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Tips For Bike Tourists Suffering Withdrawal Pains

Posted February 1st, 2010

On the wine trailWe have to put our hands up and declare ourselves guilty.

Yes, guilty of dreaming of bike touring again, a mere 4 months into our re-integration. In the last week alone we’ve considered the Great Divide, India and South America as possibilities for the future.

And then we remember that we only just got back, and maybe we should work on building up the bank balance a bit longer? But it’s tough when you have road lust and we’ve got it bad. We clearly need some kind of 10-step program.

Or maybe we’ll just follow these tips from Eric, the owner of the Vakantiefietser bike touring shop in Amsterdam.

For bike tourists suffering withdrawal pains, he recommends these steps:

  • Walk around in your SPD shoes at home.
  • Have a cold shower outside, from a bucket.
  • Stuff your moneybelt under your pillow.
  • Wear your old sun-faded t-shirts.
  • Sit 1 hour per day in an internet cafe.
  • Ask a taxi driver or shop keeper if he wants to bargain.
  • Check your shoes when you put them on. Maybe there’s a snake in them!

Maybe we can add a few:

  • Don’t shower for 3 days. Smear dirt on your body for extra effect.
  • After 3 days, don’t have a proper shower. Use baby wipes instead.
  • Eat pasta and carrots from a pot for supper.
  • Put your tent up in your living room and sleep inside it.
  • Stuff some dirty clothes underneath your head for a pillow.
  • Put the contents of your closet into your panniers.
  • Pretend no one speaks your language. Try to get by just with sign language.

We’ll let you know if any of these steps help our rehabilitation…

Touring Bikes on Google Street View

Posted January 15th, 2010

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Anyone else been lucky enough to have their loaded touring bikes captured when Google’s camera van came down the street? This is the home of one of the members of a cycling club we belong to. We were surprised when we looked up his house to see the bikes, already packed for this weekend’s trip!

On Yer Bike

Posted January 14th, 2010

How better to while away a winter night than by listening to a BBC radio comedy show all about bicycles?

For the next week, you can listen to Pam Ayers and guests, sharing jokes on punctures, French cycling holidays, why the back seat is better on a tandem, getting fit on gym bikes and how to beat the middle-age blues.

Listen in to Ayres on Air and On Yer Bike

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