Using Your Bicycle Tour To Learn A New Language

Are you planning a bicycle tour outside of your home country? In a place where they don’t speak your native language? If so, don’t fret! This is going to be fun! And you might just learn a new language in the process! This past summer I traveled overseas for the first time in my life […]

10 Pieces Of Paper You Can’t Afford To Leave Home Without

You’re making a list and checking it twice. No, you aren’t Santa Clause; you’re just getting ready to leave on a bike tour. If you’re going over your things and making sure you’ve got everything you’ll need while you’re out on the road, be sure you don’t leave home without the following ten pieces of […]

Tools For Planning A Self-Supported Bicycle Tour

Each year, as summer approaches, I receive a flood of emails from people asking me how they should go about planning for a long distance bicycle tour. “Where do you start?” many of them ask. Well, today I’m going to tell you! I’m going to show you exactly how I go about planning for my tours and […]

Locking Up Your Bike

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen fully loaded touring bikes left at campsites, completely unguarded, not locked up… just sitting there! Even worse is when I see a bike with a lock around it, but the lock is thrown over a three-foot high post – a post that anyone could simply lift […]

Bicycle Tour Clothing Essentials

One of the most important parts of packing for a bicycle tour is deciding which clothes to bring and which clothes to leave at home. Because each and every bicycle tour is different, there is no one way to correctly pack for a bicycle adventure. What clothes you eventually decide to bring with you is […]

Dealing With Extreme Weather Conditions

Being prepared for extreme weather is an essential part of making your bicycle tour a success. Much of being prepared for extreme weather conditions is about having the right clothing with you. Deciding what clothing to bring and what to leave at home is the tricky part. To determine what type of clothes you need […]

Selecting A Tent For Your Next Bike Tour

bicycle touring tent

There are many different ways to conduct a bicycle tour. You can camp, stay in hotels and hostels, or simply stay with friends. If you’re planning to do any camping though, you’re going to need a good tent. And selecting the right tent for your long distance bicycle tour is of top importance. Your tent […]

Selecting A Sleeping Bag

When you’re selecting a sleeping bag for your long distance bicycle tour, there are three main things to keep in mind. 1. How cold is it going to be? This is an important piece of information that you need to research before you leave home. The location and time of year in which you will […]

Dealing With Electronics While Traveling By Bike

On my first bike tour in 2001, the only electronic device I carried with me was a camera. And not even a digital camera! It was a 35 mm camera than ran on one battery and used actual film. It’s hard to believe that was only seven years ago. The world has definitely changed since […]

How To Pack Your Panniers

I get a lot of questions from prospective bicycle tourists who ask how to go about packing their panniers for a bicycle tour. This seems like a simple question, but there is actually a lot that goes into packing your bike for a tour. That being said, I can’t cover everything in just one post. So […]

A Camp Stove Comparison

It was during my third long distance bicycle trip that I began to fully understand the importance of having a good stove. Unable to fly with a tank full of propane, I landed in Raleigh, North Carolina with the intention of finding the first sporting good store I could and purchasing myself the propane/butane mixed […]

How To Pack Your Handlebar Bag

I get a lot of questions from prospective bicycle tourists who ask how to go about packing their bike for a tour. This seems like a simple question, but there is actually a lot that goes into packing your bike. The answer to this question also depends on whether or not you are going to […]