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things i learned on my first bikecamp trip:
« on: June 11, 2011, 05:02:14 PM »
 i'm new to bikecamping, but have been day cycling around town for a few years now. my first trip, just returned yesterday, was a 2-day, 1 night, 164 km. roundtrip. here's a few things i learned:
1- there is no shame in walking a hill. in fact, some hills look much better on foot.
2- i needed less clothing and more food. it's easy to wear the same clothes twice, but tough to afford nutrition at roadside gas bars.
3- racoons kinda sound like bears at 3 a.m.
4- resist every second urge to rest, but never deny the third. in the latter part of a travel day, a 5 minute rest can make a huge impact toward the overall results of each next hour.
5- mealtimes are for hometimes. get yourself some sugar all ride long.
6- learn to dismount over panniers smoothly off both sides. cars attack from the left. dogs attack from the right.
7- road quality must be acepted as-is but wind patterns and traffic densities can change dramatically with time of day. i look forward to scheduling night rides to a few of my upcoming trips.   
8- the tool box over the front panniers was a mistake that caused a slight wobble during hand release of grips. i plan to split this weight to the bottom of each pannier and move some lighter clothing to the over bag. 

 overall, this trip went very well. i have planned many 160-240 km. overnights throughout june, will be expanding my range throughout july with hopes of reaching 500-600k distances per week (5 days ride, 2 days rest) by mid august.   


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Re: things i learned on my first bikecamp trip:
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2011, 02:34:31 PM »
Sounds like a good first trip. We packed too much the first time and eat too little. We now got our food intake bang on. Though some says that we are carrying too much when it comes to the bed and tent area. But we know our comfort zone so a good night sleep is more important than miles or weight.