Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Drivetrain

The Bicycle Wheel

What makes a good wheelset for loaded bicycle touring? Durability will probably rate high in any list of desirable attributes. So, what makes a bicycle wheel durable? Rims: An extruded aluminum double wall rim with a box section for strength. Drilled for 32 or 36 spokes with eyelets in the spoke holes. Eyelets can help Read More

Schwalbe Marathon Mondial

(Update 2/20/2012 - The Bike Touring News store now has the Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tires in stock in 700 x 35c and 700 x 40c sizes in the folding version. The 26 x 2" folding tire is due to hit North America in March,2012.) The Schwalbe Marathon XR is frequently hailed as the best expedition/long Read More

“ Hey baby, what kind of gearing you got on that thing?” What kind indeed.  I guess I got gears in the front and gears in the back. But how do I know what my "gearing" is?  One way to measure mechanical advantage on a bicycle is to use a concept called "gear inches". Gear Read More

I've talked about my preference for down tube shifters, now I thought I would give equal time to probably the most popular method of shifting gears on a modern touring bike. That would be bar end shifters. Being inserted into the ends of the handlebars and held secure by means of an expanding wedge these Read More

Downtube shifters are shift levers mounted on the downtube of the bicycle.  Not everybody will feel comfortable taking their hand completely off the handlebar in order to shift but for those of us who don't mind doing so, downtube shifters offer the most minimalistic of gear shifting solutions. These Shimano shifters have an "index" option Read More