Category Archives: Bike Touring

Going places on a bike for the longer haul.

Wet-Weather Advice: Pitching a Dry Camp in the Rain

Into everybody’s life a little rain must fall, and while rain helps hydrate the land and prevent drought, it also can put a damper on your camping trip. This doesn’t have to be the case. Camping in the rain can be a pleasure, but to make that happen, you’ll need to be prepared, and you’ll have to know how to pitch a dry camp when rain is falling. Tamia explains how to make it happen.

by Tamia Nelson | May 20, 2018

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Rain has fallen at least some of the time on most of my multi-day trips by bike, boat, and on foot, but being prepared prevented those trips from being washouts. In truth I rather enjoy the experience. A day or more in a wet camp doesn’t have to be a prison sentence. Instead, it can be a time to relax and live life in the slow lane. The success or failure of a rainy camp comes down to a number of factors, though. And top of the list is to…

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The Art of the Miniature Adventure: How To Get Away From It All…

Overworked? Run-down? Need a holiday? But you can only spare a couple of days—or maybe just an afternoon? You don’t have to settle for binge-watching Peaky Blinders. You can get away from it all and still be back on Monday, and this week Farwell tells you how. It’s the first of a three-part exploration of the art of the “Miniature Adventure.”

by Farwell Forrest | May 15, 2018
Originally published in different form on May 24, 2005

There were four of us—George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency. We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were—bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.

We were all feeling seedy, and we were getting quite nervous about it. … What it was that was actually the matter with us, we none of us could be sure of; but the unanimous opinion was that it—whatever it was—had been brought on by overwork.

“What we want is rest,” said Harris.

“Rest and a complete change,” said George. …

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On Your Guard: How (and Why) to Fender for Yourself

Cheap fenders might not win you any style points, but they’ll help both you and your bike stay clean in foul weather. And guess which is more important.

by Tamia Nelson | March 31, 2018

There are a few places on earth where bicycles are considered basic transportation, and in those places, it’s rare to find a bike without fenders. (The Brits call these vital accessories “mudguards,” and that’s a far more descriptive term, but since I’m writing on a US passport, I’ll stick to “fenders.”) The reason why anyone would want fenders on a bike is obvious to anyone who’s ever cycled on wet roads without them. Hint: The soggy, gritty, black stripe up the back from rump to shoulders is a giveaway.

Having said this, fenders are uncommon on bikes here in the States. Few roadies would mount them on their bikes, even if the frames were designed to accommodate fenders. You might think that touring bikes would be built with them, but you won’t find many that are built with fenders as … Continue reading »

For the Cyclist Who Can’t Come in From the Cold

It isn’t summer yet, but with longer days and open roads beckoning, you might be tempted to ride when the weather smiles. But before you go, remember that shoulder season weather can be colder than you think. Does this mean you have to wait for hot weather? Nope. Be prepared! These tips will help.

by Tamia Nelson | March 26, 2018
Originally published in different form on October 14, 2007

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If you’re tempted to roll out on your bike into the early spring sunshine, you might be surprised by how cold it can be once you’re underway, which in turn can ruin your ride and cause you to cut it short. You might even develop hypothermia or frostbite if your bike has a mechanical or a tire punctures. So before heading out on an early spring (or late fall) ride, consider these pointers:

It’s Colder Than You Think!  I “stage” for rides in a sheltered spot with a southern exposure. On a sunny day, the temperature in this refuge may easily be 10 degrees … Continue reading »