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Top 10 touring tricks learnt on 400km trial run

April 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Dino in Canada | Uncategorized

Joy of joys I just spent the last 4 days cycling 400km around the Chiltern hills, lunching on generous portions, munching mini eggs, and crunching the gears up some very steep hills.

This proved to be a fabulous way of preparing for Canada. And I learnt some useful stuff on the way..

Top 10 things I have learnt:
1. D-lock is ridiculously heavy and nobody will nick my bike cuz it weighs a tonne and I’m riding it the whole time
2. Take more mini eggs.
3. Cheese, figs and ginger beer are the ultimate post-cycling snacklet (see below).
4. I need to take a bath to Canada. Hot soak is bliss.
5. iPad / viewranger navigation is a wonderful thing indeed.
6. My legs don’t ache! Even after 400km!
7. But my hands go numb after about 350km.
8. Again, why are there not more mini eggs?
9. Fill up your water bottles. So they are full.
10. There’s no greater joy in life than whizzing along a country road, with the sun in your face and the wind at your back.



The ultimate post-cycling snack.
Cheese (manchego and gorgonzola) – contains vital protein for repairing muscles etc.
Figs, grapes and quince paste – vitamins for vitality.
Oat cake – carbohydrate
Ginger beer – rehydrates and replenishes electrolytes (probably)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.henderson.7564129 Robert Henderson

    1. You will need a good lock; worth the weight.
    4. Plan on visiting hot springs as often as possible en route.

    • http://twitter.com/dinojrock dino rock

      Hot springs! Yes, what a good idea. Instead of the D-lock I was thinking of taking a hefty cable lock instead. Most of the time I’ll be camping and remote so the risk of theft would be much lower, right? (and stay with folks in the cities) Or is bike theft a big thing in Canada?

      • http://www.facebook.com/robert.henderson.7564129 Robert Henderson

        Hefty cable is fine, maybe better, but is it really lighter? Borrow a scale and check. Bike theft is a big thing in the cities and I wouldn’t leave an unlocked bike out of sight for thirty seconds. Losing a bike and gear would be extremely inconvenient on a tour.

        • http://www.facebook.com/steve.rock.3572 Steve Rock

          Cable is much more versatile. Try not to visit friendless big cities