Bicycle Touring Tips

Larry Tofler
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I've been enjoying touring by bicycle for over 30 years and throughout some 50 countries. There is much that I know now that I wish I new earlier. In this video I have shared a brief introduction to the way I do it. If you'd like some more specific information please feel free to ask.

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  • Fantastic.

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  • Like the brake drum washed up to shore! Your bike is awesome.

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  • I have had non waterproof "breathable panniers" in the past but I much prefer waterproof ones. When it chucks it down with rain for the whole day or a whole week your stuff stays dry. The non waterproof panniers I had were good, but putting on waterproof covers and then taking them off when the rain stopped and the sun came out was a right PITA. And the covers only stood a chance of staying on when the panniers were full. On a half full or less pannier they were practically useless. In any case this guy has pretty much everything inside his cloth panniers in dry bags anyway so it is much the same as having water proof panniers. Only one of his front panniers contains food that needs to breath so without all those dry bags his stuff would get soaked when it rains. For me and all my experience of riding pretty much everyday for 35-40 years it is waterproof panniers all the way either Ortlieb or Vaude.

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  • In two months, my wife, father, and myself will embark on our second tour. It will last three weeks. I have been trying to improve our setup and appreciate your video. Thank you. :)

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  • Great film, thank you for taking the time to show us how you do it, I’m a novice bike backer, a couple of us went Ypres Belgium last year, everything was on a shoe string budget, I used my mtb, bought the cheapest panniers and rack of eBay, but it all worked fine, thankfully we had great weather. This year we going farther and more organised. But more kit and upgraded the bike, however I’ve bought waterproof panniers and after watching your post I’m thinking I shouldn’t have. However we do get a lot more rain in this part of the world. I will let you know how we get on.

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  • If you lose your hat, don't kill yourself, just get another hat.

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  • REALLY AWESOME

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  • Hi Larry. Did you developed a quick and easy way of folding the bike while fully loaded? Or you just need to unload all pannier and carry them somehow while also carrying the folded bike? I'm worried I'll have too much stuff to carry when the bike is folded. Thanks in advance.

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  • Hi Larry, hoping im not too late! I have notice you got kenda kwest on that bike.. Is that the best tyres in your opinion? Thank you.

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  • Great job; i am your Iranian fan.....thanks for sharing..best wishes

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  • hi larry, what's the folding bike brand

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  • thanks for the advice mate, were just preparing for our first mini tour in the uk, so excited and I really enjoyed your video, happy cycling 😃🚴🚴🚴

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  • great video, thanks for the effort.

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  • you are one super cool guy!

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  • Great video. I really appreciate your comments regarding your panniers. Thank you tons for posting.

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  • Thanks a million for making this, unpacking just to show the rest of us! :-D Great advices! Like your foldable bicycle! Lucky guy to be on Fiji!!! Greets from Scandinavia!

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  • Cool. Never thought of touring with a fold up bike, but I could see how it'd be useful in certain situations. I currently tour with a basic hybrid.

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  • Good Video. Thank you for taking efforts and unpacking all of that.

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  • Thanks for uploading this, it's certainly a valuable resource!

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  • Yes Randy, the folding bike has many advantages but also many disadvantages. I've been on it now for about 2 ½ years and am still in two minds. The main disadvantage, of course, is it's ability to negotiate rough terrain.

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  • Hi Larry, Thanks so much for your insights. I wholeheartedly agree with your method. Except maybe for the folding bike. But even I have to admit that at times, it can be the ticket, as you mentioned earlier. Curious to know why your bike doesn't have fenders. I think I know the answer, but would prefer to get your thoughts.

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  • Nice video Larry! Yeah many people fall for the "drybags" as panniers, then they wonder why all the mushrooms are growing in there. It needs to breath!

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