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The Pedalshift Project 120: Touring Alaska on and off a tandem

Ella Embree is a born and bred Alaskan with a big sense of adventure. Recently Ella was inspired by Lael Wilcox to tackle a new adventure – bicycle touring 1000 miles around her home state, some on a tandem. On this episode we chat on the eve of the first leg!

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The Pedalshift Project 116: A final check-in before riding the TransAm across America

The final installment of this edition of the Pedalshift Beginners Series with James Rosenberg as he sits with me in Washington, DC a few days before he begins his ride across the United States on the TransAm. We cover final prep plans, things you might not think about as a first-timer and more!

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The Pedalshift Project 110: Fine tuning the Olympic Peninsula bike tour plus another beginner series installment

The Pedalshift Project 110: Fine tuning the Olympic Peninsula bike tour plus another beginner series installment

The Olympic Peninsula bike tour by Brompton shapes up with some snags to share with you all, complete with happy ending solutions. Plus, the second installment of the Pedalshift Beginners Series with James from NY, focusing on route planning and handling people who think you’re nuts for bike touring in the first place!

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The Pedalshift Project 108: Preparing to Bicycle Puget Sound by Brompton

Recorded live before a (mostly) well-behaved studio audience, from Costa Rica, to Australia and across the United States! I unveiled my plans to bicycle Puget Sound by Brompton in a few weeks, including the crazy transit plans, the route, the campgrounds, the pack list and much more. Big thanks to everyone who participated live – we will do it again this spring!

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The Pedalshift Project 107: Cross country adventures and working while on bike tour

Annalisa van den Burgh has crossed the country by bicycle twice and has started a new project called Work From Bike. We chat about working while on bike tour, her touring adventures, touring with Type 1 Diabetes and much more.
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The Pedalshift Project 096: Bicycling Oregon to San Francisco – Part 2

My fall 2017 Pacific Coast bicycle tour ended in San Francisco last week… On this episode, part two of my big tour bicycling Oregon to San Francisco featuring all the highlights, lowlights and takeaways from a really fun trip.
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The Pedalshift Project 095: Bicycling Oregon to San Francisco – Part 1

My fall 2017 Pacific Coast bicycle tour ended in San Francisco this week… On this episode, an interview with Daniel, the guy who ended up bicycling Oregon to San Francisco with me!
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The Pedalshift Project 088: Hot weather bicycle touring tips

On this episode, after a weekend overnight in triple digit heat, we cover some hot weather bicycle touring tips. Plus, followup, a tour to follow and more!

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The Journal: hot weather bicycle touring tips + more

How’d that #heatindex ride go?

  • Heat index when I left was 104F!
  • Rode really strong out there. Not tempted to stop at MM16 campsite when in past heat index rides, I usually caved.
  • Collapsable cooler full of good stuff – never did this before, but will absolutely do it again for hot rides. More weight, but to have cold drinks and food when I arrived, it was so worth it.
  • Rain cooling me down but made things wet – how I handled it.
  • Camping and hammocking
  • Let’s be cool with each other when we share campsites?

Hot weather bicycle touring tips

  • Time your riding (early AM or even night riding where appropriate)
  • Hydration + electrolytes (my NP suggested Hammer Nutrition, but these by Lyte Fuel are similar, although with a slightly different balance.)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, arm sleeves)
  • Frequent breaks (AC and shade preferred)
  • Core cooling (drinks and snacks that are cold)

Followup

Summer Tour to follow…

snoringyogi on Instagram… he’s a buddy from DC who’s touring Scandinavia right now on a fat tired Surly. Looks like a great ride and I hope to get him on the show later this summer or fall to talk all about it. By the way, this is his first really big tour, so for all of you who are new to this, know you don’t have to be some pro-level tourer to do big things!

Flying with your bike

Alaska Airlines appears to be the best US carrier with its new $25 policy for sporting equipment – we covered that last week. There was an open question about Virgin America’s policy since they’re about to merge with Alaska… answer:

Virgin America for the moment has a $50 fee (previously amongst the lowest and still a good deal) but will presumably drop to $25 once the merger with Alaska happens.

Emergency items

From FOTS and PSS member Ethan Georgi:

EMS (& I imagine REI etc) have pre-packaged First Aid Kits with everything you need. This way you don’t have to figure out what to put in it & assemble all the stuff yourself: done for you. They come in various sizes depending on the number of people in your party. I’ve been carrying mine for years.

ICE card: RoadID (dot com) has a ton of great options. Most importantly they are easy to find by First Responders. Expecting anyone to dig through your panniers while you’re bleeding out sounds like an unnecessary hassle.

Another thing I’d add as a “varsity” level comms device beyond the SPOT is the Garmin inReach… added bonus of having the emergency call is the ability to send text messages via the satellite network that’s a little more robust than the minimal messages for the SPOT.

 

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You were *busy* people!
Check out Matt’s blog at 4ranges.wordpress.com. A lot about finding time to bike when you can, especially in cool places he travels to for work!

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