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Welcome to Milestone Rides! My name is Johnny Lam and I am the primary writer on this blog. You’re probably here because you are looking for bicycle touring or travel related information.

Good news! You’ve come to the right place.

This site is dedicated to providing the resources, information, and inspiration for you to go out and discover your own milestone ride.

Florida / Alabama BorderUnlike other bicycle touring “pros” out there, I believe that going on a tour is more than just cool pictures on Instagram or rocking the right underground brand on your bike. I believe that anybody can go on their own bicycle tours and experience the beauty that our world has to offer. I am not referring to just the visual aesthetics of landscapes, but the beauty in every experience you come across with. The small offering of iced cold water by a stranger when you’re standing outside a closed general store, or the prickly touch of a dog’s whiskers as she curiously sniffs the scent of your dust covered shins.

There is no right or wrong way to bicycle tour. Just as long as you’re doing it, you’ll soon learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Don’t let the “experts” (including me) tell you otherwise.

I started this blog in 2013 as a way to document my personal journey from a full-time, 9-to-5 worker to what one would refer to as a lifestyle career. Prior to the last few years, I had never gone on vacation for more than 1 week while working or in transition between jobs, so I made up for it by traveling to multiple locations in the world for 2-3 months at a time every year. Sometimes I even get paid to do it!

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It has been 5 years since the start of this blog, and I’ve been fortunate enough to travel and accrue a lot of knowledge about bicycle touring. I have tips, reviews and stories to inspire you on your way if you have little experience in traveling.

Here are some tips and tricks to get you ready for your trip:

Here are some of my popular product reviews:

Here are some stories from the road that will help jumpstart your own adventure:

Finally, some popular YouTube videos from my channel! Don’t forget to subscribe.

Check out “My Best Gear” to see what I currently love!

About Johnny Lam

Since starting this blog, I’ve biked across the United States a few times along the Pacific Coast (2014), Southern Tier (2017), and ½ of the Trans-America Bicycle Route (2016). I have also traveled across Europe (2015) through 9 countries via the EuroVelo 6 bicycle route.

I started my own MeetUp group in 2014 to help introduce bike touring to Southern California. My little community of 60+ riders has been traversing along every month since then. I have since relinquished my position to someone who would serve that community better. I’m still around, so join us if you’re in the area.

You might be wondering, how am I able to travel like this and not worry about money? I have a post about that so you can start there. Besides living off of savings from my previous full-time job, I am an Adventure Cycling Association Tour Leader. I’ve led over 7 tours with the organization since 2014. This is essentially my dream job as I get paid to do what I love and my living expenses are covered while I’m on the job for weeks or months at a time. My goal in life is to always be able to do this every year and see the world while getting paid.

I am also a League Certified Instructor (LCI #4294) for the League of American Bicyclists. This is my passion work where I teach young kids (and older kids) about riding a bicycle safely and predictably. Being an LCI opens up opportunities with like-minded organizations, such as Metro Los Angeles, Walk N’ Rollers, and Yes Educational Sports, who hire me and other local LCIs to teach to the public.  My personal mission is to improve the bicycling culture in my community so that people will consider it as an alternative means of transportation.

Johnny + Rosa Maria

This website does help me monetize through ads and affiliate links, so don’t be shy and click on anything you find interesting. This is probably a small part of my income stream, but I’m continuously growing it as we speak.

Finally, I also have an Amazon business where I sell private labeled products on Amazon. I don’t talk much about this last method since it’s not related to bike touring, but I if you have any questions about it, reach out to me and ask away!

Besides bike touring and traveling, I really enjoy board games, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Korean barbeque, reading self-help books, watching the NBA, listening to entrepreneurial podcasts, photography, and hiking.

Let's Be Social

I am most active on our Facebook page when I am not writing for this site or for my YouTube channel. I’m always looking for others to inspire me and will share their story on Facebook so I can spread the inspiration. I also have an Instagram account that I use to document trips or local adventures around town (Los Angeles) with my bike, so follow me there if you like (the same pictures from Instagram also gets shared on Facebook so you don’t have to follow me on Instagram if you don’t want to). I’m also on Twitter for those who want to start a conversation!

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I’m always on the move, so one of the best ways to make sure you don’t miss anything is to join my newsletter.

I’ll also send you my guide on How to Find Accommodations On A Bike Tour when you sign up. This will come in handy for those who are looking for ideas on affordable places to stay while on the road.