Tom Petrik (EC92@AOL.COM)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 16:43:28 -0400
During all the "missing mail" I sent this to scouts-l and jambo97. I believe
it's still "missing". If I'm wrong, my apologies for sending it again.
Date: 97-04-07 10:52:14 EDT
All this talk about bikes and all the spare tires and such you'll need
brought to mind a training session my Explorer Officers Association got about
a year ago from REI. They included a Bicycling Touring Equipment Checklistand
a bunch of suggestions and references to use if you're planning on using your
bikes for outings or at Jamboree as part of the staff. Starred items are
optional, suggestions are in parentheses.
Bicycle equipment: Horn/Bell; Rearview Mirror; Bungie cords or straps; Rear
Pannier carrier; Front Pannier carrier* (Low rider); Rear Pannier bags (with
mesh pockets to allow wet things to dry); Front Pannier bags*; Handlebar bag
(smaller size); Pump; Lock and cable; Toe clips (you'll ride more
efficiently); water bottles (1-3); Lights; Reflectors.
Tools: Small Screwdriver; Pliers; Tire irons (2 or 3); Spoke wrench;
Freewheel tool (to fit your freewheel); 6" Crescent wrench; Any special tools
for your specific bike; Spare tire; Spare tube; tube patch kit (the peel &
stick kind if you really want to maintain your schedule); Gear and brake
cables (rear); Spokes (6) to fit your rim (a few for the front, a few for the
back. Put rubber cement on the threads and then tape over it); Bicycle
grease; Chain lube; Nuts and bolts.
Additional equipment for overnight trips: Tent with rainfly (the lighter the
better); Sleeping bag (the lighter the better); Foam Pad; food; Stove and
matches; Fuel bottle and fuel; cooking pot; can opener; eating utensils;
plate and cup.
First Aid Kit: Bandaids; Large gauze pads; First aid cream; roll of gauze;
Lip balm; Matches; Soap; Aspirin; Tweezers; $.25 (for a phone call).
Personal: Cycling shorts (2 pair); 1 pr. long pants; 1 long sleeve shirt; 2
short sleeve shirts; 2-3 pr underwear; 2-3 pr. socks; Wool Sweater; Rain
Gear; bathing suit; windbreaker; helmet; cycling shoes*; spare shoes; cycling
gloves* (2 pr); warm gloves or mittens*; Wool hat*; towel; Ditty bag/toilet
articles. (Use more Polypropylene, wool, and Polartec to stay warm at reduced
Miscellaneous basics: Sunglasses; Pocket knife; Maps; Extra food and water;
Flashlight; First aid kit (see detailed list); Compass; Clothing (enough to
survive possible adverse conditions); Waterproof matches; Fire starters;
litter bag; Hat; Sun Screen lotion; Insect repellant; sewing kit; Nylon cord
(25'); camera & film; toilet paper; Bandanas (bring extras); Talcum powder
(for saddle sores and flat tires); Rucksack (for camp use); High-energy
After all of that, they suggested that we try to stay under 40 lbs.
Other suggestions: Mountain bike tires are too wide and waste energy; Road
bikes? better get someone to carry their gear; Touring bikes aren't for
off-road use but use mountain bike gears.
Gear ratio - only want about 100". 20"-30" works real well, even on hills.
DOWNSHIFT THE MINUTE YOU START GOING UPHILL.
Ride about 2' into the lane of traffic so cars have to consciously go around
you and they don't try to squeeze by.
Watch ahead. If in a line, watch the guy in front and as many as three people
Use someone to carry gear if possible. Someone with a trainer or large car is
like a safety net, but it lets you travel better. Peace of mind for adults, a
way to adapt to errors in bikes.
Without support STAY TOGETHER.
You should be able to do at least 40-50 miles a day. To get used to it
practice and ride for 3-4 hours a day.
"Bicycle Maintenance and
Repair" from Bicycling
The Essential Touring Cyclist"
Wisconsin Department of Tourism has a map of all cycling trails, n/c
"Adventure Cyclist" from Adventure Cycling Association, Box 8308 Missoula, MT
The Cyclists yellow pages
Experience: Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a
you make it again.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City