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Gear Tips for Newbies

With lots of time on our hands as we tackle the Turkish mountains and sit under the shade of trees Katie and I have put together a few helpful hints & tips that have worked for us so far that I think you will find invaluable before you meet us in Istanbul in 3 weeks. […]

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New Gear Purchases

Here are some of the additions I have made to my touring kit since the 2009 tour. Camping Additions 2 Ortlieb 10L Water Bags – From memory water wasn’t really an issue in Turkey, but we also had multiple plastic bottles all over our bikes to carry enough water for camping, so Katie and I […]

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Video : Ride 4 Water

Just watched this cool video of Katie Spotz and Sam Williams non-stop relay ride across America attempting to break the world record. Unfortunately Katie broke her pelvis just a few weeks out putting the record out of reach but not stopping their ride. She rode using a hand bike. Truly phenomenal! And they did all […]

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New Gear : GripGrab Arctic Covers & Winter Gloves

I’m extremely soft when it comes to cycling in the winter, mainly because I hate the feeling (or lack thereof) of numb feet and fingers. After a bunch of research I decided to try a European company called GripGrab, specifically the Arctic Shoe Covers (4mm neoprene) and Polaris Gloves. GrabGrab Arctic Shoe Covers Cost: €49.90 […]

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Gear Review : Ground Effect Storm Trooper Jacket

The following review of Ground Effects Storm Trooper Jacket is based on my personal experience while riding a Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike and Scott Sub 20 hybrid. The Storm Trooper is by far the single most expensive piece of clothing I have in my touring gear, but totally worth the expense. I previously […]

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Gear Review : Ground Effect Bike Ranchslider Bike Pants

The following review of Ground Effects Ranchslider bike pants is based solely on my personal experience while riding a Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike and Scott Sub 20 hybrid, both having a Brooks Flyer saddle. Pricing Note: Products that are shipped outside of New Zealand do not get charged 15% GST (NZ’s VAT). The […]

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1-Min Video Blogs : Ground Effect Style

These days both Katie and I look like walking advertisements for a little New Zealand company called Ground Effect which provides a unique line of cycling clothing and accessories that in their words and my opinion “works and lasts.” More on the company, how I found it, and why I use their gear in a […]

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Bikes on Planes : Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is cycle tourist friendly, or so I was assured when booking my flights for Turkey next April. Below are the details of their baggage rules and what I had to go through to confirm them. My Qatar Airways Experience Flight: Seoul, South Korea -> Istanbul, Turky Date: April 2011 Weight Limit: 1 piece, […]

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Bikes on Planes : Qantas Airlines

Flying with a bike and gear seems to be getting harder and harder these days with all the weight and baggage restrictions, and finding up-to-date information is even harder. Here is my personal experience with Qantas My Qantas Experience Flight: Seoul, South Korea -> Christchurch, New Zealand Date : November 2009 Weight Limit: 1 piece, […]

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Bikes on Planes : Emirates Airlines

Flying with a bike and gear seems to be getting harder and harder these days with all the weight and baggage restrictions, and finding up-to-date information is even harder. Here is my personal experience with Emirates My Emirates Experience Flight: London, England -> Seoul, South Korea Date : November 2009 Weight Limit: 1 piece, 32kg […]

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How to Understand a New Zealander

Kiwi’s are known for their out-going adventurous nature, so it’s more than likely that if you are cycle touring somewhere in the world you will moot likely come across one in the wild. Unfortunately we “Kiwis” are not the easiest to understand so recently Lonely Planet put out a guide to help out General knowledge […]

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Gear Review : Click-Stand

I’ve been thinking a bike stand for touring for a long time and was doing some research as to which would be suitable for a loaded bike when I came across Click-Stand. “They claimed to be The World’s Only Folding Portable Bicycle Stand,” so I thought it would be worth looking into. At first I […]

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Gear List for 4 Day Bike Trip

My few days of summer vacation have finally arrived so I”m taking off on a 4 day solo trip in the Southern mountains and West Coast of South Korea. First things first, gear. What am I taking on this trip? Before I get into an extensive list of what I am taking I”d likely to […]

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