Eurobike 2014: Will The Pinion P1.18 Be Rohloff’s First Serious Competitor?

One of the more curious component developments at Eurobike this year of interest to touring gear nerds was the Pinion internal gearing system. Pinion — or so I was told by one of the bike manufacturers who’ve incorporated the system into new bike models this year — was developed by a…

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Eurobike 2014: Introducing KTM’s Award-Winning Life Lontano P18 World Touring Bike

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be making this week (and this week only) that’ll be sure please all the touring gear nerds out there. It’s based on a thorough scouring of the world’s biggest bicycle industry tradeshow, Eurobike, in search of anything and everything related…

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How To Travel 100% Money-Free, Indefinitely

A quick search on Google reveals a number of blogs and articles entitled ‘how to travel for free’, ‘how to travel the world for free’, ‘how to travel forever’, and other variations thereof. Reading these pieces, however, usually reveals that they are not really about free travel at all. Instead, they’re…

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Kona Sutra 2015 Touring Bike: A Preview

The Kona Sutra has been my general-purpose tourer of choice for the last few years, ever since I rode a 2012 model of the Kona Sutra down the Pacific Coast of America in 2012. When I reviewed the current (2014) Sutra, it seemed to me that Kona had moved it away from…

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What’s The Best Tent For Cycle Touring?

I recently conducted a survey of several hundred experienced cycle tourers, asking what they’d recommend as the best tent for cycle touring. Before I dig into the results, there’s one important thing to remember: the word ‘best’ has no meaning without context. You may be looking to spend a few hundred…

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