From self-sufficient adventurers crossing African deserts, to middle aged couples touring New England with little more than a credit card; whether powering through states in a day, or meandering through a county for weeks, cycle-touring is a fantastic way to see new places. You can travel relatively fast and cheaply. You are unthreatening yet not worth mugging. You get dirty and tired so people tend to take pity on you and you get kick-ass legs too! Here are some rules of thumb I've learnt the hard way:
Below is a list of trips i've done so far. Most of these tours where
done with my fine chromoly steed, the Millennium
Falcon though there are a few in there that i did with Dreadnought. By 2016 the MilF's frame was cracking so i bought a Disk Trucker that had only crossed one continent. Since I'd already biked half way around the world on my previous bikes, I called this one the Other Half. Here's a packing list for long tours, and a hall of fame. Lastly, i've made a list
of best practices for getting your kid biking from a young
- Never trust a driver's directions.
- Drivers get worse near cities.
- An hour's drive is roughly a day's ride.
- Always carry at least one spare inner tube.
- Listen to your body, lest you end up in the emergency ward.
- Listen to your bike, lest it end up in a repair shop.
- < 500 km
- > 500 km
- > 1000 km
Pedaling in Germany. --photo by Benjamin Heumann