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I want to take a bicycle tour. I never tried for it. I feel fear inside for a long tour on bicycle. I want to contact a person who could guide me for this adventure travel.

Offline tonythomson

Hi just keep posting your questions on this forum, many experienced cyclists with all the info you will ever need.  Better still look at the numerous posts under any of the topics you need advice about, it's nearly all here.

In the end just go for it, my first trip just bought a basic bike and sorted out my mistakes along the way, that was 30 years ago UK to Singapore - not much info about then.

You know what after several long haul trips I'm still getting great info - you've got it from this forum.
Just starting to record my trips

Offline JHamelman

Also, be sure to check out our How To pages. There is a lot of information to be found there.


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Offline paddleboy17

I would take a backpacking class.  There is a lot of crossover in the technology.  Check out your local community college or look for an adventure club.

Offline Westinghouse

There are plenty of books on the subject of bicycle touring. I have cycled 34,000 miles through 19 countries. I have a general knowledge of what happens on solo tours with mostly stealth camping. I am not much on the new technology because I have not kept up on the reading on that subject.
I should be able to give you some helpful information, or it might be too general to be useful. If you have a specific question about something related to touring in general, I might be knowledgeable enough to give you a relevant useful bit of information. As long as you know how to pack light and carry clothing and gear appropriate to the weather, you should be all right.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2009, 04:36:45 pm by Westinghouse »

Offline JayH

paddleboy17 has it down.. If you are already a backpacker, you just have to adapt all that knowledge with bicycle touring, knowing how to keep down bags dry, how to buy/use a backpacking stove, etc..  So if you can't find anything specific to bike touring, maybe try a local REI or whatever is a nice outdoorsy store in your area and look at the myriad of gear and ask..

And here is always a good place!


Offline johnsondasw

In 1980, 3 friends and I decided to go on a bike tour, went out and bought some panniers, and left the next day for a 6 day 450 mile loop ride.  We were backpackers, so we had that basic equipment, but we used highway maps and commando camped every night, never paying for camping.   We climbed three big passes, two in one day, and had pouring rain, hail, and very hot weather.  We had no how-to books and regular 10 speed bikes--Nishike, Motobecane, Pugeot--bikes that cost about $100 at the time and lasted us for about 20 years!  We had a great time and loved every moment of it, except for the moments we hated.  I'm the only one still at it.  One died about 10 years ago and the other two got out of shape and haven't toured on years.

In 1973, I took my first "tour", though.  It was a "kinda" tour; a friend and I rode 50 miles to another friend's house, spent the night, and rode home the next day.  I'm not sure that really counts.

In the early 1940s, my mom and some college girlfriends toured for several days through parts of Western Washington.  They had some adventures,  including a broken frame they got some guy in a shop to weld back together.

So, I'd gather my stuff and take off.  That's the best way to learn.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline JimF

Besides the excellent advice you get here, take a look at . Lots of good info on equipment, maintenance, food, et al. You can also tour vicariously with bike tourists from all over the globe. Good journeys.