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Panniers VS. Trailers – Bicycle Touring

Panniers VS. Trailers - Bicycle TouringThis is an old and classic debate: Panniers vs. Trailers. It is a hard choice to make and a very personal one.

Some people prefer panniers; other prefer trailers. I will compare the pros and cons by assuming that we are comparing good quality panniers [Read more…]

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What Do Size Markings On Bicycle Tires Mean?

What do size markings on bicycle tires mean?700x50C, 50-622, 29×2.00, ETRTO, ISO, 26, 28 inches… confusing, isn’t it? Here is an article that might help you to understand what different tire sizes mean. [Read more…]

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How to get Thousands of FREE 1/250,000 and 1/1,000,000 maps covering the whole world

Free mapsIf you love maps like I do, you will ABSOLUTELY love this application!

You can have a free (and legal!), very detailed map for every corner of almost every country on the planet…indefinitely, right on your computer! [Read more…]

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How To Bike Tour And Travel On A Cheap Budget

How to Bike Tour and Travel on a Cheap BudgetWe all know from examples that traveling can be as expensive as you want it to be. People have traveled around the world with budgets ranging from $0 to $20,000 a year. Spending more money usually means more comfort. The goal of this article is to share tips and tricks to travel cheaply, but still with some comfort.The most important thing for me is to stay healthy. [Read more…]

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How To Choose The Right Stove For Cycle Touring, Backpacking Or Hiking

Which Stove?Every bicycle traveler has a special relationship with their stove. He or she chooses it carefully, sometimes brags about it, and takes good care of it, as it is the one thing that will bring warmth and sustenance at the end of a long day’s ride. If you’re planning to go bike touring, you will need a stove– but which one? [Read more…]

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International Fuel Names (All Major Fuels In 19 Languages)

International Fuel Names (all major fuels in 19 languages)List of Different Fuel Names in 19 Languages. Practical to take with you when backpacking, traveling or cycling around the world. [Read more…]

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How To Prevent And Treat Bicycle Touring Knee Pain

How to Prevent and Treat Bicycle Touring Knee PainOne of the most common problems encountered during a bicycle tour – especially an extended one – is knee pain. The most common cause is patellar tendonitis, which causes anterior knee pain. If this condition is not taken seriously, it can lead to serious life-long damage and/or might require knee surgery. [Read more…]

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Schwalbe Compounds And Puncture Protection Systems Revealed!

Schwalbe Compounds and Puncture Protection Systems Schwalbe is continuously improving the performance of their tires by utilizing the most high tech technologies and engineering processes to create the best compounds, and the best puncture protection systems on the market. Over the years Schwalbe has developed some amazing technologies, and it can be difficult to understand which one offers the best protection and performance, or to compare the technology behind it. [Read more…]

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Do I Need A mirror While Bicycle Touring?

Do I need a mirror while bicycle touring?Why do I need a mirror on a bicycle tour, and which one should I choose? You rarely see mirrors on bicycles, because most bicycles are either road bikes (whose riders tend to cut down on weight as much as possible) or mountain bikes (whose riders don’t really need mirrors). But the needs and priorities of a bicycle tourist are different, and we highly recommend that such cyclists have a mirror (or two) on his or her touring bike.

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Difference Between the Ortlieb Quick-Lock Systems QL1, QL2, QL2.1, QL3

Difference Between the Ortlieb Quick-Lock Systems QL1, QL2, QL2.1, QL3This page is explaining the difference between the  different types of mounting systems on Ortlieb bags and panniers, called the Quick-Lock System or QL system. QL1 and QL2 had been around for ever, while the QL3 came out on some Ortlieb gear in 2012, and the QL2.1 came out in 2015. Before 2015, the Ql1 system was found on the “CLASSIC” line, the QL2 on the “PLUS” line, and the QL3 system was designed for some panniers and bags usually used for commuting. Since 2015, the QL1 and QL2 system are no longer used, and all panniers “travel” use the QL2.1 system. [Read more…]