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General Discussion / Re: extremely new to cycle touring
« on: September 04, 2022, 06:09:25 pm »
Hi John Nelson

Thanks for your recommendations, really appreciate it. I have been reading on the forums and I gotta say the wealth of information is daunting to say the least. I'm a fan of trek and surley, I have a madone, speed concept and a pugsley. I will definitely check out your recommendations.

General Discussion / Re: extremely new to cycle touring
« on: September 04, 2022, 03:50:04 pm »
Hi John,
Wow, thanks for the welcome and the vast amount of information, this really helps. I really appreciate you taking the time to spell things out in detail for me.
I'm hoping to do a combination of paved and gravel touring. Physical wise I'm fit, I think I would not need an e-bike option.
I really like your recommendation of Spain, I think that would be very cool, I have never been there. I would like to tour a country 3-4 weeks, the area you suggest sounds ideal, I think I will try for May 2023.
Appreciate the tip on posting for touring companions 2-4 would be a good size for sure. I'll look into posting in the various forums.
Thanks again John for the info, you gave me lots to think about.

General Discussion / extremely new to cycle touring
« on: September 04, 2022, 12:48:55 pm »
Hello, my name is Tom, I'm a Canadian Vet medically released from the Military with a desire to do some cycle touring around European countries or somewhere in that part of the world. I know nothing about this, looking to learn as I think this would be a pretty cool adventure. So where to start? I do have a couple of questions;
  • What type of bike would one recommend? My cycling experience is primarily Road, triathlon and time trial.
What about accommodations, is it usually hostles or something else that is beneficial for cycle touring.
  • Are there informal groups that tour together. I would like to tour with someone but not a formal tour group.
Basically I would like to tour somewhere in Europe in 2023 with at least one other person for a few weeks staying in affordable accommodations. I'm pretty flexible on the details, I'm looking for adventure and share some laughs along the way. I'm a pretty chill guy that is retired and is getting a little bored.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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