The best thing about dreaming is that you can do it all year round — even though the actual time of the year when you can comfortably spend the whole day in the saddle is surprisingly short. At least at northern European latitudes. So, for the rest of the year, we ponder and plan: We dream about Tours across the Alps, bike rides along the banks of an ice-blue river or days spent with little other than our bike, our tent and our panniers in between nothing but fields and trees.
Even when the weather makes biking off-limits, we can think back to those days when the sun shined brightly and when the rain only made your night in the tent that little more comfortable. And we can look forward to the rides that get stuck in our heads. Then, when the sun finally peers through the clouds again, we can get out and experience it in reality.
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If it were easy, everyone would do it. So don’t panic – not having an idea straight away doesn’t mean you weren’t meant to do it. Nobody is being born as an adventurer. Over time, research and experience will help you build a library of knowledge.
So. Listen to your inner voice. When you close your eyes, which images are deep inside your head, yearning to become reality? Try to put them into words. Write them down. And then start the research. Internet, books, friends. Once you have a goal, the ball is rolling and each step of planning is coming up automatically. As long as you do not get distracted and really want it.
If you are planning to ride with a backpack, try it out beforehand on long rides. Even the lightest backpack can lead to pain and tension after a while. Bike bags aren’t cheap, but they will be your friends for years.
This decision mainly depends on whether you want/can put a rack on your bike and how much stuff you want to bring. The advantage of frame packs is that they don’t need screws or other measures – you simply strap them to your frame. However, they carry less volume than classic panniers, which are attached to a rack.
This depends on your personal taste. Classically they are attached to the back of your bike, however this makes the riding experience more cumbersome. Having a front rack will make your bike more agile, but it takes awhile to get used to the steering behaviour. Of course you can use front and back racks to bring more equipment, but be aware that you will feel every gramm on long distances. Take our word: Most of the time, you will need less clothes than you think while you’re packing when you are still in the middle of civilization ;)
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Less luggage, showers and toilets, plan from home
Costs money, inflexible destination, less wilderness
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