For her first bike tour in 1986, Jana Zanetto borrowed a three-speed shopping (city) bike with foot brakes to ride from Frankfurt, Germany, across the Alps, and around Switzerland. Teaching English as a second language at City College of San Francisco for 32 years allowed her summer vacations to travel the world by bike.
Nikki Ellman first heard about bike touring in 1984 from a fellow grad student and was so excited she went out and bought a Trek 520. With Jana Zanetto, she completed her first unsupported tour, in the French and Swiss Alps. This trip spawned an addiction that she indulged with summers off from teaching and has since toured in 13 countries and all over the western U.S. and Canada.