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The Bicycle / Re: Touring on a light weight road bike
« on: January 05, 2018, 04:32:14 PM »
When you travel without panniers, you are less dependent and more likely to use restaurant and pay for accommodation. Obviously it will not be a problem in Italy. Unless you will be travelling in the Alps in very remote areas, you'll be able to find accommodations and restaurants everywhere. You can still use a saddle bag, a frame bag, and handlebar bag allowing you to carry a lot of gear, possibly even a tent and a sleeping bag depending what season you will be travelling. Ortlieb came up recently with a bunch of bags for bike packing gear allowing lightweight touring without panniers. The Seat-Pack has very good reviews on the Internet: Ortlieb Seat-Pack. Italy is also a good place to spend time with locals. You can ask to pitch your tent in their backyard, and you'll often end-up invited to stay in their home. Great to learn about their culture. Be prepared to be singing after a few drinks!

Camping Equipment / Re: A newbie asks about packing light
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:50:22 PM »
It really depends on what type of touring you want to do. Do you want to be completely independent, or are you planning to do what some call "credit card" touring meaning that you will not need any camping gear or cooking equipment as you plan to sleep in hotel most of the time or eat out. It also depend where you want to go (terrain, weather, environment etc.). Give us some more info so we can help you.

Hi pptouring, From what I heard, yes it is becoming more popular but by no mean it is widely available. Like in Asia and South America you may find some rim, tubes and tire in 28" (622) but that would only be in major cities, and only in some of the "richer" countries. So I would not count on it just yet, I am guessing that it will take another decade before 28" are more readily available in S. America and Asia.

Camping Equipment / Re: requirement tents / amry tents
« on: November 30, 2011, 08:43:07 AM »
Alcal, Welcome to the forum. Trust me, you will never need a canopy if you choose the right tent for a bicycle tour. There are hundreds of tents out there that will stand up heavy rain. No tent will protect you against a very heavy storm or a tornado, but any decent tent will keep you dry under heavy rain. Plus canopies are way too heavy and bulky for a bike tour.

You may want to check this link, this is a guide containing several chapters with tips on how to choose a tent adapted to cycle toruing and advise on how to use and maintain a bike touring tent. There is even a part explaining how does the waterproof rating work. Enjoy!

Guide for Choosing the Right Bike Touring Tent


Panniers, Bags and Trailers / Re: Homemade Panniers
« on: November 30, 2011, 08:20:25 AM »
Thank you for the input, ajriding. It's a shame that the FB link is not currently working. Anyway, I was just wondering how much gear do you carry with this system? You mentionned a sleeping bag, what do you use for the shelter, or is it a bothy? How many days do you mtb backpack for? The idea of the cooler is a good one, I always use one myself to carry food but I never saw one that was waterproof. Even if the material is waterproof you still have the zip, right? Or perhaps you ave a roll-up closure on yours?  Let me know, I'm curious. In any case mtb backpacking sounds like a lot of fun. Stephane

Maintenance / Repair / Re: Buying new wheels
« on: August 12, 2011, 07:43:07 PM »
I am so sorry to hear that Andy... Good luck with everything!

EVERYTHING ELSE! / Re: The Best Bicycle Races Worldwide?
« on: March 05, 2011, 09:42:42 AM »
It is nice to see you here Paul. I don't know much about bicycle races, but I am very much looking forward to see how the Global Bicycle Race will turn out. This should be one of the most interesting race ever organized. The race will start in London ont the 18th of Feb 2012 and racers will have to complete a circumnavigation of the world on the route of their choice and complete at least 18,000 miles. For more info:

I can't speak for Big Lew, but I know that one of the most - if not the most - reliable spokes out there are the Sapim Strong with brass nipple (belgium made). There are often used on touring tandems in Europe. My wife and I used them with a good Shimano hub, a strong rim (One of our Rigida rim broke after 18,000km so I now use the 750gr Sun Rhyno - very hard to find but probably the strongest rim out there) along with Schwalbe touring tires and we never had a single broken spoke during our 5-year trip around the world. We also barely had any punctures (I also use Mr Tuffy liners) and one of my friend did 55,000km with the Sun Rhyno rim (so mine still have some miles to put on it). As for the the hub it is still on our bike and just had to tighten it once in a while. Some of the best hubs on the market are made by Phil Wood.

Clothing for Bicycle Touring / Re: Merino Wool Clothing for Touring?
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:09:53 AM »
Since I tried, this is all I use now!

While on the Road / Re: Money On The Move ...
« on: December 19, 2010, 08:17:43 AM »
Finding a sponsor to get money is close to impossible. You might be able to get equipment but money is a different story. Unless you're doing something very exceptional (go to the South pole or to the moon on a bike or something like that).

Here is an easier option to make money while traveling (or while at home). You can do like Cindy and Travis from do, or Friedel from, or Darren Alff from bicycletouringpro, or like almost 200 other websites do: be one of our affiliate! Unless you have a highly visited website, you won't be able to make a living out of it, but you can certainly make some decent money.

First you need to have a website, then join our affiliate program (it's 100% free), and then direct customers to our website. Once they purchase something on our website after clicking a link or a banner on your website, you'll earn a 8% commission on any purchase they make, even if they decide to buy 4 month later (120-day cookie duration).

To find out more about our affilate program or to sign-up, click here: Affiliate Program

Happy tailwind!

Camping Equipment / Re: Cooking set
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:30:29 PM »
I personally LOVE the Fozzils Solo Pack. It takes virtually no space (you can just slide on the side of your pannier - even if its already full), and you can't beat the weight.

Camping Equipment / Re: Cooking set
« on: December 14, 2010, 10:06:39 AM »
Brel, thank you for joining CycloCamping Forum. Just for your information do ship to France and have very competitve pricing. On this link you'll find and excellent selection of cookware for bicycle touring.

While on the Road / Bicycle Touring and Knee Pain
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:00:28 AM »
One of the most common problem encountered during a bicycle tour - especially an extended one - is knee pain. The most common cause is patellar tendonitis which causes anterior knee pain. If it is not taken seriously, this can lead to serious life-long damage and/or might require knee surgery.

You will find some useful information in this article:

Bicycle Touring and Knee Pain - Causes & Treatment

Europe / Re: Europe - Bicycle touring in the winter
« on: December 13, 2010, 10:55:32 AM »
I don't want to scare you but you have to be seriously careful when it comes to knee pain. Steve Fabes from had to fly back home, put his journey on stand by, and get knee surgery because of knee pain (which turned into serious knee injury).

When you experience knee pain, the number one rule is to stop and rest.

Here is an article I just wrote about Knee Pain, I hope you'll find it usefull:

Bicycle Touring and Knee Pain - Causes & Treatment

Camping Equipment / Re: Designing a cooking system for camping cyclist
« on: December 04, 2010, 12:01:32 PM »
7) how do you ask for rubbing/denature alcohol in Chineese, russian, french etc etc, Life is much easier if you walk into any gas staion and point at your fuel bottle:)

You'll need to take this article with you! It gives the names of pretty much any fuels in 19 different languages!

Names of Fuel for Stoves in all major languages

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