In a few weeks I leave to spend 3 months touring and living in a van to do outreach for an animal rights organization, and I'm trying to devise a good system for my stuff on the road. In particular, I'm in search of a good, roughly duffel-sized vegan bag that I can use for this tour and beyond, plus a good way to keep my toiletries together. More general tips for staying organized while living on the road are welcome. [more inside]
I have a pannier and bicycle, and I need to mount the one to the other. The bike is a ~1985 Schwinn and the pannier is a Blackburn EX. I’ve tried a Blackburn MTN rack, but my heels bump the bag. Ideally it’d be about 4-6 inches further back and still level along the top (currently tilts slightly back). Do racks come in different sizes I need to know? Are there some bike/bag combos that don’t work? Do people shorten their cranks instead of moving the bags? Is there some crucial measurement I should learn?
What do I need to know to do a bike tour from the top of California to the bottom? [more inside]
I live in New Mexico, drive-through land for musicians, bands and tours. I've seen plenty of artists and groups stop multiple times in Texas, Arizona, and/or Colorado, but skip New Mexico all-together. Could I get involved with local music promotions to get more musical events in New Mexico? [more inside]
One thing that my wife and I would like to do soon is a longer bike trip. We have ideas about taking four months [may through august] to cycle across [mostly] western Europe. Can we afford to do this? [more inside]
Please advise me on candidate bikes and/or other buying advice for replacing my Trek 620. (Details inside) [more inside]
I'm really into this bike. I'm looking for a bike that works for touring and also for cyclocross. I understand the geometry isn't ideal for cyclocross racing per se, but I feel like this sort of geo is the best middle ground I've seen. My issue is I'm not super into supporting Specialized. I don't like some of their business decisions and I'm more into supporting smaller, American made companies. So, any recommendations?
I get numbness in my right hand after biking 5 to 10 miles. Now what? [more inside]
Bike camping and sleep apnea - how do I get them to play well together? [more inside]
I'm looking to buy a custom touring bike and I'd really like to buy locally. Can can anyone recommend any frame fabricators in the immediate San Francisco Bay Area that make really great/beautiful touring frames? Some builders that do work outside of SF that I really love are Vanilla, Geekhouse, Breadwinner, Icarus, All-City, Map, Cycles d’Autremont. I just love the idea of buying locally and supporting a local frame builder and also would appreciate better being able to contact/visit the builder. thanks!
My daughter's homeschool co-op will be taking a trip to DC the week of May 5 and we need some ideas for great places to stay. Details inside.. [more inside]
With just about every activity that I ended up enjoying, I started out by buying cheap-ish gear and then having to purchase everything all over again when I was ready to upgrade. Help me not do that when it comes to a randonee/alpine touring ski setup to be used in the Pacific Northwest backcountry. Complications: I'm a 5'0" woman with mondo size 22 feet, don't weigh a whole lot, and I'm going back to skiing after a decade of snowboarding (lessons start next month and I tend to be a very fast learner). I've my backpack, all clothing and avy gear, but I need skis, bindings, boots, poles, and skins. I'm on a budget and unfortunately nothing is available used in my size, but I'm willing to invest. Help?
What charter service would you recommend to both shuttle me to and from the airport, and to provide support during the ride itself. [more inside]
What's your advice for a driving holiday across Holland into Germany, particularly regarding low emission zones in cities? [more inside]
Looking for general advice about finding my band gigs at small local venues. [more inside]
I'm planning a bike trip in July. Portland to Minneapolis? What are your experiences biking east from the West Coast? [more inside]
I've got a Canon 5D, an iPhone, and an iPad. What's a good on-the-go solution for uploading photos while bike touring? [more inside]
Biking the west coast and across the USA - want to have a bike built in Portland, OR: where to go? What to build? [more inside]
Is this 90-mile bike ride around LA possible and realistic for a casual rider in four days? [more inside]
I'm in the UK, near Bath. I just saw someone on a bicycle I really want. Silver frame, canti brakes, racer / tourer style. Brand name was approx 11 letters long and I'm pretty sure it began with 'van'. Any ideas anyone? Thanks in advance!
Planning first solo bike tour. I have questions about physical fitness, gear and on-road repairs, route planning, etc. [more inside]
Where can I find wind forecast maps months in advance? [more inside]
Some friends and I - all new to the area - are looking for a good place to camp within a long day's bike ride of Minneapolis, MN (60-100mi). We're hoping for something where we'll see few other people, and preferably access to a lake or river, hiking trails, and general wilderness (or at least the feeling of being away from civilization for a bit), and good to stay for a couple of days. Any recommendations? I'm having a hard time with the signal to noise ratio of the rest of the internet. Thanks!
Trying to plan a June bicycling trip in Portugal that either ends or begins in Coimbra. Does anyone have any experience cycling in Portugal? What are the good books? Any tips? My google-fu has failed me, and I can only seem to find places which want to take me on guided bike tours. [more inside]
Tell me about your indispensable gear for bicycle touring. [more inside]
Going to Germany for 6 days, absolutely clueless. [more inside]
My recently-widowed father would like me to take him to see the Himalayas. What tour operators should we use or avoid and what issues for a 90-year old such as altitude acclimatisation should we be aware of? My dad can walk unaided but not at any great speed or distance, so long treks are out of the question. What road-based routes afford the best views? All travel tips welcome!
I'd prefer to not fall off a 50 ft cliff in New Zealand while skiing backcountry this August. Besides hiring (the very expensive) guides, how do we find volunteers willing to help us make it back to civilization each day in exchange for beer? [more inside]
I've been procrastinating about finalizing my travel plans and now find the weekend looming and nothing planned. I've got Friday afternoon to Tuesday evening to start in Eugene (mid-state) to get anywhere in a 200 mile radius to have some fun. I love to mountain bike, be outdoors and get in the water. All else is optional. Not into campgrounds or crowds. The 4th is obviously a big weekend to travel. There's a lot to do here. What are some favorite places to get away and see some beauty away from it all. [more inside]
Is it possible to do fully-loaded bicycle touring on a Trek 1.2? [more inside]
I'm looking for advice on what mountain bike to buy for a long off-road tour. [more inside]
Is Xinjiang, China a safe place for unsupported bicycle touring right now? [more inside]
We want to go somewhere sunny and warm in February. We're in Vancouver BC and don't want to fly too far; cost is an issue. We would really like to bring our touring bicycles and do a mini-tour at a relaxed pace - maybe 250 miles over two weeks. So far we're looking at South Baja. Good idea? Other ideas? [more inside]
Where can I find affordable travel cases for my musical equipment? [more inside]
vacation ideas... wanna take the girlfriend on a two week motorcycle tour through the south in early january. had planned on going from texas to florida. we live in seattle. what is the cheapest way? [more inside]
I want to do a 2-3 week cycling trip in a foreign country around New year. Need suggestions as to locales/routes. Details inside. [more inside]
Do American musicians need a special work permit to play two shows in Canada? [more inside]
My band is going on a national rock tour: what should I know? [more inside]
I’m considering biking from Madison, WI to Austin, TX in October. Please help me assess whether this is a good idea. [more inside]
What are some good places to gig around Vancouver? [more inside]
looking for a website i saw once, that lets you enter a driving time and it plots it on a google map... it wasn't just a circle it actually put boundaries on the map at various points that corresponded with the driving time....
What do I need to know and do in order to take a bike and ride a famous cycling route in France? [more inside]
What are my best options for listening to music on a long bike tour? [more inside]
Thanks to an airline mix-up, I will be in Munich for one day before flying back to the States. Help me plan a fun day. [more inside]
Bike nerds : give me a recommendation for both a long-haul touring setup and a flat-city fashion fixie setup. [more inside]
Does anyone have advice/experience on how to go about "buying" on to another bands tour as a support act? [more inside]
My little rocker brother's heading out on a two-week tour in a smelly van with a bunch of smelly guys. How can I make his life easier? [more inside]
Should I get a racer or a tourer? [more inside]
How to escape the Greater Toronto Area for multiday bicycle tours? Difficulty: no car. [more inside]
What would people recommend for a low cost, non sport, touring motorcycle? [more inside]
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