Over the past couple of years, the 1X (pronounced "one-by") drivetrain has become pretty popular, especially on mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes. In case you're wondering, a 1X is a drivetrain that utilizes a crankset with a single chainring. So the drivetrain could be 1 x 11, for example, meaning one speed on the crankset in front with 11 speeds on the cassette in the back.
For many cyclists, hitting the open road with just a bicycle, a few bags of gear, and maybe a few loved ones is a lifelong dream. It's called bicycle touring, and it's one of the best things about bike riding. Anyone who enjoys adventures, exploring and camping is bound to love bicycle touring.
This article is the second in a series of articles about bike touring: what it is, what gear you need, where to go, and how to do it. This installment will focus on specific concerns for bike touring while you are actually on bike. We are assuming here that you are already packed, you already know where you are headed, and you're ready to get started. If you are at an earlier stage of planning, refer back to part one in this series.
Many people have dreams about taking long bike trips across beautiful countryside. It's called bike touring, and it's actually not that hard. Touring -- while it takes some time, some knowledge and a slightly more complex collection of gear -- is well within the reach of most riders.
This article will be the first in a series of pieces that will help new touring converts plan, prepare and hit the road on multi-day tours. The second article will go over the actual riding period, and the third article will help you with the camping aspect of bike touring (which, as will be discussed in this first article, is actually optional).
Dale Majors, the founder and CEO of Bikewagon, has been on a bike tour of Europe with his wife and three children for a month. He's done it before, so it goes without saying the man loves to tour! He sent us his reasons for loving bike touring, along with some great pictures from the road.
If you can make the time, you can afford to bike tour.
Once you have arrived at your destination, camping is cheap. And if you cook your own meals, a family like ours can spend $30-40 a day.
Dale, the founder and CEO of Bikewagon, is currently touring through Europe with his family. He checked in to let us know how things are going.
We are in the middle of a 2-month bike tour with our 1-, 3-, and 5-year-olds, camping the whole way. We've been on this trip for nearly four weeks, and we've already proven to a lot of our skeptical friends that bike touring with a young family can really work. The kids are loving it, and we are having an amazing time.
Every September, the biggest bike industry trade show takes place in Las Vegas. It's called Interbike, and a crew from Bikewagon always makes an appearance to meet with brand representatives and keep our finger on the industry's pulse. This year will be no different. The way we'll get there, however, is another story. We thought, "Hey, if we're going to a bike show, we may as well go on a bike!"
So that's what we're doing.
It's a grueling, 5-day ride over 500 miles of desert roads through Utah and Nevada. With temperatures in the 90s, gusting winds and minimal shade, it's going to be tough. But it's also going to be a lot of fun.
Now, anyone who's ever driven from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas knows that there's not much scenery along I-15. (we're afraid that would be even more apparent on a two-wheeler without air conditioning). So we've planned out a route along the back roads where we'll avoid the heavy traffic and hopefully see a little more of the countryside.
It all starts this coming Thursday, September 13. We'll keep you posted.