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Old 01-17-02, 09:53 AM   #1
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tierra del fuego

Hi everyone, I have been planning on going on a bike trip from here (PA) to tierra del fuego (southern tip of south america). I've never been on a long bike trip before, I don't have a bike(I have an old trek 930, but , and I don't know what to look for in a bike.

I know the dangers of inherent through out south and central american (esspeically columbia).

By the time I get to mexico I will be in shape(2500 miles from here).

with all that said I need some advice. What should I look for in a bike for such a journey. I plan on towing a trailer, probably a b.o.b.

Any and all advice is very much appreciated.

thank you
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Old 01-17-02, 10:03 AM   #2
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Hi Elrond!

Welcome to the Bike Forums.

Go into the touring Forums , there are a couple of guys already asking questions aboyt new gear and long bike treks , I am sure you would be most welcome to join the discussions

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Old 01-17-02, 10:14 AM   #3
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For tips regarding the U.S. portion of your journey, check out www.redacrossamerica.org -- Steve and Nathan started in New York, cycled down to Florida, and are now enroute to San Diego.
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Hi and welcome to the forums.

The following recent threads are well worth browsing (actually the whole site is pretty good apart from the odd joke)...:

Panniers for the Big One Panniers for long trips

Entertainment on Tours Entertainment on Tours

Camping gear for lone cyclist Camping gear

Bob Trailers Bob trailers

How to modify MTB for Touring? Modifying an MTB

Touring across U.S. Touring across US

Note you'll also need to be in good 'elf for a journey like that.

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Roughstuff has toured extensively in S America and can be found at
http://www.geocities.com/~roughstuff/
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I'm sure there must be a fair few books to recommend. The only one I can think of though is 'Fatman in Argentina' (only available s/h). I seem to recall picking up a second-hand book by Tim Cahill (?) doing a similar trip in a car, but as I haven't got round to reading it and can't recall the title I don't know how useful that is

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