Is it possible to take the ferry to Seattle?
Are there any good guides for a Pacific Coast (Seattle to San Francisco) bike tour?
- Wear comfortable clothes. Try everything before you travel. Remember, you will be doing the same leg movement for several hours. Seams or similar things that rub the skin "burn" and hurt until they stop.
- Take light clothing for cycling. Even in cold weather you will warm up.
- Try not to take in more than 20 kg (the less the better, as you can imagine).
to eat and drink
- Carry (and drink) plenty of water. Remember that 1 liter of water = 1 kg and that you will be carrying this weight so that you can manage your water reserve well.
- Prefer carbohydrates
- Small granola and chocolate bars are excellent snacks. (However, avoid too much chocolate or sweet things, including "sugar" drinks. These make you thirstier).
I'm not sure if it will suit your situation, but if you are biking and camping it might be a good idea to bring cooking utensils with you. Every now and then it is good to be able to prepare a warm meal or to be able to drink something warm. Tea, for example, is a nice drink if you like it. Just take a small camping stove and camping cook set. You can find these at very affordable prices and easily enough. If you're in a "MacGuyver mood", you can also build your own camping stove.
- Before you leave, you should check your bike. Brakes, brake cables, and tire condition are fundamental. Apply oil to the chains and other mechanical parts.
- Take with you the tools you need for minimal repairs. Choose carefully to avoid weight. Most high-quality bikes only need a type or two of tools to perform standard repairs like adjusting the brakes or removing a wheel. Think about the most common things that can happen and prepare for these situations. Some examples are flat tires (very common), adjusting brakes (after a few hundred kilometers you will need them), broken chain (rare, arguable, but the repair tool is small).
- Get an inner tube to replace a flat tire and an inner tube repair kit. A small pump is also important.
There is not much to say here. Reduce your needs to a minimum. Take everything you really need with you, as small as possible and appropriate to the weather conditions. Of course, like all camping (and cycling) equipment, smaller means either less resilient, less warm or much more expensive. Try to balance your needs.
Physical preparation / completion successful
It is good that you have some preparation. You should at least enjoy cycling and do it regularly. Knowing your limits and planning the km / day that you will be doing is important. In addition, the will is the most important thing. If you really want it, you will. However, listen to your body and always have Plan B (e.g. extra meal, extra water for emergencies, extra scheduled stops, etc.) in case you need to rest or stop earlier in the day. You should also be ready to skip a scheduled night stop. There are times when you are planning a place to stay and when you arrive you find that for some reason you cannot stay there.
- Avoid carrying things on your back. Try to put everything on the bike. You will likely need back support and double pockets.
- This depends a lot on the terrain, but if you drive on a flat, clean road, you can use the maximum pressure in the tires, even if they are not paved or dirty. Cycling becomes easier. If you start to "feel" too much, take some pressure off. This increases safety and comfort (however, cycling is a little more difficult). You have to rate it yourself.
- Do not attempt "stunts" on a bike. Even if the stunt isn't as big as a small step. The bike's center of gravity shifts and its behavior is completely different with the additional load. You can easily get a flat tire, or worse, fall and injure yourself or break something on the bike that puts the ride at risk. I learned that the hard way. I was lucky enough not to jeopardize the trip, but it was a brief mistake.
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