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Bike Touring: The Sierra Club Guide to Travel on Two Wheels (Sierra Club Outdoor Adventure Guide) by [Bridge, Raymond]
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"What you need to know to make touring on wheels a happy experience."

About the Author

Raymond Bridge is a scasoned bicycle tourist and the author of ten books on outdoor sports, camping, travel, and natural history. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2981 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; 2nd ed. edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XNTTMG
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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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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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Back into bicycling after a 20+ years hiatus. The book provides a very good refresher. Useful because much of what I could find on the web seemed to be of the "sponsored" variety. This book provides sensible advice and identifies leading brands that one may want to consider, without hype nor one-sided assessment (see the section on bike locks for instance).

Read "from cover to cover".
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When backpacking through Israel I ended up in an area frequented by very outdoorsy people, and although I hadn't so much as touched a bike saddle for probably 15 years I couldn't help but rent a mountain bike with the intention of taking it down some of the local trails to see some waterfalls. The old adage that one can't forget how to ride a bike is clearly a very over-simplified declaration, because while I think there's probably some truth to it, one DOES tend to forget things like saddle height and the looseness of the over-the-shoulder bag slung from one's back after fifteen years, and I was very soon inspecting a lovely shrubbery a few yards from my place of rental.

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.
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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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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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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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