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Do CC tourers ride with a fall back plan?

Old 03-09-14, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by RollCNY
Honestly, you just summed up my initial plan. Spare spokes, tire, tubes, patch kit, pump, spoke wrench, chain tool, spare chain, Allen wrenches, two head lights, three blinkeys, spare batteries, reflective vest, rain gear, thermals, cold weather hat, gloves, and socks, pocket rocket stove, pot, and fuel, street and sun glasses, phone (non smart), tablet, and camera. And on the road food.
You don't need a spare chain. Make sure you have a decent chain before you leave. Bring a few spare chain pins or a spare master link or two. If you removed any links when fitting the chain to your bike, you can bring them along but they're not strictly necessary. If worse comes to worst: remove damaged links from the chain, splice everything back together with your spare pins/links, and avoid using the largest chainring and cassette cogs at the same time.

Spare spokes are only useful if you're also carrying a tool to remove the cassette, since you're most likely to break a drive-side rear spoke. You might consider taking a Fiberfix spoke. Even better: build wheels that aren't going to be a problem if you break a spoke or two.

Two headlights and three blinkeys seems like overkill, unless you're riding off-road. I was able to get by with a 1 or 2W headlight, Petzl LED headlamp, one super-bright blinkey, and a reflective vest. This setup wouldn't do for high-speed downhill runs, but it was adequate for riding at a modest pace on Highway 1.
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Thanks for the detail, and I have factored for much of that:

Bike is a single speed. I have no spare links for the current chain, and the spare chain is a fairly new 9 speed I have available, but prefer not to use. I'll sacrifice it if needed, but if not needed it goes back in circulation. I do not like to piece together multiple pieces on the SS, and I can't run it short.

I am building the wheels with my LBS, so I will have spare spokes, and the high flanged track hub should clear my freewheels. It will absolutely clear my small cog, have to see on larger. If it doesn't, I will bring my freewheel tool.

And the lights are overkill, but I expect to have to ride after dark potentially to make destination goals, especially if I lack contingency gear.
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I would plan modest mileage and not bring any extra gear. If I get into town early I would just relax or do a little sight seeing.
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that's a good backup .. more money for lodging and food and stuff that breaks .

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Remember the video of that French long distance rider/tourer that was on here a little while back? That fellow took some warm clothes and that was it. He slept out every night. If it rained, he slept under an overhang or some such place. He bought a paper in the last town he went through and used that to sleep on. No bag, no nuthin'. He didn't even have a flashlight. Didn't want to attract interest. I've bivied out in the mountains with nothing but a rain jacket. If it doesn't rain, it's not too bad. Those little 6 oz. bivy bags work, too. They don't breathe, so you get a little damp, but not too bad. Much better than a space blanket. Really all you need.
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You've mentioned "credit card" and "campground" in the same breath. I think most people link "credit card" and "hotel" (or cabin or motel or hostel or B&B).

Are your campgrounds like many Australian ones where they have cabins? If not ... what do you plan to sleep in/on if you do get to a campground?
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Machka, the only reason I am mentioning campgrounds is to say that taking full camping gear and camping at campgrounds is NOT an option. All of the public campgrounds will be closed. My goal is to stay in a hotel/motel every night. But the question is, even though I don't intend to camp, should I have a plan to emergency camp in the event that I cannot find lodging?

Sorry if that was confusing. I own light weight ish camping gear, but didn't want to haul gear I didn't intend to use.
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Originally Posted by RollCNY
Machka, the only reason I am mentioning campgrounds is to say that taking full camping gear and camping at campgrounds is NOT an option. All of the public campgrounds will be closed. My goal is to stay in a hotel/motel every night. But the question is, even though I don't intend to camp, should I have a plan to emergency camp in the event that I cannot find lodging?

Sorry if that was confusing. I own light weight ish camping gear, but didn't want to haul gear I didn't intend to use.
Do you have the option of hotels/motels/B&Bs etc. about every 50-70 km?
Will you be able to arrive at the hotels/motels/B&Bs etc. by 4 pm each night?

If "yes", then I wouldn't worry too much about it.


Will it be a long weekend?
Are there any other events on that weekend (festivals, sports events, etc.)?

If "yes", then you might want to book ahead and/or bring back-up.

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