The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions,
and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world.
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May 2010 to present
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May 2008 to April 2010
Sept 2007 to May 2008
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007
SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006
June 2003 to June 2004
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March 2002 to April 2003
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Equipment Pages Index
How Much to Bring and Weight
Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
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HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames
Steel Repair Myth.
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
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
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Bike Touring Shorts
Bicycle touring lights
Pictures of Equipment Failures
all 3 book)
Best Adventure Cycling Association Bicycle
Touring Route Maps for Bike Trail Tours in America and Canada on Sale
(middle tier) - Coast to Coast USA, this is the oldest and most popular route crossing
America. This trail is a right of passage in the cycling world and most
traveling bikers have done it or have plans to someday. I have ridden parts of it and enjoyed it
immensely. I like how the maps show a realistic bicycle scale, with topo and
elevation gains, and places where bike tourists can legally free camp.
Sooner or later I
will spend the summer cycling the entire bicycle touring route This bike
tour should not be missed.
- Wild and wooly northern latitudes and a very scenic route. I have not
yet bike toured in the Pacific Northwest or the northern mountain states but I
rode from Indiana through New York on this trail. I will ride my touring bicycle
here next time I am in
- Extend the cycling season with this spring and fall tour of the deep south and
America's incredible southwest desert states. Although I personally only know the California,
Arizona and New Mexico parts of the trail from my time living in AZ, I'm sure this would be
an excellent ride as it's my favorite part of the USA.
- I believe this to be one of the best bike touring trails. It includes surfing
beaches, redwood forests and a frequent tail wind pushing you down the coast. The
hiker/biker campsites are a highlight. I have done the route twice and plan to go back. I recommend Astoria, Oregon to San Francisco,
CA or through Big
Sur to Santa Barbara both as excellent first time bicycle tours.
Great Parks Route - I have
never bicycle toured this part of North America but it looks to be a great route through the
best National Parks of Canada and the United States. I would like to find
a way to add this to the Northern Tier for a deluxe tour of the US and Canada.
- Can be combined with the Trans America to make
a shorter coast to coast crossing. I rode the section through Utah and
Colorado and loved these very different states; highly recommended!
The TransAmerica Trail was established for
Adventure Cycling's celebration of the U.S. bicentennial in 1976. At that time,
the organization was called Bikecentennial, a name many old-timers still
associate with the TransAm Trail. This is still the greatest and most used route
crossing America. This classic ride offers everything you would expect from a
transcontinental crossing. You'll encounter all kinds of scenery and terrain,
including ocean coastline, lush forests, high desert, mountain passes,
snow-capped peaks, sweeping vistas, expansive plains, fertile farmlands, rolling
hills, and wide rivers. You'll pass through small, out-of-the-way towns in
America that still serve up some of the best home-cooked meals and fresh-baked
Northern Tier Bike Route Maps
Anacortes, WA to Bar Harbor, ME 4,294 miles
Crossing the nation near the U.S. - Canada border, the Northern Tier comprises three smaller route segments:
Anacortes, Washington to Fargo, North Dakota, Fargo to Muscatine, Iowa
and Muscatine, to Bar Harbor, Maine.
Southern Tier Bicycle Touring Route
San Diego, CA, to St. Augustine, FL 4,294 miles
The Southern Tier Bicycle Route is Adventure Cycling's shortest cross-country
route and offers a wide variety of terrain, vegetation, climate, and people all
the way across the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The route is rich in
human culture and history -- ranging from the Spanish and Mexican influences in
California, to the ancient indigenous pueblo cultures in Arizona and New Mexico,
to the imprint of the Spanish conquistadors in Texas, to the bayous and French
influences of Louisiana, to the Old South of Mississippi and Alabama, to a
four-hundred-year-old city in Florida.
Pacific Coast Bicycle Tour Maps
Vancouver, BC, to Imperial Beach, CA: Vancouver, BC, to Imperial Beach,
CA 1,853 mi.
Washington and Oregon: This is a stunningly beautiful ride
that features the Oregon coast, one of the true highlights of bicycle touring in
the United States. You'll see spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean with
haystack-shaped rocks standing firm like sentries as they are splashed by the
roaring ocean waves.
California Coast: The California Coast section is tremendously
diverse. You'll encounter massive redwoods, breathtaking coastline vistas, acres
and acres of vegetable farms, fruit orchards, as well as some prime urban areas.
Great Parks Route
Jasper, AB, to Durango, CO 2,238 mi.
The Great Parks Bicycle Route is divided into two smaller
routes, plus sections 4, 5, and 6 of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.
Western Express Bike Route Maps:
San Francisco, CA, to Pueblo, CO 1,589 mi.
The Western Express Bicycle Route connects San Francisco,
California, on the West Coast to the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail in Pueblo,
Colorado. It provides a shorter mileage option (476 miles less when compared to
the TransAmerica) on a central cross-country route but challenges the rider with
extreme weather and riding conditions, as well as logistical obstacles. One's
efforts are rewarded, however, by experiencing some of the least visited and
most magnificent areas of the American West.
Tips & Advice
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Tools and Spares
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Preventing Flat Tires
Bike Touring Shorts
Cycle Touring Racks
Tents and ground