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Old 08-03-13, 05:41 PM
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bike touring advise please

Hi all,
I am wanting to do a bike tour from Vancouver B.C to St.Johns. my questions are,
Ant tips or tricks you would like to share
Where can I get good bike maps ( I have been looking for maps that have routes already on them)
What stove do you find helpful
Have you any advise on taking a dog
What bikes work best including brakes, seat etc
any one had experience with hot showers community
I am female and going by myself any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
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Old 08-03-13, 07:19 PM
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OK first off you sit in a saddle not a seat unless you have a bike like a recumbent. The best saddle is the one that works for you. Forget all the theories on sit bones unless that works for you. his topic Thas been discussed many, many times. Search this forum for some idea but in the end (no pun intended ) the decision is yours.

And it is called warmshowers not hot showers. It is an excellent organization and I have always had good experiences being a host and a guest. Do your host a favor and give at least a few days notice. In fact be sure to read their profile carefully to see what their requirements are. You might also get a feel for if you want to stay there or not.


There is a tips and tricks at the top of this forum, check it out.

Before taking on a long adventure, do an overnight or a couple of weekends. If you don't currently have a bicycle then it is going to take a little while to get used to a new one anyway.

Leave your dog at home.
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Hot showers... Warm Showers, Golden Showers, Oh, er oops, sorry, Warm showers it is... A very good way to get local hospitality and a place to stay, I too am a member... Tourist info in basically every town is a good place to get info on routes, and yea leave the dog behind... As for the rest, time and experience will tell you what you need real quick, it can be different for everybody... EDIT; Oh damn, the wife just suggested a cold shower...

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Originally Posted by newridenewme
Hi all,
I am wanting to do a bike tour from Vancouver B.C to St.Johns. my questions are,
Ant tips or tricks you would like to share
Where can I get good bike maps ( I have been looking for maps that have routes already on them)
What stove do you find helpful
Have you any advise on taking a dog
What bikes work best including brakes, seat etc
any one had experience with hot showers community
I am female and going by myself any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.

Tips and Tricks: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ips-and-Tricks

Bicycle Maps/Routes: not much in Canada. Alberta used to have a bicycle map, but I don't think they do anymore. Just get road maps from CAA or your local tourist info centres, and stay off the TransCanada in BC and Manitoba.

Stove: Trangia

Dog: no

Type of bicycle: Touring

Saddle: for me ... Brooks, but you'll have to experiment and find out for yourself what works

Warmshowers: The name is not "hot showers" it's Warmshowers. Look it up.


And as for ... "I am female and going by myself any suggestions would greatly be appreciated":
-- find a comfortable touring bicycle that is your size and set up for you,
-- find a comfortable saddle,
-- find gear you can work with (i.e. panniers you can carry)
-- ride lots
-- get to know your bicycle
-- take a bicycle mechanics class or two
-- take a self-defence class or two
-- ride lots in varied terrain and weather so you know what to bring to deal with varied terrain and weather
-- ride lots with your bicycle loaded up with all your gear so you know how your bicycle handles
-- join your local cycletouring club and ride with them
-- get tips from your local cycletouring club
-- meet people in the cycletouring club who might be interested in riding part of your trip with you
-- investigate other cycletouring clubs across Canada to see if they might be doing rides when you're passing through ... maybe you can ride with them, meet people in those clubs, maybe some of those people might ride part of your trip with you ...
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Coming through northern Ontario I'd be really careful on highway 17 as you get close to Sault Ste. Marie the traffic gets busy and there aren't shoulders in a lot of places. At the town of Massey you can pick up Lee Valley Road and then head down highway 6 to Manitoulin Island and come down the Bruce peninsula to head east from there instead of going through North Bay like a lot of folks seem to do. I think the Niagara Escarpment is a nice break from the Canadian shield and the cycling conditions are much friendlier once you get off highway 17 and if you wanted to explore southern Ontario it's much easier to do so from that point rather than going via Sudbury and highway 69. Lemme know if you want an actual map, I've cycled the exact route I'm talking about.
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I have a friend who toured/lived from his bike for years and used a Burley type kids trailer modified for his rather large Samoyed dog and limited gear. He is a very live in the moment kind of guy though.
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thanks all for your suggestions. sorry for the hot showers mix up lol. i am going to look at the treck 520 today. am signedup for a bike sense and basic bike maintance course hoping they will help. i do need to take my dog since no one can take care of her. i am selling my electric bike and will be getting a touring bike to ride to work instead. i cant believe there are no bike maps across canada there seems to be lots for the USA. oh well
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