Top Touring Tips

Most of the tips have been covered, but for evening clothes, roll them up tight rather than fold them, they will stay without creases.
Carry a chain extractor and crank extractor and a small shifting spanner. Leave your cables long rather than cutting them short, wind them into a loop and if they snap (which has happened to me) you can tie them at the break, this will give you most of the gears untill you can find a bike shop.
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TheDoctor

Resistance is futile!
Moderator
Location
Stevenage
Always try the local produce. This works well in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace, the Rhone valley and many other scenic areas.
I like to try as much of it as possible.:biggrin:
This can make for a somewhat slow start the following day.:biggrin:
 

PBancroft

Senior Member
Location
Winchester
TheDoctor said:
Always try the local produce. This works well in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace, the Rhone valley and many other scenic areas.
I like to try as much of it as possible.:evil:
This can make for a somewhat slow start the following day.;)
Actually, I would argue that this is a good idea regardless of where you are or what you are doing. Ignoring alcohol (just for a second) local meat, fruit, veg, general foodstuff, entertainment etc., is worth SO much more than just spending your time doing something you could do anywhere else in the world.

And back to the booze, when I go somewhere new, I like to try the local ale. Usually very yum.
 

rickangus

Über Member
Location
west sussex
Of all people my mother-in-law once said something sensible - that woollen garments will squash down into a smaller space when packing than cotton ones of a similar size.

Don't know how useful that is for this forum but I think there's an element of truth in it - and you probably have no idea how difficult it is to say something positive about that old bag.
 

rich p

ridiculous old lush
Location
Brighton
rickangus said:
Of all people my mother-in-law once said something sensible - that woollen garments will squash down into a smaller space when packing than cotton ones of a similar size.

Don't know how useful that is for this forum but I think there's an element of truth in it - and you probably have no idea how difficult it is to say something positive about that old bag.

Priceless!:tongue::biggrin:
 

Milo

Guru
Location
Melksham, Wilts
Dont be intimidated by the prospect of wild camping ask permission of land owner if necessary.
Just make sure you pitch at dusk and aim to leave before 7 and leave no mess.
ps avoid camping in pine forests you will be eaten alive and feel like your in a horror film once the sun goes away
 

Ludwig

Hopeless romantic
Location
Lissingdown
Get a mtb. The 2inch tyres, suspension and low gearing will give you a much more comfortable and safer ride. The traditional tourer with thin wheels and tyres are largely becoming obsolete with the state of roads across Europe. Also have a no 1 haircut. You will save a lot on shampoo and will feel a lot cooler. Take a tarpaulin instead of a tent for shelter and don't bother with camp sites especially at weekends as they get very rowdy.
 

TheDoctor

Resistance is futile!
Moderator
Location
Stevenage
Ludwig said:
Get a mtb. The 2inch tyres, suspension and low gearing will give you a much more comfortable and safer ride. The traditional tourer with thin wheels and tyres are largely becoming obsolete with the state of roads across Europe. Also have a no 1 haircut. You will save a lot on shampoo and will feel a lot cooler. Take a tarpaulin instead of a tent for shelter and don't bother with camp sites especially at weekends as they get very rowdy.
Last time I rode in the Alps the road surface was a lot better than here - same goes for all over France. And as for kipping under a tarp in a field...WTF? The no 1 cut sounds good till you get sunburn on teh tops of your ears. Not nice.
 

rich p

ridiculous old lush
Location
Brighton
Ludwig said:
Get a mtb. The 2inch tyres, suspension and low gearing will give you a much more comfortable and safer ride. The traditional tourer with thin wheels and tyres are largely becoming obsolete with the state of roads across Europe. Also have a no 1 haircut. You will save a lot on shampoo and will feel a lot cooler. Take a tarpaulin instead of a tent for shelter and don't bother with camp sites especially at weekends as they get very rowdy.

Oh, and don't forget your hair shirt and the birch twigs to give yourself a good thrashing!;)
 

spindrift

New Member
Blimey, when I'm on a tour I'm on holiday, it's not an endurance test!

A sharp knife means as soon as you get to a grocers you can stock up and do doorstep cheese sandwiches with salady bits in. If you see a nice cafe, stop and take a look, you can eat what you like remember!
 

TheDoctor

Resistance is futile!
Moderator
Location
Stevenage
Take your time. Enjoy the scenery, the new sights,the sounds, smells, tastes and textures. Whatever is driving you onwards, enjoy it, revel in it. It's not so much where you're going, as how you get there. And you have no way of knowing how long the journey will be, and when it might be curtailed.

Sorry to sound all philosophical - I heard something earlier on that really affected me, and made me realise again how precious and fleeting all of this really is. Smell the flowers, people.
 
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