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10 Gift Ideas For The Bicycle Tourist

Johnny Lam : December 4, 2014 9:51 am : Gears & Gadgets

It’s that time of year again!  You’re looking for that one spectacular gift for the bicycle tourist in your life and you just can’t figure out what would be appropriate. Good thing I am here to help you out with some ideas!  Let’s see if we can pick out that perfect item for your adventure more »

Bern Allston Helmet

Product Review: Bern Allston Helmet

Johnny Lam : November 11, 2014 8:50 am : Gears & Gadgets

On August 17, 2014, I attended an event hosted by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) called, “Hot August Bike” at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Amongst the many vendors there, the helmet company Bern Unlimited had their West Coast representative, Cecilio, present. I struck up a conversation with him and told him about Milestone more »

WoMo Designs Mount

Product Review: WoMo Designs Adaptable Dual Mount

Sang Hyun de Krieger : October 23, 2014 10:31 am : Gears & Gadgets, Guest Post

One of the most interesting offerings Johnny saw at Interbike 2014 was a device mount from WoMo Designs. They were offering a dual mounting system for handlebar devices. The President of the company offered an opportunity for us to review the unit. Since I have some free time, I decided to take it out for more »

Keep Calm and Give Me 3

New ‘Keep Calm and Give Me 3’ T-shirts For Sale!

Johnny Lam : September 18, 2014 12:00 pm : Gears & Gadgets

Click here to pre-order your shirt! On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the California Vehicle Code was updated with a new law called the Three Feet for Safety Act, C.V.C. 21760.  This new law calls for motor vehicles who are overtaking a bicycle must pass at least 3 feet away from the cyclist going in the more »

Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit Review

Johnny Lam : August 22, 2014 12:05 pm : Gears & Gadgets

On our bicycle tour down the Pacific Northwest, we were constantly stopped by strangers asking about one thing.  They would look and ask, “What is that behind your bike?”  For those who knew what it was, they would ask, “What are you using your solar panel for?”  We explained to them that this was the more »

10 Important Things To Bring on a Bicycle Tour

Johnny Lam : August 14, 2014 7:30 am : Gears & Gadgets, Tips

Here you are sitting at home, planning your next bicycle tour.  You’re making or reviewing your list of things to bring on the trip.  Camping gear ready – check.  Clothes all sorted – check.  If you’re Type A, you’ve got lists for your list, and you are certain to have everything accounted for.  On your more »

Amazon Store is Open

Johnny Lam : June 12, 2014 10:00 am : Gears & Gadgets

Writing for this blog has been a huge pleasure since we started back in October 2013.  While we are enjoying all things bike touring, we are constantly talking about and looking at things that make our travels easier and enjoyable.  We have been traveling and experimenting with several different products and would like to share more »

Loaded Bike

2013 Salsa Vaya 3 – 1000 Mile Review

Johnny Lam : January 15, 2014 12:35 am : Gears & Gadgets

It’s hard to believe that I’ve put 1,000 miles on my 2013 Salsa Vaya 3 in a little over 6 months.  I picked this bike up on July 3rd at Topanga Creek Bicycles shop in Topanga.  One of the only bicycle shops that specializes in touring bikes as well as mountain bikes.  My initial intent more »

Top 5 iOS Bicycle Touring Apps

Johnny Lam : October 29, 2013 11:14 pm : Gears & Gadgets, Tips

I love my Apple iPhone 5 like the next guy.  Some tour riders view an iPhone, or any other smart phone, as a must-have tool, while many riders feel that riding with a smart phone ruins the experience of being one with nature.  I belong to the former group in which I use my iPhone more »

Touring With A Longtail Cargo Bicycle

Johnny Lam : October 6, 2013 10:57 pm : Gears & Gadgets

Majority of my self-supported tours thus far have pretty much been on a longtail cargo bicycle.  This type of bike is ideal if you want to repurpose that old mountain bike that’s been sitting in your garage into a big-bad-hauling-machine.  I use to be so happy and excited when I get to haul things with more »

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