The Pedalshift Project 184: Documenting and Sharing Your Bike Tour

The Pedalshift Project 184: Documenting and Sharing Your Bike Tour

So you’re heading out on bike tour and want to document it for yourself, friends, family and more? On this episode: tips on sharing your bike tour with the world!

The Pedalshift Project 184: Documenting and Sharing Your Bike Tour

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The Lab: Sharing Your Bike Tour

Why document?

  • Let’s friends and family track your adventure
  • Safety log
  • Gives you something to look back on
  • Maybe fodder for something else? 

Ways to share

  • Blog/Writing
    • Old school. Especially good if you’re a writer more than a talker.
    • Tons of platforms that are free, but consider some of the bike tour specific ones like Cycleblaze, CGOAB, etc.
  • Facebook
    • Broad reach, lots of people on it
    • Can limit exposure if you want
    • Check out PPP on FB. He does a nice job.
  • Twitter
    • Great for immediate hits and also can include location pings
    • Low impact on your data plan
    • Microjournaling
  • Instagram
    • My personal choice for micro journaling these days
    • Creates a visual map to go back to
    • Allows for some written material too
    • Autopost to other platforms
  • Audio
    • I get a lot of questions on this, for perhaps obvious reasons
    • Yes you can get a professional recorder
    • iPhones are more than adequate for field recording
    • The white earbuds? Sneaky good mics!
    • Voice memo app is perfectly great and simple to use. There are others.
    • Record in the highest fidelity you can – compressing to mp3 in the field may save space, but you sometimes lose the ability to EQ properly.
    • Record a lot, edit at home
  • Video
    • Not my priority, but always glad I have it
    • Takes SO. MUCH. TIME. to go through and edit
    • Vlog style versus doc style
    • Live broadcasts really aren’t worth the data hit and battery hit
    • Record in the highest quality you can – I get a bigger phone storage capacity expressly for this.
    • If you’re a drone pilot, be mindful of flight restrictions. Also… use sparingly?
  • Content
    • Focus on people and experience
    • Know that touring alters perception… you may be surprised at what you document
    • Don’t over document. If the trip becomes more about that than the ride, you might regret it (caveat… if your primary reason is to make a doc of a trip rather than go on a tour and document it)
    • Know your audience… what are they interested in?
  • Expectations afterwards
    • There are *so many* journals out there!
    • Ultimately this journal is a gift for you down the line to look back to

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