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Offline marti jacobs

What about travel other country to cycling?
« on: October 07, 2016, 12:52:13 pm »
Hi everyone, well I have a little experience in this sport, but I absolutely love it. When I was a kid, i remember I could spend all afternoon crossing the closest streets around the house. Then I went to collage and a few years ago started to riding almost all weekends.

I was thinking on make this more big, I would like to travel other countries with my bike. Has anyone of you started like me? with no clue! :-\

I would like to know Europe, some experience you want to share?
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Offline skD1am0nd

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 06:57:46 pm »
This is somewhat of an indirect answer but you could get a sense for touring in other countries by reading some of the blogs on CrazyGuyOnABike (https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/). I think there are over 2,000 blogs on Europe. Eurovelo has a list of cycling routes (http://www.eurovelo.org/) but I can't speak for them myself. How about if you cycle in Europe and report back to us?  :D

Offline PeanutButterShammyCream

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2016, 05:21:53 am »
I rode my bike from Rome, Italy to Amsterdam this summer. The only part of the route that was not cycle friendly was a small part of Central Italy. Switzerland, Austria, Germany and The Netherlands were all cycle friendly. I used the Eurovelo website to plan part of my routes. There was a good amount of camping along the way. The Swiss Alps were BY FAR the most amazing riding that I have ever done. Let me know if you have any questions.

Offline jed

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 08:45:27 pm »
I rode my bike from Rome, Italy to Amsterdam this summer. The only part of the route that was not cycle friendly was a small part of Central Italy. Switzerland, Austria, Germany and The Netherlands were all cycle friendly. I used the Eurovelo website to plan part of my routes. There was a good amount of camping along the way. The Swiss Alps were BY FAR the most amazing riding that I have ever done. Let me know if you have any questions.


That sounds like a great ride, Do you have a web site or blog that discribes your route. I would be interested in learning more about your ride with a view of riding it myself. In 2015 I did a route from Amsterdam to Stockholm mostly along the North Sea Cycle route, best experience ever.

Offline madonarosy

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2017, 01:38:05 pm »
I have  plan to travel from USA to Mexico . but Mexico is far away from USA . it almost 1,629 kilometers .. And In near Feature I would like to travel in other part of the world by riding my bike . But seem to impossible for a single man like me . Recently I have bought a best road bikes dollars . But I think to travel world over the world , I need to buy a folding bicycle . Also I have to join a cycling community to know the details about bicycling . Thank you for this topic . I am following this topic to get more awesome and informative thing from you guys .
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Offline LucyM

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2017, 02:25:00 pm »
I cycled from Stirling in Scotland to the Dolomites in Italy a few years (taking the ferry across the Channel. Amazing cycling in the UK,  France, Germany,  Austria and Italy.
Great cycling in home country Scotland but the weather can be very hit or miss and you want to avoid midgie season.

Offline ian123running

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2017, 04:15:36 pm »
France!   As a Britsh and American couple we love cycle touring in France.  Campsites everywhere, fabulous network of secondary roads, spectacular scenery, great cheap wine, and a lovely slightly slower pace of life.

We cycled from Brittany in the north west to Menton in the south east - a big adventure - if you look up Skedaddle's web site you can get an idea of routes. (they do loads of trips in Europe so good for inspiration for independent travellers).  That trip took us about about 5 weeks, 1300 miles (we did not go a direct or quick route).  First class.  We included part of the Loire a Velo which is brilliant if you are looking for an introduction to cycle touring - fairly flat, good route maps and signage, and beautiful Loire countryside, towns and villages.   And if you like mountains you can dip into the Alps or Pyrenees.

For shorter more concentrated pleasure - I think the area around Rhone Valley and east to   Dentelles  / Mont Ventoux / Gorges de la Nesque / Gorge du Verdon / Luberon villages provides some of the finest cycling anywhere - you can tune it to your abilities and it is absolutely spectacular.

Last year we cycled round (and across) Corsica - this was one of the best trips.  A French Island, hilly in the centre (climbing up to a mile from the coast), French, and big enough to keep us happy for 3 weeks.  Beautiful coast, mountains, villages, towns and beaches.  We dipped into Northern Sardinia (Italian island) but didn't like it, on the whole.

France...  Hmmm   we go every year for about 5 weeks of cycling - we avoid the summer (mid July to Mid Aug) and find Aug / Sept to be ideal.  Into October and it starts to get darker and less attractive for camping.

Ian
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Offline Dullboot

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2017, 06:22:01 pm »
I recently had to organise a family holiday in Austria and decided to include cycling with my wife and son. First time cycling overseas for them, second time for me. We only had a short time so we booked with one of many tour companies that operate there. They organised the bikes and accommodations. We had a wonderful time (it was summer). Many stories to tell. The infrastructure there is first class. The people friendly. Was it worthwhile?  Yes, gave me confidence to go there longer and organise it myself next time. My wife loved it and I now have a much more understanding partner for my cycling. Would I do it again? Yes, but now I know how things work, I would take my own bike and only reserve the first couple of days accommodation. It was a good 'bridge' to doing something more involved.


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Offline ian123running

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2017, 04:26:24 am »
Marti - you can see from this thread a wide range of options - and budgets!!   Can you give us some idea of the type of tour you're thinking of?  The fully inclusive short trips can be very expensive - nice hotels and full backup and support but you do pay for it.   We did one recently and loved it.   Check out Skedaddle - I've not used them but they do a great range of tours in Europe and are reasonably priced too.   (Our ride across France was based on one of their routes and was fabulous).

On the other hand self-organised touring using local hotels / hostels would be cheaper but you need to do more planning and/ or be prepared for some uncertainty.

Camping - what we usually do - is much cheaper: we can go for months on little more than we'd spend by staying at home.

Ian


Offline ian123running

Re: What about travel other country to cycling?
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2017, 05:17:49 am »
Marti - you can see from this thread a wide range of options - and budgets!!   Can you give us some idea of the type of tour you're thinking of?  The fully inclusive short trips can be very expensive - nice hotels and full backup and support but you do pay for it.   We did one recently in a less developed country and loved it but generally cannot afford this kind of tour.   Check out Skedaddle - I've not used them but they do a great range of tours in Europe and are reasonably priced too.   (Our ride across France was based on one of their routes and was fabulous).

On the other hand self-organised touring using local Gites, hotels / hostels would be cheaper but you need to do more planning and/ or be prepared for some uncertainty.

Camping - what we usually do - is much cheaper: we can go for months on little more money than we'd spend by staying at home.  But you do need a decent bike and equipment and there's a learning curve.  Check out Breton Bikes for the lowdown on cycle camping:  Great guys based own Brittany, France who do camping and 'bed and breakfast' tours.

Ian