Author: David Plaskett
Nothing can be as freeing, exciting, and risky as touingon bikes. The freedom to pedal our way across milesand miles of roads or trails can bring such pleasure andpain. The joy of the open road on a bike tour is one of thegreatest adventures in the world.Touring on bikes creates a need to prepare ourselves, ourbikes, our gear, and our food/water. A successful biketour is a result of great planning, hard biking, and goodold fashioned luck. As the film producer, Sam Goldwynquipped, "The harder I work, the luckier I get." So tooshould our preparation work for bike touring be directed.This Book of Questions is designed to help bikers plantheir tours near and far. We provide resources so you canresearch your own answers to these questions and fromexperts, fellow cyclists, books, and the web. In the spiritof the saying "The question is the answer," we invite youto find answers to these questions to help you ask andanswer your own questions to better prepare, ride, enjoyand learn from your bike tour.Riders doing bike tours need a set of skills, attitudes anddispositions to be safe and successful. Just reading aboutit does not give you skills. Most skills are gained throughinquiry and direct experience. This set of questions isintended to help guide your preparation for that directexperience. By answering these and your own questionsyou'll be in the best position to develop those skills andattitudes to be successful.