Top Touring Tips

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Maggot, 10 Jul 2007.

  1. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    Location:
    East Devon
    Why would you consult the min/max 'pressure marking' when inflating your tyres? The pressure you pump your tyres to is a figure (well two: front and rear differ) which you will 'know', as a sensible rider will check their pressures weekly and over the life of a tyre this information will become completely familiar (and it's not the 'max' shown on the tyre wall).
    It is aesthetic practice to align the maker's logo (on the side of the tyre) with the valve (to make it easier to find quickly - for those weekly pressure checks/top ups).
     

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  2. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I have encountered one tyre (the horrible old Specialized Armadillo) where the "min" pressure was well above my usual pressure and was actually necessary for avoiding pinch flats.

    But if your rim has logos or markings near the valve, or if the spokes either side of the valve are a different colour, don't waste your time faffing with the tyre position IMO.
     
  3. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    Location:
    East Devon
    Most rims' 'maker's logo' are placed opposite the valve holes. From the side and above (ie standing up) the tyre wall is much more visible. What sort of esoteric/exhalted riding community are you inhabiting where riders have different coloured spokes? Is such use (eg Mavic Ksyrium) widespread in Norfolk?
     
  4. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I know people with Bianchis that have such spokes and I've have gazed very deeply upon them, as one often does with Bianchi.
     
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  5. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Veteran

    Location:
    Mars
    Only book places to stay over the weekend. Then during the week (when accommodation usually is not a problem) of your tour you can take advantage of the weather and terrain and your legs to flex how far you ride each day.
     
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  6. Treewisemonkey

    Treewisemonkey Active Member

    Location:
    London
    :hyper:
     
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  7. Ludwig

    Ludwig Hopeless romantic

    Location:
    Lissingdown
    Metal Tent pegs are often very thin, turn around and bend easily and can be quite heavy so take a few wooden square section ones that will hold the guy rope much tighter and make the tent firm firm and tight.
     
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  8. froze

    froze Well-Known Member

    Don't go to bike touring stores or backpacking stores or websites and buy their expensive stuff, you can get just as good of stuff for far less money at either Walmart or Amazon, I got all my gear from Walmart and Amazon and probably saved $1,000 in doing so! And the gear I got has worked great, the only difference is a slight weight penalty of about a pound total which on a bike is easier to deal with then on my back. There is actually YouTube videos that show you this stuff, how to backpack on a budget. Also don't over buy stuff either, a lot of beginners go out and get a bunch of crap in the excitement of it all then figure out on their first backpacking journey they didn't need some of the stuff they got, so it's best to start out with minimal stuff and add to it if necessary as you go. There are also ways to eat cheap too, like buying microwaveable food and simply boiling water and placing a freezer bag with the food in it and put the bag into the water.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqZXNRUHnDU


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wT8OZVTEWk


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mZ187Hkrz8


    Anyway do enough research and you will find a lot of cheap and light ideas.

    First aid kits you should make your own instead of buying a premade ones, read up on what you need and then stuff the supplies into a plastic baggy, also throw in some SuperGlue because it you cut yourself deeply enough to require stitches you could be in trouble if you can't sew and butterfly may not stick if it gets dirty or wet, but if you simply pinch the skin together and apply the glue it will seal it shut fast.
     
  9. avole

    avole Active Member

    Location:
    France
    If you are considering cycling in rural Asia, especially India and South East Asia, get rabies shots. It is endemic to the countries in this region, and often it is the pets who carry the disease. The shots won't prevent the disease, but they give you time to get to a good hospital for treatment.
     
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  10. Conradm

    Conradm Regular

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Regarding tyre labels aligned with the valve - I do it as it makes it slightly easier to locate what caused the puncture from the hole in the tube, if it's still embedded in the tyre.
    Also satisfies the CDO that people around me appear to think I suffer from.
     
  11. Conradm

    Conradm Regular

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Tent pegs. Aluminium ones are cheaper than titanium and lighter and fatter than steel, the extra girth helps em stay in place in damp windy conditions.
     
  12. froze

    froze Well-Known Member

    Buy the bare bones camping gear necessary and spend as little as possible, then go on several practice runs and see if you need to add anything or get something a bit more expensive from what you bought originally.

    I found a $13 stove that had over 3,000 reviews which were all 5 star rated, I tested that stove against my friends much more expensive MSR and mine worked just as well as his. I bought a cheap aluminium lightweight mess kit from Walmart, while it does dent easily you can also undent it easily and it only cost me $8, but I learned from this that I should look at a nonstick set since trying to get something burned off a mess kit while camping is really difficult to do, or I could learn how to cook without burning food!, but I'll still continue to use it. There is quit a bit at Walmart a person can use that would save quite a bit money vs top of the line stuff. But don't go too cheap on racks, panniers and handlebar bags, sleeping bags and mats. Also you can buy food cheap if you avoid camping specific food and get foods in foil bags and pouches that don't require refrigeration, even though they say you have to cook them in a microwave you can cook them either in the foil bag in a pot of boiling water or stir cook it on a pan, and these sort of foods have a LOT less salt then camping specific foods. The odd thing that most people don't realize is that eggs will keep without refrigeration for up to 3 days, and yes you can buy a 4 pack of eggs from the store and keep them in the egg pack and they will arrive unbroken.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu1CMjmSY9I


    There is a ton of food in grocery stores that packs nicely in pack packs, doesn't weigh a lot, doesn't cost a lot, won't go bad.
     
  13. Yes a good idea. I rode into the Bush a few months back. It started to rain so took shelter under a large tree. After an hour or so I decided to get home... no tyre tracks! True story and I don't mind saying I was very scared. I kept my head. Parked my bike and made large circles found my tyre track and moved to there.. repeat 3 hrs and my wife was so worried! So be careful. Thankyou. I'm looking for a Bar mounted compass.
     
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  14. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    I think if you do such rides a GPS WOULD actually be a good idea.
    Or the wife will have you (possibly secretly) tagged.
     
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  15. Yes I'm checking them out. I want a small robust unit. Bush maps of my area Western Australia. One I can use for navigation as well as the map. Been in the Bush all my life. But never travelled like biking... easy to get lost alright. Thanks for the advice.
     
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