Cycling in Eastern Europe: Popular Bike Routes & Safest Countries

young Man on a bike tour in Eastern Europe

Hi. My name is Darren Alff… and for the last 18 years I have been traveling around the world on my bicycle. I’ve pedaled by bike hundreds of thousands of miles/kilometers and I’ve ridden across dozens of different countries on multiple continents all around the world. In fact, I’ve cycled across every country in Europe […]

Which Sleeping Bag is Better? Marmot Always Summer vs. Marmot Sawtooth

marmot sleeping bags

Which sleeping bag is better? The Marmot Always Summer or the Marmot Sawtooth sleeping bag? In this review, I set out to discover which sleeping bag is best – the Marmot Always Summer sleeping bag or the Marmot Sawtooth sleeping bag. These two sleeping bags are extremely similar in both their look and design. Both […]

Co-Motion Cycles Factory Tour, Bike Ride & Lunch in Eugene, OR

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Bicycle Touring Pro readers from all across the western United States were invited to meet, ride bikes, and have lunch with me, Darren Alff – the Bicycle Touring Pro, at the Co-Motion Cycles factory in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. This was the first ever Bicycle Touring Pro meet-up/bike ride in the […]

How To Equip Your Car, Truck or Van with Solar Power

Solar Minivan Setup

Equipping your car, truck or van with a roof-mounted solar system is easier than you might think! Here’s how you do it… Use the step-by-step instructions on this page to quickly, easily and inexpensively mount solar panels to the roof of your vehicle, and then use the power of the sun to generate electricity for […]

3 Important Lessons From My Bike Tour in Northern California

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook recently, you know that I just recently completed a short 5-day bike tour in the mountains of Northern California. This was a short, but beautiful and challenging bicycle tour with lots of climbing, snow-covered passes, and run-ins with lots of friendly people along the way. I’ll […]

The SteerStopper – An Innovative Bicycle Stabilizer to Help You Safely Park Your Bike

SteerStopper review photo

The SteerStopper is a high-end bicycle accessory that, I suspect, will split the cycling industry in two. Half of the people who hear about the SteerStopper are going to think, “Oh my goodness! This is genius. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I need to get this for my bicycle right away!” While […]

Explore Chaco Canyon By Bicycle – North America’s Machu Picchu

Chaco Canyon New Mexico - Pueblo Bonito

Follow along as I travel to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, do a little cycling, and then explore some of the largest, most mysterious pueblo structures in all of North America. If you think Machu Picchu in Peru is impressive, you’ll really be blown away by the size of Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico’s […]

Bikepacking Big Bear Lake in Southern California

Bikepacking Big Bear Lake

There’s a scenic forest road situated high above Big Bear Lake in Southern California that only a few people know about. It takes about 1 hour of steady cycling from the city center to reach what is known as “Skyline Road,” and once you reach this magical place… the cycling is out of this world! […]

Cycling in Buena Vista, Colorado

The City of Buena Vista, Colorado

In the 1870s, a man named Elijah Gibbs moved to the small town of Buena Vista, Colorado where he was subsequently accused of sealing water from his neighbor, George Harrington. When Gibbs was arrested for the indiscretion and released from jail less than 24 hours later, George Harrington, his accuser, was found shot dead just […]

Bikepacking Big Bear Lake – The Gear I Carried With Me

big bear lake bikepacking trip

Here’s a detailed breakdown of each and every item I carried with me on my recent bikepacking trip in the mountains above Big Bear Lake in Southern California. Feel free to use this bikepacking gear list as a template for your own bikepacking adventures.

Photos & Video From The “Bikes & Burritos” Overnight Bike Tour

Bikes & Burritos Overnight Bike Tour

On Saturday, March 10th, 2018, thirteen of my Bicycle Touring Pro readers from all across the state of California gathered at my parents’ home in Camarillo, California and together we cycled 20 miles down the Pacific Coast to a nearby state campground called “Sycamore Canyon Campground.” Once there, we set up our tents, lit a […]

Save $127.90 When You Buy The New REI Quarter Dome 1-Man Tent

REI Quarter Dome Tent with no rainfly

If you’re in the market for a small, compact, lightweight backpacking or bicycle touring tent, there are a number of good tents to consider: the Big Agnes Copper Spur, the MSR Hubba… and don’t forget, the REI Quarter Dome tent. The REI Quarter Dome Tent: The REI Quarter Dome tent is a major contender with […]