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Old 09-26-03, 09:25 PM   #1
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touring Checklist

I once read a book called "Freewheelin'" It totally opened my eyes to a new style of travel. Ever since I have wanted to take the same route and tour across the US. I was wondering if someone could create a checklist for me so that I don't leave anything out that may be important. Thanks in advance, oh, I also plan to do this over a period of 1.5 months, or 50 days. Thanks
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Just a couple of questions. What type of accommodation do you intend to use? Will you be camping, staying at motels? What sort of budget are you planning on? Do you intend eating in restaurants or cooking your own meals? I'm just trying to get some clarification on some of the issues that may affect which things you'll need to take with you.
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it also depends on where you are. i can be a hundred + miles from a bike shop here in new mexico. i take along an extra brake & extra shifter cable. 2 sets of brake pads (3 now since 1 is about to go). extra quick release for my bob trailer. emergency spoke.

someone mentioned hose clamps for emergency repairs on this site at one point. a dollar bill, or something usable as a "boot" for your tire.

since i travel with a bob, i bring a stand-up pump with a pressure gauge on it, as well as a hand pump for in the city riding, if i take the bob off.

along with the questions nugget asked,
where will you be travelling? the above stuff are things i take along, but i camp everywhere, and try to be completely self reliant..barring some extreme emergency.

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Old 09-27-03, 10:43 AM   #4
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I would like to add:

Duct tape
Extra screws, nuts and washers
Fabric glue to fix tent and clothing
First Aid kit and know how to use it!
Multi purpose biodegradable soap
Sewing kit
Sharp knife
Spare tire
Spare tubes
Swiss Army type of knife w/ can & wine opener
Water containers
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Originally posted by Gordon P
I would like to add:

First Aid kit and know how to use it!
I second that, especially if you will be away from cities and close medical care.

Wilderness Medical Associates offers several levels of courses. They have courses all around the US and some international courses. They are worth the time and money. I took their WFR course and it teaches you a lot, with a special focus on dealing with medical emergencies in the field away from definitive medical care. I hope to take their WEMT course soon.
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I have just returned from a tour in Europe and highly recommend either a spare chain or links and a good chain tool. I broke my 700km old shimano chain probably in the worst spot and without the ability to repair it myself it would have been a real bastard. I had to remove three links as they were twisted but the repair lasted the remaining 730kms of the trip.

Also I broke three spokes so carry plenty of them too and lost a pannier bolt but had spares. (should have used lock-tite) I had a tyre liner in the wheels and had no punctures. I also carry pliers in the toolkit and some strong wire...only a foot or two. It can come in handy for all sorts of repairs...broken weld on the rack or something.

I highly recommend using two of the metal brackets you use to connect your rear rack to the bike. My panniers weighed 26kg's with water and they get thrown about a bit when riding uphill. Before the trip I had just the one bracket and it broke.

If you have to fly to the starting point in your tour I recommend taking some anti-biotics and medication to treat a sore throat (ie start of a cold or flu) I sat next to a guy on my flight to Europe who was really sick and of course I got it and spent the first 18 days of my 'tour' in bed. If I had the stuff you gargle at the first sign of a sore throat on me it may have stopped the bug there and then. (or those lozenges...they have worked for me before but you have to get it early) That flu resulted in me dropping half my tour and going home early...

Also, I took a 'dog dazer' which came in handy...I would have used it four or five times and it seems to work ok.

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