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What I've learned pre-tour (my "light bulb" moment)

Old 06-18-11, 07:46 PM
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Light bulb moments:

I can go at my own pace no matter what that pace is. It is my tour, not yours. (I've taken almost 50 days to cover 900 miles so far.)

Realizing Rule #1 for distance.... If someone gives you a distance, multiply by 5 (i.e., it's only one mile down the road means it is really five miles).

Realizing Rule #2 for distance... If someone gives you a time, multiply by a factor of 4 to 15 (i.e., its only 10 minutes down the road means anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 1/2 hours depending on terrain and roads).

Finding out bicyclists really ARE a different kind of 'social' animal: If I see another cyclist stopped, I stop to see if everything is okay and chat. If I'm stopped, other cyclists stop to make sure I'm okay and chat. Only time 4-wheelers stop is if a cyclist is at the wheel. Or her son JUST did a school paper on recumbent bikes and she just HAS to get a picture for him.

Never pass up the opportunity to use the restroom or port-a-john. Anther one may not present itself for hours (another day if it has running water longer if actually CLEAN).

Anything cotton SUCKS!
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Old 06-19-11, 06:36 PM
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cotton sucks... I like that, well, sometimes I like a pair of cotton boxers to sit around in in the evenings or sleep in.

as for don't pass a port-a-john... I say, always carry toilet paper... "12 hour stomach bugs" have a habit of sneaking up on you on the road.

never pass an opportunity to fill your water bottles... that's a good one.
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Old 06-19-11, 06:37 PM
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another favorite

**The best touring bike is the one you already own.**
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Originally Posted by kuan View Post

A kickstand is the first accessory that should go on your touring rig.

Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post

I don't use a kickstand. I have XXL bikes and they're too top heavy; they always fall over. I have to find something to lean them up against.
If you must: I think Click Stand is a very simple one-up concept on the traditional kickstand.
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Originally Posted by mmeiser View Post
I say, always carry toilet paper.
I don't carry TP. Too single purpose. I do carry a small packet of baby wipes. You can clean the seat and your rear. Good for chain grease or after having to do a repair on the bike.
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Old 06-22-11, 01:04 AM
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Originally Posted by charly17201 View Post
I don't carry TP. Too single purpose. I do carry a small packet of baby wipes. You can clean the seat and your rear. Good for chain grease or after having to do a repair on the bike.
Baby wipes don't go too well with septic systems as you would find in campgrounds. The paper won't degrade as ordinary toilet paper will (obviously the wipes paper is more resistant to moisture by their very intended use).

I suggest you avoid using wipes for anything other than wipe downs of arm pits and groin. That way, it can go in normal garbage without being offensive.

If you want double the service from butt wipers, use fascial tissues. They come in small packets of various sizes, can be divided up into ziploc plastic bags for moisture-proofing, and can be used not only for toilet duty, but for wiping hands of grease, blowing the nose, wiping dishes after a meal, and ear plugs, among others...
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