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Forum: Folding Bikes 06-30-14, 11:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,861
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Well, I've got to report that the folding bike...

Well, I've got to report that the folding bike issue is settled as far as Europe is concerned. My daughter has made it very plain that she doesn't want to tour on folding bikes. Let's face it, they...
Forum: Folding Bikes 06-27-14, 02:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,861
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Atom called me the OP, but actually he was the OP...

Atom called me the OP, but actually he was the OP in this thread. But to make it clear, I am not mechanically inclined. If my car gets a flat tire I call a tow truck.

The thing I like about the...
Forum: Folding Bikes 06-25-14, 11:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,861
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Will the Raleigh Twenty fit inside a standard...

Will the Raleigh Twenty fit inside a standard suitcase? If not, I would be looking at about $900 in airline charges to take it to Europe, as my trip over is on separate tickets and I have two flights...
Forum: Folding Bikes 06-25-14, 08:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,861
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Atom, I could have bought a bike in Europe,...

Atom,

I could have bought a bike in Europe, but the problem was uncertainty! My guess is it would be much more expensive; everything else is, save wine. It was going to cost $270 to rent a bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes 06-25-14, 07:03 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 66,693
Posted By EarlVanDorn
I would really like to see you pack this bike in...

I would really like to see you pack this bike in a larger suitcase, to see if it could be done without as much disassembly. Say a 30x21x11 or 30x20x12 polycarbinate, which would put you right at 62...
Forum: Folding Bikes 06-25-14, 07:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,861
Posted By EarlVanDorn
I just bought this bike off of Amazon for $150....

I just bought this bike off of Amazon for $150. As the OP pointed out, it's a lot of bike for the money, but there are some problems.

I am wanting a bike to use in Europe this summer that I can...
Forum: Touring 06-23-14, 01:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,003
Posted By EarlVanDorn
We're going to arrive in Heidelberg at around 11...

We're going to arrive in Heidelberg at around 11 a.m. on July 26 and will leave the next day. My only goal is to buy or rent a bike if needed. After that we're going Chur, Valduz, Lindau,...
Forum: Touring 06-19-14, 09:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,003
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Briwasson, you have given me much of the...

Briwasson, you have given me much of the information I need. I'm sure the Real Markt bike will be fairly low quality, but I only want to use it for about 250 miles over two weeks. I figure I can sell...
Forum: Touring 06-18-14, 09:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,003
Posted By EarlVanDorn
I've got a cheapo bike from Wal-Mart, and it's...

I've got a cheapo bike from Wal-Mart, and it's good enough for what I use it for. I really don't ride very much, but I really enjoy touring in Europe by bike. If a $150 bike will go 400 miles, that's...
Forum: Touring 06-18-14, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,003
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Juha, Since I am taking at least two flights...

Juha,

Since I am taking at least two flights on two separate airlines the oversized baggage cost could be as high as $150 per flight, or $300.

Part of the problem is that I'm used to U.S....
Forum: Touring 06-18-14, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,003
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Buying/renting bike in Heidelberg, Germany

My daughter and I will be going to Europe and plan to do some biking. The cost of taking a bike with us and the logistics of the whole thing are just really frustrating. We got really cheap tickets...
Forum: Europe 05-09-14, 12:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 856
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Thanks Pedaleur. Only problem is that an advance...

Thanks Pedaleur. Only problem is that an advance Heidelburg to Chur is 29 euros and my daughter goes free. Hard to beat!
Forum: Europe 05-05-14, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 856
Posted By EarlVanDorn
German rail bike reservation

I haven't seen this exact question. I wish to buy some advance purchase German rail tickets, including one from say Heidelberg to Chur, Switzerland. They are dirt cheap when purchased in advance....
Forum: Touring 02-26-14, 10:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Thanks Raybo and Doug. Raybo, I don't find flat...

Thanks Raybo and Doug. Raybo, I don't find flat "uninteresting." That's really what I'm seeking out with the Rhine/Constance route. Your photos are beautiful, although I must say the Rheinfall to...
Forum: Touring 02-26-14, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Novice Rhine trip advice wanted: Disentis-Chur-Lake Konstanz-Rheinfall-Basel

I am a novice biker and have exercise-induced asthma, so there is a limit to how hard I can exert myself (if I build up my endurance it does help, though). Anyway, last summer my daughter and I...
Forum: Touring 04-08-13, 10:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By EarlVanDorn
I've done the only reasonable thing. I've ordered...

I've done the only reasonable thing. I've ordered a carry-on bag that I think will be suitable if perhaps a big large. It has a special slot for laptops.

I rode bikes a lot as a teen and young...
Forum: Touring 04-07-13, 05:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By EarlVanDorn
How big a bag can go on rack?

I have no experience with bike touring. I want to bike up the Saar River with my 13-year-old daughter. We are going to be doing a very slow-go of it, only 15-20 miles most days. I'm planning on...
Forum: Touring 03-06-12, 11:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,327
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Right now it's more of a dream than a plan. It...

Right now it's more of a dream than a plan. It would be the last part of July, but as of now we don't have tickets and to be honest the money. But we have lots of airline miles and sometimes money...
Forum: Touring 03-06-12, 11:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 771
Posted By EarlVanDorn
I walked up on some land that was for sale once...

I walked up on some land that was for sale once and got "charged" by a herd of cows. Scared me silly. I'm convinced they saw a human and thought it was feeding time. May have been the same with you.
Forum: Touring 02-25-12, 12:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,327
Posted By EarlVanDorn
You are right, 50 miles is too much, especially...

You are right, 50 miles is too much, especially right off the bat! When I took a Europe bike trip as a teen, we started out with about 20 to 25 miles per day. At the end we were always doing more...
Forum: Touring 02-19-12, 09:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,327
Posted By EarlVanDorn
I gave the Netherlands some thought, particularly...

I gave the Netherlands some thought, particularly going from Amsterdam to Brussels, but just decided against it for now. The Moselle route and the Danube route are almost completely flat. Whatever...
Forum: Touring 02-09-12, 10:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,327
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Thanks for all your comments. As you know,...

Thanks for all your comments. As you know, planning these things is half the fun! I had essentially ruled out camping, just because a family tent will weigh 12 pounds or so, and then everyone will...
Forum: Touring 02-08-12, 10:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,327
Posted By EarlVanDorn
I'm actually looking at the Citizen Tokyo bike....

I'm actually looking at the Citizen Tokyo bike. After shipping and adding a spring seat and rack the cost is $260. I'm also keeping a close eye on ebay and Craigslist. The Tokyo looks like it will...
Forum: Touring 02-08-12, 06:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,327
Posted By EarlVanDorn
While the route I mentioned isn't set in stone,...

While the route I mentioned isn't set in stone, it is a flat route that hugs the riverside. I think both have slight drops, say 300 or so feet over several days. I don't think that will make any...
Forum: Touring 02-07-12, 11:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,327
Posted By EarlVanDorn
Europe family bike trip for novices

Right now no one in my family even owns a bicycle, although I just bought one off ebay. We live in a terrible town for bike riding because of hills and no bike trails, so the fact is that we aren't...
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