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Gear Talk / Bike box / carrier
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:24:49 pm »
Hello all,

Can someone here recommend a descent, durable, and not too expensive bike box or carrier.  I need a box for my bike as I intend to cross the "pond" in the not too distant future.

Thank You.


Routes / Paris to the South of France (Mediterranean), and beyond
« on: November 24, 2012, 05:42:11 pm »
Hello All,

I am planning a solo bicycling adventure from Paris to Marseilles, and onto Switzerland. Can anyone recommend a route?

Thank you.


Routes / Santa Barbara to San Diego 08-18-09 (tomorrow)
« on: August 17, 2009, 11:53:11 am »
Can someone help me select a route from Santa Barbara to San Diego?  I am traveling tomorrow, and seek a safe route / map.

Please help!


Have been thinking about a tour into Russia via the Alaskan Bering Straight.  Does anyone know if it is possible to cycle from the South of Alaska to the Bering Straights area, and then boat or ferry across into Russia?  Am planning a RTW tour and seeking to minimize crossing the "ponds" with air travel.  I live in San Diego.

Any other suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you


Gear Talk / Re: New Touring Bike (RTW)
« on: February 01, 2009, 08:43:02 pm »
Thanks again for everyone's excellent and professional advice.  But what about the Koga Miyata World Traveler (aluminum).  This touring bike has good reviews, as well.  I will research the Pangea by Co-Motion.

I might add that I do intend to purposely ride off pavement, but I want to be prepared :)  Will be traveling as light as possible.

Anymore suggestions?


Gear Talk / Re: New Touring Bike (RTW)
« on: January 31, 2009, 09:08:40 am »
Is the Surly Long Haul Trucker a good choice?  Which model?  "Looks" like a strong bike, but what do I know :)

Thanks, everyone, for your advice.  I need all the advice I can get!


Gear Talk / New Touring Bike (RTW)
« on: January 29, 2009, 11:34:03 pm »
Can anyone help select the right touring bike (model and make) for a RTW tour?  I know there are several bikes available, and I am an experienced rider, but selecting the BEST bike for long term touring is outside my pay-grade (if you will).  Any price. 

Please help!


PS:  The local bike shop wants to sell me a SLHT  Surly :)  Good Bike?

General Discussion / MB Touring
« on: January 02, 2009, 05:41:39 pm »
Thanks all for the advice.  I am aware that a MB is not the bike of choice for touring, but I am a year-around MBer and want to continue riding my new bike even when not touring.  In other words, I desire the best of both rides in one bike.  And again, I feel very comfortable on a MB, as compared to a roadie.

How about a 21' frame?  Would the larger frame be more stable?  Do manufactures build a frame that can accommodate both a hybrid tire, and a MB one?  And what about balancing a load in the panniers (aka saddle-bags?


General Discussion / MB Touring
« on: January 02, 2009, 11:24:33 am »

My name is James and I have been contemplating a RTW bike tour and seek "hardware" advice.

Because I have owned and ridden mountain bikes for several years, like the mountain bike style, and feel comfortable on a MB compared to a roadie (have owned Trek and GT MB's), I would like to purchase a MB that would be right bike for touring RTW.  Does anyone recommend a particular model?  I do not want to have hardware problems on my trip  :)  Price:  3-4k


General Discussion / Tour Planning - Ten months out
« on: January 02, 2009, 11:35:35 am »
My name is James, and I too seek advice advice about a tour.  But I plan on biking around the World on a mountain bike (my favorite).  And I too am from WI (Watertown), and 58!  What a coincident!

Although my touring experience is limited, in 2000  I toured parts of England and Wales.  It was a Great ride and adventure, but my MB (a rather expensive one) was stolen in London.  So make sure your bike is well secured and insured!  Fortunately, my bike was insured, and when I returned to WY I bought a new MB.

Keep in touch!


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