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06-01-15, 02:41 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By avatarworf

The view is different in Europe. We live in the...

The view is different in Europe. We live in the Netherlands and with a good trailer (preferably with suspension) on smooth roads many people in Europe start from 6-8 weeks old. Others wait until 3-4...
Forum: Touring
02-08-12, 02:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,708
Posted By avatarworf

I would not buy a cheap bike when you get here....

I would not buy a cheap bike when you get here. You're only going to waste precious vacation days trying to find (and then sell) your bikes...

On the other hand, if you don't already have bikes...
Forum: Touring
10-19-10, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 788
Posted By avatarworf

Primus Omnifuel Review

Just wanted to let everyone know that we've published an extensive review of the Primus Omnifuel stove (http://bit.ly/bkkvEd) -- a really great stove for expedition touring or serious chefs, if a bit...
Forum: Touring
09-14-10, 01:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,457
Posted By avatarworf

Yes, mine died the other day. We were able to get...

Yes, mine died the other day. We were able to get it to a bike shop to fix it though, another 15km down the road.
Forum: Touring
09-13-10, 01:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By avatarworf

You might find some useful info in our Bike...

You might find some useful info in our Bike Touring In Southeast Asia (http://travellingtwo.com/resources/southeast-asia) section.
Forum: Touring
09-09-10, 01:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,216
Posted By avatarworf

He's fine :) ...

He's fine :)

http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/290486/group/News/
Forum: Touring
07-08-10, 01:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By avatarworf

Sometimes the worst-case scenarios create the...

Sometimes the worst-case scenarios create the nicest memories. You are forced to rely on the kindness of those around you and also to come up with a creative solution to the problem.

Once we had...
Forum: Touring
07-07-10, 02:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,218
Posted By avatarworf

I would think that the best way to avoid ticks...

I would think that the best way to avoid ticks would be long pants and socks, plus regular tick checks. We found burning a mosquito coil helped keep the biting bugs away. I'd also be reluctant to...
Forum: Touring
06-23-10, 02:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 815
Posted By avatarworf

By shopping in Europe, you can also save the tax...

By shopping in Europe, you can also save the tax on gear you buy here:

http://travellingtwo.com/resources/save-vat-bike-touring-gear

We are in The Hague and will be happy to give you a home for...
Forum: Touring
06-15-10, 12:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,671
Posted By avatarworf

The network is reasonably well signposted, but...

The network is reasonably well signposted, but sometimes it can still let you down. I'd at least get a map. The "Sterkste Fietskaart Van Nederland" costs 10 euros for the northern half of the country...
Forum: Touring
06-05-10, 04:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Posted By avatarworf

You could follow the Limes Radweg, which starts...

You could follow the Limes Radweg, which starts in Holland and goes all the way to Budapest. Search online and you'll find some outlines of it (it's not a path but is a marked route through Germany...
Forum: Touring
06-03-10, 06:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,671
Posted By avatarworf

This is a good opensource map:...

This is a good opensource map: http://www.openfietskaart.nl/

There are many similar ones. Type 'fietsrouteplanner' into Google and have fun :)

To buy maps, Falk have some decent regional maps....
Forum: Touring
05-03-10, 05:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,051
Posted By avatarworf

We'll soon be reviewing the SR-Q2100 from Qstarz....

We'll soon be reviewing the SR-Q2100 from Qstarz.

http://www.qstarz.com/Products/GPS%20Products/SR-Q2100-F.htm

I have yet to get my hands on it yet but will in the coming days. Looks like it...
Forum: Touring
04-29-10, 02:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 475
Posted By avatarworf

In my experience, most rental bikes in Europe are...

In my experience, most rental bikes in Europe are aimed at city sightseeing, not touring.

I would either:

1) Find a bike shop that will buy your bike back at the end of the tour (somewhere...
Forum: Touring
04-27-10, 01:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,018
Posted By avatarworf

How long do you have and how much ground do you...

How long do you have and how much ground do you intend to cover?

I've never bike toured there but I am from Nova Scotia originally (grew up there) and you can easily spend 3-4 days driving in a...
Forum: Touring
04-18-10, 02:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,537
Posted By avatarworf

Scott & Becky rode the route you're talking...

Scott & Becky rode the route you're talking about:

http://goingeast.ca/blog/
Forum: Touring
04-14-10, 03:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By avatarworf

I've done my last 1,000km on an old second hand...

I've done my last 1,000km on an old second hand bike that cost me $100 (plus $100 in upgrades, though even those were optional). If your current bike isn't suitable, why not see what you can pick up...
Forum: Touring
04-12-10, 02:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,864
Posted By avatarworf

Paul Stockton answered 10 Questions for us on...

Paul Stockton answered 10 Questions for us on cycling the Gaspe (http://travellingtwo.com/resources/10questions/gaspe). Maybe it's helpful to give you a flavour of what you're in for.

We cycled...
Forum: Touring
04-09-10, 01:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,238
Posted By avatarworf

In general, I'd say you already know most things...

In general, I'd say you already know most things and as others have said, you'll find the right way for yourself with a little experience.

We do have some tips on packing panniers for touring...
Forum: Touring
04-05-10, 08:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By avatarworf

We had our hubs regreased twice in 50,000km --...

We had our hubs regreased twice in 50,000km -- once we did it ourselves and the other time we let a bike shop do it. The second time, some of the bearings were pitted and had to be replaced.
Forum: Touring
03-31-10, 04:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By avatarworf

We sprouted beans on our bikes too. We weren't...

We sprouted beans on our bikes too. We weren't too concerned about getting full grown sprouts, so normally we just let them grow for about 2 days and then chowed down on nice, juicy, crunchy legumes....
Forum: Touring
03-29-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 835
Posted By avatarworf

We had Shimano XT hubs and they performed just...

We had Shimano XT hubs and they performed just fine for us on tour - we didn't have to replace them, though we did get them cleaned a couple times and some bearings replaced. I think that's...
Forum: Touring
03-28-10, 01:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,971
Posted By avatarworf

I am confused. First you say you want to cycle...

I am confused. First you say you want to cycle from Athens to Istanbul. Then you talk about going from Antalya (on Turkey's southern coast) to Istanbul. These are two totally different routes.
...
Forum: Touring
03-23-10, 01:53 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,975
Posted By avatarworf

Iran is simply the friendliest place we have ever...

Iran is simply the friendliest place we have ever toured - truly special people who went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed their country. On the ride from Shiraz to Yazd, you go past some...
Forum: Touring
03-20-10, 02:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 782
Posted By avatarworf

We met Alan in Malaysia in 2008. At that time, he...

We met Alan in Malaysia in 2008. At that time, he was hoping to do it in about 170 days, so he's aiming a fair bit higher now! I can't even imagine the stamina needed to do something like that. The...
Forum: Touring
03-14-10, 03:28 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,538
Posted By avatarworf

I haven't heard any reports of kidnapping or...

I haven't heard any reports of kidnapping or robbery from bike tourists who've been there recently. Some blogs to check out:

http://whileoutriding.wordpress.com/
http://www.wishfish.org/...
Forum: Touring
03-11-10, 04:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,690
Posted By avatarworf

I would be wary of it, but who knows... the only...

I would be wary of it, but who knows... the only way is to try it out.

My suggested alternative would be to go for a Thermarest solid foam mat. The Z-rest goes for $39.95 on REI and the Ridgerest...
Forum: Touring
03-09-10, 06:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,982
Posted By avatarworf

You said sub $150 but I think all the racks are...

You said sub $150 but I think all the racks are mostly below that price range? If you're going on extended, long tours or plan to tour every year for many years, I'd go for a Tubus or Surly rack. If...
Forum: Touring
03-02-10, 11:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By avatarworf

If you are at all in the market for a new bike,...

If you are at all in the market for a new bike, it could be worth just buying new. You can get the VAT back (about 19%) and European-made bikes will be cheaper here than in the US so this can...
Forum: Touring
03-02-10, 11:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,635
Posted By avatarworf

I would spend my money on: 1. A bike above...

I would spend my money on:

1. A bike above $500
2. Decent racks
3. Good wheels

Decent panniers will be a good investment if you plan to tour more in future, but for now you could make bucket...
Forum: Touring
03-02-10, 03:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,716
Posted By avatarworf

James Bowthorpe used a front dynamo hub and then...

James Bowthorpe used a front dynamo hub and then rigged up his own little system that charged all these things through his pedal power. From his Twitter account - http://twitter.com/globecycle:
...
Forum: Touring
03-02-10, 12:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,262
Posted By avatarworf

I don't know if we were just lucky or what but we...

I don't know if we were just lucky or what but we never had real problems with the hooks on top or below. The only issue we had with the Ortliebs was that after about 45,000km the male side of the...
Forum: Touring
03-02-10, 12:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,831
Posted By avatarworf

Thanks to all! I'm glad to get this cleared up. I...

Thanks to all! I'm glad to get this cleared up. I was thinking gasoline probably WASN'T safe but it's good to know for sure.
Forum: Touring
03-01-10, 03:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,831
Posted By avatarworf

Pop / Soda can stove and fuel

Hi everyone -

I have a question about soda can stoves. What kind of fuel can you burn in these? I see a lot of conflicting reports.

Is gasoline (petrol) safe, or only methylated spirits and...
Forum: Touring
02-25-10, 03:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 15,325
Posted By avatarworf

We carried our fuel bottle for the Whisperlite...

We carried our fuel bottle for the Whisperlite around for 3 years on the bikes with no problems. I think it's quite a safe carrying system.
Forum: Touring
02-23-10, 12:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,181
Posted By avatarworf

You can never rule out all risk, but driving to...

You can never rule out all risk, but driving to work every day in your car involves risk too.

For what it's worth, despite our worst fears of cycling in America (thinking it would be a slightly...
Forum: Touring
02-20-10, 07:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,081
Posted By avatarworf

Ditto here. We tried the connected bags but we...

Ditto here. We tried the connected bags but we just ended up annoying each other!
Forum: Touring
02-16-10, 10:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 16,001
Posted By avatarworf

Just to add one point - a lot depends on the type...

Just to add one point - a lot depends on the type of trip you are planning. If you are going touring for 2-3 weeks every summer, then something expensive like a Hilleberg doesn't make nearly as much...
Forum: Touring
02-12-10, 04:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 535
Posted By avatarworf

It's not quite true to say you can take as much...

It's not quite true to say you can take as much as you want. There are limits, however they are significantly higher than what you get when flying, and all your stuff travels with you, so there are...
Forum: Touring
02-09-10, 07:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 581
Posted By avatarworf

Have you tried it? I didn't think it was boring...

Have you tried it? I didn't think it was boring at all, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Anyway, Machka is talking Aussie dollars and she doesn't like boats so it doesn't matter for the...
Forum: Touring
02-08-10, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 581
Posted By avatarworf

Are those prices in Aussie dollars or US dollars?...

Are those prices in Aussie dollars or US dollars? If you have to pay $1,500 US to get from Melbourne to Vancouver, you could also go by cargo ship for not much more and have a real adventure :)
Forum: Touring
02-08-10, 04:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 581
Posted By avatarworf

How much does a round-the-world ticket go for...

How much does a round-the-world ticket go for these days? With so many point-to-point budget airlines, it might be possible to get a better deal just buying one-way tickets as you go. For example,...
Forum: Touring
02-08-10, 04:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,015
Posted By avatarworf

In your price range, the Surly LHT and the Trek...

In your price range, the Surly LHT and the Trek 520 are out of your budget, unless you find a lightly used one on eBay or in your neighborhood.

I've just started compiling a list of reasonably...
Forum: Touring
02-04-10, 03:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,353
Posted By avatarworf

We worked the entire cost of our trip out at $23...

We worked the entire cost of our trip out at $23 per day, per person - that's including daily expenses, pre-trip costs and replacement kit/flights along the way.

Read the details here...
Forum: Touring
02-03-10, 02:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,304
Posted By avatarworf

Shimano launches a challenger to the Rohloff

I haven't seen this posted on here already but I think it's interesting for tourers. This hub could well be good enough for touring. Even if it's not, it certainly has to get Rohloff or other...
Forum: Touring
02-01-10, 01:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,681
Posted By avatarworf

Three years on tour and nothing stolen. I lost 2...

Three years on tour and nothing stolen. I lost 2 towels, but that was my own fault for leaving them behind.
Forum: Touring
01-31-10, 02:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By avatarworf

I would start by getting in touch with bike shops...

I would start by getting in touch with bike shops in the areas you think you might start from. Since you mentioned northern Spain, I can recommend one in Pamplona. Aitor & Ibon are the two brothers...
Forum: Touring
01-31-10, 02:09 AM
Replies: 285
Views: 10,773
Posted By avatarworf

I am just editing an interview I did with Heinz...

I am just editing an interview I did with Heinz Stucke last week. He doesn't wear a helmet, because he says it gives him headaches. He is strongly in favour of a mirror though. He says that is the...
Forum: Touring
01-27-10, 02:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,364
Posted By avatarworf

We always managed to make our chains last about...

We always managed to make our chains last about 10,000km although we probably pushed them about 3,000km than we technical should have. I just started an Ask A Mechanic...
Forum: Touring
01-25-10, 06:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By avatarworf

I haven't - can't quite afford that option at the...

I haven't - can't quite afford that option at the moment, with only one of us working. Maybe some day :) I stuck it on my cheap bike here in the Netherlands and it feels quite comfy actually. Might...
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