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Old 05-19-07, 04:21 PM   #1
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My first bike tour this summer

So I'm finally going to get the chance to use that Cannondale T2000 that I bought last summer! My plan is to start in Lisbon, Portgual, and finish up in Vienna, Austria. I have about 5 weeks to do it, so I'm hoping I'll be ok for time. Because money is tight I'm going to camp for most of it. I've ordered a Big Agnes Seedhouse Sl1, which I'm hoping will do the trick.

Anyway, because this is my first cycle tour, I was hoping I could ask your advice on a few things. I'd be really grateful if you could help with any of the following:

1. Bike security - when you're camping what do you do with your bike to make sure noone steals it in the night?

2. Food. I'm hoping to travel as lightly as I can, and if possible I'd like to avoid carrying around a load of cooking gear. As a matter of practicality, is it possible just to buy your food and get away without actually having to cook anything?

4. How often should you take a day off to rest? I don't have any experience of multi day tours, but I want to make sure I don't over exercise, which could lead to fatigue or injury. I'm reasonably fit, and am hoping to do 60-80 miles a day.

I know these probably sound like daft questions, but I don't have any experience yet and don't want to run into any problems that could have easily been avoided!

Thanks for any help you can give.

Steve.
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  1. Lock and a noisemaker
  2. Freeze dried and go light unless you are going to be in a very remote area
  3. Ride as you feel like....it's not a race. It's about the ride, not how fast you get there.
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  1. Lock and a noisemaker
  2. Freeze dried and go light unless you are going to be in a very remote area
  3. Ride as you feel like....it's not a race. It's about the ride, not how fast you get there.
I should clarify here. I go with 1-2 days if I want to stay out of the restaurants or convenience stores, unless I'm going to be remote touring. Then I carry more according to access (I hate running out of food or water!)
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Cheers for the advice. That's helpful. Do you have any recommendations for a lock/noisemaker? I don't think I've seen those before.
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2. Food. I'm hoping to travel as lightly as I can, and if possible I'd like to avoid carrying around a load of cooking gear. As a matter of practicality, is it possible just to buy your food and get away without actually having to cook anything?
Sampling local and regional cuisines is part of the fun of travelling, especially in southern Europe.
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