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Old 03-24-05, 11:05 AM
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Ride the TDF Route

I already posted a question on bike cases for travel on the road cycling forum, but I'd like to collect some more general information about touring tips from some more experienced cyclists.

A friend and I are planning on riding the TDF route during the summer of 2006. We're in the process of choosing a route from a previous tour (incidentally, if you'd like to recommend a particular route to us, we're soliciting suggestions for that aspect of our planning as well), and thinking about the logistics of this project.

I would like any tips or suggestions that folks have about the following kinds of questions:
* Car rental (remember, we're talking about toting two bikes, gear, luggage, etc.)
* Roads to ride (to stay off of as well)
* Guide books to buy (both for choosing good cycling routes and for finding bicycle-friendly places to stay, etc.)
* Guesses at cost (we're trying to establish a budget for the project now, so we're looking into getting an idea of prices we can expect to pay for various things)
* Sponsorships (if you can think of anyone -- LBS, framemaker, etc. who would sponsor us, we would be thrilled to hear about it)

Thanks for any ideas or suggestions you may have. We appreciate your thoughts!
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Old 03-24-05, 03:50 PM
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I know very little about any of this, as I've never toured through France, but I can't let your post die on you like that. I've seen various France-related bike pages.

Sheldon has a page on France-by-bike (link below), and I'm sure you can link from there and connect the dots to any number of other places to find your way. I do know that cyclo-camping au sauvage is something that the French are pretty amenable to, and of course, it's just a beautiful country.

Good luck, you lucky person you. Have the time of your life out there.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/touring/index.html

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You must read French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France by Tim Moore.
It's mostly an exercise in humor but has some really important observations about the route and the people (how to get along with them). There's no where near as much drivel about the mechanical bikey type stuff that I find fascinating,* but I'm the geek, not Tim.
About the only thing he says about his bicycle is its color and that he doesn't pump up the "tyres" very often (another way he and I part company)


*I just would have been interested in knowing exactly what showed wear, when, how much, and all that nonsense. Tim is oblivious and he's lucky as I see it.
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Originally Posted by tvphobic
You must read French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France by Tim Moore.
It's mostly an exercise in humor but has some really important observations about the route and the people (how to get along with them). There's no where near as much drivel about the mechanical bikey type stuff that I find fascinating,* but I'm the geek, not Tim.
About the only thing he says about his bicycle is its color and that he doesn't pump up the "tyres" very often (another way he and I part company)


*I just would have been interested in knowing exactly what showed wear, when, how much, and all that nonsense. Tim is oblivious and he's lucky as I see it.
I'll second tvphonic's recommendation, read French Revolutions by Tim Moore, you'll enjoy your tour so much more.
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take a look at my homepage which will give you an overview concerning hotel / camping / gite d'etappe costs, roads (it's only roads in the alps, but they're always the same in France), pictures...
If you are interested in a special aspect of these tours don't hesitate to ask
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