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The Pedalshift Project 290: Beginner Mistakes

The Pedalshift Project 290: Beginner Mistakes

I used to do a beginners series on the show (and hope to do another again) but never did a whole show on “don’t make the same mistake I did.” So, on this episode… mistakes to avoid as a beginner!

The Pedalshift Project 290: Beginner Mistakes

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Beginner Mistakes

Having the wrong gear range for your ride
My story about my first tour
Underestimating elevation
I live where it is flat. First overnight was on the Blue Ridge Parkway for 53 miles and 6,200 feet of elevation gain. Map showed restrooms at two locations along the route so I took a little over a half gallon of fluids. I didn’t realize how much climbing sucks water out of you. Turns out the two restrooms were dry composting and didn’t have water. When ever I saw someone with water on an overlook, I begged some water from them.
Making miles over making memories
i probably could’ve pulled over and seen more of the country, done more exploration. i crossed the country in 58 days, clocking 70-90 miles every day, and that was pretty aggressive. my next one will be slower.
No waterproof gear
It will probably rain on you and your gear unless you’re in the desert, but then probably too because of course
Ignoring pain
Numb hands? Sharp pain in the knees? Consistent saddle sores? These are all solvable, usually with bike adjustments and not extra padding!
Packing too much
This is so hard to assess on your first tour, but to be honest it’s more typical than not. Bikepackers think about minimalism first and might not run into this as much as the panniered.
Slotting easily back into normal life after a long tour
If your tour is longer than a couple of weeks, it takes time to get back into the real world. Give yourself transition time and space.

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The Pedalshift Project 113: Training for your first bike tour

The Pedalshift Project 113: Training for your first bike tour

So it’s your first bike tour and you have no idea where to begin… that’s where the Pedalshift Beginners Series comes in! On this edition, we cover training (especially when you’re off the bike) plus raising funds if your ride has a charitable component!

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