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Bicycle Touring Planning

Before you go Bicycle Touring

In the present days of fast-paced life, trudging on a bicycle along dusty roads may seem an anachronistic activity. However, there are several people, who like to be close to nature and are driven by the passion to explore. For them bicycle touring is a fun-filled experience, where pedaling away slowly up the hills or going to less-traversed areas are experiences for life.

Bicycle Touring Routes In The USA

A bicycle touring time can be grueling and troublesome besides being adventurous and thrilling. Complete preparation is necessary before setting off on a bicycle tour. One must pack all the essentials and then move on with the tour. Here are a few essential things, which a bicyclist must ensure before setting off on a tour:

1. Plan the trip: a bicycle trip is successful, if well planned. For this, you should first collect all the material required for the trip. This includes tourist brochures, guides, maps and indicators for cycle-tourism, if any. You can work out the time available and the distance to be covered during the day. Highlighting the key areas and the possible stoppages is a good way to keep your self abreast of the present position and the distance to be covered.

2. Transportation of the bicycle: if the tour is intended to be in some other country or place, you need to transport the bicycle. Depending on the destination, one can transport the bicycle by train, ship, airplane or car. However, if you do not wish to go into the hassles of transporting the bicycle, you can seek bicycle-renting companies and get your bicycle on rent.

3. Setting up the bicycle: the next step is to set the bicycle. Before ensuing on the tour, you must get your bicycle checked by an experience mechanic. Ensure that there is enough housing space for fenders, luggage, lights etc. The brakes, wheels and the transmission system must be checked. The saddle and handlebar should be comfortable and the touring type. You should check for any additional requirements on the bicycle as per the rules and regulations of the destination country.

4. Luggage and equipment: Depending on your destination, length, and type of tour, the equipment requirement may vary. However, essential things like waterproofing bags and handlebar handbags to hold maps, documents, money, camera etc. are necessary. The clothing for a bicycle tour should be normal with cycling shorts and a cycling T-shirt. You must also carry some waterproof garments, a first aid kit, brake wire, a small screwdriver, pliers and a spare inner tube.

5. Food and lodging: if you intend to pedal for many days, the food routine should be; a hearty breakfast, a light snack during the day, light energy food to keep you light and a light evening meal. Fruit juices are an important part of the diet plan during summer months of bicycle touring. Meals can be had at local eateries. For accommodation during the night, you can look for tourist facilities or lodges that offer bed and breakfast. You can even look for hotels, but only if they are not too expensive. Some bicyclists also carry tents for camping. Therefore, the choice of lodging is dependent on how comfortable you want to be during the night.

* This article was submitted by Kichu, thanks a lot for your contribution Buddy!! :)

Bicycle Touring Companion

Choosing the right bicycle touring companion is not a cakewalk

If you are someone who is tired of travelling alone on bicycle tours, you may be looking for a touring companion. But wait! This is not a matter that is unimportant, in fact choosing a touring companion may make or break your tour. There are things you should consider while making a decision. One thing that my experience of bicycle tours has taught me is: it is not enough to just like your touring companion! A bicycle tour is an intense experience and it involves you being on the road for a huge part of the day, physically exerting yourself all the time. You have to be compatible with your companion and not just on friendly terms.

bicycle touring partner

Choose The Right Cycle Touring Companion!

The following are some points to consider:

* Are you compatible with the person? Are you sure you wouldn’t want to avoid him/her after going a short distance together? You have to understand that you will be spending close to about 24 hours together with the person during the tour.

* Does the person have conversational attitudes which are complementary to yours? This is very important because if both of you talk a lot instead of listening, there is bound to be problems after a couple of biking days.

* Do you trust the person?

The above few points focused on the attitudinal compatibility. But sharing the same touring goals with each other is also important. Following are some points for you to consider in this regard:

* Will the two of you be biking independently or will you be travelling together constantly throughout the day? This is an important point to consider because in case both your speeds are not the same, one of you will have to exert himself in speeding up as much as possible and one of you will have to deliberately slow down to help the other person keep up.

* Do the two of you have similar thoughts on what the right time to hit the road every morning is?

* Do both of you have similar ideas on meeting people you are going to encounter on your tour? It won’t help if one of you thinks it’s all a part of the tour while the other thinks that it’s simply a waste of time.

* How are you guys going to handle rest days? Discuss this with your companion beforehand. You can choose from taking a rest day after a vote, a rest day after every 5 days or not having any rest days at all.

* Will you be doing stealth camping?

* Regarding the matter of camp site chores, will you have fixed chores or will they be on a rotating basis?

* Will you be eating in restaurants on the way or will you be cooking on a portable stove?

* Will you be staying on camp grounds or at motels along the way?

* Will you guys have a set tour planned all out or will you just have a general direction you will be going to? This is very important because if one person likes being spontaneous and the other likes blueprinted ideas, then there are going to be problems.

* Do you agree on the average daily distance you will be travelling?

* Do you have bicycle tour goals that match? For instance, your companion may want to reach a fixed destination as fast as possible while you may want to look at the sights while travelling.

* How frequently will you be taking showers? This may seem insignificant, but it will be an important point to consider when you are on a long bicycle tour.

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