City Journey League: Cycle Touring Primer

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For simply $2.00 USD and the price of a postage stamp, you will get your self a replica of Shawn Granton’s improbable little City Journey League Cycle Touring Primer.

This small, handmade information for bicycle vacationers not solely incorporates plenty of nice suggestions and tips for touring along with your bicycle, but additionally incorporates some improbable little drawings of conditions you’re certain to come across whereas out on the highway.

With the Primer measuring solely 4″ x 5.5″ and containing a mere 46-pages, it’s removed from intensive. It covers the fundamentals of motorbike journey, which will likely be high quality for some folks, however will depart others itching for extra.

Among the highlights contained within the Primer embrace a recipe for making your individual power bars, a complete part dedicated to winter bike journey, and an important tip for when and the place to patch your tires (do you have to get a flat whereas out on the highway).

Considered one of my favourite drawings contained in the Cycle Touring Primer is proven beneath. The picture depicts the 2 excessive varieties of bicycle vacationers you’re certain to run into whereas in your adventures. As Shawn describes on web page 3 of the Primer, “Some (folks) tour on the bougy aspect. These are usually folds of their center ages from snug dwelling conditions and good jobs. They will afford to take period of time off from work, use solely the most effective (and priciest) tools, and keep at accommodations and mattress and breakfasts slightly than camp.”

“Some tour on the punk aspect. They’ll use janky bikes as a result of that’s what they’ve, spend time dumpstering meals slightly than purchase it, and stealth camp as a result of they’re broke and/or don’t agree within the philosophy of paying to camp. Some will tour as minimally and ascetically as potential. I’ve heard of somebody who lived off a food plan of couscous and quinoa whereas touring.”


Whereas Shawn Granton’s Cycle Touring Primer will not be probably the most full information to bicycle journey ever produced, it’s a nice little handbook for anybody seeking to get their begin on the planet of bicycle touring.

You need to be warned nevertheless, that a big portion of the information focuses on touring along with your bicycle within the Pacific Northwest (Cascadia) area of america and Canada. That stated, I consider the guidelines, tips, and ideas lined within the Primer will work nearly anyplace on the planet – though they could need to be barely adjusted for differing climate situations, societal norms, and many others.

To get a replica of the City Journey League’s Cycle Touring Primer, all it’s a must to do is ship money or verify within the quantity of $2.00 USD to the next deal with:

tfr Industries / City Journey League
PO Field 14185
Portland, OR 97293-0185

Canadian orders will be paid in Canadian or U.S. funds, plus a further $1.00 per each 3 zines to cowl the elevated postage. For delivery prices to anyplace else on the planet, please contact Shawn for costs.


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