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Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By raybo

I use warmshowers extensively when I tour and...

I use warmshowers extensively when I tour and would recommend them wholeheartedly. I used to use couchsurfing but no longer bother.

Warmshowers consists of experienced bike tourists or people...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By raybo

I started bike touring the year I turned 50. I...

I started bike touring the year I turned 50. I had a cheap bike for exercise. At 50, I bought a touring bike, planned a tour (SF to LA) and started training hard. I rode too far on that first tour...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By raybo

I saw this sign at the start of the climb from...

I saw this sign at the start of the climb from Martigny up to the Forclaz pass and thought how hard it would have been to ride up it instead of down. I'm impressed!
...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By raybo

Selected photos from my ride from Florence, Italy to Bern, Switzerland

In May/June, 2019 I rode from Florence, Italy to Bern, Switzerland via the French Alps. It took just short of 4 weeks and featured spectacular terrain, wonderful people, and fabulous memories.
...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,823
Posted By raybo

I carry a thin cable and keyed lock, but rarely...

I carry a thin cable and keyed lock, but rarely use it. To stop snatch and grab thefts, I use a large rubber band around the front brake handle which will stop the bike from moving easily. I use the...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,056
Posted By raybo

3 Alpine passes in 3 days

It is a beautiful sunny day in Bourg d’Oisans, a tourist town in a valley surrounded by snow-covered peaks. Think Lake Tahoe without the lake and only 3,500 people. It is a famous stop on the Tour de...
Forum: Touring
05-23-19, 03:13 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,100
Posted By raybo

Iíve been a vegetarian for 45 years. These days,...

Iíve been a vegetarian for 45 years. These days, my wife and I are vegan at home but vegetarian when we travel. I add cheese and eggs to my diet when I tour by bicycle as it is just too much trouble...
Forum: Touring
05-16-19, 10:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By raybo

Spinnaker, looks like you had clear weather...

Spinnaker,

looks like you had clear weather when when you were there. I arrived in the rain!
Forum: Touring
05-16-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By raybo

In my camera and on my phone. Just not on the...

In my camera and on my phone. Just not on the internet yet. That has to wait until I get home and write up my journal.
Forum: Touring
05-16-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By raybo

It I didn’t ride in the Cinque Terre. I...

It

I didn’t ride in the Cinque Terre. I spend a rest day in Chiavari and took the train down to the Cinque Terre and walked there. Only tunnels I’ve been in are on the highway.
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By raybo

When I am done, I will write a full journal on my...

When I am done, I will write a full journal on my own website: www.biketouringtips.com , where my other 20+ journals are. This is more a teaser.
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By raybo

Long report of first few days on European tour

Iím sitting at an outdoor table in Corniglia, the middle of the 5 Cinque Terre villages, sipping a thick hot chocolate and taking my first day off off the bike. It is a cool, clear day with blue sky...
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,459
Posted By raybo

I started touring after I retired (at 48). I...

I started touring after I retired (at 48).

I tour solo.

I do month long trips because that seems to be the sweet spot between my desire to tour and my desire to see my wife and friends.
...
Forum: Touring
04-05-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 927
Posted By raybo

Longest gap between training and touring?

I've planned a tour starting in Florence, Italy to Bern, Switzerland (touring plans here (https://www.biketouringtips.com/showPublicPlan.php?planid=51&planName=Going from Florence, Italy to Bern,...
Forum: Touring
03-28-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By raybo

I'll be in the French Alps.

I'll be in the French Alps.
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By raybo

Thanks to those who responded for your comments...

Thanks to those who responded for your comments and insights.
Forum: Touring
03-24-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By raybo

Headlight too bright?

I am planning a ride that includes the French Alps on roads with tunnels. I normally use just running lights. But, I've purchased a very bright headlight for use in the tunnels.This is the one I...
Forum: Touring
03-20-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 438
Posted By raybo

Why is shipping your bike bag so expensive? Have...

Why is shipping your bike bag so expensive? Have you checked the post office for shipping? Is there something unusual about your bike bag that makes it so expensive to ship?

I fly my folding BIke...
Forum: Touring
03-10-19, 06:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By raybo

I have an S&S coupled bike. It has 3 cable...

I have an S&S coupled bike. It has 3 cable splitters. One on each (naked) cable that crosses the couplers. One is on the rear brake cable, which goes along the top tube. One each on the front and...
Forum: Touring
02-15-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,529
Posted By raybo

The climb up to Treebones is seriously difficult....

The climb up to Treebones is seriously difficult. It was hard to do in a car! Save some leg strength for it!
Forum: Touring
02-13-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,529
Posted By raybo

This is a very popular route, though March is a...

This is a very popular route, though March is a bit early for most people. You might find that you can find people already riding to ride with. This is not uncommon.

Why not just do this ride on...
Forum: Touring
02-13-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,317
Posted By raybo

Like others have written, I prefer riding solo....

Like others have written, I prefer riding solo. Loaded, unsupported touring is challenging enough. Adding another person with opinions, ideas, and difficulty, would only add more difficulty. I use...
Forum: Touring
02-02-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 483
Posted By raybo

Advice for biking from Briancon, France to Bern, Switzerland

I'm planning a ride from Florence, Italy to Bern, Switzerland for May, 2019. My current plan is to ride up the Alps to Sistriere to Briancon to Grenoble to Mont Blanc to Lake Geneva and then on to...
Forum: Touring
01-13-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,413
Posted By raybo

Do you belong to your local library? Do they...

Do you belong to your local library? Do they allow you to download books?

My local library (San Francisco Public LIbrary) has thousands of books available for download for free. I can download to...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,053
Posted By raybo

Do you bike like you drive?

This article at Cycling Today (Cyclists don't break traffic laws any more than drivers, says new study | Cycling Today...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,006
Posted By raybo

When I am in big cities, I am either getting...

When I am in big cities, I am either getting hosted, so I keep my bike with them, or at a hotel that will hold my bike. All my shopping is done before I get on the bike in the morning.

When I go...
Forum: Touring
01-03-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 724
Posted By raybo

I'm not sure if this will help you or not, but I...

I'm not sure if this will help you or not, but I did a ride in the other direction, from Amsterdam to Passau, that included Utrecht, Nijmegen, Aachen, the Vennbonn, and south to the Saar via...
Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 655
Posted By raybo

This page contains 7 links to information about...

This page contains 7 links to information about bike touring in Africa (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Africa&state=&place=&id=&subtopic=). Not all will be of interest to...
Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 868
Posted By raybo

Taking bicycles on trains in Europe is not a...

Taking bicycles on trains in Europe is not a problem.While I haven't done so in Spain or Hungary, I have taken my bike on trains in Italy, France, England, Wales, Switzerland, and Germany. Generally,...
Forum: Touring
12-28-18, 03:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,223
Posted By raybo

This article on handlebars...

This article on handlebars (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/deakins/handlebars.html) at sheldonbrown.com is a excellent discussion of different designs and things to be aware of when changing them.
Forum: Touring
12-15-18, 08:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 879
Posted By raybo

This page has 11 links to information about...

This page has 11 links to information about bicycle maintenance/repair (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=&state=&place=&id=Bike%20Touring%20Equipment&subtopic=17.13) . There...
Forum: Touring
11-09-18, 06:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By raybo

My wife (a non-bike tourist) and I took a...

My wife (a non-bike tourist) and I took a one-week boat and bike excursion in 2017. It started and ended in Passau going all the way to Budapest before turning around. Everyone on the cruise rode...
Forum: Touring
10-17-18, 10:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 893
Posted By raybo

I live and ride my bike in San Francisco. First...

I live and ride my bike in San Francisco. First off, there aren’t a million people in San Francisco, let alone a million cars! Second, there are many bike routes throughout the city. Third, going...
Forum: Touring
10-08-18, 08:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,436
Posted By raybo

As a how-to book, I can recommend the The Bike...

As a how-to book, I can recommend the The Bike Touring Survival Guide by Friedel and Andrew Grant, world bike tourists (travellingtwo.com (http://travellingtwo.com)). I wrote a review of it...
Forum: Touring
08-28-18, 08:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 711
Posted By raybo

I just finished a ride in Croatia and Slovenia....

I just finished a ride in Croatia and Slovenia. Most of the roads I traveled had a bit of shoulder (2 feet?) and weren’t very busy. I didn’t like riding on busy roads along the Croatian Coast or in...
Forum: Touring
08-15-18, 07:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 826
Posted By raybo

I use an app called TrackMyTour. It doesnít...

I use an app called TrackMyTour. It doesnít follow you the whole way, but it does allow you to enter waypoints whenever you want and then draws straight lines between them. It allows me to see the...
Forum: Touring
08-14-18, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 378
Posted By raybo

I rode from Tillimook to Newberg over Highway 6...

I rode from Tillimook to Newberg over Highway 6 several years ago. Here is my journal for that day’s ride (http://www.biketouringtips.com/showDailyEntryDetail.php?entryID=264) from Tillimook to near...
Forum: Touring
08-11-18, 08:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,495
Posted By raybo

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x600/img_0028_jpg_jpeg_0637da1a2cfa8cf28c57c0735cda54052470256f.jpg
I neither carry camping or cooking gear when I tour. As a result, I don’t...
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 12:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By raybo

Detailed journal of my bicycle ride through the Balkans

In late April and early May, 2018 I flew to Venice and rode to Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy's Eastern Dolomites. It was a great trip full of interesting people, fabulous scenery and even a chance to...
Forum: Touring
07-27-18, 12:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,392
Posted By raybo

Check out this previous thread from 2006:...

Check out this previous thread from 2006: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/538834-first-aid.html
Forum: Touring
07-26-18, 06:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 990
Posted By raybo

I was riding up Going To The Sun Road in Glacier...

I was riding up Going To The Sun Road in Glacier National Park, one of prettier and nicer rides I've done. I was moving up at a comfortable sustainable pace. I get passed by two young men (just...
Forum: Touring
06-28-18, 11:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 302
Posted By raybo

I can't help you except to say that .GPX files...

I can't help you except to say that .GPX files are just text files with tags that can be edited directly. I've done this many times. Inverting a file isn't hard, if you can write simple programs.
...
Forum: Touring
06-20-18, 03:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By raybo

You should join warmshowers.org, a group of bike...

You should join warmshowers.org, a group of bike tourists who offer overnight accommodations in their homes to other touring bicyclists for free. It is free to join and very useful to get a taste of...
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 08:39 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,965
Posted By raybo

I don’t like sleeping on the ground. As a result,...

I don’t like sleeping on the ground. As a result, I don’t tour with camping gear. I also don’t stay at hotels every night.

I do everything I can using hospitality sites like warmshowers or...
Forum: Touring
06-13-18, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By raybo

Scandinavia in late September and early October?

My wife and I will be traveling to the UK in September so she can attend her 40th high school reunion.

On my touring list is to ride in Scandinavia. I was looking forward to it this year, but the...
Forum: Touring
06-08-18, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 585
Posted By raybo

I just turned 66. How old did you think I was? ...

I just turned 66. How old did you think I was?

My host took 2 photos of me. Here they are:...
Forum: Touring
06-07-18, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 585
Posted By raybo

Slovenia has a good amount of cycling...

Slovenia has a good amount of cycling infrastructure, including separated bike paths and marked cycle routes. The drivers are courteous, for the most part. Usually about a 2 foot area to the right of...
Forum: Touring
06-06-18, 06:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 585
Posted By raybo

Selected photos of my 4 week ride through the Balkans and the Eastern Dolomites

In April and May, 2018, I spent 4 weeks riding from Venice to Croatia, Slovenia and the Eastern Dolomites. I took over 2300 pictures and I have culled them down to 65 representative photos...
Forum: Touring
06-06-18, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By raybo

I live in San Francisco and would fly back there...

I live in San Francisco and would fly back there after the tour.

The obvious thing to do is to do a tour of the canyons in Utah. But, the reason I'll be in Utah is that me and some family members...
Forum: Touring
06-06-18, 07:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By raybo

Salt Lake City to where in late August?

I will be in Salt Lake City in late August. I have 2 weeks before I need to be home so am considering a ride somewhere. Being as it will be late Summer and Salt Lake City is surrounded by desert, I...
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