Category Archives: Clothing

Best cheap sunglasses for cycling? Tifosi Optics review

Here are three things about me: I spend a lot of time in the sun I constantly lose sunglasses I have terrible vision Maybe you relate to one, two, or even all three of these. Regardless, a good pair of sunglasses is essential for cyclists, especially those who spend a lot of time in the […]

My Northern California Bike Tour Packing List

Northern California bike tour gear list

Here’s a detailed look at my Northern California bike tour packing list: the bicycle, camping equipment, clothing and electronics I was carrying with me on my recent cycling adventure through the Redwood trees in Northern California. As I’ve said with my previous bike tour packing lists, I encourage you to use this packing list as […]

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.

Your Biggest Questions About Bike Travel: Answered

bikepacking in the united states

I know you have a lot of questions about bicycle touring, bikepacking and world travel. That’s why I recently sat down and took the time to answer some of the questions my readers at have sent in to me over the last couple days. Questions such as: My name is Tim from Walla Walla, […]

10 Pairs of High-Quality Cycling Sunglasses That Cost $50 Or Less

Morr Gear Sunglasses Styles for Cycling

Are you looking for a high-quality pair of cycling or sport sunglasses, but don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on your new eye-wear? Sadly, most cycling-specific sunglasses cost $100 USD or more, which makes finding a high-quality, but at the same time, inexpensive pair of cycling sunglasses, so extremely difficult. Lucky for […]

The REI Rhyolite Rain Jacket – Tested & Reviewed

REI Rhyolite Rain Jacket worn by Darren Alff in Sao Pedro do Moel Portugal

Ever since I purchased my red REI Rhyolite Rain Jacket in the spring of 2015, people have been asking me, “What kind of rain jacket is that? And where can I get one?” I guess that means people think the jacket looks good. 🙂 Well, let me tell you, it performs well too – both […]

Bicycle Touring Gear – My 2015 Packing List

It’s 2015… and this is my 15th year in a row of bicycle touring all around the world. Last year I cycled across 14 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America… and now I’m back in Europe for another epic year of bicycle touring. Because I’m so frequently asked about the gear, clothing, and equipment […]

Cheap Bicycle Touring Gear – How To Gear Up For Less Than $2,000

Gearing up for a self-supported bicycle tour doesn’t have to cost a lot money. If you are like most people, you already own a number of the items you need to conduct a multi-day bicycle tour of almost any type. And those items that you don’t already possess can be purchased inexpensively if you know […]

Packing For A Bicycle Tour: Everything You Need To Know

bicycle panniers on a touring bike

You want to travel the world by bike, but you’re unsure about WHAT to pack… and HOW exactly you should pack it all on your bicycle. In this article I will demonstrate to you how I pack my current touring bicycle (a Co-Motion Pangea), my four Ortlieb panniers and my single Ortlieb handlebar bag. Inside […]

What To Pack For A Year-Long Bicycle Tour

I’m traveling for a year. Yes, a year! And I’m doing it on my bicycle. It’s called long-distance bicycle touring… and traveling this way requires that you carry just about everything you need on your bicycle with you: clothes, food, toiletries and more! Your bicycle is essentially your home on the road. Because I’m traveling […]

Winter Cycling – Layered Clothing Instructional Video

Winter cyclists not only need special types of clothing for their cold weather bike rides, but they need to understand how their various layers of clothing are meant to overlap and inter-work with each other. This video demonstrates one technique for dressing for the bike in cold-weather winter conditions. The clothing system detailed in this […]

17 Stylish Pairs of SPD Bike Shoes

SPD bicycle touring shoes

Finding the perfect bicycle touring shoe is a challenge… but not impossible! There are plenty of cycling-specific shoes that are good looking, designed for maximum performance on the bike, and comfortable to walk in once you step off your two-wheeled vehicle at the end of the day. Below you will find 17 stylish pairs of […]