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Old 04-12-05, 12:49 PM   #1
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from Warsaw Poland

Just ran into this forum while searching for new pannier bags. Does anyone have the Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus? They look good..bulletproof in fact..but a little pricey.

Been living & working in Warsaw Poland for almost 3 years now. Have done some biking around Warsaw and will be heading up to Mazurian Lake area next week (also in Poland). Lots of lakes and many places to stay, we've been told. Have also biked Germany a few times and know some nice rides thanks to this interactive map: http://www.germany-tourism.de/biking/

Have done the Baltic and Spreewald areas. Very nice.

Happy trails fellow cyclers!
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It is difficult to make a friendly greeting when seeething with envy, but I'm glad you are here.
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Good to see people from new places. Where were you before you went to Poland and do you plan to stay there?
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Hi AndrewP, we have been teaching overseas for 9 years now in international schools. Originally from Michigan, have also worked in England, Saudi Arabia, and Peru.

By far the best biking is here in Europe!
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Hi AndrewP, we have been teaching overseas for 9 years now in international schools. Originally from Michigan, have also worked in England, Saudi Arabia, and Peru.

By far the best biking is here in Europe!
Mate, you can't say that until you've been to Australia and New Zealand.
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Hi Expat, I meant 'best biking' of the places we've lived!

We were in New Z in '99 but our kids were young and so we hopped around by plane. It is a BEAUTIFUL place and no doubt great biking. We hope to get to Oz @ Christmas this year. Sydney and north of Sydney. I see you are in NSW. Good biking along the coast? Is there a bike path along the coast?
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We built our tandem for a much anticipated return trip to NZ. I hate to say it, but I think NZ trumps everywhere else for sheer beauty, open roads, varied sights, and friendly, English speaking people. As far as Oz, there are good bike paths everywhere here. For some travel advice from someone more knowledgeable than myself, post your questions on The Aussie Thread, which is in Road Bikes. The boys there will help you out.
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Hello Eu Expat,

Welcome to the forums!

I am Polish, but I live in San Franisco. I spend most of my time in the Fixed Gear/Single speed forum, but i was refered to this thread by another member.

I was wondering if you had any opinions on Polish made bicycles. A few i am familiar with are Wicher, Jaguar, and Huragan. I am basically looking to buy one and convert to fixed or in the Wicher's case, rebuild it. Know of any quality frame builders out there? I can read and speak Polish but, my writing skills are weak.

are you familiar with this group? http://www.warsawcarkillers.org/

anyway, welcome and thanks again.
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Hi Ostro, don't kow of any Polish bikes, but will ask around. We head out in a few hours for a tour. Will be back on in a week. 8-)
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Huragan, Jaguar and wicher are the ones i am familiar with. I may have had a break in my search.

My stepdad (should always check home first) is going to Poland next month and i guess he has a friend who is a bike fanatic. So I provided my specs and hopefully next month i will be posting pics of my projects.
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Have done the Baltic and Spreewald areas. Very nice.
Happy trails fellow cyclers!
Happy trails yourself!
My Vater is from Zoppot bei Danzig (Gdansk). Have you been there? My mother's side of the family comes from the Spreewald.
I was born and raised in Canada, but now live in Switzerland. I feel much more at home here in Europe than I ever did in North America. Always felt it was a "borrowed" home.

Ciao for now.
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Hi Swiss Hoser, we just got back from the Mazurian lakes area of Poland, near Gdansk. It was cool (temps) riding but an excellent place for biking. Off season rates made it very reasonable prices and we even jumped in a lake one day after pedeling 60k and taking a sauna! For example, we stayed in a b & b type of place, on a lake, with large home cooked dinner and a equal size breakfast for 100pln, which is $33 on todays exchange rate! Will be going to Gdansk for May Day weekend and Baltic Sea camping.

The Spreewald area of Germany is very special. With all the interconnecting waterways and boats it makes for picturesque memories. I'd still like to go back and see the enourmus open pit coal mine in that area. Guess it used to employ 30,000 people. Here are some pix from that trip last fall if you are interested: http://www.hendricksons.info/spreewald/start_here.htm
One shows a very large coal electric generating plant.

I know what you men about Europe, it feels like home more and more all the time! Wonder why my grandparents from Sweden and Finland left for the states? It was economics at the time I was told. 8-(
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Maybe it is but i don't think so. Europe has more options by far when you plan to buy good biking stuff. About geography and meals You have to agree that Southamerica and in particular Peru is great. The beaches (Punta Sal), the mountains (The Cordillera Blanca in Huaraz, the Urubamba valley known as the sacred valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu in Cuzco), its big canyon of Colca (in Arequipa deeper than the one in Colorado-USA), and also you get very low prices in comparisson with Europe.
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