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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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Touring bicycle color, paint job, color, and rust prevention on a steel frame tour bike

The paint job is the least important aspect when shopping for and buying touring bicycles.  Usually if a bike frame is high quality then the paint will equal this quality and not have premature problems.  Frame paint colors on high end touring bicycles are very limited and tour cycles often come with only one color option.  I suggest you find the bike you like and hope that you like the color.

I (Tim) prefer my touring bicycles to be as unnoticeable as possible.  If a bike looks bland it appears inexpensive.  A bright flashy paint job with a well known logo is the first pick among thieves.  Dull colors do not scream money and become obnoxious in poor countries.  Dark colors blend into other bikes used by locals.

Cindie and I often find ourselves hiding in the woods and camping without permission or security.  In these cases it is best be discrete.  Most touring cyclists will do this out of necessity.  Because we are hiding we also like our touring bikes, panniers, and tent to be as camouflaged as possible.  I like black, grey or any other darkish color.  I suppose that olive drab would be an ideal color but I have never seen this.

Rust is a big problem with steel touring bicycles and racks because the bike is usually locked up outside your tent at night in all kinds of weather.  On a bike tour it is often necessary to ride in rain, snow, and through deep river crossings.  There are a few tips and tricks in the video below that will make a steel touring bike and racks last longer.

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Kick Stands
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Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

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Cycle Touring Racks

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