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With our rears firmly planted in a hotel room in Lompoc for a couple of weeks, we’ve had lots of time to tackle tasks that aren’t as easy to take care of when cycling and on the road. For one, we’ve been able to do some maintenance work on our website, upgrading WordPress to its most recent version, and filling in our pages with more detailed information about ourselves and [Read More…]

Multi-Use Gear: Facosa Robinson Camp Knives

Opinal Knives

One of the most important aspects of a piece of cycle touring gear is that it have multiple uses. The more uses something has, the more valuable and cherished it becomes to the cycle tourist.

A good example of this concept is a folding bicycle tool. I use a multi-tool manufactured by SKS of Germany, called the “Toolbox Travel” pictured here:

 

This [Read More…]

Wanderlite Daypack : An Exceptional Alternative

Wanderlite Daypack

Including rest days while on a long distance bike tour are an important part of extended travel. So, out on the road, when we’re not on our bikes but still somewhere we want to explore on foot, both of us will require a bag of some sort to carry our essential belongings around with us.

Although we’ve considered the simple option of slinging a shoulder-strapped front pannier over each [Read More…]

Good Old Fashioned Tent-Off

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A short time ago, two worthy and stalwart opponents dropped by to participate in a much heralded ‘tent-off’, organized to showcase a head-to-head competition between our home-team’s Hilleberg Staika and the away-team’s “Moss Stardome II“. The tension was palpable as the rivals rapidly erected their tents, each striving for victory!

Actually, the two ‘shelter-athletes’ were none other than our friends [Read More…]

Water Storage & Transport Part 3

Katadyn Pocket Filter

In this series of posts we’ll examine different ways of transporting water on a bicycle and focus on the solutions we plan to implement during our global cycling expedition. This is the 3rd of 3 posts.

In this post we’ll talk about:

LARGE CAPACITY STORAGE CONTAINERS AND FILTRATION

Ortlieb Water Bags

Beyond having water readily available and [Read More…]

Water Storage & Transport Part 1

Image: Simon Howden

While small capacity plastic water bottles and traditional bottle cages might be fine for a short tour or even a mid-distance training ride, what options are there for cyclists concerned about plastics or those planning rides to places where the ability to transport an adequate quantity of potable water on the bike is paramount? In this series of posts we’ll examine different ways [Read More…]

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