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!
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What are you thankful for?
The Lab: Sharing Your Bike Tour
Let’s friends and family track your adventure
Gives you something to look back on
Maybe fodder for something else?
Ways to share
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.
Broad reach, lots of people on it
Can limit exposure if you want
Check out PPP on FB. He does a nice job.
Great for immediate hits and also can include location pings
Low impact on your data plan
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
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
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?
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?
There are *so many* journals out there!
Ultimately this journal is a gift for you down the line to look back to
As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this spring’s DC to Cincinnatti bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.
Mark Van Raam