Bike Touring Wisdom

This is where I’ll put the things I’ve learned, generally the hard way, about how to tour successfully. I’ll post updates as new lessons are learned.


Wisdom (gained thus far):


1. Simplify your route in order to avoid too many directions, minimize wrong turns, and, ultimately, maximize progress.

2. Always arrive at your final daily destination while there is still plenty of light to locate a suitable place to make camp for the night. Or, make arrangements ahead of time to secure your sleeping location.

3. Get an early start. The earlier you can start bicycling, the better. During the morning hours, such weather conditions as wind and heat are at their weakest, so you can make superior progress before 11:00 AM.

4. Keep a proper DIET. Your food is your fuel, and you need to make sure you’re getting enough. Remove your dietary restrictions and eat enough to cover the calories you’re expending throughout the day. Make sure you’re getting a proper mix of nutrients, with priority on carbohydrates and proteins. According to Lance Armstrong, I was expending anywhere from 7,000-10,000 calories a day from bike riding. I would have 3 large meals and eat small meals throughout the day. In this way, you won’t find yourself without sufficient energy to complete your mileage.

5. LOCAL KNOWLEDGE is invaluable. Aside from the joy of meeting new folks, people from the communities and regions you bike through will be able to impart knowledge that is generally unobtainable by any other means. Such gems of information include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Best routes to take to the next destination in your journey. Local people will know whether there is road construction going on, whether certain roads have shoulders, the amount of traffic for certain routes, and any possible alternatives that may be available. Things like the Internet and GPS generally doesn’t provide a centralized location for this kind of info.

– Safe and appropriate spots for stealth camping. Instead of having to survey a community you plan to spend a night in, you can instead ask a local you have recently made friends with where he/she thinks could be an acceptable spot. Heck, they may even end up volunteering their own yard for you to make camp in.

– Where the fun is at! Everyone needs to take a load off sometimes, and getting a recommendation on a good bar, beach, or other attraction is the method to use.

– Where the resources are, such as supermarkets, McDonalds, supplies, bike shops, etc.

2 Responses to “Bike Touring Wisdom”
  1. Attila Horvath says:

    Ride yer bike? Git a truck!

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