I've been lurking around these parts for a while, but this is the first I've spoken up.
I am just starting to dip my toe into the world of tour cycling and have some questions regarding gear and training.
I'm planning on starting with smaller 1-2 day trips on relatively flat terrain but plan on doing a massive US or European trip within two years. massive, like multiple months long.
I recently read Dervla Murphy's first book, Full Tilt:from Ireland to India by bicycle. I figure if she could cross the entirety of Europe, go through the middle east and into the tallest mountain range in the WOLRD at 30 and alone in 1962, then I can certainly ride my bike from NYC to Philadelphia right? well, hopefully.
anyway, to my questions.
any tips for training for these rides? I've read about the importance of core muscle building so my skeleton and wrists doesnt have to do all the work of holding me up, but with the exception of hill training, everything I've read on here and in books seems like stuff I already do all the time.
I suppose I should tell you about me. I'm probably the cyclist you hate. I'm the 20-something kid riding a track bike through traffic downtown. I lane split, go fast, ignore bike lanes, and yes, I regularly disobey traffic control devices.
I dont say these things to convey toughness or whatever, it's honest. and relevant. being one of those inner-city track bike kids means I alredy ride my bike a LOT. at least 15 miles a day. EVERY day. yes, all of them. I gotta get to work somehow and don't own a car, and on the weekend I go on longer rides just for fun. also - track bikes are fixed gears so that right there is a bunch more excersize in the mix.
still, with all of the riding that I do, I still feel like "the tour is going to train me" on those first days and I'd like to prevent that as much as possible.
so, aside from yoga and hill repeats, what are your suggestions?
second. reading through threads here I saw someone post something along the lines of "the novarra randonee is only 28 pounds!" my daily bike weighs just a hair over 18 pounds and compared to some of my friends' rides, it's a tank. is 28 lbs *actually* considered light for a touring bike?
I'm probably going to go with a custom frame, and I understand touring bikes need to be heavier due to more rack mounts, eyelets, braze-ons, gears, brakes, and longer geometery in general, but 10 whole pounds!? really?!
that's it for the moment. thanks