Touring usually means very long multi-day (or multi-week) rides carrying a lot of gear (camping, cooking, clothes, etc) on the bike. Can also apply to unloaded/creditcard touring involving using hotels/motels instead of camping.

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how to chose the right frame size for touring bike?

I am going on a two week bike trip with a friend and I can only afford a second hand bike. My concern is that I will wind up buying a bike that I later discover was the wrong size for me. I know that ...
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Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?

I am going on a long distance bike tour and I am looking for advice as to the kind of equipment / bike set up I should use? I don't have a huge budget so what are the absolutely critical aspects I ...
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Difficulty & Value of replacing suspension forks w disk brakes (for Touring)

I need to replace my front suspension forks with hard forks (no suspension). My bike has disk brakes, a dynamo (that seems to attach to the wheel hub), and mud flaps. Are these sorts of things easily ...
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Minimum mountain bike trekking/touring equipment

Consider a one week trip in nature, with bikes. Daily routes are to be about 60km with 2000m total elevation change per day (climb, then descend). The group is of 2-5 people. Weather is summer (maybe ...
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Bags for longer touring

I am planning to go on a 2 week touring trip in a few months and I'm looking for some bags/panniers to buy. What are your recommendations regarding the capacity of the bags (considering the length of ...
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Replacing 28in wheels with 26in

I'm told that when touring (carrying a big load) you're much better off to have 26" wheels than 28". But most second-hand bikes seem to come with 28". Is it possible to replace the larger 28" wheels ...
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Removing suspension from a bike [duplicate]

I'm looking to do a bit of light touring and want to outfit an old mountain bike to be up to the task. But most of the bikes I'm looking at have some crappy/mid-range suspension on them, which – to my ...
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Is it possible to predict when roads will have less traffic?

I'm planning a two day trip down the UK country roads. I'd like to time and plan my route so that I'll have a pleasant ride. Is it possible to tell which days of the week would see the least traffic? ...
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Unicycle touring — how common?

A couple of days back, on our way to California (in a car), my wife and I passed a unicyclist going the other direction, uphill, on a fairly challenging section of Route 66. (I think we were in ...
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difference between rack mounts and fender mounts?

is there a specific way that bike builders build mounts/eyelets for racks for panniers and eyelets that hold fenders? I'm specifically thinking about eyelets on the rear dropouts. I know that if a ...
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What bike for a long distance tour. What to change on current set up?

This is my current set up. I am thinking of upgrading and changing some parts. Particularly I am interested in making the overall bike lighter, and the ride more comfortable. Steel frame (kona ...
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Bike for mixed use

I've been spinning for the last two years and looking to purchase my first road bike, comparing road, touring, cyclocross and hybrid. I won't race, but do look to ride weekly & take some 40-80 ...
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What size of slick tire should I buy?

I purchased a mountain bike and I ride on the road most of the time and I was looking at slicks for my bike. My tire size that I have now is 26x2.00 and the rims. I have on are AT-550 26inch what size ...
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What is a recovery ride?

I often heard this from other bikers where they do recovery rides the day after a long ride (greater than 100kms). What is it for and is it really needed?
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Advice on buying a SCOTT SUB Sport 10 2014 [closed]

I have been looking at the Scott SUB 2014 as a potential candidate for my cycle to Paris (approx 90 miles) and a cycle across the South Downs this summer. Having such different terrains, I was ...
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How to cope with boredom whilst cycle touring? [closed]

I went on a long cycle tour before and I found myself getting bored whilst I was riding at some points. E.g. on monotonous main roads, and areas with not much scenery or people to stop and talk to, or ...
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Does the diameter difference between road and mountain bike handlebars make some bikes incompatible?

I'm shopping around for a new set of handlebars, I want to give trekking bars (aka butterfly bars) a try. They're reasonably cheap so I'm willing to dive in as an experiment. I'm wondering though, ...
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Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack two versions confusion

There are two versions of the "Topeak Explorer Tubular Frame Mounted Bicycle Rack" 'regular' (TA2026-B) and 29er (TA2042-B ) I'm not sure what would work best with my 700c hybrid bike? The ...
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How do you install a hub dynamo?

I want to buy a Shimano hub dynamo, but I'm encountering problems getting a bike shop to commit to installing it for me if I buy it. So I have a couple questions that I'm hoping some of you guys might ...
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Tri-bars/Aerobars on Mountain Bikes

I am trying to work on endurance in the hopes of one day touring the GDMBR in a reasonable amount of time and after watching Ride the Divide, I noticed a lot of the riders are using aerobars. When I ...
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Biking Tour Through the Alps: Via Claudia Augusta

Ok I'll try to be brief. I want to take a bike tour from Tuttlingen, Germany to Milan, Italy. I am 21 years old, in pretty good endurance shape, but am not an incredibly avid biker by any means. At ...
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GPS with maps for touring / using an iPhone

We are going to do a bike tour through France and Spain with a friend at the end of the summer. I was wondering what is the best option for a gps. Ideally we want something with the ability to display ...
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Mountain vs. Road 10 Speed Drivetrain Compatibility

I'm modifying my CX bike to double as a lightweight tourer. I'm currently running a 1x10 SRAM Force/Rival drivetrain. I'd like to replace my single front chainring with a "mountain double" to ...
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What kinds of kickstands are good for touring?

I am using a sturdy 2nd-hand-bought diamond-framed Crescent Sport bike which I like to use for random touring. I have seen a cyclocrosser using the kickstand to spin the pedals while cleaning and ...
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How much on average does it cost per month to go cycle touring in India? [closed]

I am planning on going cycle touring and I was wondering if anyone can advise as to how much it will cost per month
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What are important items should I carry if I am plannig for 200 - 400 km [closed]

I am planning a tour for 200-400km by tar road. What precautions should I take during the tour. How much distance should I cover per day? How much speed should I maintain and what gear setting shall ...
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How much food should I carry cycle touring and what factors affect this?

I am planning a cycle tour that will pass through some areas where I know there will be plenty of access to food and some areas that will be away from food for a day or two. I am going to Turkey, ...
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How do I properly apply chamois cream?

There is a lot of advice out there to use chamois cream on long rides to prevent sores and chafing. How are you supposed to apply it? In particular I'm curious about the following: Do you apply ...
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How do I prevent STI shifter cables from blocking access to my Randoneering Bag or Handlebar bag?

I've got drop bars with Shimano Tiagra STI shifters and want to use a Rando Bag on my small front rack or a handlebar mount bag. Currently the shift cables jut out between the drop bars and hit in to ...
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Is my dream of finding a light/commuter/hauling bike a pipe dream?

For a while now I have been trying to find the perfect bike. One that is fast and allows me to ride 20 mph for 50 mi. One that I can load stuff on and has braze-ons for racks, fenders, etc. A bike ...
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Worth it carrying spare spokes?

Truing a wheel and lacing spokes is a big deal, requires a truing stand and everything. I know some do it without tool just with the spoke wrench and the naked eye, but feels like a big deal to me. ...
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What is the best web application to create cycling cue sheets for future rides

I'm looking for good software to help me map out routes that I have not done before and create cue sheets and probably also printable maps. I plan to use this for my own rides, planning group rides, ...
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Extend drop bars with additional positions

I have my touring bike set up with drop bars, very similar to this: However, after riding all day for a few days, I tend to miss additional position(s) to avoid minor annoyances such as "numb ...
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I am going cycle touring. What should I carry in my first aid kit? [duplicate]

I am going cycle touring and I am packing a first aid kit to take with me. What items are essential to have in there, and what items are 'extra'? I have found it difficult to find clear information ...
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Essential maintenance for my bike whilst on a long distance tour

I am thinking about what I need to do for maintenance whilst on a long distance tour I am planning. can anyone help me out with this?
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Good pedal and shoe combination for summer touring

First off given that I will be sightseeing as well is it worth the extra weight to take a dedicated cycle shoe and a walking shoe or is the extra hassle of having something else that can go wrong not ...
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Why should the front wheel be more heavily loaded when touring? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Touring load weight distribution In reading advice for carrying cargo on a bicycle, whether for touring or otherwise, I see recommendations (such as here) that load ...
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Is a recreational bike sufficient for a 10-hour bike trip?

I am planning to go on a bike trip from Chicago to Milwaukee in the end of June. Is my Trek Allant, a recreational bike, suitable for the trip?
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Are bicycle rear racks and panniers suitable for cross-country riding?

Later this summer, I intend to make a ten-day travel. It is going to be mainly road touring with one-two-tree days of sloped dirt roads or forest trails possible. I usually pack heavily, carrying a ...
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What options do I have to charge my GPS and Phone using a dynamo hub?

I'm planning to purchase a supernova infinity-8 dynamo hub and wanted to use this during daylight hours to charge my Phone and GPS during bike tours. What products are available that will work with ...
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Clothes during touring?

Are your touring-riding clothes a lot different than, let say, clothes for riding to work? Do you wear better or different clothes for touring? Have you found some good way to wash your clothes during ...
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Carrying water during touring?

The earlier question, here, raised this question about carrying water. How do you carry water during touring? Do yo carry it in panniers, water-bags, bottles, containers or elsewhere? How does your ...
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Bike touring/camping tip(s)

I have a tentative first-time bike touring/camping trip in the planning stages and working out my set-up. I have a good idea of the essentials. My question is especially directed to those who have ...
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Traveling Overseas with Bikes

My wife and I are planning a cycling trip through Europe. This will be our second, and we're planning to build a pair of dedicating touring bikes for this (and other) adventures. We'd like suggestions ...
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How to estimate how long a tour will take? (UK to Greece)

If someone of moderate cycling abilities, and pretty good fitness tried to cycle to Greece from eg. London; how long would it take approximately. Assuming around 8 hours of cycling a day? And please ...
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Are Merrell Barefoot shoes suitable for bike touring?

These are the specific shoes: http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/22876M/0/Mens/Barefoot-True-Glove?dimensions=0 I'm going on a 210 mile bike trip this weekend and am looking for a new ...
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Are there LED based dynamo powered lights suitable for night time MTB riding on singletrack?

Are there LED based dynamo powered lights suitable for night time MTB riding on singletrack? Likely they would need to have: High Brightness, likely 500 lumens or better. Not sure how that translates ...
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Performing on long and tiring tour

I am not talking about the tools needed for the ride. I am talking about enduring and performing on long tiring tour. Grab a concept of a tour I recently went to 25 Km Uphill > 40 Km Downhill > 30 ...
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How can I adapt a mountain bike for a one or two week tour?

This is the situation. I have GT Agressor 1.0 mountain bike. I want to travel for about a week on my bike, which means that I will have to ride a lot on paved roads (around 70% of the road). So I ...
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How to properly adjust rim brakes for a touring bike?

My touring bike needs new brake pads, and I'm about to do the swap. I've done it before, and plan to consult the usual YouTube videos to refresh myself in the procedure. (Brakes are something where ...