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May 2008 to April 2010

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Sept 2007 to May 2008

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

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Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

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June 2003 to June 2004

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March 2002 to April 2003

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How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
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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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Mt Bicycle for Touring


Early in bicycle history touring bikes usually had 27 inch wheels.  This is what Barbra Savage used when she traveled the world in her famous book "Miles from Nowhere"  As 700c bikes became popular the debate was between 27 inch and 700c touring bikes.  Eventually 27 inch bikes were almost fazed out and 700c wheel sets were dominant.  When mountain bikes became popular a new choice became available.  Mt. Bikes have a usable geometry and triple gearing so many people began loading and traveling on them.  Lately a few bicycle manufactures have started building bikes with a touring specific geometry around a 26 inch wheel set.  With the emergence of a 26 inch touring bicycle the new debate is between these two sizes.


 However, most admit that a 26 inch wheel would be more practical.

If I had to pick a wheel size to call the "better ride" I would have to go with the 700c because the bigger wheel "feels" less of the road and is easier to balance on.

If I were in N america oz nz europe only I would choose a 700c wheels bike.

  we have had to buy tires and rims on my old bike in Guatamala and Argentina====


I have never

because their tires were worn out or became damaged. 

I wanted a touring bike with a 26 inch wheel set.  That size can be found in any bike shop because it used on Mountain Bikes.  Most grocery stores carry cheapies that will get you to a bike shop for quality replacements.  The same can be said for finding proper inner tubes. 

Once 700c tires wear out or a nail or piece of glass prematurely ruins a new tire you are in a real jam in finding a replacement 700c bike touring specific tire.  The more I traveled in developing countries with 700c wheels the more I ran into this problem.


The first solution I thought of was using a Mountain Bike.   The problem was that I have never liked the way a Mountain Bike feels on the road.  Even with slicks.  The frame geometry just feels funny to me and the lack of rack mounts doesn't help.




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touring with mt bike

Once I determined that I had to have a

Bicycle touring on a mountain bike at first appears to be an easy solution.  Mt. bikes are sturdy, have strong rims, and has the same functional gearing as a touring bike. 

Because I was ony looking at bikes with 26 inch wheel mountain bikes kept reappearing in my shopping choices.  An actual touring bike that uses a 26 inch wheel is very rare unless you pay for a custom build. 

The first solution I thought of was touring on a Mountain Bike.  The problem is that I have never liked the way a Mountain Bike feels on the road; even with slicks.  The frame geometry just feels funny to me and the lack of rack mounts doesn't help.  I wanted a 26 inch bike that felt more like the road bikes that I had grown up on.  The frame geometry of a mountain bike is less efficient than a frame designed for long hours on the road.  On a Mt. bike you sit to far behind the pedals and the wheelbase is often to short for racks and bags.

The main reason I believe I do not like the feel of a mt bike for road touring   high low bottom bracket - mt not made for the road like jeep in indy 500

low to the ground for all day ride.  Mountain bikes and touring bikes are complete opposites when it comes to how low they place the rider in relation to the ground.  Unlike a mountain bike touring bikes are low to the ground.  Mountain bikes, like 4x4 trucks need high clearance to provide room for riding over logs, rocks, and other obstacles.  Touring bikes are more like a sports car or a motor home.  The lower to the ground the center of gravity the less effort it takes to steer and balance the bike.  These facts become even more important when riding a bike loaded with camping gear.

a mountain bike can jump and hop while a touring bike cruses

All that having been sais we have met and endless of people out there traveling the world on mt bikes. 

I would rather have a mt bike than 700c in thirs world

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What I Have Learned On The Road

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