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Bike Touring

Cycling the conquistadors’s graveyard

In May this year my friend Alan came to visit me in Chile. Our plan was to ride an enormous, ambitious loop through the land of volcanoes and monkey puzzle trees in the south of this long, thin country. The region is known as the Araucania. For over 300 years in this inhospitable terrain of […]

5 ways to attract a sexual partner on a bike tour

Bike touring is inherently sexy. It also involves lots of skills and dedication which have been proven by the Lampoon Spoof Scientific Research Group to attract the opposite sex. Minor inconveniences like body odor and food stains on your jersey can be turned to your advantage with a little bit of thought. And the heroism […]

Tandem Living

The deal was quick. Cash in hand. I picked up the second-hand tandem from a carpark on the London ring road in the summer of 2012. It was an oppressively warm afternoon by English standards, the break rubber toasting against the rims as I rolled the machine down to the railway station. Getting a tandem […]

Surlys Front Rack… The Cattle Pusher of Bike Racks!

Surly makes a front bike rack so stout it could double as a cattle pusher on an F-450! Seriously, this is not a rack for someone wanting to save weight but rather a huge front rack that you can load up with up to 70 pounds of gear. Not only can you carry your panniers, […]

Bike Tour Buddy

An old friend from university sent me an email in mid 2014. He’d got wind I was planning a bike trip from Vancouver to Mexico and put out a feeler to see if he could come along. So, without wanting to cut him out, I did what any reasonable type A person would do and […]

The Slow Food Cyclist

I recently overhead an American cyclist lament, “The only bad thing about cycling the Tour Divide is spending $3,000 on food.” I imagined a three-week diet of dolphin steaks and unicorn burgers. But he was using the word food more loosely than I could have guessed. What really broke the bank was his daily ingestion […]