The Essential Touring Cyclist

With tens of thousands of copies sold, this book has been called a “classic”–and the fact that it’s been continuously in print since the first edition came out nearly a quarter century ago says a lot. Inspired by my solo cross-country bicycle trek in 1986 (see Freewheelin’, below), this book tells how to do it, both in the U.S. and abroad. Equipment has changed, but the basics of bicycle touring have not, especially if you’re off the wi-fi grid and having to do things the old fashioned way, with paper maps, wits, and dead reckoning. Whether you’re heading out for five hours or five months, this vividly designed, heavily illustrated, and resource-rich guide delivers remains a useful handbook.

Available in print and Kindle, here.