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Skills: How to Bike Tour ~ a comprehensive beginner’s guide

There are more than a few “Bike Touring Experts” out there who can tell you what gear you should and shouldn’t take and on what bicycle you can and can’t tour.  I’m not an expert, but I won’t let that stop me from giving my expert advice to anyone considering their first bike tour.

So, here’s how it’s done:

Pack some stuff.  Pack it in anything you have that you can safely and comfortably ride with.
Hop on whatever bike you own, or borrow a bike.  Any bike will do.
Ride somewhere and spend the night.
Ride home.

Ta daa!  You’re now a bike tourist.  Welcome to the loosely associated collection of all kinds of people riding all kinds of bikes carrying all kinds of gear to all kinds of places.

Check out the Gallery of Velo Hobos for a visual aid.

Keep it simple, Jack

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Categories: Gear, Skills
  1. dexey
    August 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Why’s the bloke with the tandem carrying a car? Isn’t a spare inner tube and a puncture kit and pump usually enough?

  2. The Velo Hobo
    August 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

    You should have see it when the car was mounted on the back of the bike (an accident waiting to happen).

  3. August 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Perfect advice! Especially for those of us who tend to over-think things…

    • The Velo Hobo
      August 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Pondero, I hope it’s cooling down in your neck of the woods. Jack

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