Scott Stoll logo world traveler. A bicycle wheel and the globe symbolizes Scott's journey around the world on a bicycle.

A how-to guide for bike touring — Scouting magazine

The bicycle that went around the world perched on the edge of a scenic cliff in the Drakensburg Mountains, Lesotho, Southern Africa.
This is my beloved bicycle and one of my favorite photographs, which is funny because it really was an afterthought when I summited these tough mountains. Notice all the gear on the back of the bike, including the road tires that needed to be swapped for the knobbies. This is Sani Pass, Lesotho. After climbing 1600 meters, sometimes up an unbelievable 33-36% grade dirt road at times surpassing the Guinness Book of World Record’s Steepest HIll in Dunedin, New Zealand and it’s not even paved. That’s pushing a bicycle that weighed 60 pounds with gear, not including food and water.

An article with Scott, the Gear Junkie and Scouting Magazine.

SCOTT STOLL BIKED around the world, cycling a whopping 25,742 miles in four years. He wrote about his continent-hopping bike trip in the book Falling Uphill. Living as a two-wheeled nomad, Stoll took off from America and pedaled through 50 countries.

Planning a bike-touring trip with Scouts doesn’t mean you have to think global (it could be as simple as cycling to an adjacent town). Yet Stoll, a former Boy Scout who grew up in Wisconsin, encourages Scouts to dream big. “Don’t let planning overwhelm your dream; just go for it,” he says.

Read more of the how-to guide for bike touring with Scouting magazine.

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