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Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

18 May 2015 - 11:08pm
Kieran2663 wrote:Hi Serbring,

The "chai money" was paid by the driver, but was of very small demonination of Somani to the officer on the take, when you are in country you will see this happening to drivers on a frequent basis, as mentioned we were personal never asked for a bribe and never had any negative dealings with the police.

We rang Shargaf at Pamir Silk whilst in Dushanbe and meet him personal, I believe he splits his time between Dushanbe and Khorog (where this is limited internet access)so that may explain the delay. Have you tried ringing?

If you have the time when you get to Dushanbe you could apply for the permit yourself, it cost $4 USD and is available from the OVIR office on Mirzo Tursunzoda Street, Dushanbe. Go first to the Amonat Bank on the corner of Bukhoro Street and Mirzo Tursunzoda street, pay the clerk $4 for GBAO permit fee and get receipt , then take this to the OVIR office and present receipt, passport copies and photo to officials at the first desk on the left as you walk in. They will sort out the rest for you and show you what to do. If they are issuing permits it doesn't take all that long to get it processed, but if you have a time limit then this option is less attractive. Take a pen and some patience.

We purchased a Beeline SIM card in Dushnabe for emergencies and only send a few texts and made a few calls whilst there, it was cheap but fairly useless in the Pamir as mobile phone connection is poor to non existent.

Cheers
K

Hi Kieran,

Thanks again for your precious information. I haven't tried ringing, yet, but I will try to ring to Shargaf . Speaking abour camping, is there anything I should know about camping in the Pamirs?

cheers

Michele

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

18 May 2015 - 8:39pm
The increase from 8 to 10 speed is recent as, I am sure, is the "Max weight: Combined rider and luggage 80kg". I think you're right to be concerned. What makes this bike only capable of 80 whereas its competitors are rated to 120+?

I was considering one of these for a general use bike a couple of years back. With 10 speed and a silly max weight I wouldn't have looked twice.

Re: Salzburg bike hire

18 May 2015 - 7:42pm
There's http://www.citybikesalzburg.at/ which seems more for short rides, like London Cycle Hire.

https://www.salzburgrad.at/ seems like a fairly official site but its list of hire options is half-dead so it might be worth contacting them, pointing that out and asking for alternatives.

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

18 May 2015 - 7:39pm
Cheers - I don't know where I got the 8 gears from!

A long shot - Genesis Longitude

18 May 2015 - 7:16pm
Anyone running a Genesis Longitude on 35 - 38mm tyres?

Rack Pack for Tubus Airey

18 May 2015 - 6:47pm
Anyone using or can recommend a rack pack for the Tubus Airey?

It has a very narrow top

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

18 May 2015 - 6:27pm
smith4188 wrote:someone was describing cycling touring and said, "It doesn't have to be fun to be fun!"
So true.

Is anyone keeping a blog of the trip?

NCN 82 from Tywyn to Trawsfynydd

18 May 2015 - 5:09pm
Any advice and experience re this route? Several off road/tracks involved it seems. During this month or June/July?

Wishing to cycle well loved smooth tarmac lanes from Nantgwynant to Porthmadog (13 miles) - then train to Tywyn - and ride back to Nantgwynant

Is it do-able on an old fashioned touring bike (1992 Longstaff with 32mm Vittoria Pro Randonneurs)?

Or do I need another reason to put a pair of Schwalbe 1.9" Landcruisers on the unsold repainted 1991 Raleigh Blueridge 531?

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

18 May 2015 - 4:50pm
Slow Loris wrote: Since you're in a low risk area for theft, I'd go for the best tourer you can afford and buy two good locks for shopping/commuting (make at least one a high rated D lock).

Do come back with a pic of your purchase .

Good advice, thanks! I will post a pic when I find my bike.

Re: Panniers don't fit my new rack!

18 May 2015 - 4:02pm
This is now sorted as well as asking here I also asked the good people at Carradice.

They got back to me very promptly are going to replace both anti sway catch rails with the latest spec ones and just for the cost of the parts n postage!
What brilliant service

So thank you Margaret in customer services at Carradice.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

18 May 2015 - 3:11pm
Thistle wrote:I got a bit carried away with dreams of a LHT, they are way out of my price range, even used. I think I will look out for an old 531st tourer on ebay and ride the heck out of it.

Yup – Surly bikes seem to hold their value. I abandoned looking for one as I could never find one small enough for me second hand. It sounds like you don't need a small size so you should find a wider choice. Since you're in a low risk area for theft, I'd go for the best tourer you can afford and buy two good locks for shopping/commuting (make at least one a high rated D lock).

Do come back with a pic of your purchase .

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

18 May 2015 - 2:57pm
Slowroad wrote:When I posted I'd not noticed that the bike only has 8 gears - not really enough for touring unfortunately! My requirements of a flat-handlebar 26" wheel tourer seem more demanding than I'd expected...
It has a 10 speed - 32 teeth front, 11-36 at rear, so a gear range of 3.3, from 89% to 291%. The simplification of only one changer is useful, and increments are close enough. The gear range is perfectly wide enough for all the bike's purposes - when you are riding hilly tarmac lanes you feel you can ride up the side of a house. It isn't a racing bike so you don't need huge gears. Steep hills on rough tracks are more of a challenge, but it isn't a proper mountain bike so that is pushing it beyond its range. Nevertheless (even though it's my wife's bike not mine) I have done everything from fast day touring rides, to harder partly loaded touring, to moderate single-track mountain-biking, to shopping, and it is light and responsive enough to feel great across that range. It clearly isn't designed for heavy load touring, despite the front pannier boss, so you shouldn't be thinking about steep hills with a heavy load. So we are going on a camping tour shortly, and have decided not to take it for that reason. But for everything from partly loaded touring to riding roughish tracks, it's great, and a bargain. But of course it may still not match your requirements.

Re: Waterfalls

18 May 2015 - 2:35pm
Make sure you get to the top of the Mendips first!

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

18 May 2015 - 2:32pm
When I posted I'd not noticed that the bike only has 8 gears - not really enough for touring unfortunately! My requirements of a flat-handlebar 26" wheel tourer seem more demanding than I'd expected...

Paneuropa Radweg - France

18 May 2015 - 1:32pm
Hello,
We are off to cycle in Europe this Summer. Our plans so far are London to Paris on the Avenue Verte, Paris to Strasbourg on the Paneuropa Radweg, Strasbourg to Basel on Eurovelo 5/15 and back to the Atlantic on the Eurovelo 6.

We are having an okay time finding route details for all of the above but not for Paris to Strasbourg on the Paneuropa Radweg. From what I've read so far the French part is not well signposted and I suspect is composed of a variety of local routes but I am having trouble finding out what they are.

I've been to the paneuropa-radweg.de site (which doesn't work in English very well) which lists the towns but not the route numbers on the French side.

Has anybody done this route or found a detailed guide/map of the French section?

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

18 May 2015 - 1:08pm
Thank you for the kind comments about my book.

As a follow-up to the original post we are now a team of four setting off from Liverpool in a little under a month's time. We also have two or three other riders who'll join us for part of the way. On another cycling forum the other day someone was describing cycling touring and said, "It doesn't have to be fun to be fun!" So whatever happens it's definitely going to be fun.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

18 May 2015 - 12:51pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Slow Loris wrote:mercalia wrote:2 bikes or a dog . hmm thats a tough one

Perhaps not. Keep dog, ditch partner and kids, plenty of room for 2+ bikes and trailer

Heh heh. I like it! [emoji48]

me too.

I got a bit carried away with dreams of a LHT, they are way out of my price range, even used. I think I will look out for an old 531st tourer on ebay and ride the heck out of it.

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

18 May 2015 - 12:45pm
A run bad luck can do that to you. I've only just started out on a tour but have been plagued by bad luck the most recent of which is food poisoning. Am now at least a week behind schedule.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

18 May 2015 - 11:39am
Slow Loris wrote:mercalia wrote:2 bikes or a dog . hmm thats a tough one

Perhaps not. Keep dog, ditch partner and kids, plenty of room for 2+ bikes and trailer

Heh heh. I like it! [emoji48]

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

18 May 2015 - 11:24am
mercalia wrote:2 bikes or a dog . hmm thats a tough one

Perhaps not. Keep dog, ditch partner and kids, plenty of room for 2+ bikes and trailer

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