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International / Re: Touring in The Netherlands
« on: August 08, 2017, 05:40:14 pm »
One thing I haven't figure out (in advance of our trip) yet, is how we'll deal with our bikes and luggage when we want to visit points of interest along our tour. I realize that there is guarded bike storage in cities and at train stations (found maps here http://www.holland-cycling.com/)..and luggage storage at train stations, but I'm wondering if we'll just need to carry our pannier around with us if we visit a site while in route. Any tips (other than packing light ;-)?

Thanks,
Brett

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International / Re: Touring in The Netherlands
« on: August 07, 2017, 01:18:31 pm »
Hi all,

Thanks for the helpful suggestions. I've researched every item, and it's helped me dive into planning. Here's the route we're now planning to ride. https://goo.gl/maps/2VuSnRJU7my.

We're renting bikes from Tulip Cyclery. They had good reviews on Trip Advisor, and they've been very helpful with planning -- and I'm looking forward to trying out some fun Dutch touring cycles. (They use Koga Bicycles).

I've joined Vrienden op de Fiets (Warm Showers Equiv) https://www.vriendenopdefiets.nl/en and I'm looking forward to staying with locals on some portion of the trip. Thanks Galloper!

I bought a new bike computer that I'll be using for navigation. I'll be creating routes on the Komoot app on my phone, and syncing them to my Wahoo Element Bolt. Hopefully this will help keep us moving and on track.

Thanks again for the assistance.

Brett

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International / Touring in The Netherlands
« on: July 06, 2017, 01:31:11 pm »
My girlfriend and I will be cycle touring in The Netherlands in September 2017. Any suggestions for routes, bicycle rental outfit, accommodations, etc?

We plan to be in The Netherlands for about 2 weeks, but our actual tour time will be about a week to 10 days. We'll be interested in modest distances (20-40 miles/day), and are open to jumping on a train or ferry for certain stretches as it makes sense.

We're open to a variety of accommodations....so long as they're clean and pleasant.

Also...any thoughts on whether I should bring my own pannier (have a nice set up Ortleib bags), or just go with rentals?

Thanks!

Brett

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