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South / seeking ideas for expanding alabama coastal connection route
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:33:19 pm »
Hi: Just read Cindy Ross' article in the Dec/Jan issue - she writes about a 160-mile route in the Mobile, AL area, basically a loop that starts in Grand Bay, then across through Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores, north to Foley and Fairhope and then ending in Mobile. This sounds intriguing but I need more miles to make this worth my while. Any ideas of how to branch into surrounding parts of Alabama/FLA/Miss to make this a say, 250-350 mile route? Looking for some general ideas. I would want to make this a loop trip starting and ending in Mobile, probably (where I could ship my bike to and from, and fly in and out of...)

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International / route ideas for cycling in greece
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:22:49 pm »
Hi:

I am thinking of bicycling in Greece next fall - am looking for a route with mostly moderate terrain - did a search on organized bike tours to get an idea where people go....not many trips in greece, among those that do go, the Cyclades and parts of the Peloponnese seem popular....any thoughts or recommendations on routes/cycling in Greece generally? I am probably an average cyclist with experience riding in Portugal, Ireland, italy, the US and Canada. Don't want to do much in the way of mountains...Thanks.

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Routes / seeking bike touring route advice in ireland - which region?
« on: July 04, 2012, 04:02:26 pm »
Cycling in Ireland for two weeks in September - trying to pick the best region. Early research has as semifinalists: Dingle Peninsula/Ring of Kerry OR Conemarra/The Burren/County Clare (including Aran Islands). Other possibility is Antrim coast in Northern Ireland. Our criteria: hills OK but keep it reasonable, less touristy, scenery (dramatic views/super green pastures), more "Irish". Please weigh in. We are going self-guided and are getting some Ireland cycling books for specific routing ideas. Mostly want to decide now on a region.  If Connemara, routing ideas?

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Routes / Delaware bike routes
« on: May 13, 2012, 02:13:22 am »
Looking for north south routes in Delaware for a loop tour, either along the mythical bike Route 1 or others. Will be going both north to south, and back south to north, would prefer not to duplicate. Any ideas? Want on road. Would prefer not the big highways with bike shoulders, scenic if possible, etc. Thanks!

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Gear Talk / folding bike for touring
« on: October 09, 2011, 12:53:48 am »
I am a lifelong bike tourer contemplating buying a folding bike for touring. Has anyone who has made the switch to a folding bike for long-distance, self-contained touring had a positive experience?  My criteria are: (a) folds quickly and easily (b) low and variable gearing (c) supports panniers - I carry all of my stuff, including camping gear (d) riding experience (as close as possible to a regular, non-folding bike, re touring.

Looking for recommendations. I've looked at Brompton, but it doesn;t seem to be able to carry much and the gearing isn't really appropriate for touring. I have a triple chain ring and probably would want to get down to the low 20's for low gears.   

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South / bike routes in western alabama
« on: July 12, 2011, 10:15:10 pm »
I am bicycling in western alabama in mid-september. Starting around Florence/Muscle Shoals and then south to Tuscaloosa via Rt 13, then South to Greensboro via Rt. 69, then west to Montgomery via Rt 14. I would like to hear from anyone familiar with any of these roads who can advise degree of traffic, shoulder (basic bike suitability) and especially from anyone who can suggest alternatives. What's the terrain like? Thanks.
 

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