Bicycle Touring for Beginners: Train and prepare for your cycling adventure in six weeks

Bicycle Touring for Beginners: Train and prepare for your cycling adventure in six weeks

Bicycle Touring for Beginners: Train and prepare for your cycling adventure in six weeks

Based on the hard-won experience of a (now) seasoned cycle tourist, this book takes you through the training, preparation and planning for your cycle adventure, whether that’s your first big ride or a longer tour, and shows you how an averagely-fit person can go from saddle-sore novice to proficient tourist in just six weeks.

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How do you cycle for 100 miles? It may seem daunting, but it needn’t be.
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Cycling for 100 miles (160 km) may be the longest bike ride that you have undertaken, but, by preparing well, you can make it the best one yet.

Using GCN’s simple tips, you can ensure that you arrive at the start raring to go and ready to last the distance.

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  1. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Pedal the long and winding road, April 2, 2014
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    This review is from: Bicycle Touring for Beginners: Train and prepare for your cycling adventure in six weeks (Kindle Edition)
    Once upon a time you were a mendicant monk or sage if you wandered the world with no fixed address. Now you can do it on two wheels, self-contained and pedaling in a sleek outfit. This book is an excellent manual to help light that fire and give you the training techniques and confidence. The greatest thing about a bike tour is that you smell your way across the country: pines, sage, prairie, orange and apple blossoms. You get in your miles and feast on pancakes in the most out of the way places, friend to all, no need to stick around. You commune with the sunrise and celebrate nature, free flowing rivers and Walt Whitman’s song, Leaves of Grass.
    Here’s a book that helps you get up your gumption and get out of town. Remember, life is a participatory sport. On’ya readers.

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  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Got me rolling., May 30, 2015
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    Carl (River oaks, TX, United States) –
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    This review is from: Bicycle Touring for Beginners: Train and prepare for your cycling adventure in six weeks (Kindle Edition)
    Comprehensive and down to earth guide to a novis like me.

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    Helpful, May 12, 2014
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    This review is from: Bicycle Touring for Beginners: Train and prepare for your cycling adventure in six weeks (Kindle Edition)
    This book is very helpful and easy to read. Although its not very detailed explains a little of everything needed to start bicycle touring.
    I recommend this book.

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  4. I would also add, don't try anything for the first time on a 100 mile ride. For example, don't eat a breakfast or bars that you haven't had before. Don't wear a brand new pair of shorts for the first time. If you get 20 miles in and have a stomach ache from that new breakfast or those new shorts chaff it is too late to change them and you'll just have to suffer for 80 more miles. Try out everything on shorter rides first. I've made that mistake a few times.

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  5. From a recreational cyclist:

    Fwiw I find 100 miles – which I've done 10 or 12 times – a lot harder than 100k – which I must have done at least 50 or 60 times. I think I've never really got right the amount of food you need. 

    Point being if you've done 100k, then 100 miles is not just more of the same, it wasn't for me anyway.

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  6. Alright, and here's the pro way how I did it last year:

    1. Wake up confused and exhausted in your motel room in the middle of nowhere after seven hours of sleep.
    2. Dress. Discounted cargo trousers, an old t-shirt and this hardcore looking bmx helmet will do the job nicely.
    3. Have a really hearty breakfast (rye bread rolls with meat and cheese, boiled egg, some coffee).
    4. Pack all your stuff including the extra pair of shoes, the fantasy novel, lots of dirty clothes and this weird little hammer you have no idea why you took it on the trip in the first place onto the cheap aftermarket iron rack of your 29er hardtail.
    5. Wait for over an hour until the guy you have to pay for the room shows up.
    6. Listen to him how the business ruined his marriage for another hour.
    7. When he pauses, throw some money in his face and rush out to your bike.
    8. Hop on it without checking anything before.
    9. Rush off as fast as you can right from the start, ignoring the really bad stinging pain in your right knee.
    10. Go as hard uphill the gravel road on your fully (over)laden bike until you collapse.
    11. Take some painkillers. Breathe quickly, choke, and continue.
    12. Repeat until it starts to rain.
    13. Change into your long-sleeved, thick woolen pullover and the rainjacket.
    14. Continue going as hard as you can.
    15. Take a couple more painkillers.
    16. After about six hours without any food and way too little liquid, take a break and stuff everything you got left into your mouth.
    17. Tear your biceps while lifting the overladen bike over some random railway.
    18. Notice how you're too stupid to read a map and you're not even close to your goal after about 70 miles while the sun begins to set.
    19. Notice that you have no light, tent, or other equipment to solve the problem of nightfall.
    20. Sob.
    21. Cry a bit.
    22. Put in your earphones, and crank up the volume to max. Heavy metal solves all problems.
    23. Take the last painkillers, drink the very last water and head off for the final 30 miles.
    24. Go as hard as you can pedaling with your left leg only because your right knee feels as if it is dissolving in acid.
    25. Scream a lot while doing this.
    26. Miss a departure and, during the turn, fall.
    27. Be too slow to clip out in time.
    28. Ignore the pain, curse a lot and generously smear your blood about the place.
    29. Ride another five miles until the pain in your knee renders it unusable.
    30. Limp into the sunset.

    Man, that was one fun day. Gonna go out biking!
    Cheers :-)

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  7. You say "check the tires for cuts" but what shall we do if there are cuts ? Replace ? Reinforce from the inside ? (a piece of old tube can do that)

    You say 2 spare tubes but no glue+patches. Last time i had no tube, i fixed the tube in less than 3 minutes, i think that it is important to actually know how to do it quick and reliable cause who knows. I heard some stories about guys having 3 punctures on the same ride (bad choice of tires for an unexpected harsh road).
    I will always leave with glue and patches as they are light and almost free, you can repare 20 punctures for the same weight than 1 tube.

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  8. My first road bike arrives in a few days. And me and some mates are going to do Belfast to Dublin in a month or so. Really looking forward to it. 

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