On this episode… why you might choose solo touring compared to group bicycle adventuring (or vice versa!)
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Freedom and independence
Opportunities for self-discovery and personal growth during solo tours.
Much easier to plan – no schedule coordinations with other riders
Much easier to pace
Solo Touring Challenges
Gear watching when inside stores
Expenses not split
Mitigating these challenges
Listen to episode 340 on safety – planning and prep is key
Listen to episode 341 on mental side and lonliness – be present and in the moment and have ways to connect when you need to
Your gear is safer than you think, but choose where you stop mindfully
Find ways to reduce costs – check out Pedalshift 045 (camping over hotels, cook your food, etc.)
Camaraderie and sense of community
Benefits of sharing experiences and responsibilities with fellow cyclists.
Memories maybe deeper?
Group Touring Challenges
Logistics of planning and executing a group tour
Mitigating the challenges
Importance of communication, leadership, and teamwork within a group.
Tips from our chat with Guthrie Straw in Pedalshift 163
Making the Decision: Solo, Group, or Both?
Solo or group touring is a personal fit for your preferences and goals.
Consider best of both worlds – combining solo and group touring on the same journey.
There is no one size fits all answer
The choice between solo and group touring depends on individual preferences and circumstances.
Reflect on their touring goals and consider trying both solo and group touring at different times.
November on the Pod
Fall tour preview next week – a box checker!
Interview in the works on a topic I’ve been really wanting to cover!
As always we like to close out the show with a special shoutout to the Pedalshift Society! Because of support from listeners like you, Pedalshift is a weekly bicycle touring podcast with a global community, expanding into live shows and covering new tours like this summer’s upcoming bike tour! If you like what you hear, you can support the show for 5 bucks, 2 bucks or even a buck a month. And there’s one-shot and annual options if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it all out at pedalshift.net/society.
Mark Van Raam
Dan Gebhart, RIP