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  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Minimalist mustachian bicycle touring
« on: February 26, 2017, 10:21:55 AM »
I saw this article posted on the "Bicycle Touring and Bikepacking" facebook group, and thought some folks here might appreciate it.

Basically, a (presumably single) engineer retires, sells all his stuff, and hits the road on epic bicycle tours. He rents a room for the odd times he's not on a tour.

For some time now I've been dreaming of biking to Alaska. And many other places.  Definitely inspiration for ER ... Anyone here going on bike tours like this?


  • Bristles
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Re: Minimalist mustachian bicycle touring
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 02:17:09 PM »
Sounds great. Very inspiring.

I'm a committed cyclist but an inexperienced tourer, but I am thinking thoughts about doing this (once it's finished):

I'm in melbourne, Australia, but I have a sister in Vancouver. So thinking of visiting and then one day telling her I'm going for a bit of a ride.


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Re: Minimalist mustachian bicycle touring
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2017, 02:24:04 PM »
I've done quite a few tours, but at this point in my life if I were to retire now I'd get a camper van and travel with that instead.

This December I met an older man that has been bike touring for the past 5 years. It definitely is a great way to spend a retirement.
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Re: Minimalist mustachian bicycle touring
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2017, 02:26:47 PM »
I tour regularly and lead bike tours locally as a volunteer. Quite the inexpensive and fun hobby.
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Re: Minimalist mustachian bicycle touring
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 04:33:17 AM »
Yes! One of my dreams is to get rid of everything and do a solo RTW bike tour. I'm already FIRE but had several pets up until recently (and one small dog remaining) so have to wait until she's gone. Ive done several bike tours with herbut she hates it and its pretty confining with a dog. So for now longish camping road trips in my truck with her and do day rides.

ETA: check out the Crazy Guy On A Bike journals if you haven't yet. Lots of long-distance minimalist tourers there.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2017, 04:36:20 AM by spartana »
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