My husband and I are seriously considering a self-supported ride across the US next summer! It's been on my "secret bucket list"for a while. Hubby is retiring next spring. About three months ago, we started seriously talking about what we wanted to do after he retires. I told him about my dream and he thought I was absolutely crazy!!! Now he's really on board with the idea. Whoo Hooo!!!!
We have only been married 6 years. Before I met him, I used to do supported week-long rides and doing had done several century rides. Up until this summer, we hadn't really ridden together because my road bike had developed a fatal gear shifting problem and he really didn't have a decent bike. Last March, I spent $400 getting my road bike fixed and in May, hubby bought himself a nice entry level road bike. We have spent the summer riding and he has discovered the joys of riding.
Now we are busy researching equipment for a long-distance self-supported tour and thinking about where we want to go. I'm short (5"3") so finding a touring bike for me is a little more difficult than finding one for my husband. A couple days ago, we drove to R.E.I. in Nashville for test rides on the Novara Safari touring bikes because they happen to have my size in stock. We both loved the bikes. Hubby suggested that I go ahead and buy the bike for me since size smalls are rare....so I did! I'm loving it. It has great braking ability and can climb steep hills much easier than my road bike. It has "butterfly" handle bars so there are multiple positions for riding.
I love my road bike, but it wouldn't have been near as good for touring as this new bike.
(Touring bikes are more sturdy, lower to the ground, have lower gearing ratios, sturdier tires and more places to support things like racks, fenders etc.)
Has anyone here done any long-distance self supported tours? If so, I'd love to hear about your experiences. I've been reading blogs like crazy by people that are currently riding across country as well as several other types of biking blogs.
I'll post more as things develop. This is exciting!!!
Kay from Tennessee
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