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Old 12-11-09, 02:36 AM
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Scrolling Through the Poll

While perusing the polls on crazyguy, I came across this interesting and useful poll result.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum...zKj&poll_id=28
"What do you pack on tour."

Perhaps most of you have seen that stuff long ago, but being new to that site it was neat to find. I have a few questions if anyone would be so kind to respond, as my first tour is yet to happen.

I was surprised to find that 58% of respondents carry a spare tire. In all my heavy commuting and trail riding over the years, I've never had a tire failure (700 x 35c), and simply replace the tires when the tread gets low. What would cause a tire failure? Is it just certain types of tires, e.g. thin tires, that are prone to failure? Or is this a tactic just for when you're in another country where a new tire would be hard to get if needed? Is there a reason I'd want to carry one on US tours?

78% of people carry a flashlight. When in the dark and needing a light, I just use my easily removable headlight, and also happen to carry a spare one of those. Seems like a headlight is also a flashlight once removed from the handlebars. Didn't plan on also carrying a flashlight per se.

I notice only 2% carry a saw, but when backpacking I always tote a collapsible saw. It's awesome for turning a long, fallen tree branch into nice fire-sized chunks or removing said branch from a fallen tree, something that's usually findable even if other campers have depleted grabbable wood in the area. Others may consider it a luxury but that will definitely be in my pannier.

Was surprised only 8% carry a laptop computer, but then again, this poll was done in 2007, and with the recent explosion of those dinky little Netbooks (mini laptops) in 2009, I imagine that number would be higher today if polled again. Will definitely have one of those.

14% carry a weather radio. I use a weather program called GRLevelX to track weather systems and am familiar with the convective outlooks from NOAA (e.g. https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook ) to anticipate systems in advance, so in other words a Netbook supplants the weather radio in large part, at least for my needs.

2% carry a water faucet handle?? What in the world's that for?

10% carry a camp stool/chair. I was planning on the Therm-a-Rest chair (turns your sleeping pad into a chair of sorts) but if anyone has other preferences on some other form of stool/chair that would be nice to know.

Anyway, that was a neat poll for a newbie to look at, so there it is if anyone else benefits from seeing it.
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Old 12-11-09, 08:29 AM
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Spare tire - Any tire can get cut or blow out through the sidewall. Or the tread can suddenly delaminate. At a minimum bring a tire boot; whether to also bring a spare tire is debateable. I chose to bring one because I don't start a tour with new tires and I expect to wear out the rear while on tour.

Flashlight - I think most people include detachable headlights when they think "flashlight". Better yet is a forehead-mounted lamp - a "flashlight" or "headlight" by yet other names.

Saw - firewood collection is discouraged at most formal campsites. Still, a collapsible saw would be debatably useful survival gear. Maybe as an element of a camping multitool.

Laptop - some people want to get away from the computer

Weather radio - having some means to get informed about the weather is useful. I just look up at the sky. Yep, looks like snow. Better stop at the next likely campsite.

Water faucet handle - to liberate water from spigots whose owner doesn't want you to have any. A very small crescent wrench works too and is far more useful.

Camp stool/chair - Very nice to have when there's no picnic table to sit at or if you want to read in your tent. I also have a Therm-a-Rest chair, but since I would only use it a couple of times on a two month tour I now leave it at home. An Alite Monarch chair is more comfortable and packs better.

BTW, an ultralite cycle tourist would pack none of this stuff. Well maybe a mini-pen light.
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For me, carrying a spare tire is dependent on the where you are riding. I had a sidewall let go on a newish tire 60kms from the nearest town in Southern BC.
I'm sure I could have MacGivered up something using oatmeal, a piece of string and a flattened Bud can.
Are you good at improvising ?
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Spare Tire - almost always carry one on any long ride or tour. I have had a tire "fail" on me on a few occasions. Hitting a rock and ending up with a large hole in the tire is the most common cause of tire failure. Other times it is just easier and faster to throw a new tire and tube on rather than trying to figure out why the old tube flatted.

Flashlight - don't carry one. I use my helmet light instead.

Saw - have never, ever found a need for a saw on any of the rides I've done. Of course, I don't think I've ever had a fire when I've camped on a cycling tour either. I don't like the idea of building a fire just anywhere, and in an official campground they would have wood for sale, and prefer you to use that wood rather than destroying the trees in the area.

Laptop - I've never carried a laptop on a tour ... and don't really see the need. If you need to contact someone via the internet, there are usually computers at campgrounds or in libraries.

Radio - I think I have carried a radio on occasion, but have rarely used it. But I definitely don't use anything weather specific ... I've never found a completely reliable weather service anywhere. I just trust my own instincts and what I see around me for that one.

Faucet Handle - never carried one, no idea why a person would, although Cyclesafe's reason is probably it.

Seat - I did carry a Thermarest Chair on one tour, but never used it.
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Originally Posted by Cyclesafe
At a minimum bring a tire boot; whether to also bring a spare tire is debateable.
Thanks cyclesafe! Never heard of a tire boot before. Just Googled it up... great idea.

Better yet is a forehead-mounted lamp - a "flashlight" or "headlight" by yet other names.
I do have one of those, a separate item. Never did like to use it (puts a dent in my forehead). Although I don't recommend it, I often like using the bicycle headlamp as a bite-light... i.e., holding it in the mouth. I glued some rubber to it to protect the teeth. If you use it too long like that, though, you get a lot of drool falling out your mouth. Maybe I'll also add a piece of Velcro or something to also use it as a headlamp (which is safer... you don't want to get whacked in the flashlight when holding it in your mouth) (but my Mom forgot to tell me never to hold things in mouth)

Re the weather program I mentioned... I'm sort of a severe weather enthusiast so I just like watching the thunderstorms etc. rolling around the nation.

Water faucet handle - to liberate water from spigots whose owner doesn't want you to have any. A very small crescent wrench works too and is far more useful.
Ah so!

I also have a Therm-a-Rest chair, but since I would only use it a couple of times on a two month tour I now leave it at home. An Alite Monarch chair is more comfortable and packs better.
Interesting. I was skeptical of how relaxing the thermarest thing would actually be. Will look into that other alternative. Guess I'll never know for sure until I start lounging around. Never carried a campchair except when canoe camping (lets you carry more stuff) but never felt the need for a chair while backpacking.

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Originally Posted by Machka
Spare Tire - almost always carry one on any long ride or tour.
I guess I can find room for one of those foldable bead things.

Saw - have never, ever found a need for a saw on any of the rides I've done.
A foldable saw is one of those things that is so useful while backpacking, but nobody else thinks to bring one. They're lightweight and pack small. There's no destroying of live trees... what I meant is when you walk into the brush to find wood, and find a deadfall that's too big to drag back, you can simply remove the appropriate branch and piece it up... while others struggle to find sticks that are too small or logs that are too big. In this area (WA, ID, MT) depending where you go, fires are allowed and wood is plentiful, unless others have camped there and got the easy stuff.

I did carry a Thermarest Chair on one tour, but never used it.
Another vote for no Thermarst.
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