Installing a handlebar bag on your bike will change the way you ride. To get the negatives out of the way first; it will make steering a little heavier and you will lose some of the responsiveness of a clean, lightweight set of handlebars and front wheel.
However, on the up side you will have created the most useful storage space on your bike right. Anything that reduces the need to rummage around in panniers must be worth having! For touring I love the more robust feeling of some weight on the front, it really helps keep stable and straight in a side wind and makes your front brakes far more effective by giving your front tyre more traction. In Spain on an early tour of mine, a friend called Sandra complained that her bike was vibrating and stuttering when she braked with the front wheel, I took the bike and raced it up and down the road a few times aggressively jamming on the front brakes to see if I could replicate the problem, but I couldn’t.
Unlike ‘essential oils’ found in your shampoo, essential tools may really be essential. When cycling there are certain items that are invaluable when things go wrong, even if you’re just commuting but especially if your touring.
You can never prepare for every eventuality but this list of tools, ranging from the ‘bare necessities’ option for commuting or a weekend of cycling to the full range of equipment and spare parts that a transcontinental cyclist might stash at the bottom of their panniers, should keep those wheels turning most of the time.
The best tyres for cycle touring are durable and puncture resistant ones that can survive high milage. Fitting a good set tyres is one of the easiest ways to improve your bike. They will make you far less susceptible to punctures, will last a very long time, feel comfortable, have low roll resistance and they’re safer.
Many of the best tyres for cycle touring are produced by two main brands, Continental and Schwalbe. Each company produces top quality tyres some of which I’ve had a great deal of experience with. Continue reading Best Tyres For Cycle Touring→
Since CycleFar is first and foremost intended to be an informative site, and also to alleviate the stress on my readership caused by the intense anticipation of the answer to the title question, I’m going to provide my answer plainly here at the beginning: personal solar chargers are definitely not just gimmicky gadgets, in my opinion they’re very useful devices indeed – now that bombshell is behind us we can go into a little detail. Continue reading Portable Solar Chargers – Gimmicky stocking fillers or practical modern utility?→
Cycle touring saddles need to do two things, they must be comfortable for long durations and they should be comfortable in a more upright seating position than road bike saddles.
Choosing a comfortable cycle touring saddle is arguably the single most important decision you can make when outfitting a bike for cycle touring. Riding on a generic saddle or a saddle designed for the opposite sex for days at a time can range from uncomfortable to traumatic. Here lies some quality cycle touring saddle options to protect you from pain and frustration Continue reading Cycle Touring Saddles and Rider Comfort→
Ultralight Cycle Touring and Fully Loaded Bicycle Travel