In doing any kind of search online regarding bicycle touring or if you're just looking for information about bicycles/bicycling, there are numerous websites. All, I'm sure, were put up by other cyclists who believe they have something valuable to say. As I do. For whatever it's worth, here are some bicycle websites I think have something interesting to add to the bicycle mix.
- Crazy Guy On A Bike
- Bike Touring Tips
- Cycling About...Composite Site With A List of Many Other Sites
- Go Bicycle Touring...a long list of bicycle touring websites
- Bike Toledo...another site with a long list of websites about touring
Here are a few more sites about touring bicycles.
- Bicycle Touring For The Long Haul
- The Best Touring Bicycle
- Choosing The Best Touring Bicycle
- Top 10 Touring Bicycles
- Touring Bicycle Guide
- Top 100 Arena....their top 10 touring bicycle listcom/news/573/top-10-touring-bicycles
- Touring Bike Builders
Ok, a few sites that go over gear and what others think is important. Like I said, if you want to try stuff out without buying a bicycle, go backpacking...you'll use pretty much all of the same stuff except for gear related to the bicycle specifically.
BICYCLE TOURING GEAR:
- Adventure Cycling Association Store
- Adventure Cycling Association Checklist
- Your Complete Bicycle Touring Checklist...believe this at your own risk!
- The Touring Store
Probably the most underrated, yet most useful, "golden rule" is: put stuff back in the same place...EVERY TIME...without fail. You'll thank yourself for this simple thing. There's absolutely nothing that will piss you off more than having to dig through every goddamn piece of stuff you have with you to find whatever it is that you're looking for. Having to do it two, or, Jesus, three times, will drive you fucking crazy. Another guarantee. So, put it back in the same bag, in the same place, in the same pannier. NO exceptions.
I'm quite certain there are more topics to go over, but that's why God gave us GOOGLE...go look up all the sites under heaven on whatever topic has your undies in a twist. All the info you'd ever possibly want is online, somewhere. Truly.
Ok, I'm out of here...a tune for you. Tony Bennett, one of the truly great crooners, doing "Stranger In Paradise". He's 86yrs old and still has a great voice. Enjoy...