An interview with Jesse Herbert on his experiences biike touring Canada (and around the world), plus a ton of great ideas, hacks and tips on all things bicycle touring, from lightening your load to braving a chilly night in a hammock.
Recorded live from Hedgesville, WV, this episode of the Pedalshift Project includes my fall tour reveal and gear tips for your fall bicycle touring. Plus banter with you… because this was live!
He’s no longer a beginner, but Pedalshift Beginners Series alum James Rosenberg checks in after his (spoiler alert) epic and successful ride across the United States on the TransAm. We cover his favorite experiences, best and worst gear choices, and much more.
A winter bicycle tour on the C&O is a rare treat for me… but warm February weather in the DC area made it impossible to resist. Come along for the ride with Belle Starr and me!
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The Journal: The magical mystery winter bicycle tour
- Washington, DC to Swains Lock
- Check out the campsite review:
- A relatively large battery (20.400mAh 100W output).
- That said, it’s way heavier than comparable 20.4mAh batteries and bigger too.
- 2 USB ports with smart charging tech that maximizes power and minimizes charge times.
- Flow through charging – power devices while charging the battery (great for one outlet situations)
- The difference (and reason for the bulk) is the ability to charge AC power with a “regular” plug (3 prong for US and similar countries; European and other outlets available too)
- I love the screen that gives detailed battery data so I know precisely how much juice is left
- The weight makes it more of a “camp” battery – wouldn’t keep it in a handlebar bag.
- I think this is great if you are doing a longer ride with (a) spotty access to AC, and (b) AC powering needs.
- If you’re only in need of USB power, this is not the battery for you. There are cheaper and lighter/smaller batteries.
- More 5 stars
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Just say no to the bikey pizza cutter. I mean, delicious, but no. This is a bike touring gift guide for the bike tourist in your life (hint: this might be you). These are (almost all) things I personally use and love.
Bike Touring Gift Guide
Tent: Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 person ($125)
This tent saved me from a flood. Like, for real.
Sleeping bag: Hyke and Byke 32º down sleeping bag ($99)
A newer addition to my gear… works great and super affordable.
Love the Etekcity, and the Trangia is a great value.
I swear by PDW as my rear light, and I just bought the Ascher set for Kimberly.
Look, there are a lot on the market. But Ortlieb stands the test of time for me. Plus: orange.
Dry Bag: Sea to Summit eVent Compression dry bag, large ($42.95)
I think this is one of the most clever items on the list… waterproof but lets air out for easy compression. I use the large size for sleeping kits, but all sizes are great.
Support the Parks: National Park and Federal Land Annual Pass ($80)
I ride the C&O a lot, and while there isn’t an entrance fee, this pass makes me feel like I support the system. Oh, it also lets me in all the others… which is nice.
Water Bottles: Brita Sport Water Filter bottle (2 pack for $16)
Filters built in make this a great way to help less than tasty water sources (it filters out iodine taste too for you backcountry types with iodine pills).
Anker is my brand for these.. get the biggest battery that makes sense for you.
Rain jacket: Showers Pass Double Century ($159)
Best rain jacket I’ve ever had. Looks nice too!
Nearly puncture proof, but more importantly, Schwalbe stands by their product with great warranties.
Tune up: contact your LBS (price varies by service)
Your bike will thank you.
Maps: ACA maps for a future tour (price varies)
For you paper types!
- Freeze dried instant meals
- Caffeine pills
- Electrolyte pills
- VIA Instant coffee packets
- First aid kit
- Patch kit
- Wool socks
For you big spender types… a touring bike:
Brompton, Pedalshift Style from CelverCycles in PDX (Oregon has no sales tax!) or your LBS… (just no orange)
Runner up: Surly Long Haul Trucker from your LBS
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