Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring [EPUB]
10 September 2014, 09:58
2014 | EPUB + MOBI + PDF | 5.64/5.81/11.77MB
More and more people are discovering the joys of pedal-powered travel.
But there’s still confusion about what’s necessary to pull off a successful trip, as opposed to what’s nice — and there’s plenty of concern about how much it’s all going to cost.
The truth is that there are three main problems at work here:
1. Adventure cycle touring is still a small niche.
It incorporates cycling and outdoor gear, but is a long way from the mainstream of either of them.
There’s affordable, well-made equipment out there to suit every type of tour. But few of us can expect to walk into a single shop and find it all in one place.
2. Unfortunately, there’s no standard recipe for the ‘perfect’ bike-touring setup.
We naturally want to know, quickly and unambiguously, what the obvious go-to items of gear are. It’s normal in the age of comparison sites, ‘likes’ and user reviews.
But the truth is that what’s ‘best’ is something only you can discover — simply because cycling gives you so much freedom to do things your own way.
3. Too many high-profile bicycle ‘adventurers’ want you to do things their way.
Heavily-sponsored cycle tours are all well and good. But the way in which they’re financed, equipped and presented is irrelevant to the remaining 99.9% of us.
There are as many ways of going cycle touring as there are people on cycle tours. The trick is to see past all those swanky logo-clad expedition websites, for they’re actually a very poor representation of reality.
Essential Gear has been written to cut through the confusion and help you make gear-buying decisions that are actually relevant to you.
Who Is This Guide For?
Everything is covered in enough depth that you’ll find out everything you need to know — but stops before things get boringly detailed and technical. Hard-earned experience and wisdom beats specification charts and lists of theoretical pros and cons.
UK-based? You’ll get bonus assistance.
When it comes to specific items, we’ll be mainly talking about what’s most readily found in the UK (with a few exceptions). If you’re here from USA, Canada or elsewhere in the world, of course, you’ll find the remaining 90% of this resource just as useful in teaching you how to think about choosing gear.
Newcomer to adventure cycling? You’re in safe hands.
If you’re looking for a shortcut to decades’ worth of time-honoured, road-tested knowledge, the information in this ebook will put you miles ahead with your planning and preparation — and save you a bucketload of cash in the process.
No money? No problem.
If you’re worried that this guide is going to land you with a shopping list you can’t afford, rest assured that we cater for everyone’s wallet — from a no-budget tour right up to those who’ve been saving for years and want to make every penny count.
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