|Trace The Mitten|
There are many things to do if you are planning a tour. The links section provides some wonderful sources of very worthwhile information. Life is like a tour, many pedal cranks move you inch by inch and so you must little moves to you destination. Your tour is like life, if you do not know where you are going how will you get Make a plan.
I knew that I needed to physically be able to go the mileage daily and I would have to do it day after day. I started riding regularly and gradually increasing my mileage. I was not worried about speed, Your base fitness indicates your place to start. What is your level?
You need a bike. When I started I needed to borrow a bike. A kind soul offered a mountain bike to use until I could get my bike. When I got my bike they were old, used, inexpensive (cheap) model. What will you ride for now?
I made my commitment to a summer tour in winter and it was too snowy to ride regularly outside. I started cross country skiing again. I also walked on the inside walking track and used the exercise cycle at the gym.How would I train ?
In Michigan the roads get salt to keep our snow and ice melted. Salt is very rough on the steel and aluminum. The melt puddles during winter and brine. I even get concerned about the salt dust that rises from the roads. For the first 3 winters that I rode the old junkie bikes. When snow was down on the road my speed is slow and I am extremely cautious.
If you do ride our be sure to wash and wipe down the bike after each ride. All of this puts me out of the mood to ride.
In the Detroit areas we have Metro Parks which keep the paved path clear and the roads are kept clear. It is common to cyclists on the paths and roads. The rail trails are not cleared in most cases. At our local parks there are may designated mountain bike trails.
If you carry your bike on the car to reach your riding spot, then you may again be dealing with road salt. I would prefer to carry the bike inside my vehicle.