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Touring question(9 posts)

Touring questiongtscottie
Dec 10, 2003 10:17 AM
My wife and I are planning a tandem tour this summer. It will be about 900kms. We have most the details down. We are pulling a BOB trailer and I was wondering if those that have toured would take a spare tire for the BOB or not.
Any advise on touring would be great.

Tubes Yes - Tires Nobimini
Dec 10, 2003 10:43 AM
I would have two tubes for the bike and two tubes for the BOB but no spare tires. Cut off a 2-3" section of old tire and take it along for an emergency boot to put inside the tire if it gets a cut in it.

In touring - Less is Best. If you don't absolutely need it, don't take it. Don't forget the wonders of Woolite. One bottle equals several changes of clothes. You can really get by with just one change of bike gear and one set of non-biking clothes as long as you have the Woolite and a sink to wash them in.

If you go real mimimal you can pack all your gear in front and rear paniers and leave the BOB at home. But it's tough to leave the "stuff" behind.
just bring alone duct tapecyclopathic
Dec 10, 2003 10:57 AM
BOB has low pressure tire in case of cut it can be easily booted with piece of ducttape. Of cause 1$ bill or power bar wrap would work too, just keep it from sliding while mounting tire back.
Re-emphasize the minimization...Silverback
Dec 10, 2003 11:08 AM
Let me support what bimini said: Be ruthless in your packing. You're not going to be fashion-correct in every setting, but you'll be glad when you're climbing.
If you have the time, interest and money, you might want to look at "travel" clothes that are designed to dry quickly and not need ironing. I wear jeans a lot, but if you wash those in the motel sink, they take two days to dry.
Touring clothes should work on or off the bike.dzrider
Dec 10, 2003 11:28 AM
Sooner or later you'll want to leave your stuff at a camp site or motel and go out to eat and maybe a movie. I ride in t-shirts cause I feel better wearing them off the bike. I choose pants that are more comfy than jeans when I wear them on the bike. Any item of clothing other than bike shorts that don't work well both on and off the bike should be replaced by clothes that do.

I go with at least 3 pair of bike shorts - 1 for today, 1 for tomorrow and 1 drying on the top of the panniers.

Arm warmers and leg warmers are great if you plan to start riding early in the morning.

Get lights if you don't have them. The front light should double as your flashlight without strapping a battery on yourself.
Dec 10, 2003 1:43 PM
A lot of good info...Thanks

Keep it coming
re: throw your clothes away....lyleseven
Dec 10, 2003 11:57 AM
Bimini has some good points. Also, when I tour I take old clothes, especially underwear, and after wearing it once or twice, I throw it out. Same with old cycling shorts and jerseys. At the end of the tour, I end up lighter than when I started. Same goes for Power bars, etc. As for tires, I swear by Panaracer TGs (32s, which are closer to anyone else's 28s) and have never flatter with them or cut the tire. They are very durable and reasonable fast.
re: clothingCurtSD
Dec 10, 2003 2:47 PM
Here's what I did on a credit card tour last summer: Took one set of on-bike clothes and one set of off-bike clothes. For off-bike clothing I got a nylon t-shirt and nylon pants that convert to shorts by zipping off the pant legs. Nylon isn't the most comfortable fabric to wear, but it's light, doesn't take much space when packed, and you can wash it before you go to bed and it'll be dry by morning.
One step further...torquecal
Dec 10, 2003 7:55 PM
If you have your route planned out well, and have a stop or two at a hotel you can usually mail things ahead to yourself. This works with hotels where you've made a reservation. Helps a little if you call prior to departure to tell the hotels you'll be expecting mail when you get there. I've mailed clothing changes and even non-perishable food ahead. It's pretty easy to mail your dirty clothes and/or unneeded items back to home.