Category Archives: Sleeping Pads

3 Essential Pieces of Bike Camping Gear

Your tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad are the only three camping essentials you need to pack on any bicycle tour.  I just published a new video on the Bicycle Touring Pro YouTube channel titled “Darren’s Bicycle Camping Equipment – Tent, Sleeping Bag & Sleeping Pad“… and I encourage you to give it a […]

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.

Why I Love the REI Flash Sleeping Pad… and You Should Too!

REI Flash Sleeping Pad

You’re going to love the REI Flash sleeping pad: a small, lightweight and comfortable inflatable sleeping pad designed for backpacking, bikepacking and bicycle touring adventures. I’ve had the new REI Flash sleeping pad for about 6 months now and I’m loving it! I’ve been riding my bicycle around the world for more than 18 years […]

South America Bike Tour Packing List

South America bike tour packing list

I recently published the complete packing list for my bike tour in Europe this past summer (2016), but I’m in South America now and I’ve packed a little differently for this particular journey. Much of my gear has stayed the same, but there are some major differences between my Europe bike tour packing list and […]

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 […]

Pacific Outdoor Equipment – Peak Oyl Elite Sleeping Pad

According to Pacific Outdoor Equipment (a small outdoor company located in Bozeman, Montana that specializes in innovative gear built from welded fabrics for human powered sports), the correct sleeping mat is chosen after considering “the right insulation for the seasons, the right length for you, the right gender, and of course the right amount of […]

Your Complete Bicycle Touring Gear Checklist

In response to my recent post on the 10 Important Items You Should Have, But Might Not Think Of Bringing On Your Bike Tour, reader, Jim Dirlam sent me a checklist that he created to help bicycle travelers pack for their upcoming bicycle touring adventures. The bicycle touring gear checklist is incredibly detailed and […]

Review: Exped DownMat 7 Pump Sleeping Mat

If you are anything like me, you enjoy a good night’s sleep after a long day of travel. Therefore, it’s important that you have a quality sleeping mat to help you stay comfortable all night long and keep you warm during the cool, dark nights. In this article I will be reviewing the Exped DownMat7 […]