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Bicycle Touring

The Complete Book on Touring by Bike
by Patricia Vance

Format: 6 x 9 inch trade paperback
Description: 224 pages with 60 black & white photographs and other illustrations
ISBN: 1-892495-27-9
Price: US$18.95

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  • Planning your tour from the start
  • Selecting your companions, your route, and your equipment
  • Clothing for touring on and off the bike
  • How to pack effectively for every kind of tour
  • Bike wrangling: handling the bike on and off the road
  • Care and feeding of the touring cyclist
An excellent, well-organized and well-presented guide for anyone contemplating a bicycle touring vacation.

About the book

Bicycle touring is making a comeback, and although many of today’s touring cyclist travel with organized groups, the real adventure starts when you find your own way, at home or abroad. In this comprehensive book, Patricia Vance shares the lessons learned in her many years of experience as a touring cyclist.

Shows how to select a destination, how to plan and schedule the tour and the daily stages, how to find your way out in teh terrain, and how to deal with the many big and little problems that may crop up. Reading this book will help you gain 10 years’ of touring experience before you even start out.

About the author

Patricia Vance is a molecular biology lab researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. She ws born in Wisconsin and grew up in suburban Minneapolis. She got her MS degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she met her husband. She has toured by bicycle extensively, both alone and with her husband and in small groups. Other forms of travel interest her too: including a 1˝-year sailing trip to Venezuela and back in 1987 and 1988. Her bicycle touring experiences include tours of Nova Scotia, Iceland, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and many regions in the United States.

Table of Contents


Part I. Route Planning

  1. What kind of tour do you want
  2. Your touring companions
  3. Choosing a guidebook
  4. Selecting a route
  5. Teaching by example

    Part II. Packing Your Bike

  6. Your touring bike
  7. Roadside repairs
  8. Clothing
  9. Packs, camping gear, etc.
  10. Michael and Pat’s lists

    Part III. During the Tour

  11. Cycling skills and rules of the road
  12. Transporting you and your bicycle
  13. The care and feeding of the touring cyclist
  14. The responsible traveler




From the contents

Enjoying the view at Volterra, Italy


Camping out in an olive grove