we are planning on doing an european cycle trip next summer, the plan is to go up to scandinavia, through western and eastern europe and possibly down to greece, spain etc(with a bit of train travel in between).... We are planning on travelling for a good 5 months...mostly wild or paid camping...... hey we never done a cycle tou before but we thought it would be a grand way to see europe.... and see how it goes...and hey why not!.... but first thing is of course we need bikes.... so what is it i should look for, as i will probably be buying secondhand.....
-how many gears are recommended?
-are hybrid bikes suitable for a touring trip? (as these seem more in our price range 150 - 200 pounds, i guess)
-possibly some things to look for when looking at a secondhand bike?
-any other handy information, such as maps, accessories, cycling posture, streching, or anything else that you feel might be of interest for new tour cyclists.