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    tips for people doing a supported tour?

    we have a thread for "things you wish you knew before you toured" so I thought why not have a thread about things you wish you knew before you did a SUPPORTED tour.

    such as things to not worry about etc.

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    You can carry a lawn chair?
    Dead last finish is better than did not finish and infinitely better than did not start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    You can carry a lawn chair?

    Yes, if you use one of these for your touring rig.

    http://www.bacchettabikes.com/b-giro26.htm

    Can't help it, I just bought a Strada for my new go fast bike, and am loving it. My cruise speed on the LHT and Paramount is around 19-20, on the Bacchetta, same effort gets 23-25. They have tabs for underneat seat rack mounts, and Arkel makes panniers to fit. You can also put a 26" rack on the back, and the Giro 26 uses the widely available MTB tires, and has disc brake tabs for those so inclined. The kicker is you can find them onsale for 1200 or so, which is about the same as a 520. So, yes you can carry a lawn chair.

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    Bring a cooler loaded with dry ice, just to keep your favorite ice cream frozen.

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    I have done several supported tours, some long mileage days / camping and at least one leisure, short mileage / motel type. In both cases a whole bunch of very colorful looking aliens decent on some or many little towns in the middle of some beautiful part of the country. All the riders stay in their alien pods and move in mass. So I suggest the following;

    1. Leave the loud crazy jerseys at home and wear as close to normal cloths as possible. You will have a better chance of meeting the locals.
    2. Get a good set of maps for your route so that (If the daily mileage is short) you can explore off route and away from the alien pods. Leave early and arrive late so that you can explore as much as possible.
    3. Yes a lawn chair (folding chair) for the camping types even if they don't allow it.
    4. Folding cooler and backpack for beer and or ice cream runs at camp, this will make you very popular.
    5. Ahh a supported tour, bring comfortable COTTON cloths and towels.
    6. A big tent, why not someone else will be carrying it.
    7. Use a single large duffel bag with backpack type straps for luggage, daily you have to move your bike and luggage at the same time, so you need your hands free for your bike.

    That's all I can think of for now.

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