So I am starting to notice that the main barrier for myself with long distance cycling, is my total lack of mechanical knowledge of bikes. Which can be a very major part of doing long distance rides in the middle of nowhere. Especially if something were to go wrong.
When i say, lack of mechanical knowledge, I mean a total lack of figuring out mechanical thing's period. I do make up for this deficit by meticulous maintenance of my bike at two LBS. I do not buy tools, which creates a barrier for more thing's than my bike But it also provides me with more time to cycle on the weekends, when I notice my friends using their tools One friend of mine finally figured it was easier, faster, and more efficient to just do the project for me, than try and explain it to me.
I started riding bikes in 2005, I remember my great 6 mile rides, and have progressed since to the goal of a 200k this year. Now in that time, and with two bikes; I have had one broken spoke, broken chain ring, and a broken derailleur during the ride. So of the major mechanical issues on the road, I think only one could of been planned for. Which I guess is one incident every two years, knocks on wood.
Now most of my longer distance rides have been in organized events, rather than solo, so an option other than my self could be easily available. The longest I have done solo is 65 miles, with no options available for assistance. Which is half of where I want to be. So now I am trying to gauge what the least amount of mechanical knowledge a person should have on long distance rides is. Especially at night, regardless of weather, in the middle of nowhere.
What's your comfort level?