I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself to the community. My name is Ayoob Jan and I try to tour at least once a year.
In 2010 I was fortunate to take 2 months off and escape in Europe. I started my tour in London and finished in Madrid Spain. This was my first tour and it was actually a mix of bike, train and boat.
My second tour was this year, summer 2011 I spend some time in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. I ended up touring half of the coast line of both great nations. This tour was a blast beacuse if I wasnt riding I was swiming.
I try to document my tours with my webpage www.rideraw.com
Maybe my next tour someone will join me because my last two I rode on my own.
Not sure which season in 2012 it will be but I am interested in going to Colombia, Italy or Japan.
Unfortunatly my touring bike was stolen last week in Washington DC after a halloween group ride. We went to restuarant and when we came out my bike and my freinds bike was stolen both Cannondale CAAD bikes.
I use to tour on a fast cyclo cross racing bike. It was a 2010 Cannondale Cyclocross 5. It was a Cannondale CAAD 8 frame. It always gave me trouble going uphill while touring because it was a compact not a triple road bike. In addition it only had 24 spokes and the rack mounts always gave me trouble.
I am not sure what my next touring bike will be. I liked having a fast frame to cruise really fast. But I didnt like replacing spokes and slow cadence up hill.
Well I guess thats my introduction. I look forward to getting to know more touring enthusiasts.