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Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 911
Views: 120,834
Posted By gerryl

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Riding around Mombasa Kenya.
Forum: Touring
09-22-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 887
Posted By gerryl

As many have recommended you can buy stuff on the...

As many have recommended you can buy stuff on the road as needed, however don't forget to discard stuff as you go along. If feasible you can mail the no longer required stuff home, or simply donate...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 911
Views: 120,834
Posted By gerryl

To complement Str's excellent photos. The border...

To complement Str's excellent photos. The border between Georgia and Azerbaijan. ( He is clearly a good photographer, I am not.)
...
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,564
Posted By gerryl

If you can find some used Arkel panniers buy...

If you can find some used Arkel panniers buy them. They come with a transferable lifetime warranty.
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,473
Posted By gerryl

When I was in Italy a couple of years ago I came...

When I was in Italy a couple of years ago I came across a Argentinian couple who bought their touring bikes on arrival. They bought their bikes in a shop in Ostia (port of Rome). I don't remember...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,605
Posted By gerryl

Excellent! Nice photos too.😀

Excellent! Nice photos too.😀
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 890
Posted By gerryl

Some people make their own boxes out of wood, and...

Some people make their own boxes out of wood, and do a damn fine job. Some people go to their local bicycle shop and have them pack it. Some people make their own cardboard boxes. Some people pretty...
Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By gerryl

27 inch tires are a real pain in the ass: limited...

27 inch tires are a real pain in the ass: limited supply and poor selection, as you have no doubt noticed. You would be much better off with 700C. That being said, 27" is what you have so you have...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,699
Posted By gerryl

In my forty years of riding and touring I would...

In my forty years of riding and touring I would say hub problems are rare, if you bother to maintain your hubs. I ride on heavily salted winter roads which will destroy any hub ( I've replaced...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,699
Posted By gerryl

I would not hesitate for one second to use either...

I would not hesitate for one second to use either 105 or Ultegra hubs. I'd choose them over expensive boutique hubs any day. On my last bike I had what was probably Shimano's lowest end hubs,...
Forum: Touring
06-26-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,392
Posted By gerryl

In warm weather it's sandals, no need for two...

In warm weather it's sandals, no need for two pairs of shoes. In colder weather, near and below freezing I'll wear whatever is appropriate for the conditions.
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 911
Views: 120,834
Posted By gerryl

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Heavy traffic on Tanzanian roads.
Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,057
Posted By gerryl

Like many people here who are over 50 I make no...

Like many people here who are over 50 I make no conscious concessions due to my age. Last year while riding in Uzbekistan where daytime temperatures routinely hit the mid 40C I noticed no difference...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 911
Views: 120,834
Posted By gerryl

Tiny minaret and bad roads in Khiva Uzbekistan. ...

Tiny minaret and bad roads in Khiva Uzbekistan.
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Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,405
Posted By gerryl

Sounds like you've run out of places to visit,...

Sounds like you've run out of places to visit, Guyana and Surinam. I suspect that Guyana and Surinam are pretty far down most people's list of places to go.
I have not been to Surinam, but I have...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,486
Posted By gerryl

I can't see myself using mirrors. I have a hard...

I can't see myself using mirrors. I have a hard enough time keeping track of the mayhem going in front of me to worry about what's happening behind me.
Having said that I do, if I hear something...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,486
Posted By gerryl

Not for me. There comes a point where you can't...

Not for me. There comes a point where you can't be scared of everything.
I remember seeing a woman rider once who seemed to have more lights on her bike than tractor trailer, was herself decked out...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 438
Posted By gerryl

Sounds like an average day in Scotland.😀

Sounds like an average day in Scotland.😀
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 733
Posted By gerryl

Excellent report. I toured Italy two years for...

Excellent report. I toured Italy two years for three months and unfortunately it was really easy to find crappy restaurant food. Funny that you should mention indian food as I too found myself...
Forum: Touring
05-03-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,478
Posted By gerryl

I bought a Chinese knock-off of a Tubus Tara rack...

I bought a Chinese knock-off of a Tubus Tara rack 5 yrs ago for ~ $15. It withstood the roads of Ukraine and Central Asian without complaint. Any rack that can do that put up with that crap is a good...
Forum: Touring
05-03-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,040
Posted By gerryl

I go with the widest tires my bike would accept. ...

I go with the widest tires my bike would accept. I see no point in riding narrow tires since I'm not a huge fan of feeling every dump, pebble or ant that I run over. There is also a safety factor...
Forum: Touring
04-23-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By gerryl

I was in Ukraine last summer. I assume you're...

I was in Ukraine last summer. I assume you're aware of the political tensions between the two countries. Pick your crossing point between Russia and Ukraine carefully, the further west the better. ...
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By gerryl

Ref. Shoulders. Ive been on roads in Greece...

Ref. Shoulders.
Ive been on roads in Greece with nice wide shoulders, but due to the lack of maintenance roadside bushes haven't been trimmed in years and have totally taken over the shoulder...
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By gerryl

Yes, I took the northern coastal road, there...

Yes, I took the northern coastal road, there really isn't much of a choice. Being Greece the road is somewhat narrow, however it is easy riding since there aren't too many serious climbs, unlike...
Forum: Touring
04-04-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By gerryl

I rode from Igoumenitsa in the north ( it's on...

I rode from Igoumenitsa in the north ( it's on the mainland opposite Corfu) to Athens. Greece is hilly with pretty good roads, you'll be rewarded by great scenery. If you aren't into hilly terrain...
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 924
Posted By gerryl

When you think about it, hotels strive to provide...

When you think about it, hotels strive to provide a uniform event free stay, aka boring experience. Life is boring enough, you got to live a little when you're on the road.:)
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 924
Posted By gerryl

You don't get stories like that by sleeping in...

You don't get stories like that by sleeping in hotels.:thumb:
Forum: Touring
03-16-19, 11:23 PM
Replies: 911
Views: 120,834
Posted By gerryl

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The Kazakh steppe wasn't as lonely as I thought it would be.
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 576
Posted By gerryl

If you book a ticket online you should see a...

If you book a ticket online you should see a little bicycle logo at the bottom left once you've entered your from and to stations. It allows you to reserve a space for you and your bike. (Looks like...
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By gerryl

The cams on all four panniers work as new after...

The cams on all four panniers work as new after ~10 months of daily use. I've had the bike tumble down a hill with all four panniers attached, I road almost 90kms over cordaroy road in Kazakhstan...
Forum: Touring
03-10-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By gerryl

I have some. The attachment method is excellent...

I have some. The attachment method is excellent and extremely robust, they have never failed me. Over the past three years my bags have seen very rough service. In that period of time they've...
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,811
Posted By gerryl

Describes me and my bike perfectly. :p

Describes me and my bike perfectly. :p
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 857
Posted By gerryl

The crossings were easy and a welcomed brake from...

The crossings were easy and a welcomed brake from all the cycling. What you have to be aware of is that the ferries, both on the Black sea and Caspian, are set up for commercial truck and train...
Forum: Touring
02-07-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 857
Posted By gerryl

Did the Black Sea, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Caspian...

Did the Black Sea, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan thing last summer. The visa situation has improved considerably, as you can now get them online (depending on your...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 04:36 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,141
Posted By gerryl

I use platform pedals, I see no advantage in...

I use platform pedals, I see no advantage in clipless. Footwear is determined by season and temperature, anything from winter boots to sandals works for me.
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By gerryl

Getting the name of the destination wrong doesn't...

Getting the name of the destination wrong doesn't bode well for the rest of the trip.😀
Forum: Touring
12-22-18, 09:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,862
Posted By gerryl

I have to agree with the original premise that...

I have to agree with the original premise that tires are much better then they use to be. I bought a pair of no name tires for $12.00 each and road them from Glasgow to Tashkent. When I bought them...
Forum: Touring
11-13-18, 09:01 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,710
Posted By gerryl

The deal with cotton is that it keeps your sweat...

The deal with cotton is that it keeps your sweat from evaporating too fast, thus loosing the cooling effect of wind rushing over wet skin. Many polyester/nylon fabrics do such a good job of wicking...
Forum: Touring
11-12-18, 09:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,710
Posted By gerryl

I have not been to Death Valley, but I do have...

I have not been to Death Valley, but I do have experience riding in dry hot conditions: Eastern Sahara, Thar desert in Indian, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In extremely dry conditions wear cotton,...
Forum: Touring
11-06-18, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By gerryl

Not quite what you are looking for, but I rode...

Not quite what you are looking for, but I rode from Madrid to Lisbon, I crossed into Spain at Elvas/Badajoz, extremely pleasant ride. As you might guess it gets quite warm in the summer months.
Forum: Touring
11-06-18, 07:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,900
Posted By gerryl

This past summer riding from Kazakhstan to the...

This past summer riding from Kazakhstan to the Uzbekistan border I was faced with about 90km of washerboard road. As others has said go high volume and low pressure. I had 37mm tires, nowhere near...
Forum: Touring
11-03-18, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,287
Posted By gerryl

I was in Naples in the summer of 2017. I pretty...

I was in Naples in the summer of 2017. I pretty much agree with Paul's opinion, it's not necessarily bicycle friendly, but I loved it none the less.
Forum: Touring
10-26-18, 06:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By gerryl

I could have I suppose, but I just didn't have...

I could have I suppose, but I just didn't have the patience, energy or motivation to go through the whole gift giving cultural song and dance they go through.
Let me explain. When offering a gift...
Forum: Touring
10-26-18, 03:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By gerryl

In my case if the bike was actually worth...

In my case if the bike was actually worth something, I might have made more of an effort to find something to box it in, and I might have paid the extra airline fee to transport it. I honestly don't...
Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 05:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By gerryl

Why not just give it to someone? Didn't feel...

Why not just give it to someone? Didn't feel like it. I just went to the market got what I needed and walked home.
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Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 05:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By gerryl

A few years ago I cycled up to Shimla from Delhi...

A few years ago I cycled up to Shimla from Delhi looked up, way up at the mountains and said to myself...maybe some other day. 😀
Yeah I figure smaller domestic airlines in some countries would be...
Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 05:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By gerryl

Dude, I must admit that would have been a good...

Dude, I must admit that would have been a good idea! Damn I wish I had thought of that. 👍
Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 05:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By gerryl

I love the plastic bag! This trip started in...

I love the plastic bag! This trip started in Prague where the bike did in fact arrive in a plastic bag on Air Transat from Toronto. Once I retrieved my bike from the oversized area I was out in 5...
Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 05:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By gerryl

I wasn't too surprised the bike was still where I...

I wasn't too surprised the bike was still where I left it, people were pretty honest.
No I don't keep a journal, nor am I much of a picture taker, I don't travel with a camera. I picked up a used...
Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 05:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By gerryl

There are only a handful of airlines that fly out...

There are only a handful of airlines that fly out if Tashkent, none sold anything remotely resembling a box. For an international airport it's quite tiny.
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