7 Awesome Tips for Bike Touring on a Budget

Mountain bike tour

Are you totally in love with bike tours? Me too! However, one thing that lets us down when we want to go for long tours with our faithful companions is the expense. Already the process of getting the bike ready can be so expensive. It can even make you think of just letting go off the trip.

But the good news are that you can actually go bike touring on a budget! Initially, I thought the only time to go for a long journey with my bike was when I had huge chunks of money in my savings account. But I have come to realize it doesn’t have to be expensive, and I have learned several tips that I am going to share with you so you can travel on a budget to wherever you want and at any time.

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Best Leather Weekend Bag and Overnight Bag 2017

Now why would you want an overnight bag, when you already have nice suitcase in the wardrobe? Well, we think everyone should have one. If you're only going away for a night or two, you don't want to bring a proper suitcase. Too big, too bulky. A weekend bag is perfect, preferably made with good quality leather that will hold up and look good for years to come. We have dug out the best ones for you!

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Leather Duffel Bags – Best In 2017

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Why A Leather Duffel Bag?

If we had to choose one single bag that would be the only one we could ever own, it would definitely be a duffel bag. A duffel can be used as an overnight bag, a weekend bag, a travel bag or even as both men's and women's gym bag.

If it stays inside the cabin luggage size restrictions of the airline in question it will be a stylish carry-on or even a personal item if it's really small. Considering it would have to last a lifetime, the given choice of material would definitely be leather. Let us show you why!

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Leather Backpacks – Best Picks 2017

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Why Buy a Leather Backpack?

Do you like products that last for a long time, perhaps even for life? If not, then these reviews are perhaps not for you. Good quality leather is an outstanding material when it comes to longevity in bags and other products.

We have choosen to only review backpacks of high quality here. This is partly because we think that choosing to buy stuff that will  serve you for a long time is good for maintaining the resources of the planet, but also because they are classy and beautiful.

We hope you will find a backpack that suits your needs and wishes here. If there is a bag you think we should take a closer look at and perhaps include, please leave a comment below. Thank you!

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Best Leather Briefcase – Top Choices 2017

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Who needs a briefcase?

A briefcase is primarly designed for being carried short distances, for example between your car or commuter bus or train and the office. Or perhaps as your carry on personal item when flying, the piece of luggage that fits under the seat in front of you. But you may be surprised to find that some of them also has the ability to convert to a backpack!

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Best Luggage Sets Of 2017? Our Research Reveals!

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You know the concept many stores use, buy more and pay less? That’s exactly what luggage sets are all about.
Instead of buying all the bags you need one at a time, you buy them all at once. As this means manufacturers then have managed to sell you all your bags from their own brand, they are happy to make buying the luggage set a good deal for you.
Also, if you like having matching luggage, buying a set is a good choice. If you buy your carry-on one year, and then decide you need a large suitcase as well two years later, chances are you won’t find a matching one.
The sets come in a wide range of colors, patterns and models. There are sets for women, for men, for kids. There are 2-piece, 3-piece, 4-piece and even 5-piece sets. Make sure you have thought through what kind of bags and how many you need, then it will be a lot easier to find the right set for you.
We have, as usual, done the research for you and picked out the top rated luggage sets that we also prefer ourselves. Some of them we have personal experience from, and for the ones we don’t we have spent even more hours evaluating others views.
Read along, or choose from the table of contents what you are most interested in.

Samsonite Luggage Sets

This is a very popular brand, although when rated does not perform all that well compared to other well-known brands. However, in this review we have looked at and evaluated the individual luggage sets.

Samsonite Omni PC 3 Piece Set Spinner

  • Overall sizes: 22.0″ x 14.5″ x 9.75″ ; 26.0″ x 17.5″ x 11.5″ ; 30.5″ x 20.5″ x 13.5″
  • Weights: 6.8 lbs; 8.3 lbs; 10.4 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited 10 Year Global Warranty

No time for reading the full review? Click here to go directly to Amazon.

This spinner luggage set is a hardside and fairly lightweight. It includes a carry-on sized bag and two larger suitcases, all of them are expandable. The three bags fit into each other so you only need the space to store the largest of them.
There are five colors; black, burnt orange, radiant pink (actually more magenta), teal and Caribbean blue. They are fully lined inside with cross straps, have a zipped mesh divider and zipped pockets in it for small stuff.
The shell is made of polycarbonate, which to some extent yields when under stress and then flexes back into shape. The surface is so called Micro-Diamond texture, which is said to make these bags very scratch-resistant. On the side is a TSA combination lock. The push-button telescopic handles are lockable both in extended and storage positions.
There are a lot of positive reviews for this set, but also some negative ones. These are mainly focusing on the surface perhaps not being all that scratch-resistant, a somewhat flimsy overall impression, wheels being hard to manoeuvre when rolling in an upright position and the bag is fully packed. There are no side handles on any of the bags, which can be a nuisance when handling a heavy bag.

Conclusion

As one reviewer stated: This is a good purchase at this price point, but don’t expect lifelong longevity. And there will be scratches and dents.
CLICK HERE FO PRICE AND AVAILABILITY OF THE OMNI 3PC SET

Samsonite Movelite Extreme 2 Piece Softside Set

  • Overall sizes: 22.25″ x 15″ x 8″. Linear 45.25″. 29.25″ x 18.5″ x 9.5″ Linear 59.75″
  • Weights: 6.7 lbs; 8.8 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited 10 Year Global Warranty

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We really wanted to present a nice 3 piece softside set for you. To our dismay we didn’t manage to come up with a top rated set that was reviewed by a substantial number of people, so we decided to settle for this very good 2 piece.
A carry-on and a checked spinner are included in the set, and the bags are fairly lightweight. The outer material is made of nylon and is coated with a layer of SamGuardTM which protects the bag from stains and water seeping through. The corners are reinforced with rubber,
We like the wheels of this spinner set! They are the recently developed and patented spherical wheels, and they roll very smoothly through the airport. Like all spinners though, they are not perfect for gravel, rough surfaces and curbs.
The extendable handle is corrugated to make it stronger, and the grip is quite comfortable, at least for our hands. There are carry-handles on top and on the side. Both sizes are expandable.
The zippers seem good, they haven’t stuck or split and work fine when the bag is packed full as well.
The inside is fully lined and there is a detail we enjoy: in the lid there is a mesh cover that works like a garment folder, where you can store a shirt or skirt.
We have only one major concern about this Samsonite set. There is no integrated lock, and the loops on the zipper pulls only allow for a really small padlock. And in our experience, padlocks on zipper pulls are easily torn off when checked luggage is handled.

Conclusion

Apart from the locking issue, we believe this to be a good softside set, and we have no trouble recommending it!
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Hauptstadtkoffer Luggage Sets

We are very happy to introduce a to us new manufacturer of luggage. The German company Hauptstadtkoffer (tongue-twister that one!) started out in 2005, and so is relatively young in the business. The main idea is to provide “colorful, robust, light and practical suitcases” that stand out from the crowd.
The price range is moderate, they are not the cheapest you can find but far from expensive. All bags are designed in Germany but produced in China. According to the company site the factory must comply with strict quality and safety standards, as well as social and ethical guidelines.
Our impression after reading as many reviews we could find for the suitcases (mostly on Amazon) is that these hard case bags are well worth the money. The one prominent exception to this statement is a cosmetic one. The glossy bags seem to be somewhat prone to being not so glossy and gorgeous after being tossed and stacked by the luggage handlers on the airports.
Because of this we have decided to only review and recommend two of the matt suitcase sets, called XBerg and Spree.

Hauptstadtkoffer XBerg – Set of 3 Hard-side Matt Suitcase Spinner Trolley Expandable

  • Overall sizes: 21.7” x 14.6″ x 9.4″; 25.6″ x 18.1″ x 11″; 29.5″ x 20.5″ x 12.2″.
  • Weights: 7.5 lbs; 9.3 lbs; 11.2 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited 10 Years

If you like you can click here to go directly to Amazon and see all the colors this set comes in!
Hauptstadtkoffer XBerg Carry-OnThe carry-on in this 3-piece set has a nice front pocket where you can store your laptop, passport and other items you need to have readily accessible. This is not so common in a hard shell carry-on, and we are delighted to find it here.
Apart from this the three suitcases have similar features:

  • Shell made with ABS-plastic, textured surface with matt finish
  • Available in graphite, dark blue, applegreen (our favorite), burgundy and white
  • TSA-approved 3-digit combination lock (for the front pocket you need a padlock)
  • Fully lined interior with elastic cross straps on one side and zippered divider with mesh pocket on the other
  • Four rubber double spinner wheels
  • Aluminum push button trolley handle with ergonomic grip
  • Bags can be nested so you only need storage space for the largest one

The two larger cases are expandable up to 2.3″, but the carry-on is not.
The measurements of the carry-on should make it good to go on most flights, but remember to always check with your airline before you leave home.

Conclusion

We can’t wait to go on our first trip with that beautiful rose chafer green set. No, it’s not a new color, we know it’s called applegreen, but the vibrant luster of it makes us think of this humming insect in summer 🙂
Meaning, we warmly recommend the Hauptstadtkoffer XBerg set! Excellent bang for your buck as far as we can see.
CLICK HERE TO CHECK TODAY’S PRICE AND AVAILABILITY OF THE XBERG LUGGAGE SET ON AMAZON

Hauptstadtkoffer Spree – Set of 3 Hard-side Matt Suitcase Spinner Trolley Expandable

(Please note that this set does NOT have a glossy finish even though the headline on Amazon says so.)

  • Overall sizes: 21.7” x 14.2″ x 8.3″; 25.6″ x 15.7″ x 11.8″; 29.5″ x 18.5″ x 13.8″
  • Weights: 7.1 lbs; 9 lbs; 11 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 Years Limited

If you are in a hurry, please click here to go directly to Amazon for price and availability!

The XBerg set and this one have many features in common, as well as the warranty, but they also diverge in some aspects. For example, there is no front pocket on the carry-on size. The design is not exactly the same, but they do resemble one another. The sizes are slightly different, so make sure to check that carefully.

  • Shell is ABS with matt textured surface (although it has a lovely luster to it)
  • Available in no less than 12 colors, for example red, purple, yellow, cyan blue, but also black and graphite
  • Three digit resettable combination TSA lock
  • Fully lined interior with adjustable cross ribbons and flexible divider with large mesh pocket
  • Four multidirectional double wheels
  • Telescope handle made with anodized aluminum
  • The bags in the Spree range also fit inside each other for easy storage.
  • All sizes expand up to 1.5″.

Conclusion

We are as happy with the Spree set as with the XBerg. As far as we can deduct from the user experiences we have read this is actually great value for money. And needless to say, we love that there are som many lovely colors to choose between 🙂
CHECK OUT THE HAUPTSTADTKOFFER SPREE SET ON AMAZON


 

Kids luggage sets

There are so many adorable sets for kids, it’s truly hard to choose! But as always, we look at functionality and quality as well as adorability. Hopefully, you will find one among our picks that you fancy 🙂
Please check below in the cute luggage section as well, we have no doubts that plenty of the sets there will be perfect for your older kid or teenager.

Travel Buddies Luggage Set, Tinko Tiger

  • Overall sizes: 18″ x 14″ x 10″; back pack 13” x 13” x 6”.
  • Weights: 6 lbs; 1.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year against manufacturers defects

No time for reading the full review? Then please click here to go directly to Amazon.

This is a perfect choice for your young kid! It’s totally adorable and also high quality as kids luggage go. We somewhat wish they were made in grown up sizes as well…

Both bag and back pack are made of hard shell ABS plastic. The back pack of course is soft and padded at the back for comfort.
The carry-on sized bag is equipped with 2 inline wheels, very good choice we think, and is very easily rolled. It has a top carry-handle and a retractable that locks at two heights. And guess what? One is adult height, so when your sweetie breaks down and can’t be made to pull the bag an inch further, you don’t have to break your back to pull it.
Inside it has a zipped divider and cross straps, and is fully lined. According to reviewers, it can hold enough clothes for a week if you put travel activities and stuffed animals in the back pack.
The back pack has adjustable back straps, an inner pocket and velcro sides so the best toy doesn’t fall out when the bag is opened.

Conclusion

Buy! This is a well designed, adorable, sturdy and extremely well-reviewed luggage set for young children.
GO CHECK OUT TINKO TIGER HERE

Travel Buddies Luggage Sets ‘Archie Alien’, ‘Bella Butterfly’

Archie Alien and Bella Butterfly are the same as Tinko Tiger, so they’re very good as well! Just choose which buddy your kid will love the most, and buy without a minutes hesitation!


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AND HERE FOR BELLA

American Tourister Star Wars 2 Piece Set 21 & 28 Hardside Spinner

  • Overall sizes: 22.0″ x 15.0″ x 9.0″; 31.0″ x 20.75″ x 13.0″
  • Weights: 7 lbs; 11.2 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited 10 Year Global Warranty

No time for reading the full review right now? Then click here to check it out on Amazon.

May the force be with you! And we believe it is with this truly stylish luggage set. Perfect for any Star Wars fan, whatever the age actually 😉 Don’t fancy Darth Vader? That’s okay, the set also comes as R2-D2 or a stormtrooper!

The outer shell is made from ABS plastic and appears as sturdy as needed. It has top and side carry-handles, pushbutton pull handle, and single spinner wheels.
The interior is fully lined with Star Wars-patterned fabric, but is apart from that nothing out of the ordinary. Zipped divider with pocket, and cross straps. Of course.
We award extra stars for the zipper pulls that are Star Wars branded, as well as the pull handle. Very nice and geeky 😉
We have had a hard time finding negative reviews for this set. The only one we extracted that is noteworthy is that the fabric in the expandable section (sorry, forgot to mention that it is!) seems thin, and the reviewer was afraid it wouldn’t hold up. However, we have seen no evidence that this is the case.

Conclusion

No hesitance on our side of the line! We recommend this with all of our awakened force.
GO HAVE A LOOK AT ALL THREE SET CHARACTERS AT AMAZON

Cute Luggage Sets

Finally, we are allowed to roam the world of flowers, pretty patterns, butterflies and fairies. We’re in heaven… and we want you to be there too! So let’s dive in 🙂

IT Luggage Duraliton Skulls and Roses 3 Piece Set

  • Overall sizes: 21.6” x 13.8″ x 10.2″; 27.6″ x 18.3″ x 12.2″; 31.5″ x 21.1″ x 14″
  • Weights: 6 lbs; 8.4 lbs; 10.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 Years Against Defects


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This was a nice surprise to us! We have never before heard of the luggage material called Duraliton, that is exclusive to IT Luggage. Maybe that says more about us than about how long this has been used for hard shell suitcases, but we’re pleased nevertheless.
This dual layer polycarbonate is said to be exceptionally durable, scratch-resistant and lightweight. And from we have seen in the user reviews this seems to be true. Most people are very enthusiastic, both about the quality and about the looks of the bags. They do stand out on the baggage carousel for sure! Very cute in a stylish way.
Watch the video to see the amazing durability of the Duraliton material!

Click here to have a look at The Skulls And Roses bags at Amazon!


The fully lined interior of the bags has cross-straps on one side. The other side features a zippered divider with a mesh pocket including a waterproof toiletry bag (!) and two open shoe pouches.
All three cases are expandable, the carry-on with 2.5″ and the larger ones with 3″. They are equipped with double caster spinner wheels, top and side carry handles and push-button trolley handle. One reviewer expressed concern about that one, and though it felt flimsy, but we have seen no reports among the 150 we’ve found of it actually breaking.
There are no locks on the bags, so you will have to buy a padlock to secure the zipper pulls. This is perhaps our only reservation concerning this otherwise gorgeous set, since padlocks have a tendency to get torn off in transit. But, having said that, there are padlocks and there are padlocks. If you make sure to buy a sturdy one that perhaps cost a little more than the cheapest kind, it will probably hold up well.
So, any negative user experiences then? One wrote about the zipper pull on the extension zipper falling off so the bag was now permanently expanded. Nuisance, we get that.
What we have found is remarks about the size of the largest bag. For some flights it’s too big according to the size restrictions. Since there are big variations in size allowances all we can say is, make sure to check with the airline you are flying with. The sizes we show here include wheels and handles.

Conclusion

If you are fine with the padlock issue and the sizes of these adorable bags, we think they are without a doubt worth your hard earned money.
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Heys Fashion Spinner 3-piece Luggage Set

    • Overall sizes: 21″ x 13.5″ x 9″; 26″ x 17.5″ x 11″; 30″ x 18.5″ x 12″
    • Linear sizes: 43.5 inches; 54.5 inches; 60.5 inches
    • Weights: 6.6 lbs; 8.8 lbs; 10.8 lbs.
    • Warranty: 5 Year Prestige Class Warranty

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Of course we couldn’t write about cute luggage without including a leopard pattern! We think this is very pretty without being too cutish. Cute in an adult way perhaps?
The Heys Fashion line actually includes many designs, many of them beautiful or fun (how about Russian dolls?). We had a hard time picking one to put as an image here, but finally decided on this adventurous (but safe) leopard design.
But does it pass our quality and functionality requirements as well? We’re happy to say it does.
Watch the video for a visual overview of the features!

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The shell is made of polycarbonate composite. This is actually the material used for bulletproof glass! We had no idea. It’s covered with a layer of clear coat, to protect it from scratches. It appears it also makes the surface easy to clean from scuff marks.
There are top and side handles, an aluminum dual bar extendable handle and an integrated TSA combination lock. All three bags are expandable.
The spinner wheels seem to be of good quality, we have seen no negative reactions to them at all on the web, quite the opposite actually. They have given us no troubles whatsoever.
The inside is almost as pretty as the outside, fully lined with a rather stylish striped fabric. There are four mesh pockets, a divider and a different kind of clothes compression than we usually see, with two large ”flaps” extending from the two short sides. Good or bad, you decide.
The warranty sounds special but is really nothing more than an ordinary 5-year limited one.

Conclusion

We have no qualms about this set, but recommend it wholeheartedly. If we where Scrooge McDuck we would buy (almost) all the Heys Fashion designs and put them around the house just to look at 😉
CHECK OUT ALL THE LOVELY DESIGNS IN HEYS FASHION LUGGAGE SETS


 

Rockland 4 Piece Luggage Set

  • Overall sizes: 12″x10″x6″ (tote); 21.5x13″x8″; 26.5″x16″x9″; 30.5″ x 18.5″ x 12.5″
  • Weights: 1 lbs; 6 lbs; 7.5 lbs; 8.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 year Limited Warranty

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This is nearly as cute as it gets. Do you dream of a zebra luggage set? Or a heart patterned one? Or one with peace signs? Then you can stop looking, since with this you can choose among them all, plus giraffe, plaid and strict checked. Something for almost every taste!
Cute as it is, how about the quality of this soft side set? As we say often enough, you get what you pay for. This set is affordable for sure, considering you get 4 pieces of luggage.
The smallest upright should pass as a carry-on on most flights, but remember to always check with the airline you are flying with. The tote is perfect as your personal item that you put under trhe seat in front of you.
The fabric is 600 denier EVA-molded polyester. The wheels are inline skate wheels, which often are more durable than spinner wheels since they are better protected.
The bags nest into each other, so you’ll have no problem storing them all as long as you have room for the largest one.
The functionality of this set pleases us! On all the three uprights there are two large front pockets, and on the tote there is one. The tote has a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap as well as a carry-handle, and a fully lined interior.
All the uprights have three interior pockets in the fully lined (with imprinted fabric) compartments, as well as cross straps for holding your clothes in place while traveling. All three are about 2 inches expandable.
Are there any negative reviews of this soft sided luggage set? Yes, there are several negative ones among the more than 800 we have detected, but the positive ones are still far more (average rating at Amazon is 4.1 stars out of 5). Some users have experienced zippers breaking, others fabric tearing when checked bags get roughly handled, or trolley handles getting stuck and wheels giving in.

Conclusion

Considering this is indeed an inexpensive 4 piece set, we think it’s worth its price. There is a small element of risk taking in buying it, but we have seen enough happy reviews to dare it. A lot of people are very happy with their purchase and its performance.
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The Best Hardside Luggage In 2017!

One of the major and unavoidable decisions you have to make when looking for a new piece of luggage is whether you should buy a hardside or a softside. What the best choice is depends on your personal preferences and what qualities you are looking for in a bag.

Have you decided on buying a new hardside suitcase, but don’t know which one to choose? Well, congratulations my friend, you’ve come to the right place We have, as we have promised to do, searched the market for you and picked the ones we believe to be the best hardside luggage out there in 2017.

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Different Types Of Leather – The Ultimate Guide To The Best Leather

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Why buy leather luggage when there are so many new materials seeing the light of day? Isn’t leather old fashioned and out of date?


If you think that, we strongly advise you to think again. There are several reasons that leather is an outstanding choice of material when you’re looking for a new bag or luggage. Or why not a tablet case or a wallet?


We here at Travel Gear have to admit that we have lived in leather-related ignorance. There is so much to know about this material that we didn’t have a clue about. Now we do, and we want to share this knowledge with you. Let’s go!

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5 Essentials For Getting Your ZZZZZ Onboard – Travel Sleep Accessories

Going on a long haul flight, or perhaps a long-drawn train ride? Want time to pass quickly, and to arrive at your destination feeling alert and refreshed? You know what you need to do, right? 😉

Well, sleep of course! But on a plane with noises, lights and no bed in sight that is not always the easiest thing to do. It’s hard to relax properly when you’re stuck in a plane seat. Perhaps your neighbor is playing a movie on the laptop with a constantly changing screen. Lights are turned on and off, and your neck is starting to feel stiff.

But where there is a problem, there is also someone working out solutions to that problem! As is our commitment here at Travel Gear Depot we have searched the web for you to find some tips and aids to help you get your beauty sleep onboard 🙂 Read on for the travel sleep accessories we found and love!Read more