Touring - tierra del fuego
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Hi everyone, I have been planning on going on a bike trip from here (PA) to tierra del fuego (southern tip of south america). I've never been on a long bike trip before, I don't have a bike(I have an old trek 930, but , and I don't know what to look for in a bike.
I know the dangers of inherent through out south and central american (esspeically columbia).
By the time I get to mexico I will be in shape(2500 miles from here).
with all that said I need some advice. What should I look for in a bike for such a journey. I plan on towing a trailer, probably a b.o.b.
Any and all advice is very much appreciated.
thank you :)
Welcome to the Bike Forums.
Go into the touring Forums , there are a couple of guys already asking questions aboyt new gear and long bike treks , I am sure you would be most welcome to join the discussions
For tips regarding the U.S. portion of your journey, check out www.redacrossamerica.org -- Steve and Nathan started in New York, cycled down to Florida, and are now enroute to San Diego.
01-17-02, 10:33 AM
Hi and welcome to the forums.
The following recent threads are well worth browsing (actually the whole site is pretty good apart from the odd joke)...:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4994 Panniers for long trips
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4970 Entertainment on Tours
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3541 Camping gear
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=628 Bob trailers
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4097 Modifying an MTB
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4719 Touring across US
Note you'll also need to be in good 'elf for a journey like that.
01-17-02, 11:12 AM
Roughstuff has toured extensively in S America and can be found at
01-17-02, 11:17 AM
I'm sure there must be a fair few books to recommend. The only one I can think of though is 'Fatman in Argentina' (only available s/h). I seem to recall picking up a second-hand book by Tim Cahill (?) doing a similar trip in a car, but as I haven't got round to reading it and can't recall the title I don't know how useful that is ;)
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