A bicycle tourist rides through a tunnel

Eat to Ride, Don’t Ride to Eat

Published on December 11th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

A common question that I get asked when I tell people I’ve ridden a bicycle across country is, “How much do you have to eat?” This is a great question. The answer is complicated: it depends. ... Read More


A peak into our house right before we go on a tour. Clothes, bikes, and bags strewn through our living room


Published on October 18th, 2014 | by Matt Emerson

Hello all! As you may have noticed the stream of updates around here is going to slow down a little. We are heading off on a bicycle tour around the Southern Island of New Zealand! As ... Read More


A cyclist faces the camera and smiles with a bike path in the background.

Bicycle Helmets for Women

Published on October 9th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

Ok, I don’t know about you, but it drives me crazy when gear manufacturers try to tap into the female market by changing nothing about the product except the color. Like making something in a pink ... Read More

The Road

A cyclist rides on a fully loaded touring bicycle.

Maintaining Fitness While on a Long Bicycle Tour

Published on October 6th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

Ok, I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t cycling enough physical activity? Why would you need to maintain fitness while on tour? Well, let’s think about it. Bicycling is a very leg dominant activity. Sure, you need ... Read More


A woman wearing a short sleeve, white, full zippered cycling jersey

Santini Women’s Fiery Short Sleeve Jersey Review

Published on October 2nd, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

I recently purchased a Santini Fiery cycling jersey (size Small), and wanted to share my experience and thoughts about this jersey. The manufacture Santini designs and produces their clothing in Italy. The description provided for this ... Read More


EXPED Air Pillow M in red

Exped Air Pillow M Review

Published on September 25th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

Pillows can be considered a luxury for short tours, but for more than a night or two you probably want something to lay your head on. At 3 ounces the Exped Air Pillow M is lightweight ... Read More


Two bicycle tourists rest beside a bike path.

Ultralight Bicycle Touring – Part Two

Published on September 22nd, 2014 | by Matt Emerson

In my previous article I discussed some ideas for reducing your weight and embarking on the ultralight bicycle touring lifestyle. This time I am going to talk about some specific pieces of equipment that weren’t mentioned ... Read More


A bicycle rider with a loaded touring bicycle rides along the shoulder of a road.

Ultralight Bicycle Touring – Part One

Published on September 18th, 2014 | by Matt Emerson

Touring is blissfully simple: you hop on your bicycle and pedal from where you are to some new place. Life doesn’t get more straightforward. However, I often see people struggling with way too much gear on ... Read More

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