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Old 02-28-09, 09:59 AM
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First Bike Trip ever! What I should bring and Advice!

So I've never done a long distance road trip before, but I've planned two of them out before! First one got thwarted by work and the second one is this one.

To give you a little background, I have two weeks in Korea (currently in Japan), in which I am giving myself roughly 7-9 days to do apprx 600km (Seoul to Busan). I have little money to spend, so its a real big budget trip and a bit on the 'rough side', so I'm just trying to work with bare necessities with a lil butter on top. The trip, I'm guessing, should be okay, terrain I'm riding seems like flood plains, city roads, and some mountains with low grades. Weather, I hope for the best.

Anyhow, I'm buying a cheap mountain bike of the sorts (road bike too expensive) wearing a tight back pack and this is my rough equipment list...the ones with asterisk are my optional/haven't decided.

Again this is real budget, and can't afford to buy nice things, let alone some seemingly necessary items. I don't have any specialized bike equipment/clothing/whatever, so its really just a 'pick up and do it'.

BIKE

Mtn. Bike that's as close as to as a road bike as possible
Helmet
Lock
Pump
Repair Kit
Patch/tube/wrench
Reflector
Mirror
*Light
Water/holder

Clothe
Under Armour
Shorts
Sun glasses
Cargo Pants
Wind breaker/Jacket
2 Boxers
*Bandana
Shirt
*Polo
*Long sleeve
2 socks
Gloves
*Towell

Tools
Compass
Map (laminated
Light
Cell phone
Note pad w/Contacts
Wallet
Camera w/ wire
Light mini Tripod
Passports
*Duct Tape
Pen and Marker
Translator


Tylenol
Band Aids
Multi-Vitamins
Vitamin C
Health Insurance
Soap/Shampoo
Toothbrush/Tooth Paste
*cold meds
*tensor
*rubbing alcohol
*scratch cream
*anti-diarrhea meds
*Shaving kit

Also, can't afford hotels and or hostels so im going to be "couch surfing" (www.couchsurfing.com) in case you don't know. But I need to look somewhat presentable hence the extra clothing..and there is a distinct possibility I may find myself sleeping outside...so yeah,...c'est la vie!

So, I'm looking for optimism here! I am determined to this, kind of advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 02-28-09, 11:10 AM
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The backpack is not a good idea. Carrying weight on your back for more than a few kilometres will be brutal. Your back will hate you. A decent rear rack isn't expensive and you can get basic panniers fairly inexpensively. If you order from Mountain Equipment Co-op, you can get a decent set of panniers for $59 or $69 (depending on the size) and a rear rack for $15. Those prices are in Canadian dollars. MEC tends to have some of the best prices and their gear is good quality. Mountain Equipment Co-op
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I agree that the backpack will be torture. If you can't afford the panniers, just buy the rack and strap stuff sacks or whatever to it. You'll be MUCH happier!
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Definitely take a light -- for both back and front of the bike -- to be seen more than to see - something like this is cheap, easy to carry. I would also take a replacement tube -- if you do need a repair somewhere it is much easier to replace a tube and fix the one you remove later at your leisure. A bell or other sounding device is required by law where I am and is a good idea as well. Non cotton (poly) clothing is also a good plan -- it wicks away moisture and and is quick dry if you wash it.

Vitamins seem like a non essential.
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For pannier bags you can use some military packs of square shape and pannier-size, the ones that strap onto webbing systems so dont have their own shoulder straps. You can fix them to the rear rack using heavy duty zip-ties and reinforce them with corrugated plastic sheet (For Sale signs). Strongly recomend letting the bike carry the luggage. On my very first bike-hire tour I carried a large day-sack bungied to the rear rack.
I carry a very light daysack for off-bike trips.
Take the lightest lock you feel comfortable with, I leave my everyday kryptonite behind and carry a small cable.
Make sure your repair kit/tool includes a chain tool. Carry a spare chain powerlink, some zipties and a few spare rack/waterbottle bolts. I would opt for 2 spare inner tubes and a piece of tyre boot material but NOT a spare tyre.
Are you expecting rain? On a tight budget, a cheap poncho is probably best.
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Hey thanks for much needed help.

Appreciate the advice
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Again, a very nice summary of what to consider taking on a tour

http://www.adventurecycling.org/features/packing.cfm
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Check out warmshowers.org for cyclists that host
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I've met folks touring using those seat-post clamp on style racks.

Not for me. Simply because I carry "the kitchen sink". But if you can keep your packed weight down one of those might work for you. They are cheap.

The warm-showers folks you stay with might know folks along your route. Can't hurt to ask.
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