Have You ever wondered about how others do touring in the digital age. If it’s not on Instagram, it never happened right? Pedalling For Pints Luke has made an awesome review of hi-tech / lo-tech touring. He’s soon about to finish his ride from New York to Seattle, these are his reflections:
Touring is, of course, all about getting back to nature. But what’s nature if you can’t prove that you were there enjoying it. That’s where the tech comes in…
iPhone 5 - I can whip it out my jersey, unlock and shoot before you can say “hashtag”.
iPad Mini 32gb - Bought in New York. Not as cheap as I’d hoped after the sales tax. Think I’d go mad trying to type on my iPhone the whole time though.
iPod Nano 16gb - So I don’t use up my phone battery. Didn’t load half enough music though.
Sony RX100 - This has been one of the best purchases I made for the trip. I wanted a decent camera but didn’t want to lug around (or buy) a DSLR. After plenty of research, I came across the RX100 and couldn’t find a single bad review. It’s small, lightweight and takes amazing photos. It has a huge sensor (?) and can take lovely out-of-focus photos that make anything look good. Combine that with some VSCOcam filters and you’ve got yourself some InstaLikes.
3 SD cards - Surprisingly, still on my first one.
Apple iPad SD Card reader - Bought a cheap one, it broke. Saved by Walmart.
Anker Astro Slim3 USB Battery - Most campsites have a plug in the toilet so I just leave it in there overnight to charge.
Kindle - Real books are great but the Kindle was surely made for cycle touring. Small, lightweight and battery lasts forever. Currently reading some book about a kid wizard, seeing what the fuss is about.
Dual USB US wall charger and various cables (Lightning, iPod, mini and micro USB) - It was pretty tricky to get this in the UK but I managed. Means I can charge 2 things at once and don’t need to worry about an adapter.
Apple headphones - I don’t normally like or use these. They were a last minute addition. I’ve listened to a lot more music and podcasts than I thought I would while cycling. It started off just in the afternoons, with one ear and by Kansas it was both ears in from the go. Now, it depends on landscape, weather, mood and traffic. The Apple headphones are great as they let in a lot of ambient sound, you can pause easily with the controls.
Casio digital watch - it’s waterproof, it wakes me up in the morning and it’s classic.
Garmin 500 - I’ll chuck this in here as well as it needs charging. Purely for tracking not navigating. I like the idea that I can look back at the exact roads I rode when I’m 70 years old. I’ll have no doubt forgotten by then.