Your bike touring concerns?

76-Bikes at Apamea.jpgYou have a dream. You want to ride your bike across your state, your country or even the whole world.

But along with the excitement of that dream, there are the butterflies doing loops in your stomach. What about this? What if that?

It’s normal of course to have some concerns, whether you’re an experienced bike tourist or a beginner,  and we’d like you to share them with us. Let us know what your biggest worry is by participating in the poll below. Is it dealing with traffic? Getting lost? Or something else altogether?

In a few weeks, we’ll tally up the responses and offer tips for dealing with those challenges.

Update: The poll is now complete. See what bike tourists are most concerned about.

Your top bike touring concern is….

Total Votes: 182
Started: November 25, 2009
1 = Added by a guest


  1. Yves
    25th November 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    If these questions were multiple choice I would have checked them all :-[ BTW: the house in our neighborhood is still for sale – price is negociable. :-)All the best for U!
    Hugs, yves

  2. friedel
    25th November 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    Yes, there’s a temptation for me too to say ‘all of them!’ but I think if I have to pick one then it’s definitely traffic. Give me neon yellow clothes, lots of them…

  3. Ingrid
    25th November 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    Dealing with unknown situations can be quit stressful to me. But not knowing where to sleep at night is awful.

  4. Mark
    25th November 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    For this touring couple, my wife (touring partner) is the less resourceful and self-confident. Yes, there are many inconveniences — on tour, or in life — but they’re nothing in the face of flexibility and resourcefulness. I’m constantly aware of her comfort level and energy level. I guess you could say that my only real fear is not recognizing hers, and adapting immediately. (This is a “committed couple” situation, not the same as “fear of a complaining tour partner”.)

    • friedel
      25th November 2009 at 11:45 pm #

      Very true Mark! I think flexibility, resourcefulness and perhaps patience are the 3 most important things you can take on a tour 🙂

  5. Jennifer
    26th November 2009 at 1:21 am #

    I think my biggest fear is being vulnerable….especially at night. But, I am a 35 yr old woman. I am just getting started and this has been the biggest thing holding me back. I’m much happier alone but not alone at night!

    • friedel
      26th November 2009 at 5:55 am #

      Jennifer, do you mean being alone while wild camping or just generally? I certainly shared the wild camping fears when I first started. It took me about 6 months to get over them!

  6. Tom Allen
    26th November 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Nice list! I’ve added one – realising that you made a huge plan but your ambitions have evolved, then trying to figure out your commitments. Finishing what you started, or accepting the fluidity of the travelling life? For me it’s been by far the most difficult thing to wrangle with.

  7. Ingrid
    26th November 2009 at 9:44 am #

    Mark raises an important issue: Traveling as a couple. It has always annoyed me when I pedaled far behind my husband and had to go to my performance limits. Partially, I was traveling alone. It’s depressing and discouraging. The solution is that the man follows one rule: always remain in sight. This also means that he has no sporting challenge. By the way I did the navigation and he normally disappeard just before a junction. 😉

    • Andrew
      18th January 2011 at 11:12 pm #

      My personal rule regarding riding with another (if I’m the strongest rider) is always stay with the weakest rider. It encourages them, and I can support them much easier from behind or next to them. I don’t mind riding slower or less vigorously to keep everyone together. And I get to visit with someone I (hopefully) like.

  8. BigBlueToe
    26th November 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    My biggest fear is the same while cycling at home – getting hit by a car driven by someone who’s not in control – drunk, stupid, senile, not paying attention, etc. But I keep riding because my life wouldn’t be as worth living if I didn’t – same with touring. I could get killed similarly when driving my car or walking down the sidewalk.

    I don’t worry so much about mechanical breakdowns in the middle of nowhere anymore. You’re never really in the middle of nowhere. There are always ways to get help eventually. Plus, I’ve learned to fix almost anything, and carry tools and a few spare parts.

    You didn’t list grizzly bears. When I’m in the Rockies, I can’t help but worry.

  9. Thomas
    27th November 2009 at 2:58 am #

    Hi, I think it’s a good idea to split the poll into two categories: those who have done a tour and those who haven’t.
    That way we could see real fears actually seen or felt on the road vs. the myths.

    Well, I put “hit by a car”, though my may concern is getting hit by a lorry.

  10. friedel
    27th November 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Hi Thomas, I like your idea about splitting the poll up. A bit late for this one but I will see if I can add an ‘experience’ category for future polls. Thanks!

  11. Becky
    29th November 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    I want to leave a comment for Ingrid … one tip we learned about travelling as a couple, is that you should be equally tired at the end of the day. If you husband still has energy at the end of the day and you don’t or he is screaming up hills well ahead of you, he should be carrying more of the gear (or at least all the heavy stuff).

  12. jack
    6th December 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Travelling Belgium this summer was grand, but very annoying was the lack of B & B’s and accomodation generally. Thinking of taking a very portable sleeping bag in future. Any ideas where to winter cycle in Europe?

  13. Andrew
    18th January 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    My biggest fear is not enough money. I’ve never toured for more than overnight so far. And I’m getting ready to jump in the abyss of bicycle vagabond for as long as I can (years?), hopefully in Europe. I’ve got my gear together, and have little else to do. But I’m not rich and have no big pile of savings to speak of anymore. How do I generate money for food, repairs, etc…?

    That’s my biggest freak-out.

  14. porn
    3rd October 2022 at 2:29 pm #

    I quite like reading through a post that will make people think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment.

  15. Petsafe Stay And Play Fence
    9th November 2022 at 2:45 am #

    Thanks a lot for the blog.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  16. berkshire house removals
    26th November 2022 at 4:46 am #

    Thanks a lot for the blog. Really Cool.

  17. mynames
    29th April 2023 at 10:20 pm #

    Bardzo interesujący temat, dziękuję za wysłanie wiadomości plastry na opryszczkę cena plastry na opryszczkę cena.


    12th May 2023 at 9:13 pm #

    terramycin 500 online

  20. working period
    15th May 2023 at 7:02 pm #

    Absolutely written content, Really enjoyed reading through.

  21. Deep Catalyst
    19th May 2023 at 3:09 pm #

    caos para la discoteca en torno a la ley de pases de accidentes cerebrovasculares

    24th May 2023 at 5:18 am #

    172654 602737brilliantly insightful post. If only it was as simple to implement some of the solutions as it was to read and nod my head at each of your points 480362

  23. to read more
    29th May 2023 at 8:15 pm #

    hydroxychloroquine and covid what is hydroxychloroquine

  24. Pisos renovados reformas barcelona
    29th May 2023 at 8:32 pm #

    ascent apartments san jose willow run apartments maple lane apartments

  25. Mua thuoc mifepristone 200mcg
    9th June 2023 at 10:07 am #

    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog.Much thanks again.

  26. D-SUB Connector
    11th June 2023 at 4:50 pm #

    Thank you ever so for you blog post. Really Great.

  27. water flow meter
    12th June 2023 at 7:11 am #

    Thanks a lot for the blog. Really Cool.

  28. investing in fx
    19th June 2023 at 11:38 am #

    Leveling up in Pokemon Go is an extremely slow and tiring process.It was distinctive again while in the Nintendo days; you could Participate in forseveral pokemon go accounts 2021 Account Free Listfree pokemon go accounts

  29. pokemon card shop melbourne
    20th June 2023 at 4:22 pm #

    order ivermectin online ivermectin tablets uk

  30. SD Islam terbaik di Bintaro
    24th June 2023 at 3:08 am #

    ¿Qué es Drifter (y cómo se puede usar para el desarrollo de PHP)?

  31. CNC machining service
    28th June 2023 at 8:10 am #

    I value the blog post. Cool.

  32. Accountants Acton
    28th June 2023 at 2:26 pm #

    Kate Sapsford o la historia del chico de 14 años que es

  33. Diamond Mcgrath
    8th July 2023 at 1:02 am #

    barrington apartment homes rentberry scam ico 30m$ raised apartments in woburn ma

  34. WIreless Earbuds
    11th July 2023 at 4:00 pm #

    hydroxychloroquine covid 19 aralen chloroquine

  35. Beer & beverage filling machine supplier
    16th July 2023 at 10:07 am #

    Major thankies for the blog.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  36. Image retouching tool
    17th July 2023 at 7:59 am #

    ivermectin pregnancy ivermectin covid studies

  37. alpha sleep music
    19th July 2023 at 9:05 pm #

    Thanks the information. I love sucking dick btw hmu

  38. prosolution+
    20th July 2023 at 5:04 pm #

    Some genuinely interesting details you have written.Aided me a lot, just what I was searching for : D.

  39. Lianne Davies
    21st July 2023 at 12:04 am #

    otc ed pills for type 2 diabetes – ed pills called strong pain reducer pills eds

  40. Automated access points
    22nd July 2023 at 12:43 am #

    Thanks – Enjoyed this post, is there any way I can receive an email every time you make a new article?

  41. Download ROM
    23rd July 2023 at 1:21 pm #

    rustic village apartments rentberry scam ico 30m$ raised russian apartments

  42. Accountant near me
    27th July 2023 at 10:19 pm #

    my college essay doing a research paper research paper 30 years war

  43. 套图
    3rd August 2023 at 10:05 pm #

    I value the blog.Much thanks again.

  44. Mycroft Barton
    8th August 2023 at 8:11 pm #

    Whoa. Wizard. You’re a new genius. Thank you.

  45. Kasha
    17th August 2023 at 1:15 pm #

    Thanks for the article, can I set it up so I receive an email whenever there is a new post?

  46. Herpesyl Reviews
    20th August 2023 at 1:43 pm #

    Aloha! Interesting material! I’m really appreciate it. It will be great if you’ll read my first article on SF!)

  47. Edward Crawford
    22nd August 2023 at 9:53 am #

    Achieving objectives, success and also efficiency is a wind with Phenomenal!

  48. sirloin hk
    6th September 2023 at 2:27 pm #

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  49. home wifi viettel
    13th September 2023 at 10:45 am #

    essay writing basics essay 1st person personal essay thesis statement

Leave a comment