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1. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

Brendan has indicated that this thread is about Canada

My plan is to:

Bicycle 1000 km from Calgary to Vancouver

as the title would suggest. Now I am wondering if anyone around here has done/tried anything like this. This particular trip will be mostly through mountains, lots of camping, and remote areas.

I am heading out in about 1 month and need to get my bike in order and figure out what kind of supplies I will need. Any ideas/suggestions?

Appreciate it!
Brendan "X" O'Brien

2. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13924 posts) 8y

A psychological examination to make sure you haven't lost all of your marbles? (Just a thought!)

Moose repellent - very important (A moose bit my sister once...)
First aid kit - also important (For those moose bites.)

Have a safe and fun trip B! How long do you think the 1000K will take? Isa wants to make sure she has the search and rescue team ready!!

3. Posted by beerman (Moderator 1631 posts) 8y

Yup, I'm going with the psych exam too.....

Nope, never done that ride. I would, nonetheless, recommend bringing:
Food (always important)
Moleskin (felt-like material to cover footie blisters)
Matches (you never know)
Rain Poncho, hi vis so truckers don't kill you
Band-Aids, in case truckers hit you
Aspirin, your legs WILL hurt
Cash
Tent, bike, sleeping bag, servants, porta-potty, the usuals......

Really, the moleskin will be a lifesaver if you get blisters.

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

Thanks for the tips! Yeah it is a bit crazy, but I have always wanted to do it. I am thinking it will take 7-10 days, although the record is 40hrs 25min or something like that.

I am leaving on the 28th or 29th of June, hopefully!

Brendan "X" O'Brien

5. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 8y

I've driven that route a few times, and all I can say is "good luck". It's gonna be tough, but i guess if you're fit enough (and motivated) it would be possible. One thing to always have with you (like a true Canadian) is duct tape. It can do anything. It even works in place of moleskin (of course, when it's time to take it off.... it may be a little painful).

Just wondering what route you're planning on taking? Transcanada the whole way? You would not want to take the coquihalla, that's for sure. It's shorter, but it's steap (and you'd miss the beauty of the fraser canyon).

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

I have driven it quite a few times too, and I think it is very possible to do. It's just important to take your time and realise what you can and cannot do.

I am not sure of the route to take yet. I wish the Trans-Canada Trail was ready.. but alas I think we will be on the highway's.

7. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13924 posts) 8y

Quoting Brendan

I wish the Trans-Canada Trail was ready.. but alas I think we will be on the highway's.

Ah, so you aren't doing this little adventure alone... That's good! ;)

8. Posted by SIC2001 (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Well, i don't know that part of the world, I haven't made it out of ON/Que yet, but my advise:

Have a really good map before you leave
Tune up your bike before you leave
Bring an allen key, maybe screw driver, patch, and oil it up nice before you leave

Bring a cellphone and spending money, lots of water, a limited amount of clothing, don't forget a lock, and helmet of course. use the rack on the back, you can get a bag for it, I bungee cord up a backpack to it, and you can wear a secondary pack if you want.

First aid kit, snack foods, of course your main meal stuff, TP (sounds dumb but i've forgotten it on training ex's sucks) bug repelent depending on when your going, give other people your route, try to set daily goals and don't forget to take many breaks enroute. I don't normally sleep with a tent, but you might want one, I normally just bring a ground sheet if i use anything.

Matches are nice, watch, the clips for your bike pedals might be handy, i like my mudflap thing, a rain jacket is key, sunscreen, sunglasses, mp3 player is nice. a bike lamp is good to have as well. Make sure you do some training before you go, don't want to just go cold turkey.

I live in ON and try to use secondary roads, i have no idea if this is possible out there. rope is always handy, i thought of an awsome idea for a friend who is biking europe right now ,but use your bike with a kickstand as a leanto and put the tarp around it moreless, it could hold up fairly well and build a shelter out of that.

Deouderant is key haha, i like to have a pad of paper, keep track of distances, timings etc, a camera might be nice, chapstick, I like to tie my pantleg up when I bike, depends on what you will be wearing. There were a few other things, but i just drew a blank, that should be a decent list to go by.

Have fun, :) you have more ambition then i do, I was set to do the 240 from london to TO in may, but i got a flat 30 k out. I bike about 150 k a week, and was really pumped. Mind you, i planed a day trip and I believe I could have made it the whole way. If you pack right you should be able to fit everything into 2 bags, or a bag and the pouch system. It also feels different to bike with the extra weight, and the bike responds different so you know. You should have no problem doing that in the time alloted, unless it is super hilly.

ps. I suggest a bike computer, its just so handy to use

9. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

Thanks a lot SIC2001!! That is some great information. What do you think of those bicycle trailers? They would hold everything nicely and be out of the way.

10. Posted by SIC2001 (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

I'm of no help to you on that one, I have thought about one, but never really seen them or used one. I am of mixed opinion on them, I would love to try one sometime. When I had my day trip planned I was able to fit everything I needed and a few additional cloths into one large backpack (not a ruck sack) on the back. With the additional food, I could have easily fit enough either in another backpack or into the bag system at the back.

So for what I was doing, I really woudln't have needed one, but if i was doing long trips I would seriously invest in one. I probably wouldn't bother for a 10 day trip, and I am betting they are costly. Just take your time packing, and maximize your space, The other reason I was thinking I might not like to use it is becuase I tend to go over all types of terrain, including the shoulder of the road, curbs in town, etc, and having an extra thing pulling behind me isn't something I would easily be able to do.

What I suggest, is make a kit list up, and then get all your stuff together and pack. See how much room it takes up, and if you feel you need one take a look at them, so you know how much room you need etc.

I'm not sure if i mentioned it in the other post, but pack your stuff in zip lock bags, they make life much much nicer, whenever I go on feild ex's I like to bag it up, keeps the dew out of your cloths, and saves them from rain, because there is no better feeling then changing into dry clothing after a rainstorm. (and you can stick bags in your shoes if your feet get wet, makes your trip a bit better.)