Barrenfluffit wrote:The main expense when your moving is food and drink so supermarkets and self catering is your friend.
Buying a good second hand touring bike can be tricky; you have to know a fair bit about what your looking at and even then its a bit of a punt re comfort/fit. Usually its better to look at what you have, stuff like regreasing bearings, new chain, making sure everything lines up and runs smoothly and that the fit is good.
You can get often get drinking water in town squares and graveyards.
While its not essential your level of fitness makes a big difference to your enjoyment (at least initially). A physically a bike tour is about nibbling away and time in the saddle. You should have largely recovered from the riding by the next day. Overdoing it one day and having to take a day off tends to be counter-productive.
Well, i've got my haynes manual on bicycle maintenance - so I shall be giving jeremy farcycle some love.
I'll remember the town squares and graveyards, that's a good top tip.
I've definitely over done it before, we had a bit of a race up the country to get the harwich - hoek van holland ferry.
even after sleeping on the ferry, we only made a short distance before collapsing in a park and sleeping through the afternoon.
which wasted a lot of time.