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Old 03-21-09, 11:59 PM
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bicycle of camino trail (spain)

I have never gone bicycle touring before.
This summer I was planning to walk the camino trail in spain and then to portugal about 1400 km. I am instead considering riding a bicycle. Flying with a bicycle is very expensive what are my options in buying a bicycle in spain. I was thinking of buying an X-mart bike and leaving it at the airport when I leave. Does anyone have any suggestions.
I have never been to spain or portugal however I have traveled extensively in asia.
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Having cycled that route I can honestly say that I would have preferred to have walked it and I hope to return to walk it someday. In regards to buying a crap bike I would say that it is a good option as the roads are good enough, just avoids the rougher trails. The only problem you may encounter is the pilgrim hostels give preference to those who are walking or on horseback so you may have to camp or stay at hotels.

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it's a long and hard trail the camino.especally off road .so choose your bike well .i certainly would not like to cycle it on a crap bike,i done it with a groop in 2006 it was a fantastic trip ,hope you make it and if you do take time to look around.
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What would a person even need to take along, assuming the plan was to buy a x-mart bike once they arrived. I really know nothing about Spain either ( I am just considering the plan of buy and dump as opposed to renting or traveling with an expensive bike as a mental exercise). It seems that one would pick up some sort of multi tool before leaving as the bike wil probably need deraller and brake adjustments along the way. I would also purchase a ptch kit and air pump before leaving.

Mostly I am thinking of the bike parts that were not easy to find when I was in East Asia, like I said, I have no idea of how common thse things are in Spain. I would expect to be a ble to find a bike with a rack pretty easly. But, assuming one landed in Lisbin (portagual) where would a person go to get one?

I fingure a spare tube, along wit th eafore mationed multi tool, patch kit and air pmp are the only bike spicific things that would be needed, is there anything else?
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If you start in France, like most people who walk or ride the Camino, the Decathlon chain of sports stores would be the place to start. They sell bikes, parts, clothing and anything else a cycling pilgrim could use. In Spain parts are available and the Spanish and pilgrims are helpful. When I say a crap bike I am thinking European standards not North American so a crap MTB would do fine. Dasheley, I’m not sure where you are from but there may be other options for you.
 
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I rode the Camino a couple years ago through Spain. It was definitely an excellent, memorable ride.

In the larger cities there seemed to be bike stores where repairs would be possible. I forget where exactly, but at some point while in a city we found a bike shop to fix my front brakes. In the rural areas though, you're on your own.

Bringing my own bike cost an extra ~$100 per flight. I'd just recommend doing that, that way you're familiar with what you're riding. I would recommend making sure you have a bike box before leaving though. I flew out of Newark and almost missed my flight due to a mis-communication with the availability of bike boxes.

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