Gear Shakedown :: Water Storage Choices

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At six months in to cycle touring we’ve had some experience using our equipment. Months ago we posted a three part series on how we were going to handle water storage and transportation while travelling. Here’s a quick shakedown on how our choices have fared so far:

 

Klean Kanteen Bottles

After 4 months of continuous use the “patent pending” screw top on one [Read More…]

Digital Dandies :: Recent Updates

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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…]

Review : The BikeBuddy

BikeBuddy on frame

Overall Rating: (5/5) Highly Recommended

We are very excited to use our BikeBuddy’s to securely mount ½ gallon bottles on our frames and also to carry up to 1.0 liter (33oz) fuel bottles underneath the down tubes on our bikes without any fear of vibrations and road shock dislodging any of them.

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