Multi-Use Gear: Facosa Robinson Camp 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:

 

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Living in the Present while Planning for the Future

Don’t forget to Enjoy where you are Right Now

It’s so easy to be looking forever forward and yearning for what is to come – the future. It’s harder for me to remember that it’s “now” that matters the most. Although we’ve packed away or sold most of our stuff, and our lives seem chaotic and stressful right now, I keep this little note hanging about to remind us to [Read More…]

The Building of Sheila's Bike: 99% Done

We finally have some photos of Sheila’s touring bike in an almost-done condition. As a friend recently stated, Sheila’s bicycle is “very elegant”, and we tend to agree. I’ll walk you through some of the finer points of her bicycle in this post.

 

Stem

Right off you’ll notice her bike’s odd looking stem and lack of handlebar tape. Our wonderful friend David from the Winooski Bike [Read More…]

Final Preparations, Launch Date & Customizations

Ah. Yes. Here we are. In the midst of the final chaos of preparing for an open-ended multi-year cycling expedition. It appears it doesn’t matter how many years ahead you start to plan, feedback from other cyclists indicates that this is just part of the process. They’re also telling us that this is the most stressful part, which is good to know. Even though we’ve been burning the [Read More…]

Spring Begins!

Today, our calendar announces that “Spring Begins”. Snow fell earlier in the week and we still have piles of snow 5 feet tall along our beltways. However, here in Vermont we know that Spring really is here – because it’s wet and muddy! One day temperatures can be in the low 30s and then, the next, climb into the high 50s, causing the snow to melt rapidly. [Read More…]

An Update: Snow, Taxes, Bicycles, To-Do lists

We can’t believe it’s February. Our spring departure is right around the corner! Snow and MORE Snow – 78 inches so far!!

We witnessed a simply beautiful snowfall this weekend. By the time the sky cleared, 24 inches of the white stuff had blanketed our already snow-covered tiny house trailer & our back yard supply piles. I like the way the [Read More…]