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Schwinn High Sierra: 30 Year Old Bike Review

The Schwinn High Sierra was a top-of-the-line mountain bike back in its day. Today, if you can find one, it makes for a perfect touring bike, commuter bike, or gravel bike. This thing is overbuilt and can take a real beating. Since buying the Schwinn High Sierra, I have converted it into a touring bike and …

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How to Build a Low Budget Bikepacking or Bicycle Touring Setup for less than $100

When I first discovered bicycle touring and bikepacking, I immediately knew that it was something that I wanted to try. The idea of exploring the countryside under my own power fascinated me. After researching bikepacking bags and panniers and racks, I was kind of turned off by the price. This guide explains how to put …

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Are Dynamo Hubs Worth It? Pros and Cons

In recent years, dynamo hubs have become increasingly popular among bicycle tourists, bikepackers, commuters, and long-distance cyclists. This popularity can be attributed to improvements in efficiency and output thanks to advances in magnet technology, charging technology, LED light technology, and battery technology. Modern dynamo hubs can power a light that outputs over 1000 lumens or …

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Bikepacking Bags Vs Panniers: Pros and Cons

Are you thinking about switching from a traditional rack and panniers setup to bikepacking bags?  I made this transition while preparing for a recent tour. After some extensive research and testing with both types of luggage, I put together this bikepacking bags vs panniers pros and cons list to help you decide which to go …

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How to Choose a Touring Bike

Adventurers have ridden around the world on everything from penny farthings to folding bikes to unicycles. Pretty much any bike can tour. Having said that, some bikes are better suited for long-distance fully loaded riding than others. This guide outlines the different features and components available to help you choose a touring bike. Hopefully, it …

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Panniers Vs Trailer for Bicycle Touring: Pros and Cons

While preparing for a bicycle tour, one of the most important decisions you need to make is how you’re going to haul your gear. Your luggage choice determines how much gear you can carry, how your bike handles, and the type of terrain you can ride. This guide explains all of the pros and cons …

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Internal Gear Hub Vs Derailleur: My Pros and Cons List

Internal gear hubs are becoming increasingly popular on bicycles these days. Particularly on touring and commuter bikes. After some extensive research and testing on a Rohloff and Shimano hub, I put together this internal gear hub vs derailleur pros and cons list to help me decide if the conversion is worth the money. Hopefully, this …

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Recumbent Bike for Touring: Pros and Cons

Recently, I began experimenting with recumbent bike touring. Mostly for the improved comfort and efficiency. After my tour, I put together this list of the advantages and disadvantages of bicycle touring on a recumbent bike. Hopefully, it helps you decide whether or not this style of touring is for you. In the second half of …

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