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I don't have a rear fender but my rear rack has a top plate that acts as a decent splash guard to keep the rear wheel's thrown up water off my back. It does nothing to keep the spray off the rider following me but it does protect my jersey.
Water from the sky is clean. Water that splashes up from the road, not so much. I was on a group ride on a rainy, muddy road. I was the only one with fenders. We all got wet, but I was the only one that didn't have a muddy streak down the center of the back of my jersey.
"You can take bicycles on board an ICE train as long as they are folded away in a bike bag.Does this mean you can take a standard bike but it just has to be packed in a bag or that the bike must also fold, like a Bike Friday, Dahon, S&S coupled frame or similar? If it requires a true folding bike, just having the bag won't be enough.
If you’d like to take a bike that doesn’t fold away, you may want to consider the luggage courier service. Your bike will be delivered to your destination for a charge of (currently) €25.80."
Took a couple weeks for the shop in Anacortes to get to mine and ship it, so I was back home waiting on the bike.Which is why every tourist or other serious rider should have at least two bikes!
why oh why drop handle bars? Unless you're into down hill racing or fancy yourself in the Tour de France, no one on a long distance bike ride needs drop bars - IMHO.I couldn't disagree with you more. Having ridden flat bars a bit I wouldn't ever use them for anything more than local and short distances. Drop bars are far more versatile in the number of hand positions and riding positions they permit. There is a good reason almost all touring bikes and most tourists use them.
am a 25-yo woman of very small size. I am 147 cm tall and I weigh 80 lbs. I am now riding a 24" wheel road bike (Giant R2400). I ride it not very often, only on weekends. Btw I suck at directions and map reading.First, yes, by all means ride a lot more and learn at least the basics of bike repair and maintenance. A few guided tours will give you insight into how you like touring but won't give you any experience riding solo, carrying a touring load or having to find your own way.
Things I'm going to do for preparation:
- Ride more and longer (so far my longest was only 63 km but that's not my limit yet)
- Join classes on bike repair
- Try some guided bike tours in Southern China
- Try solo bike round-tour in Taiwan
- Learn to drive, to get myself more familiar with road rules (yes I come from a very small place where driving is not necessary)
My questions include but are not limited to:
- Is there a travelling bike for my size?
- Any way to cut down the baggage so that even a 80lb-body can carry it?
- Any good book or good website for a newbie like me?
- Do you recommend a woman doing solo biking and camping?
- Can I rely on GPS as I suck at map reading?
- Any specific advice?
Thank you a lot!