“Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land.”
If you missed the general gear post I did yesterday, I would suggest checking it out if you are interested in how many shirts we have, or what bikes we ride, but if you already have the basics figured out, this list of unusual yet helpful tips may be just for you.
–Stick and Break: Check out the link to read more about our unusual (and free!) kickstand which doubles as a dog scaring weapon as well.
“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”
Talking about gear doesn’t really interest me which is probably why I’ve almost never written a word about it. That being said, by now I feel like I have a pretty good idea about what works and what doesn’t, at least for us, so I figured I would share our gear list with those of you who, unlike me, are a bit more interested in this side of the lifestyle. Overall, we have been extremely impressed with our gear, and the more we use it, the more we realize that investing money into really high quality stuff is definitely worth it in the long run. We have met tourers who have spent no more than fifty dollars on their gear – which is incredible and proves that anyone can do it – but we have also realized that by spending some money upfront investing in good products it can definitely save you many headaches down the road and allow you to enjoy the ride stress-free.
If you already have your shirts and bikes figured out, check out our Cycle Gear Tips post which talks about how to make your own kickstand, and how Gatorade container can come in handy.
The Bike (and Accessories): Surly Long Haul Trucker Disc
“I was never a cyclist. Merely a person with a bicycle.”
I have recently had a few questions about my gear, and though I really don’t know anything about bikes, I figured I would share what I know for those who are interested. First off though, I want to start out by saying this – you don’t need a fancy bike or the best gear money can buy to tour, you simply need a bike which fits (so much more important than quality) and the right attitude. I have met tourers on fixies, broken down mountain bikes, and road racing bikes alike, and though of course it’s easier to invest in a good bike and panniers when possible, it’s equally great to tour with your backpack strapped to the back of your old commuter.