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Bike Touring: The Sierra Club Guide to Travel on Two Wheels (Sierra Club Outdoor Adventure Guide) Paperback – May 12, 2009

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  • Series: Sierra Club Outdoor Adventure Guide
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Second Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578051428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578051427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kent Peterson on May 26, 2009
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Raymond Bridge's book, Bike Touring: The Sierra Club Guide to Travel on Two Wheels, is the second, completely revised edition of a book Mr. Bridge originally wrote 30 years ago. In the thirty years since the first edition, some things have changed. We now have Internet forums to discuss our tours, we can track our routes using GPS and the Adventure Cycling Association has mapped out thousands of more miles of routes, but the lure of the open road is still the same.

In this age of Internet wonder, Raymond Bridge has created a book that does the thing that books still do best: he's created a compact, clear guide that condenses a wealth of practical how-to information into a portable, organized form. He explains the various types of bike touring a person might do from commercial tours to roof-to-roof and independent bike camping trips. He discusses a variety of bikes, explaining both fit and function, telling not just what options exist, but why a person might choose one bike or component over another. He explains basic roadside repairs, camping skills and things like the logistics of transporting your bike before and after your tour.

I'm really not the intended audience for a book like this, as I've been traveling by bicycle since before the first edition of this book was new, and yet I still found this book to be wonderfully organized and complete. With a critical eye, I'd find myself asking "yeah, but does he mention alcohol stoves?" Yep, he does, not only mentioning commercial stoves, but pointing his readers to a couple of instruction pages on the Internet for those who like to make their own stuff. This is typical of the book, it is marvelously complete in itself, but it also sends you off on your own journey.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. L Schwarz on January 31, 2010
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I am relatively new to bicycle touring but I have jumped into it with both feet conducting extensive research on the subject including types of bikes, equipement, etc. This is by far the best book for both the beginner and those who want to keep abreast of the changes that have occurred since most of the other books on touring were written. Everything you need to know to select your bike, outfit it and yourself and begin your journey is there. Highly recommended.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Slow Runner on July 20, 2011
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This isn't a bad book, it just isn't a very good book.

I agree w/the 2 star review -- the ideas are common sense: plan ahead and don't plan too many miles. Ok, but how? The book states that training at 150% of the mileage you want to do on tour is a good idea, but also that on a cross country trip it is possible to build up to higher daily mileage. So which is it? On a 2 week trip is there any gain? Surely the feature of having all day to ride helps w/the mileage? This seems like the essence of the insight this book should provide.

The book also fails to provide the details necessary for the information it contains to be useful. For example, pg. 438 states that all the GPS coordinates for the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) are freely available. This is a useful little nugget. For my trip, I did purchase a few ACA maps, but is this compatible w/the GPS map on the iphone? It seems like there is usually a way to make things compatible w/an iphone, but it would be nice to have an explanation in the book. Does the author recommend carrying a separate GPS unit? Wouldn't GPS on a phone save precious weight. It is possible the date of writing prevents much detail on smart phone GPS, but the problem is there isn't ANY detail.

Another problem is the verbose writing. Each sentence communicates very little. For example, pg. 27 "Styles of Training" states "The most critical aspect of training for bicycle touring is to find a routine that gives you the incentive and the consistency to ride regularly and to accumulate significant mileage. Thus, if you commute every day, even for ten or twenty miles, it will help a lot with your riding fitness, and you can add weekend and evening rides as you can fit them into your schedule.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Moseman on February 6, 2010
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I'm preparing for a bicycle journey around Asia and needed an up to date book on touring. This book is completely recommended and has excellent references. I'm still building my bike up and the knowledge I obtained from this book is priceless. Not only on preparing your ride for the long road ahead, but also additional camping gear.
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In the 70's and 80's I did a lot of bicycle touring including a trip halfway around the world. I'm now wanting to get back into touring and wanted a book that would bring me up to date on the current state of equipment and touring styles. This definitely filled the bill.
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By P. R. on July 15, 2015
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It's a good book to have as reference. Yes you can probably google for all of this information and post on forums for help, but it's all in one place and saves a lot of wasted searching effort.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Briscoe on August 24, 2010
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The Sierra clubs guide to bicycle touring is the most comprehensive current guide out there that I've found on the subject. Lovett's "The Essential Touring Cyclist" was the best guide out there until Mr. Bridge wrote this volume. Lovett's guide(2nd edition) is still a good book but it doesn't come close to the detail of the Sierra Clubs guide. If your going to read only one book on bicycle touring this is a good one in my opinion.
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