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Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

13 December 2014 - 12:22pm
AntonioCM wrote:Hi guys,

I am not a gear geek, but I reckon there are still some material possessions I think I couldn’t go bicycle touring without.

Antonio

Antonio

I get the strong impression that what you really cannot do without is your underwear:

http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/worl ... ra-mexico/

I don't blame you but you did ask.

san javier

13 December 2014 - 11:05am
hi all
looking for road bike routes in this area preferably loops starting from the san javier area or there abouts
any help would be appreciated. Not busy roads please. trying also to find tour of murcia route but no luck.
ta

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 10:05am
you're on a bike,you break down,you can't fix it...you're out in the bush...most Americans will stop and ask you if you're okay if they see you in some difficulty. They're most supporting with only the odd nutter whose aim is to kill you. Most(read x10)are very helpful,moreso than our own folk. You could always flag down a car or lorry should you think you'll need it. A lot of Americans(in the bush)have utes: bike KO'd,they'll put your bike in the back and take you and bike to the nearest town,see you're okay.

What I would take with you,buy over there,is that pepper spray. Not for bears,but for the dogs that are out on remote farms and hear/smell you coming. With no owners around,or gone out shopping,they can beat a path down to the road to savage you(?)should they catch you. The dogs seem to bark up the valleys to alert other farm dogs,then they're all on the look out foryou. I always lived/cycled in fear,but then I'm no commando. Yeah,they increased my cadence,but I never forgave them(or my fear?)for inhibiting carefree cycling. I'd rather face the bears and the pumas.

Re: Pennsylvania

13 December 2014 - 9:38am
The most important thing you need to know about PA is that they have funny booze laws. After a long day in the saddle its quiet a pain to walk endlessly around the supermarket looking for the beer section......

They only sell beer at bars(obvious) and off licenses/bottle shops (often not conveniently next to the supermarket!!!). Not the end of the world if you already know this, but quite a pain the first time you get caught out

Its a pretty part of the world, sadly I was in a bit of a hurry when I passed through, luckily you're also towards the top of the Appalachians so the hills aren't too bad. Have a good look at google maps and you'll see that a lot of the roads run NE-SW, theres a reason for that

Have fun.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

13 December 2014 - 9:36am
Nobody seems to have mentioned CTC membership. Once upon a time, the CTC Handbook would have been tucked away in a side pocket on the Camper Longflap.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 8:59am
I agree with most of the previous posts.

The one thing I would carry, though, having been stuck out overnight in remote areas once or twice, is a basic 'survival kit'
-small container of waterproof matches
-water purification tablets (or filter)
-emergency blanket/bivvy bag &/or bin bag (the large, heavy duty sort)
-a days worth of emergency rations or spare food
-an extra layer of warm clothes

If you are going across mountains, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, and carry extra water, plus electrolyte tablets or drops.

A survival course is probably unnecessary, even if you get stuck out somewhere. However, if you have never been camping, and haven't built a fire with found wood, or improvised a shelter, a survival course might not be a bad idea. The chances that you will ever need it are slim, but if you do, basic knowledge and skills can make the difference between life and death.

It's not common, but it happens that someone gets a puncture, or has a mechanical, or gets lost and cannot get to the destination for the night. If it happens in a remote area, you need to be able to look after yourselves.

If you are going to truly remote areas, and you are worried about this, you can also get an emergency beacon (PLB).

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 1:45am
Pepper Spray can't be brought from the US into Canada. You can carry bear spray, but not pepper spray. Note that bear spray is less powerful than pepper spray as a bear's nose is much more sensitive than a human's.

If you are going into some remote territory, you won't be finding motels. I've ridden through lots of towns with bold names on the map that don't have motels or any useful services.

Can you post some idea of the route you are considering? It might provide some ideas of things to be aware of that are specific to the places you'll be traveling though. Also, you are aware of the Adventure Cycling Association, right? They provide maps of bike routes all over the US and a couple into Canada. Their website is http://www.adventurecycling.org

Do you know about warmshowers.org? They have a lot of members in the US and I've often emailed members for valuable local knowledge.

Don't miss riding on the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Lake Louise, Alberta. Possibly the most stunning area I've ever ridden through.

Re: Pennsylvania

13 December 2014 - 1:34am
As a place to start, be aware that Pennsylvania has State Bike Routes: http://www.bikepa.com/routes/index.htm

This page has 14 links to information about bike touring in Pennsylvania: http://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTi ... &subtopic=

One of them is the above link and others are journals of tours I've taken that have crossed into Pennsylvania.

It is a pretty place but very hilly, so be prepared.

Is touring up to Bormio possible in April?

13 December 2014 - 1:17am
I am planning a tour for next April that will start and end in Milan and tour the lakes region and lower mountains. I plan to ride east to Verona skirting the southern parts of the lakes and the foothills and then head north into the mountains, heading west back toward Milan.

Since I will be there in early April, I figured it was best to keep the route elevation under 1000 meters as much as possible. Though, I like the idea of riding up to Bormio just to do it. It would likely be an up and back as no train services Bormio. I see that the high temperature in April in Bormio is around 40F (10C), so it would be cold.

I've roughed out a route (http://mycycletour.com/displayroute.php?RouteNumber=317), though mostly this was clicking waypoints and letting the mapping software draw the route. It isn't the actual route I'll follow but gives an idea of what I have in mind.

Has anyone ridden up to Bormio or thereabouts in April? Is this even a good idea?

I'd also be interested in any and all thoughts on my route idea or other suggestions. Note that I don't want to ride the Cinque Terre or down into Tuscany for other reasons.

Pennsylvania

12 December 2014 - 9:49pm
Just starting now to plan a couple of weeks cycling in Pennsylvania starting next April-May: anyone can advise about possible routes ??
Thank you.

Re: Danube Delta

12 December 2014 - 9:41pm
neilob wrote:... anyone been out to the Danube Delta beyond Tulcea?? ...
A couple of years ago we arrived to Tulcea as well but we didn't go further.
HOWEVER, I've been investigating quite a lot on the "beyond" possibilities and my conclusion is that for sure you can arrive to Sulina and maybe, Black Sea tides permitting, you have a good chance to get to Sfantu George (that is the South branch of Danube delta).
However if you are planning something like that, please post your query on the "international section of the romanian forum" and for sure you'll get more precise information, here below the link
http://www.ciclism.ro/forums/index.php/forum/143-international/

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

12 December 2014 - 9:34pm
  • 100% waterproof panniers
  • A good companion, one who loves bike mechanics even better

Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

12 December 2014 - 9:16pm
The american adventure association interactive map (cycle routes) now has an Amtrac (trains) overlay

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

12 December 2014 - 9:12pm
Thanks All. Some good advice in there

Was planning on using my trustee Continental GP 4 Seasons. Good enough?

Re: Multi Function Watches

12 December 2014 - 8:37pm
Mick F wrote:Interesting article, but the bar chart only goes back to 2007 and they're only discussing smart watches etc.
Maybe wrist "watches" sales are on the rise now, but what happened in the past 200 years with respect to consumerism?

OP is asking about Multifunction Watches.
I'm suggesting that that a wristwatch is fine, but any "multifunction" can be found on many many other items depending on your activity.

Tell the time?
Yes, good on your wrist, but better to have a clock in full view in your office/on your desk/in your workplace/anywhere where people can see it.

Multifunction?
Cycling? have a computer on your handlebars. You can see the time too.

My issue was with your comment, " wristwatches aren't needed so much and sales have slumped", in fact, sales are very healthy and rising. This is actually surprising to me but as a collector things are as healthy as they have been for 20 years. The death of the watch industry was upon us (supposedly) in the 1970's.........

Multifunction can indeed by found on other products, not much point in having another product though, for us who like to wear a watch. I did have a cycle computer long ago, after a while, the clock was the only thing I used on it. Trouble is, it didn't fit on my wrist.......

Re: Multi Function Watches

12 December 2014 - 6:26pm
Interesting article, but the bar chart only goes back to 2007 and they're only discussing smart watches etc.
Maybe wrist "watches" sales are on the rise now, but what happened in the past 200 years with respect to consumerism?

OP is asking about Multifunction Watches.
I'm suggesting that that a wristwatch is fine, but any "multifunction" can be found on many many other items depending on your activity.

Tell the time?
Yes, good on your wrist, but better to have a clock in full view in your office/on your desk/in your workplace/anywhere where people can see it.

Multifunction?
Cycling? have a computer on your handlebars. You can see the time too.

Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

12 December 2014 - 3:03pm
Tremendous stuff, thank you.

Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

12 December 2014 - 2:49pm
Magnum wrote:Thanks.

Good idea about LAX.
Not au fait with the US trains, so I have more research to do!

If you require a stay beyond the 90 days, you require a visa for the USA.

Its about 45 mins (15 miles) on the FlyAway shuttle bus from LAX to Union Station and about $8. Buses run every half hour. From there take the Amtrak to San Diego or Disneyland or anywhere else on the route that takes your fancy. The Pacific Surfliner takes a leisurely 6 hrs and has bike racks on board. 12 trains a day. $37 each way. Book your tickets and bike online on the Amtrak website.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

12 December 2014 - 2:34pm
I think irc has pretty much covered it. The hard shoulder, where you're expected to ride, can be pretty grotty, lots of broken glass, old truck tyres, wire, gravel and expansion joints can be encountered at times. I heard about some lads who were doing the Southern Tier on road bikes with the comment that they were getting a lot of punctures. Good puncture proof tyres are essential.

To your spares, I'd add some zip ties and some duct tape.

Re: Dear Santa -for Christmas I would like ..........

12 December 2014 - 2:19pm
dEer sanTa

I bin gud this yeer, i wood like four chrizmus plis

a pear of winter booties
a new helmet
sum new shorts

fank you

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