What You Need for Self Supported Touring by Bicycle
Concerns - Cleanliness
If you don't get dirty, you probably aren't having much fun. There are more ways than you can imagine to get clean, and stay clean.
Clean Your Clothes
- Your campground. (Who wudda guessed?)
- A campground you aren't staying at. State and National Parks, and some private campgrounds will let you shower for a small fee.
- Small motels, during morning cleaning, for a small fee (bribe), if you use a room not yet cleaned. Negotiate for a towel and soap, or bring your own.
- Public swimming pools
- Fire stations
- Rain storm - without the raingear
- Sponge bath
- Restaurant or mega-store restrooms
- Cemetary fawcet (but don't drink the water)
- Lawn sprinkler
- Water bottle and wash cloth
- River, stream, lake or public swimming pool
- Where the sun don't shine
- Before you rise from the throne, don't spare the toilet paper.
- If your last deposit was in the woods, stop at a restroom to finish the cleaning job. Wiggling around on small solids for only a short time can make the area verrrry tender.
- Laundramat - use dryer (monitor closely)
- Your shower -
- soap and rinse before removing
- squeeze out water in towel
- hang overnight, spread in sun, or wear
- Fenders keep your back and chain cleaner.
- Non-sticky sunscreen doesn't attract dirt.
- Bright yellow jersey's attract bugs.
- Baby-wipes help after chain or tire repair.
- Riding on lawns around fresh tar keeps the bike clean.
- Leaving shoes outside the tent (under the fly) keeps the tent clean.