From the Sierra Club Series of Guides to Outdoor Activities
The "go light" self-sufficiency of backpacking meets the freedom of the open road in Bike Touring
. Today, more and more people are turning to the bicycle, not just for exercise but as the ideal touring vehicle -- economical, portable, fast enough to get where you want to go and slow enough to see everything along the way.
is the comprehensive guide to all aspects of touring: buying and maintaining equipment, developing riding skills, how to plan and pack for a tour, and how to live and camp while on the road. Raymond Bridge offers expert advice on choosing the right bicycle and gear for the many different styles of touring: practical advice on transporting bikes and riders by auto, rail or air to the starting point; and important safety tips for riding in heavy traffic, on highways, or on back roads. He supplies detailed instructions for emergency roadside repairs and wheel-building; appendices list touring organizations, sources of equipment and maps, and other references. The wealth of information in Bike Touring
will enable any cycling enthusiast to plan the perfect tour: short or long, economy or first class, close to home or on another continent.