automatically releases the QLR-system security catches, while releasing the strap causes latches to lock in place


Cindie's front Panniers


Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure. Symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Click Below to Purchase

Absolutely waterproof, special 3D welding constructed bicycle panniers--for front rack mounting, small bag rear rack mounting or children's bikes

  • 3D welding is a special overlapping technique that uses no thread or adhesives

  • Roll-over style closures keep water out and are able to expand with your load

  • Attaches with the Ortlieb QLR-System: a strong, fast, quick-releasing system that locks tightly into place; easy unlocked by lifting up on the handle

  • QLR-hooks are replaceable and adjustable; will fit racks with tube diameter of up to 10 mm; 14 mm hooks available separately; will fit low-rider racks

  • Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester

Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester.. Imported.


Tim's Handlebar bag

 

 A deluxe Ortlieb Handle Bar Bag : the Ultimate3 made of completely waterproof Cordura; removable map case; outer mesh pocket; 2 removable keyrings and removable inner pockets with zipper.

 

 


 


Ortlieb Bicycle Touring Waterproof Panniers

 

 

Bike Bags that had Superior Performance

Only one brand of bags exceeded our needs and performed beyond our expectations: Ortlieb Panniers.  I am much harder on equipment than Cindie.  I am larger and just less delicate or careful then her.  Usually my equipment suffers more from damage than hers but the opposite was true with our panniers.  My Ortlieb panniers were the only set of bags that did not fail at some point.  I am still using them years later and believe that they may last for many more years to come. Thank You Ortlieb for making something that I never have to worry about as we bike around the world.

It not surprising that these bags are made in Germany.  The Germans are at the forefront of international travel and the bicycle touring equipment industry.  It must be a very popular sport among it's citizens.  More than half of all the international traveling cyclists we meet are from Germany.  Below are the bags that Cindie and I own, use, and depend on for the remainder of our tour which includes some of the more rugged places on earth.

Cycle touring panniers are some of the most important pieces of gear we own.  These saddle bags need to remain securely on our bikes while keeping our expensive gear safe and dry on the roughest of roads and in the most extreme weather conditions.  If a pannier fails it endangers all of the contents in the bag and can even cause a dangerous crash.  In addition to the average camping gear, personal items, and clothing most other bike tourists carry with them but we also have additional delicate electronic equipment required to produce our web site and write our series of books.  This high tech gear includes a notebook computer and digital video and still camera.  This fragile gear requires exceptional performance from our panniers to keep it dry and off the pavement.  If our panniers fail our equipment can be damaged and our trip would end.

During our fist two years of our trip we used three different brands of bicycle panniers: Arkel, DeTour (formally Vaude) and Ortlieb.  They seemed like top of the line bike panniers and are all well recognized in at the professional international bicycle touring circles.  At first all three brands of bicycle touring bags looked to be of equal quality and clever design but time, sun, dust, rain, accidental drops, and tragic crashes exposed the differences in the bags and produced a clear superior product line.  The Ortlieb bike bags below



Ortlieb Front Roller Panniers

 


Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure. Symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Click Below to Purchase

Absolutely waterproof, special 3D welding constructed bicycle panniers--for front rack mounting, small bag rear rack mounting or children's bikes

  • 3D welding is a special overlapping technique that uses no thread or adhesives

  • Roll-over style closures keep water out and are able to expand with your load

  • Attaches with the Ortlieb QLR-System: a strong, fast, quick-releasing system that locks tightly into place; easy unlocked by lifting up on the handle

  • QLR-hooks are replaceable and adjustable; will fit racks with tube diameter of up to 10 mm; 14 mm hooks available separately; will fit low-rider racks

  • Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester

Made of heavy-duty, double polyurethane coated polyester.. Imported.


Click Below to Purchase



Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Panniers


High specification design rear pannier made of Cordura fabric with spacious lid closure and QL2 mounting system. Even fully loaded; the pannier can be closed and is therefore particularly suited for extended tours. Outer mesh pocket with zipper (not waterproof) increases packing volume.

Click Below to Purchase

These spacious bags are some of the largest around for extended trips.

  • Polyurethane-coated Cordura® nylon makes panniers durable and waterproof

  • Zippered outside mesh pockets hold wet gear or allow easy-access to essential gear

  • Large reflectors make you visible to motorists in poor light

  • Contents are held secure with two buckle closures and compression straps

  • Convenient handle on top for easy carrying

  • QL2 mounting system makes mounting and un-mounting panniers a snap


Click Below to Purchase



Ortlieb Backroller Panniers


Waterproof panniers with a unique roll-top closure and constructed of an exclusive Cordura material that is completely watertight and welded. Utilizes Ortlieb's QL 2 Mounting System. Its symmetrical shape allows more leg room. Not only ideal for use on long cycle tours; they are also suitable for everyday use as a shopping bag or shoulder bag. Can be used with the carrying system as a daypack.

Click Below to Purchase

Made of durable Cordura(R) nylon with polyester; coated with PVC for water resistance

  • Constructed with welded seams for strength

  • Designed with an easy access, roll-top closure

  • Replaceable, adjustable, quick-release security catches mount panniers quickly and easily on racks--also removed easily

  • Lifting on pannier carrying strap automatically releases the QLR-system security catches, while releasing the strap causes latches to lock in place


Click Below to Purchase


 

 A deluxe Handle Bar Bag : the Ultimate3 made of completely waterproof Cordura; removable map case; outer mesh pocket; 2 removable keyrings and removable inner pockets with zipper.


 

 

Koga Miyata bicycles are available in the USA.  Check back for links to new pages that explain why we bought two new Koga World Traveler touring bicycles.


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