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Old 05-23-08, 10:53 AM   #1
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How well does bikes mix with other modes of transport in the Philippines?

I'm heading off to the Philippines in a few days, and trying to decide if I want to make it a bicycle or backpack trip. A couple months back I brought my bike with me to Thailand, and then looped into Cambodia and back to Thailand. My plan was to mix days of riding with days of buses, boats, trucks, etc. But I found that on every step of the way, I was getting charged significantly for bring my bike. Sometimes even more than the price of the ticket itself. Of course I haggled, but it seemed I couldnt beat them at their own game, because it seemed each transport started with a higher asking price than the previous one. In the end, I think I easily wound up paying twice what a backpacker was paying for all my transport costs, even factoring in the times that I was able to ride my bike and save on taxis.

Considering the island geography of the philippines, there would be times I would be forced to rely on boats and perhaps trucks to get thru some of the rougher terrain. Any experiences on what its like transporting your bike in the philippines?. In general, any tricks for trying to not appear like a pedaling cash point to the locals?

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Get yourself a folding bike !

I cycle at least 3 times a year in SEA and I never pay for my folding bike while other cyclists pay a lot to put their non folding bike in the bus
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Ericx25: I've been seriously considering the option of a folding tourer. But it's a bit of a catch 22 because until I ride one I'm not sure what I'll think of it. At the moment tho, I've got to stick with my 700c setup. And thanks for the link, fun to see the evolution.
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Ericx25: I've been seriously considering the option of a folding tourer. But it's a bit of a catch 22 because until I ride one I'm not sure what I'll think of it. At the moment tho, I've got to stick with my 700c setup. And thanks for the link, fun to see the evolution.
I'm an Ex-pat working in Cebu. Most bikes here are mountain bikes. I'm a roadie - and i've gone to 700 x 25 tires. Most roads are concrete and often gravel with lots of glass on roads. I carrry spare tubes. I've traveled between Bohol/cebu (boat0 and know folks who travel to Leyte and Manilla on boat. Bringing Bikes along are common. Almost all folks are friendly but if you have bike trouble parts are few and far between. So bring spokes, lube, cables etc.
I've enjoyed riding here, but travel same routes. BTW- Maps are usually terrible.

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Hi I realize that this is quite late. However, It may help someone else.

I have travelled up in Luzon. I found this site that describes quite well the conditions etc of riding. He also rated it his 7th best ride.
Ride the Road

If you travel the Olongapo - Anda - Loaog on the west coast. traffic is very minimal with the acception of the towns along the way. Most routes are paved. however, if you get too far off the beaten track you will probably require a mountain bike. Biking in the country is worth it...but very rough.

Food to try.... I recommend the Adobo (pork soya based), Tocino (better than sweet and sour), Lechon (means bbq), Manuk (chicken) and Baboy (pork). Also try the Banana Q (fried banana with brown sugar) it is really good. Water for the most part is pottable. However, I still recomend using a steripen or similar device. I was never sick on my trip.

Drivers are very undisciplined especitally in hi traffic areas....so just be careful. A two lane road can become four lanes in the blink of an eye.

I have spent 3 months there. The people are very friendly and accommodating. And you are never really that far from food or a market.

The coastal highway is very beautiful and well worth the trip.

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