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Bicycle Travel => General Discussion => Topic started by: dancingcyclist on August 08, 2010, 12:50:04 am

Title: Help getting started
Post by: dancingcyclist on August 08, 2010, 12:50:04 am
Looking for someone to help with getting started in self touring. Plan on buying a BOB Yak but could use help and company on a few short (2-3 days) trips to work out the bugs.
Have a number of questions and have never done any overnight trips by bike. I'm 58 and laidoff. I ride about 5000 miles a year w/centuries under 6 hrs. BUT this is with no extras on the bike. Live in Skagit Valley, Washington State.
Title: Re: Help getting started
Post by: John Nelson on August 08, 2010, 01:36:34 am
Start by reading many of the excellent articles in the how-to section of this web site.
Title: Re: Help getting started
Post by: tonythomson on August 08, 2010, 05:28:51 am
Hi, as John said read up, plan short overnighter that you will enjoy and in the end just go.  You'll soon learn on a short trip just what suits you. It really is in the end a very easy/simple way to travel (you might not think that with some of my posts  :P) I guess the bike you use isn't set up for touring but with a little bit of jigging around I'm sure you can do some shorter trips without the need to weigh yourself down & if you like it then look for a more suitable bike.

And enjoy - if you are not too far from home and things arn't going ok well, just turn round and start again.  It really is a wonderful life travelling by bike.

If you feel nervous about travelling like this - that's natural but with your sort of mileage I would guess you are more than comfortable on the roads and know how to look after yourself.

Have fun.
Title: Re: Help getting started
Post by: cyclocamping on August 21, 2010, 03:17:48 pm
There is a good ebook for newbies called bike touring basics by ( It is well written by experienced bicycle travelers and the best part it's Free! Also the book from Stephen Lord called cycle-touring handbook - 2nd edition is probably the best guide one out there.
Title: Re: Help getting started
Post by: bktourer1 on August 21, 2010, 04:50:58 pm
check out the sites &
Title: Re: Help getting started
Post by: Tourista829 on August 21, 2010, 06:20:32 pm
I am almost 59 and was laid off and out of work for two years. I finally found work. I called into a local television back to work program and got lucky. I am even able to commute to work. (gym in our complex) There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Although financially strapped, I took advantage of the time off and toured a lot. My advise to you is, plan the best you can, keep the weight as light as possible, and practice changing rear flats, and removing the hardware where the trailer is attached. I have had good tours and great tours, (Everything seems better on a bike) use common sense and go with whatever comes your way. Attitude is very important. I believe the people I have met, along the way and the scenery were what made the hardships worth enduring.