The Road

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Places to Carbon Fiber Tour

Published on April 10th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

Carbon fiber touring can be very fun and rewarding. As we’ve said before, an ultra-lightweight bicycle frame has many advantages. But before you plan your tour through the mountains of Mongolia with your Carbon Fiber bicycle, ... Read More


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Pros and Cons of Carbon Fiber Touring

Published on March 31st, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

For long distance touring you might think that heavy, steel framed bikes are the only way to go. Not so! I recently completed a 2500 mile bicycle tour on a carbon fiber “light touring” bicycle. I ... Read More


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Cycle Touring Expenses

Published on March 23rd, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

When you’re thinking of starting a bicycle tour, one of the things to consider is how much money you want to spend. A bicycle tourist can end up spending as much or as little as he ... Read More


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The Perks of Ultralight Touring

Published on March 20th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

Before our latest bicycle tour, I attended a class at a local sporting goods store. The class was all about the ultralight movement as it related to hiking and backpacking. While they didn’t address bicycle touring, ... Read More


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Ultralight touring: how to reduce your gear weight

Published on March 16th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

Bicycle touring historically has involved big heavy bikes with big, heavy gear. But carrying all that weight day after day can really wear you down. An alternative is joining the ultralight touring movement. This is gaining ... Read More


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The Nature of Bicycle Touring

Published on March 13th, 2014 | by Matt Emerson

Bicycle touring can be many things. It can be a cross-country ride, or a cross-county ride.  It can involve packed-to-the-brim panniers stuffed with every possible convenience, or a support vehicle carrying your gear. It can be ... Read More


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Bicycle Touring: Where do you start?

Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

My very first bicycle tour was a one night tour. My husband and I loaded up our bicycles and rode from our house to a campground 9 miles away, and then back the next day. I ... Read More


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