Topeak Turbo Morph Mini Pump Review

Published on September 15th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

When you’re out on a tour (or any ride) you’re bound to get a flat tire at some point. At home, you probably have a floor tire pump to easily get your tires up to pressure. ... Read More

The Road

A long stretch of highway leads toward towering mountains.

My Favorite Thing About Bicycle Touring

Published on September 11th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

You’re driving in a car on the Blue Ridge Parkway and an incredible view opens up before you. You want to stop and take it all in, but that car trailing behind you begs otherwise. You ... Read More


A clamp on bicycle mirror shows a cyclist behind.

Rear-View Mirrors For Bicycle Touring

Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

There are several variations of mirrors available to cyclists these days. As a tourist I’ve personally tried three kinds: clamp-on, bar-end, and helmet. There are pros and cons to each, but ultimately I use a helmet ... Read More

The Road

Downdown San Francisco skyline as seen from Alcatraz Island

Why Scheduling Rest Days is a Good Idea

Published on September 4th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

I recently ran a 7.5 hour race with some friends. OK, so I didn’t so much run as hike. The course was at a mountain ski resort, and took us up and down some pretty steep ... Read More


A bicycle rider on a fully loaded touring bicycle rides on the shoulder near the ocean

ACA Pacific Coast Section 5 Maps 56-59

Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

If you live in Southern California, or you have family in the area, and are looking for a great 4 day practice ride, I might suggest Goleta to Los Angeles. There are a few advantages to ... Read More

The Road

A bicycle rider climbing a hill near the ocean in La Jolla, California

Pain While Touring

Published on August 28th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

So, you’ve bought your bike, and it’s been professionally fitted. Great! You’ll never have any pain, it’s a perfect fit, forever, right? Wrong! Chances are, at some point as you put miles on your bike, you’ll ... Read More

The Road

Snow-capped mountains

High Altitude Riding

Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

I don’t know about you, but I live at a pretty low elevation. We’re not right at sea level, but pretty close (just over 1000 feet). When we’re planning our bicycle tours, it’s inevitable that we’ll ... Read More

The Road

Waves crash on shore past sand dunes covered with sea oats.

Interpreting California Mileposts

Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

There are many different kinds of road signs in California. There are the big green signs that tell you how many miles you have left to get to your destination. There are the route signs that ... Read More


A view of deep blue sky with white fluffy clouds over a hill with a road winding down on the right side. The ocean is on the left with waves crashing ashore.

What is for Lunch?

Published on August 7th, 2014 | by Pam Emerson

We’ve talked about breakfast, but now let’s talk about the second most important meal of the day: Lunch. (P.S. When you’re touring, all meals are important.) While breakfast and dinner are usually eaten in camp, bicycle ... Read More


Pam riding Pacific Coast Highway early in the morning with some light fog.

Bicycle touring without a spare tube

Published on August 4th, 2014 | by Matt Emerson

One interesting component of running a website is seeing how people get to your site and take a look at what they are searching for. Low and behold there are quite a few people out there ... Read More

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