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Old 10-17-13, 04:08 PM
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Istanbul to Bristol, England.

I recently completed a 4000 mile tour across the states. It was my first and I loved it.

I'm coming to the end of my year sabbatical and I'm contemplating doing another ride. Istanbul to the uk.

Has anyone dove this route? I would probably do it commencing dec or jan this year. Rather than send my bike etc from England I would have to buy and bike and all the equipment in Turkey. Anyone know anything about touring costs in Turkey?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-17-13, 04:41 PM
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No havent done that one , Id Join CTC, then you can access their century old knowledge of touring
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geographically, consider Istanbul then head north along the Black Sea coast ,
then you can start from the Delta of the Danube , and follow the River
to Its source on the German-Swiss Border , the Rhine Headwaters is not far,
then you can follow that river's shore to Rotterdam on the English Channel North sea Shore.

Or get a copy of Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express' ,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_...Orient_Express
travel following near the theoretical, rail route.
at least you'll have a good book to read along the way.

Id bring a well fitted bike with you . maybe Turkey gets German Bikes .. IDK..

I like My Koga, a world tour bike [not sold in the states, maybe 1 dealer] ,
you could get one from a Koga dealer in NL
not far from the International Airport AMS/Shiphol, then check it in to the connecting flight to Istanbul.
might even get the VAT refunded as you will leave the EU , if Turkey does not qualify
shipping it back to the US certainly will ..

The Koga Signature program will build and equip a whole touring rig, racks and mudguards and the like

so will be close to a turn-key drive away. they will even put your name on It.

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Old 10-18-13, 01:49 AM
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Just to build on what fietsbob said, do a search for Eurovelo 6 (EV6) or the Limes route. Both of them go across Europe from the Black Sea.

I would expect weather to be a major factor in Dec/Jan.

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Old 10-18-13, 02:15 AM
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Wouldn't it be easier just to take your current bike with you on the plane when you fly out to Turkey? It's bad enough sourcing all the part you need for a bike in a short time in the UK which has a very good cycling retail infrastructure; have a feeling that if you tried to source parts in Turkey, you would end up mail ordering most of them from the UK/German.

Would second the weather issue #ScruffyChimp notes, Turkey may be OK, but heading north into winter especially with the possibility of a very harsh one this year being forecast could be difficult.
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Old 10-18-13, 09:31 PM
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1. I would never think to start such a long ride on a bike that was new to me, too many chances for a bad fit, bad karma, expense. I'd bring a bike. Period.
2. I just did the EV6 route Tours, France to Budapest, Hungary. That route continues to the Black Sea. it was great riding along rivers, canals, etc. Best parts were in Austria and Germany for me. Oh, France was great along the Loire too
3. I can see it being quite the challenge getting out of Istanbul, it's like a science fiction movie there....someone here has routes I'm sure.
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Old 10-21-13, 05:05 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

I would be arriving via India and my bike is now in England. Logistically and financially it would be a nightmare getting it to Istanbul. That's why I was wondering about a new bike. I'm not made of money though so i was hoping the new gear would be inexpensive in Istanbul.


anyone fancy riding my bike from the uk to Istanbul ? Haha
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I have a friend from Turkey who loves to tell everyone that you can buy ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING in Istanbul. I haven't had a chance to test his assertion, but I'm not sure that I'd want to to use touring gear and a bike for an extended periods that consists solely of what I could find in a random, non cycling-focused city (regardless of how good the city's reputation is for selling all sorts of wild and wonderful things).
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