Overcoming The Hurdles Of Long-Distance Bike Travel

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On March 25th I held a live web event on Ustream.com during which I spoke about the proper weight of a fully-loaded bicycle and gave some tips for how to feel more comfortable when traveling with you bike for days, weeks, or months on end. By watching the video above, you will not only find out my secret for determining how much your bike should weigh, but you will also learn about the three major hurdles that every bicycle traveler has to overcome in order to pull off a successful trip by bike.

To watch a recording of the event, simply click play on the video above or click here.

Please check it out… and be sure to let me know what you think!


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  1. Scott Missildine

    April 14, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I love your attitude on cycling. I’m taking a cycle adventure and your stuff has become quite valuble.
    I hate the whole cycling dress code. I’m using the ACA map on the southern US tour.
    Happy pedaling.

  2. John Van Gundy

    April 14, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Great advice. I learned a lot that will be of value when in the distant future I plan to cycle and solo camp my way from Oklahoma to the Oregon Coast.


  3. russell workman

    April 21, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I’m contemplating a 5000km tour of Queensland Australia. It will be my first big tour. It will be dangerous as its very remote and wild in many places. No sat/nav or water sometimes for 250km stretches. I know these places don’t need me, but I feel I need these places.

    Any advice you can offer will be very welcome. Thank you for what you have shared already.


  4. J

    June 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I feel you on the clothing thing…I wear what’s comfortable when I’m cycling, rather than wearing clothes to fit an image…several years ago I did learn the hard way that I had to tuck my pants into my socks (front chainring, doh!) I do own a pair of cycling shorts, I have worn them once, underneath my regular shorts, simply because they had padding to protect my bottom on a 160 mile day ride

  5. Lisa

    August 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Excellent presentation! I’m planning to bike my way around Europe next summer and planning/learning ahead to prepare. Your information was just what I needed!

  6. Bill Wolfe

    February 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hey – love your attitude, especially on clothes and lifestyle aspects of riding – been road biking on local day rides for awhile, where most of my day is rambling the place, photography, etc. I am just started to think about touring, and googling around brought me to yoyu! You are a great source. I think I can deal with the psychological issues, but am more concerned about training, stamina (I’m 53, pretty good shape) and gear. I alos doubt I can pull of the planning that you seem to do – I’ll be back!

  7. Zeng Xuyun

    April 5, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Helmets. It’s a personal choice because cycling is about freedom.

    Darren, I wear a helmet and can’t live without one but it’s a personal choice that no one should impose on anyone.

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