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No more rides to london or paris - ie no more europe from asia or Australia
No more rides to and from Darwin in Australia (i'm really shocked there's no more flights to bali from Darwin)
I had been intending to book my route to Paris from Bali and to get to BAli from Darwin . Does anyone have any suggestions as to the cheapest airlines and routes to Paris from Asia and/or Australia now? I've got to rethink my whole plan and i do need the cheapest way there possible. Doesn't matter which asian city i have to fly from if that works out cheaper than flying direct from oz.
Planning on doing a bike trip from Amsterdam to the South of France over about an 8 week time frame, starting in June. Will probably be pulling a single wheel trailer to get some of the weight off the bike itself. Therefore, as I will have a bit of space and would be able to carry a tent, mattress etc, is camping a good option for this region of the world? If it is just as cheap and affordable to stay in other types of accomodation, then I won't bother with taking my tent and mattress! I just need to be comfortable in wherever I stay after having ridden my bike for the whole day.
As I have no idea what-so-ever of what facilities are available in Western Europe, then any comments about camping, cheap accomodation would be greatly appreciated.
Interesting report here about a Japanese touring cyclist who had his bike stolen in China.. It seems he unintentionally set off something of a political storm.
So be careful out there and use a good lock, you might save yourself more than just a stolen bike.
What tire width do you recommend for a self supported extended tour on a loaded bike. Our bikes are the Surly LHT with 26" wheels. I weigh 85 kg and my partner weighs 70 kg. We are fairly new at touring. The bikes came with 1.5" tires but from reading the blogs, it appears that most people are using wider tires. Your opinion is appreciated.
I have dilemma over what bike to take touring.
As part of a gap year trip, my partner and I have committed to at least 2 weeks of bike touring in regional France – staying at hostels or campsites with good female-friendly facilities, 20 – 50km per day, local wine and produce.... We’ll be in Europe for 2-4 months total and if convenient maybe take the bikes for a bit more minus the daily A to B riding.
I like the idea of having the option to camp when it suits verse having to always rely on and pay extra for dorms, hotels, hostels, etc. I know this will require carrying more kit but our current bikes (sturdy steel Kona touring bikes) can be decked out with saddle bags etc.
I recently cycled across Iran - and one of the many joys I exprıenced was the ease of cookıng each nıght - due to the fantastıc canned egg plant dısh you can buy across the natıon (bademjun ın farsı). It was delıcıous - I ate ıt wıth pasta and nun (bread) each nıght. I would just mıx a bıt of salt, pepper, and curry powder wıth ıt - and maybe some feta cheese - and ıt seemed to me to be restaraunt qualıty. I must have eaten the same dısh about 50 tımes.
Thıs got me to thınkıng - what are the `food secrets` for cyclısts ın dıfferent countrıes...
To name a few from my experıence...
Thaıland - 7/11 ıced chocolate drınk mıxed half and half wıth the ıced coffee. Steal a few free sıps too before fıllıng to the brım agaın...
Indonesıa - the roadsıde cakes fılled wıth dessıcated coconut. They are about 5c each and so delıcıous... Also the salted Crıspy Crackers are pretty good to ... more »
Cycling in Indian Himalayas (Manali to leh) in July-Aug 2012
I am Ashish from India. I went to Ladakh last year mostly doing trekking/mountaineering & photography there. The experience was so amazing that i find myself only thinking about Himalayas & Ladakh ;)
For this year, i have taken up the challenge of doing Manali (a popular hill-station in lower himalayas) to Leh (capital of ladakh) on bicycle...The trip should be around 480 kms. As i have been on these roads this year in taxi, i know for sure that its a very demanding & long trip as we will pass through 3-4 of world's highest passes and almost all along 480 kms, we will cycling at avg altitude of more than 3000 mts and going as high as 5000 mt plus.....But this all part of the ultimate journey through breathtaking & heavenly views and amazing people all along :)
I am guessing the journey should take around 7-10 d... more »
The coast of Maharashtra has some magnificent beaches and fascinating market towns. I took my local, single gear Hero Hercules bicycle and rode some of the way to explore the district known as Sindhudurg. With the hilly terrain, I ended up walking a lot of uphills, but in the cool of morning it was pleasant on the quiet roads.
I was lucky and witnessed a turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs on a beach one evening.
Pictures of some of the trip are here .
(also posted on Indian subcontinent branch)
I've got a friend coming to visit me in Central America from the US and so I'm wanting to stock up on a few things for the bike that I can't get so easily here. Any ideas on the best online shopping for bike parts with delivery to a US address?
We are two Australian guys currently cycling from London to Cairo. We are currently in Eilat Israel and are hoping to cross into Egypt in a few days or so.
From what i've read on thron tree it seems that the news headlines regarding kidnappings and safety in Egypt is a bit overblown and it's not that bad there at the moment although i realise that certain areas are different to some.
My question is what do you think of our chances of making the journey on bicycles? Would we be better off getting a bus to Dahab from Taba and then cycling to Sharm - ferry to Hurghada and then cycling up to Cairo? Both of us have never been to Egypt and have been on the road for the past weekt so we haven't had a load of time or internet access to research the Egypt leg of the trip.
Would we be better to get a bus to Sharm even? We have managed to cycle 5000km from London witho... more »
After many years on the road I came over many cyclist. Today is very popular riding for charity. Since I am doing the clown for free around the world I could consider myself one of them. Although I try to explain always that first I try to be happy and then make others happy. And doing the clown for free is not as easy as it looks like when you try to do it for special audiences: refugees, orphanages...
Yesterday I met a guy that will ride across USA with an amazing project. Not just riding for charity. His aim is give " a positive poverty message and showing the resourcefulness & resilience of those living in extreme poverty" and he will live with less than 1,50 usd a day!!!
Have a look and take out your helmet for this man http://happyzine.co.nz/2012/03/04/darcy-lunn-rides-the-world-for-the-global-poverty-project-and-live-below-the-line/
From Wellington, the biciclown more »
Hey kındly cycle folks.
Im ın Turkey - as you mıght have already gathered due to my use of the strange Turkısh "ı".
Anyway - Im ın need of a Turkısh bıke shop - but ıt seems no one has been able to name a decent one on thıs entıre fourm. Surely that cant be the case? Ideally ıt would be ın South East Anatloya. I need some new tyres - 28s. And I have a strange knockıng noıse from my front hub... And many other aılments afflıct my beloved bıke...
Arrıved ın Turkey today from Iraq and was ımmedıately attacked by stone throwıng chıldren. Lıterally wıthın seconds leavıng the border post. What a fırst ımpressıon...
I've got three or four months of holiday this year from April until July/August, and am looking for some cycle touring trip ideas. I'm happy to camp, have a reasonable amount of cycling/MTBing experience and would love a physical challenge, but have never done any touring previously - I'll be on my own for this trip (mid-20s female). Any suggestions would be most welcome!!
I'm planning on riding the Karakorum Highway from Islamabad to Kashgar in a couple of months (currently killing time in Lahore), and am considering taking an alternative route for the first section, in the hope of avoiding the dodgy bit of Indus Kohistan.
My route would take me through Murree and Muzaffarabad, then north up the Kaghan Valley, rejoining the KKH at Chilas. I've spoken to a few people who've trekked in the area, and there's apparently a reasonable road the whole way, but I'd love to hear from anyone who's actually cycled there, especially if it was in the last year or so. As well as road conditions, any advice you're able to offer on weather, and on local attitudes (I think this is still part of Indus Kohistan) would be most welcome.
I have just came from the Chinese embassy in Vientiane, Laos, and I am sorry to inform that this embassy no longer gives 2 or 3 month Chinese visa, only 30 days. Double entries are possible but cost more.
I have asked also with a letter of invitation from Chinese friends, and they say no, they clearly told me that the embassy can only give 30 days visas. No further discussion was even possible.
The new rules are since the beginning of this year, 2012.
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