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To answer your original question about training, here is my 2 cents: training on a stationary bike at a gym can offer great benefits if you are willing to do it right. It has to be intense enough. Spinning classes during the winter months for 60 minutes can be extremely beneficial. I have used this method for the past 2 years and I have condensed my training time. I have completed 500 mile week long rides in March for the past few years by riding outside once a week and then training on a spinning bike for a total of 6 hours inside on the other days (1 hour per day). I wear a heart monitor and go hard every other day. The schedule you listed looks ok to me. Have fun.Spinning worked for you but you were an experienced rider before you did it. The OP is pretty much brand new at this and needs all the road experience he can get along with the required conditioning. The gym is not the place to get it.
OK, that was a bit of an exaggeration but I'm sure you weren't several days from lots of places with coffee and at least a microwave available.These days, most grocery stores have hot food sections and Starbucks is on every street corner so hot meals and coffee are easy to find.I guess it depends on where you tour, but I have fairly often gone several days without seeing either a Starbucks or a grocery with a hot food section and I have only toured in the US.
I'm 5'10''. It says I should be between 58-60''. Is that once inch a problem?I assume you mean it says you should be between a 58-60 cm frame size. No, in fact a 60 cm frame would probably be significantly too large and a 58 cm marginal. At your height the 57 cm you showed should be about ideal.
I did the TA and NT without a stove. I didn't miss it but I did enjoy occasional meals provided by a fellow cyclotourist with a stove. I do not believe a stove is necessary to eat either economically or healthily.+1 One of the benefits of bicycle touring is that grocery and convenience stores and restaurants are never that far away so carrying more than a small amount of food isn't necessary. These days, most grocery stores have hot food sections and Starbucks is on every street corner so hot meals and coffee are easy to find.
The bike looks fine to me. Young people's bodies are more forgiving than those of us over 50.Perhaps but if he's 5'2" or 6'2" the bike just won't work. No one's body is that forgiving. It's important that the frame size be fairly close to correct.
No gym. Got it.Is the gearing low enough? What's the cassette and chainring range? You are going to need LOW gears at some point and the bike better have them.
First I need a bike. How about this?
(used) 2008 Jamis Aurora.
Frame Size: 57cm
Wheel Size: 700c
Shop owner said its never been on a long tour.
Is this an adequate bike to use for a 30,000 mile tour? Even if yes, what concerns should I have?
Thanks guys! This is beyond helpful.
Get out of the gym ASAP. Get on the road now. Riding indoors is not the same.+100. You not only need physical conditioning, you need saddle time to get used to the bike itself. Get those 20 mile days on the road, not in the gym.
You have to shave? On my first tour, I sent my plastic disposable razor home because it wasn't worth the 16 grams. On subsequent tours, I stop shaving a few weeks before the tour starts.I'll bet the resulting beard weighed more than 16 grams!
Coleman Feather 442 Alcohol stoves Gasification, forced-air, woodburning stoves. They're on youtube.Gasoline (Petrol) stoves can be refuled at any service station. "Coleman Fuel" is a cleaner version of the same thing and available in most outdoor and even big-box stores but only in gallon containers.
The Salsa bike will make a fine touring bike for heavy loaded touring. And lightly loaded touring too. Pretty much identical to the Surly Long Haul Trucker, Trek 520, REI Novara Randonnee. All are 9 speed I think. Triple crankset. Bar end shifters. Steel frame and fork. All will work fine.And, these all have such similar geometry and dimensions that choosing one over the other depends more on availability, cost, dealer convenience and color preference that any minor "fitting" differences and those can be dialed out with minor stem an saddle changes.