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Bike trip tips: Planning is half the fun

The trip may have lasted a week, but the preparation provided a winter’s worth of entertainment: studying maps, plotting routes, buying equipment, reading biking blogs, and preparing certain muscles to sit for hours on narrow, unforgiving saddles.

With a sag wagon for support and transport, our carrying needs on the bikes were minimal. I had the lightest, fanciest bike of the three of us riders, so it made sense that I’d be the one to carry the rain jackets and fleece when we weren’t wearing them. I already owned a handlebar bag, which had served me well for quick access to tools, maps, phones, and other essentials. From one of my favorite online cycling sites,, I ordered a matching racktop bag from Rixen & Kaul with foldout pockets that can hang like panniers on either side of the rear wheel. My trusty old Garmin Forerunner 205, Garmin’s least expensive GPS watch at $149, ably tracked the whole ride and let us share each day’s results with friends and family.

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