On Your Bike
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On a recent visit to Hong Kong (March 2013) we stocked up on some parts and pieces and had to visit quite a few bike shops to get everything we wanted, so I thought I'd post this up in case it can be useful to anyone. There are lots of good bike shops in Hong Kong and this is definitely not a definitive list (at all!) but just merely the ones I found most useful. There may well be other shops that cater more fully to touring needs. It was generally possible to get a 10 or 20% discount on marked prices.
Flying Ball bike shop
Address:Unit G58, G/F, Lai Sun Commercial Centre, 680 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
An institution in Hong Kong and also proudly displays Heinz Stucke's photos along the wall. Lots of components and gear, although we couldn't source older models of Shimano chain sets here that we wanted to replace... more »
I am touring Northern Peloponnese in Mid-October. If a few people join the adventure many of the costs are shared and thereby reduced. From Atens we take a ferry to Poros and then to Nafplio to Stemnitsa to Olympia to Lambia to Kalavrita to Nemia to Epidavros to Athens. Strenous rides through the Acadian mountains, 50 miles a day, good lodging. Organized by Cycle Greece who seem to know their stuff. I'm arriving Athens 4 days early before the ride.
If even slightly interested please respond here or to my emai - - - Michaels990@gmail.com We do not have to ride together or even hang out when we reach the cities, hamlets, and villages but we would save some dinero (euros) and could coordinate who brings what such as an, extra tire, bike tools, chain lube, first aid supplies, pressure guage,chammy cream,so everyone doesn't have to pack everything.
Are there other forums to seek... more »
So I'm in the planning process for our next trip.
My wife and I plan on riding our bikes from Anchorage as far south as possible in 5 months, who knows maybe Panama?
We are in no rush but a general southward movement would be good. We do not plan on spending any amount of time in any cities along the way as we have traveled in the west coast of America before, just not this far north or south.
What is the must dos and sees? Can we combine the two main trails through the west of the US, the Pacific coast and great divide trails?
Has anyone been through Baja recently? What about Central America, Pacific Coast or Caribbean?
Any dangers or annoyances we need to be aware of? Is camping possible all along the way? How about warmshowers or couchsurfers?
We plan on leaving Mid June and need to be back in Australia by November.
was just reading a post of bike buying in mandaly. one of the respondents mentioned. buying a bike each time and then giving it to school children. i have been doing a very similar thing for a number of years. Asia and Latin Amer. many different situations. feels like a good way to make a contribution to where i am traveling. so great to hear others doing that too. hope this post finds that poster.
I'm planning to cycle from Dieppe on the French coast to the town of Belfort on the other side of France this summer.
I'm looking for good maps of France that will help me plan my route. Does anyone have recommendations?
We got a Kunming to Kathmandu flight in June, and would like to know the rules for bicycles?
I gather its 32 kg total but what are the rules for the bikes.
Do i have to box them?
Owning to bicycle with flexible,zero carbon emissions,clean and comfortable,the characteristics of the human or electric drive,in full compliance with the energy-efficient,low energy consumption,low pollution,low emission characteristics of the low-carbon transport in established urban form and use patterns,the bike is completely capable short-haul transport,public transport or rail transport can also assist to complete long-distance travel,convenient,fast integrated transport system.Its manpower or the characteristics od the electric drive,reduce transportation energy consumption,reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Therefore,as one of the trends of the development of low-carbon transport bike can largely alleviate the pressure.At present,increasing the city’s motor vehicle,road and cars increased proportion imbalance more serious traffic congestion problems become the most troublesome pr... more »
My wife and I are looking for route itineraries between Lake Van (or Dogubayazit / Mt. Ararat) across the eastern mountains to Goreme / Kayseri. Tour planned for June - July 2013. We've got 10-12 days, hoping for a scenic but direct route avoiding main roads. We're good with camping but would also like to stay in some interesting cities and towns for culture, good food, and showers. We're interested in:
1) Route ideas
2) Recommended places to stop/stay/visit
3) Any sections we should avoid - or take via bus (because they're unsafe or best to spend limited time elsewhere)
4) Road conditions (Would touring road bikes with 700c wheels be ok? Or should we take our 26"-wheel mountain touring bikes?)
Thank you all!
Gary and Cara
Edited by: downtowngb
Hoping to find a good second hand bicycle within the next weeks in Bangkok/Northern Thailand area.
Ideally it would be fantastic to find someone who likes to sell one and we could arrange a way and place to meet up. But any advice on how to find second hand bikes in Thailand is also greatly appreciated. Any shops in Bangkok selling them? Or in Chang Mai? Flea-markets, websites......
Really happy to receive all comments and thank you for helping!
I know this is long shot, but if anyone needs bike boxes in Xian, you can have them April 5.
We'll give you 2 of them.
I'm going to be in Amsterdam on the 20'th of April for 4 days. I'm thinking of cycling around Netherlands for four days. I'd like to ride not more than 150 KM / day and would like to do it unsupported if possible which is why I'd rather not do it alone.
If anyone's around there at the same time and would like to join me, great! If you have advice on riding unsupported in Netherlands (+ itineraries) that'd help.
Getting a road bike soon. For fast, long alpine days. Just like this cool bloke (http://iikinfrance.blogspot.com/p/200-cols-tour.html).
Still trying to decide what computer to get.
First option is a Cateye Strada Wireless. This is because it will always be on the bike and I won't need to charge it all the time. Info will always be there when needed. Put it on and forget about it.
Next option is a gps. Looking at gps such as the Garmin 200/500/800 (and the new range), they all seem to offer what my phone can already do. (HTC Wildfire). They do offer better battery life though. But spare phone batteries are cheap on Amazon.uk. And I will always take my phone anyway.
I am abroad a lot, so the mapping bundles, which are country specific, aren't much good, plus I like paper maps.
I have a polar heart rate watch and strap already.
I already map my mountain ... more »
I am on a touring bike and am in need of a few spare parts and general advice from someone that knows their bikes (specifically touring bikes) and so am wondering if anyone in the know can point me in the right direction for when I am in Bangkok.
Thanks in advance,
I am looking to buy some white gas for my cooking stove and was wondering where it can typically be bought in Thailand. I am hoping to look for it when my friend and I cycle through Bangkok but would not know the first place to look. Can anyone give me any ideas? I know that it is also known as benzene kaow, white benzene and can be found under the brandname "Comfort" if that helps. Look forward to any responses.
Thanks in advance,
A question for some of you GPS users out there.
It seems like most cycle tourists who use a GPS choose a general outdoors model, usually Garmin Etrex.
I am not really familiar with the differences between GPS models and their applications....is there a difference in the capabilities of an Etrex against a cycling specific GPS such as a Garmin Edge (favoured by mountain bikers and road racing types)?
I know the Etrex is considerably bigger and heavier, and lacks a number of cycle-specific features (which may not be useful for touring) - but is it just because it is cheaper (and possibly tougher) that you choose it, or does it have better mapping capabilities or some other feature?
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