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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.Read more ›
Read "from cover to cover".
The bizarre feeling of having something moving beneath me brought me far back into my childhood, and despite being much more hesitant about taking that mountain bike down cliff-side trails to a waterfall that day, my fall had been like an apple to Newton, and I had made a discovery--I wanted to ride a bike more!
I say all of this to insist that there are not very many people less prepared to travel long distances on bicycles than me. In fact, I am also scared of driving cars because I don't like traffic. But I knew from that day of riding my bike around town (and giving up on anything more) that I wanted to stop the kind of travel that I've been doing for so long, with one public train or bus after another from major city to major city to something freer.
This book DOES assume some cycling knowledge that I was unfamiliar with (like switching gears, mounting and dismounting a bike, cadences, and pretty much any assumption at all, really), but it was relatively easy to Google my way to familiarity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The connection between self supported backpacking trips and bicycle touring is evident in this how to book from The Sierra Club.Published 8 months ago by FThomas
Over the last 15 years I have read dozens of cycling books and have even bought quite a few.
I own 8 bikes and have often been a daily rider and was a cycle commuter for... Read more
This book is excellent. It gives you a lot of good information not only about bike touring but a lot of other aspects of biking such as choosing a bike, frame size, bike fitting,... Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by James F. Moody
I found this tome tedious to say the least. I suppose an engineer specializing in the intricacies of bicycle design might find it useful or perhaps just an enthusiast. Me? Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Martin J. Coady
This tome is very informative and deals with many of the aspects of bicycle touring. I would highly recommend this book to other interested readers.Published on November 25, 2011 by John J. Ciampi
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? Read more
This book is packed with excellent, well written information for anyone interested in travel by bicycle. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by Folkman