Two Things You Need on a Long Distance Bicycle Tour

A bicycle hauling a BOB Trailer
In 2016, I was riding from Lubbock, Texas to Pensacola, Florida. It was a long and challenging ride, but I was having a great time. One day, I was about 10 miles into an 80-mile day when I broke a spoke. I was in a very secluded area, and I didn't see another cyclist or car for hours. But I was prepared. I had the gear I needed and the knowledge to fix my spoke. Without it, my ride would have ended on day 2. This experience taught me two important things that are essential for any long distance cyclist: basic bicycle repair knowledge and a positive attitude. Basic Bicycle Repair Knowledge Even if you are a seasoned cyclist, you are bound to encounter some mechanical problems on a long distance tour. You may be far away from home and bike shops, so it is important to be able to fix basic problems yourself. Here are a few things you should know how to do: Change a tire Fix a broken chain Adjust your brakes and gears True your wheels Replace a cable Replace a broken spoke
You can find many tutorials online and in books that will teach you how to do these repairs. It is also a good idea to practice doing them before you leave on your tour. A Positive Attitude A positive attitude is essential for enjoying a long distance bicycle tour. There will be days when you are tired, hungry, and sore. There will be days when the weather is bad and the road is long. But if you have a positive attitude, you will be able to push through the tough times and enjoy the journey. Here are a few tips for maintaining a positive attitude on your tour: Focus on the small things. Instead of thinking about how far you have to go, focus on the next mile, the next town, or the next snack.
Appreciate the beauty around you. Take the time to stop and smell the roses (or whatever your favorite flower is). Enjoy the scenery, the wildlife, and the people you meet along the way.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you're lost, tired, or hungry, don't hesitate to ask for help from locals or other cyclists. Most people are happy to help a fellow cyclist in need.
Celebrate your accomplishments. Every day that you spend on your tour is an accomplishment. Take some time each day to reflect on your progress and be proud of what you've achieved.
A positive attitude is one of the most important things you can pack for a long distance bicycle tour. It will help you to overcome challenges, make the experience more enjoyable, and create memories that will last a lifetime. If you are thinking about going on a long distance bicycle tour, make sure to pack a positive attitude along with your bike repair tools. It is one of the most important things you will need.

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