Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: seacoast New Hampshire
Bikes: Raleigh Touring 18, Bridgestone MB-4 singlespeed, dumpstered Bridgestone Kabuki(?) singlespeed
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I spent about an hour or so talking to the guy in one of the LBS' today about touring and bike mech. Decided not to fiddle with my bike because as the guy said, "What's most important is just getting out there and riding." Better to have my bike ready for leaving in a week or so than have to be figuring out how to put it back together and being stuck at home. I've been getting pretty obsessive with handlebars, saddles, camping equip. For example, I've spent pretty much all of today researching camping hammocks versus sleeping pads. Argh! But I like it in a sick way...
As for my touring type...I'm going to be doing it unsupported. And "stealth camping" (which I discovered today has an actual name.) Also plan to be spending minimal money - dumpstering, eating wild foods, ect. Basically just being homeless on my bike visiting people and places for an indeterminate amount of time (jobs=yeck).
I'd planned on just getting a decent sleeping pad and bringing my 0-degree bag and a tarp with me, but now there's these Hennessy Hammocks and they're just so dang cool! Unfortunately, a bit pricey and complicated once I factor in all the stuff I'd need to keep warm/set-it up. I'm not that confident about using something that is going to make me cold in my 0 degree bag when it's 40-50 out! Of course, I'm just figuring that from the hours of reading I've done on it. I actually don't know how they'd effect me...so if someone has experience to the contrary, speak up!
But yeah...been looking at sleeping pads. I'm a pretty finicky sleeper. I spent some time in North Carolina a little while ago, and while it was nice being warm and all that (I just finished a year outside in the woods of Wisconsin) my foam sleeping mat was a piece of crap. My legs were so bad I had trouble walking after a few days. Anybody know of sleeping pads that are good for side-sleepers? I guess I'll post this in touring too.