There have been significant advancements regarding cycling technology to improve the experience of tourers. In years past, bicycle tourers had to deal with things the hard way.
Relying on the generosity of the communities they were riding through and their wits to keep themselves going was rather hard, as it added another element to a bicycle tour.
Today, there are many options for self-sustainability on the road. One of the best pieces of technology that you have at your disposal when it comes to going on a bike tour is your cell phone.
Not only can your smartphone provide a phone line in case of emergencies, but it can also function as a backup GPS unit and a trip tracker.
Due to these features, you will need a way to keep your phone and any other rechargeable electronics running for the duration of your trip. Over the course of this article, we will cover some of the more common options for charging your electronics on the go.
One excellent choice you have regarding charging your electronics is a mini solar panel attached to your bike. While this is reliant on sunlight and good weather, some solar panels are good enough to pick up background sunlight even through clouds.
A solar panel is usually one of the more inexpensive options when it comes to charging your electronics while you are on the go. While it may lose a bit of reliability when compared to other types of electronics chargers for your bike, it is still a rather good choice.
Hub dynamos are likely one of the better options you have at your disposal when it comes to charging your electronics on the go. A hub dynamo functions by absorbing power from your wheels. So in a way, you are the one charging your electronics through your pedaling.
Hub dynamos do not have a noticeable effect on your speed or any other performance aspects of your bicycle. Dynamos are simply a passive measure used to ensure that your electronics don't die out on you. One of the few disadvantages to dynamos is regarding price, being one of the more expensive charging options.
You also have the choice of using a rechargeable battery pack. These connect directly to your electronics to keep them charged. These packs produce more energy than either solar panels or hub dynamos, but they are not rechargeable unless you access to a power outlet.
These are a good choice if you know that you will have several stops along your tour in which you will have access to an outlet to keep your battery pack charged.
We hope that this article has helped you decide on the best way to keep your electronics charged over the duration of your journey on your touring bike. Most of the time, your choice will depend on little more than personal preference. Good luck touring!