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What years on the road have taught me about bikes.




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 Written on the road as I travel around the world on my bicycle


*Help
Support this Web Site and Continue My Travels.


Places I have been
(How
can I afford this?
)


India and Neighbors

May 2010 to present


Alaska /
Canada / USA

May 2008 to April 2010


New Zealand

Sept 2007 to May 2008


Australia

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007


SE Asia / China

Nov 2004 to Sept 2006


South
America

June 2003 to June 2004



AZ, Mexico, and

Central America

March 2002 to April 2003



How I started

The 5 years before I left


Equipment Pages Index


Introduction


How Much to Bring and Weight


Some Advice About Advice


A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers

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more about Sponsorship
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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles


Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide


Bicycle Touring Frames
 

The Steel Repair Myth.


Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair
.

Bicycle Touring Wheels


Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs


Panniers / Bike Bags


Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers


Tires for Bike Tours.
.

Bicycle Touring Saddles.


Women’s Specific Bike Touring Saddles


Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning


Bike Computer


Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.


Sealed Cartridge Headsets



How to prevent flat tires



Bike Route Trails and Maps


Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and
Ground Cloth


Sleeping Bag


Sleeping Pad

Camp
Stove

Pots and
Pans


Water Filter


First Aide Kits



Solar Power for Camp

Clothing

Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical

Short-wave Radio


Computer


Internet

mp3

Bicycle touring lights

Books

Packing list


Pictures of Equipment Failures


Shopping






Blog RSS






Video PodCast




Email Newsletter



I
am Tim Travis, an
ordinary American who decided to live out my dreams.  I saved my money,
quit my job, sold my possessions and set off to travel around the world by
bicycle.  I left my home in Arizona, USA on March 2002 and traveled on
a bicycle for many years. 

 

 

Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice 


Bike Stuff
– Camping


Bicycles


Panniers



Racks


Saddles


Tires


Lights



Fenders



Places I have visited


North
& Central America
(3-30-02 to 4-17-03) Arizona, Mexico,
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.


South
America
  (6-3-03 to 6-17-04) Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia,
Argentina, and Chile.


China & Southeast
Asia
  (11- 22, 04 to 9-15-06) Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam,
China, Laos, Thailand again, Malaysia, and Singapore.


Australia
(9-15-06 to 9-15-07) The states of South Australia, Victoria,
Tasmania, Victoria again, New South Wales, Queensland, and the
Northern Territory.


New Zealand
(
9-16-07 to 5-2-08)
North and South Island


Alaska / Canada / USA
(5-3-08 to 4-30-10) Visiting family and exploring my own backyard


India, Nepal, and the Subcontinent


(5-1-10 to present) I already know I like the food and plan on traveling about
4 years in the area



My
Future
Plans.
  (now to

) My
travel plans are always changing but that has never stopped
me from thinking ahead.


Index 
This website is bigger
than most people think. 


It has been constructed over several years in hotel rooms and campsites while
traveling through dozens of countries.   It has thousands of pages and many
hidden areas that only the determined repeat visitor can find.  The bulk of
the pages are organized into an index for each continent.  These indexes
are a great way to quickly learn the basic structure of the website and find
something specific.  Click below to go to each continent’s index.

North and Central America – South America – South East Asia/China
Australia –
New Zealand –
Alaska /
Canada / USA

India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent

TIP  If you are looking for something specific try searching this
web site
with our Google Search
Utility.

search DownTheRoad.org below

Custom Search

Short Downloadable Videos  Traveling around the world on bicycle since 2002
provides unique opportunities to capture in photography the rich layers of
culture that make up the fabric of the societies I visit.  I have
shot several hours of video in exotic countries from the seat of our touring
bicycles. These movies are turned into short videos and released at regular
intervals.  Check out my special website where you can watch these
videos today
Watch Videos HERE

You can also subscribe to receive these free downloadable videos as they are
released by sending a blank email to:

http://www.downtheroad.org/EmailSignUp.htm

Thumbnail Picture
Gallery
  I believe that the
best pictures are taken at the most awkward times.  I keep a camera in my
handlebar bag, always ready to record that incredible moment.  I have thousands of pictures
posted on www.downtheroad.org. 
Click to see
the complete photo index


Daily Journals:
 The journal started
on the first day when I (Tim) got a flat tire and has
continued ever since.  It describe my surroundings, my general
impressions, catalog daily distances ridden and record costs when possible. 
Click to see
the complete journal index.

TIP 
At the top and bottom of the Thumbnail pages and Journals are
arrows that will lead to the next section like turning pages in a book.


RoadNews:
Emailed
updates sent from the road  What started as regular updates emailed to
family and friends has
turned into a tradition with  thousands of email subscribers  
Sign up HERE to receive email updates sent
every four to eight weeks.


Who’s idea was it to sell
everything and travel around the world on bicycles?  How can you afford
it?
 
I get asked these questions the most.   It might
seem
impossible that someone could make the decision to go, save up the traveling funds,
sell everything, quit a good career and take off on a bicycle.  All of
these questions are answered in the first chapter of my book which is available
to read free online. 
MP3 Audio:

Hear Chapter 1
of the Audio Book!

Equipment and Gear Reviews:  Selecting bicycle
touring and camping equipment always involves difficult decisions.  I do
not claim to know it all but I have learned a few lessons along the road. 
Here I try to share my gear experiences in an open minded and scientific way.

Help Me Travel and Continue this Website:
I’m
always pleasantly surprised when someone writes and asks how they can help me
continue travelling.  It may be easier than you think.  A
simple link to www.downtheroad.org from
your web site actually helps a lot. 
Website owners can also add information to their websites about
my book and where to buy
it.  By far the most popular way to help me stay on the road is by
shopping. Buying the book is an excellent way to get to know about my
journey while adding to my time out on the road.
.  If you find this website enjoyable and valuable there is another popular
way to continue it.  Shopping online at one of the participating store
links provides me with a small commission with no extra cost to you.  Read
the full details of all the ways to support this website
HERE.

Buy the book here.

Online shopping at outdoor, camping and bicycling
stores.

My hand-picked selection of books and travel guides.



Touring Bicycles
and Bike
Panniers

More
information on how you can help me continue this website and travels.

Contacting Me: 
Contacting me is easy with email.  I try to send/receive email at least
once every two weeks.  If you write, it may be 2 – 4  weeks before I
am able to send a reply. 
I try to reply to every reasonable email.




  

   

  
  






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Bicycle touring along the beach in Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

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