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    Wandering Travel with a Folding Bike

    Hello
    I am planning to travel in Europe (& in my dreams, beyond) using air, busses & rail - hopping off & biking around, then continuing on by air, bus or rail - so my folder has to be compact enough to carry on busses & airlines with minimum surcharges (hopefully none!) and able enough for me to explore at least 50 kilometer radius in each vicinity. I intend to use my Golite pack that I'll either wear on my back or strap down on a rack (less than 15 kgs) until I can dump it at a local no star hotel :)

    So far my choice is a Brompton as it locks into folding position, is light weight, and from what I have read should be able to take some good punishment.

    Any other suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated

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    jr
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    Hi jr,

    Have you seen The Path Less Pedaled? They have done pretty much what you plan to do. There is a lot of good information and tips on the site.

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    and the young couple mentioned above have a predecessor: Heinz Stuke.
    the German has been on a series of tours to remote world spots for 50 years,... [corrected]
    transitioned from a 3 speed to a Bike Friday to a Brompton. still going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    and the young couple mentioned above have a predecessor: Hans Stuke.
    the German has been on a series of tours to remote world spots for 30 years,...
    transitioned from a 3 speed to a Bike Friday to a Brompton. still going.
    Close... Heinz Stucke has been out on the road since 1962, so it has been 50 years!

    From what I can tell, Heinz only rode other bikes as part of a sponsorship (speculation on my part) because he seems to prefer his English 3 speed he started his journey on. Perhaps he made a little money that way to sustain his travels.
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    As i read, the 3 speeds were harder to get in dinghies, small boats
    to go to some really remote places across water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrfromafar View Post
    Hello
    I am planning to travel in Europe (& in my dreams, beyond) using air, busses & rail - hopping off & biking around, then continuing on by air, bus or rail - so my folder has to be compact enough to carry on busses & airlines with minimum surcharges (hopefully none!) and able enough for me to explore at least 50 kilometer radius in each vicinity. I intend to use my Golite pack that I'll either wear on my back or strap down on a rack (less than 15 kgs) until I can dump it at a local no star hotel

    So far my choice is a Brompton as it locks into folding position, is light weight, and from what I have read should be able to take some good punishment.

    Any other suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated

    thanks

    jr
    Jr,

    Brompton when folded is not exactly light weight, but light enough to lift and push around thanks to those skating wheels on the rear. You can't go wrong with a Brompton as there are few offerings from Dahon and none from Tern that can match the folding size of the B. Ori M9 or Mezzo 9 is a Brompton wannabe; slightly cheaper. Most small folders can be taken into the train as a carry-on, the smallest one can fit on top of the overhead bin which the Brompton excels quite well. You might want to consider investing in the Brompton luggage carrier block and the bag and let the bike take your load. Backpack is ok for short trips, but I prefer a front bag for longer trips like what you're planning to do in Europe.
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    While I think that the Brompton is probably the best choice for the trip you've outlined, once you get to Europe, virtually any bike will work, and a lot of long distance (as opposed to commuter) trains have bike cars. Note that 60 miles is usually enough to take you from one region to another within Europe (if not to another country), so once you have a bike there, you really don't need to do a lot of train hopping unless you are short on time or want to do something like 3 days in Madrid followed by 3 days in Rome followed by 3 days in London followed by three days in Athens.

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    Thanks for the replies - yes, the front bag looks like the way to go - I'll look into it.

    The Path Less Traveled is really cool - although I don't picture myself peddling long distances - but I'll never know until I hit the road - anything's possible!

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