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Issue 4: Plans Change

Bike Camping Made Easy

Issue 4: Plans Change

Bike Camping Made Easy

September 18, 2019

From the pages of Issue 4: Plans Change

Interested in getting into bike camping but don’t know where to start? Here’s a few faves from Martina Brimmer, the Co-Founder & Head Honcho of Swift Industries.

Use a combo of Google maps, Gaia Maps, and a gazetteer to build your route and upload it into Ride- withGPS on your smartphone.

Invest in a good travel battery so you can use your smartphone to navigate, but be sure to print out a set of maps in case you gotta go analog!

Load up and shakedown! Pack up your bicycle and commute to and from work fully loaded up with all your gear. It’s a rad way to make sure everything fits and feels right.

Leave at least 25% of your space free for food! Whether you resupply every day or once in a blue moon, you’ll need plenty of space to carry your grub.

Find the best pace for your body. It’s not a race, unless you want it to be.

Free your senses: Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of life on the open road. It’s the gift a lifetime to slow down and wander.

Saddle sores are the very epitome of a PITA. Treat your bum like gold! Refresh with bird baths, let yourself air out at the end of the day, and bring along healing salves or chamois butter to lube up.

Put three large trash bags in the bottom of your bags. They are large enough to be your makeshift poncho, a dry-ish spot to sit after a downpour, or a pack-liner if the rain gods decide to join you for the ride.

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