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Cycling in Tijuana: A Guide for Bicycle Touring and Commuting

This guide is designed for people planning on commuting and bicycle touring through Tijuana. It covers safety tips, bike shop recommendations, routes through the city, parking, and more. For the past year, cycling has been my main mode of transportation in Tijuana. I ride my bike to and from the border several times per week …

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Centurion Ironman Dave Scott: 30 Year Old Bike Review

The Centurion Ironman Dave Scott was a mid to high-level road bike designed for use in triathlons. They were manufactured in Japan between 1985 and 1989. Quite a few of these bikes were made so they are pretty easy to find on Craigslist and eBay. A Centurion Ironman in good condition can be had for …

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Inside a Tijuana Bar During an Armed Robbery

While walking home one evening after enjoying a couple of drinks, I noticed a bar that was advertising beers for only two bucks. I decided to stop in for one more drink before calling it a night. Inside, the place was depressing. It was run down and pretty empty. Maybe 5 customers sat scattered throughout …

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My Phone was Pickpocketed in Tijuana and I Got it Back!

This was my own fault really. I was stumbling back to my apartment alone at around 3 am after having a few too many drinks with a friend when a prostitute approached me. She was probably about 40, spoke only Spanish, and was clearly really high. She put her hand on my chest and began …

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Sawyer Mini Water Filter Review

The Sawyer Mini is a minimalist water filter that is perfect for hiking, bicycle touring, and travel. It is incredibly lightweight, affordable, versatile, and reliable. I have used mine to filter water from streams, rivers, and even puddles while hiking and cycling throughout the Western US. While traveling with this little filter in Africa, Latin …

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Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad Review

I bought the Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad on Amazon in preparation for my first bike tour. While trying to put together a low budget camping setup, I decided to buy this pad. It is the best inflatable pad for the money. Size I’m 6’1” and 180 pounds and the pad fits fine. I’d say …

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ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent Review

I bought this tent in preparation for my first bicycle tour. I was trying to put together a camping setup on a budget and needed a decent tent. After extensive research and a couple of trips to REI, I settled on the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent. Since my purchase, I have slept in the tent about …

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