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Old 12-20-14, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by lee kenney View Post
Cuba by bike , learn about rum , a little history , ride a bike to give away !"Bikes For Cuba "
Should that be a 1950's era US Made Schwinn?

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Old 12-20-14, 03:10 PM
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I've been to Cuba three times. I can tell you the infrastructure for visitors is well-established, as evidenced by millions who come each year, mostly from Canada but to a lesser degree from UK, Germany and other places. However, everything I have seen assumes you are staying at an all-inclusive hotel, and perhaps taking organized day tours via bus.

I think it would be challenging to bicycle in the non-touristic areas. Maybe not impossible, but not easy. Cycletourists should not count on finding accommodations, provisions, replacement bicycle parts, banks, and tourist offices in towns and villages. You would need to be self-reliant...

The Cubans I have met in smaller places have been genuinely warm toward visitors. That in itself could make for a great bicycle tour... I have spotted the rare cycle tourist in Cuba. Would enjoy hearing about their experiences!
I've read about quite a few cycling tours in Cuba, and I don't think it's a difficult as you suggest:

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/...octype=journal
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Old 12-20-14, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by acantor View Post
I've been to Cuba three times. I can tell you the infrastructure for visitors is well-established, as evidenced by millions who come each year, mostly from Canada but to a lesser degree from UK, Germany and other places. However, everything I have seen assumes you are staying at an all-inclusive hotel, and perhaps taking organized day tours via bus.

I think it would be challenging to bicycle in the non-touristic areas. Maybe not impossible, but not easy. Cycletourists should not count on finding accommodations, provisions, replacement bicycle parts, banks, and tourist offices in towns and villages. You would need to be self-reliant. Visitors are barred from using Cuban pesos; not sure non-convertible pesos are exchangeable beyond the walls of the hotels and tourist traps. Need to use a credit card in a small town? Don't count on it!

The Cubans I have met in smaller places have been genuinely warm toward visitors. That in itself could make for a great bicycle tour.

If you go, stay far away from recreational drugs. There is zero tolerance in Cuba. The counts allow for the death penalty (or 20+ years) for drug-related offences.

I have spotted the rare cycle tourist in Cuba. Would enjoy hearing about their experiences!
I independently cycletoured Cuba around 2007 with two other guys for a fortnight. Did find getting accommodation difficult in one town as b&bs have to be registered/taxed and the cost hassle isn't justified unless there's a regular supply of tourists. After some negotiation we were smuggled into a house.
There are some good quality major roads but a lot of poor roads also where wide tyres are advised.
Visitors weren't barred from using Cuban pesos when we were there but we did come across one nice looking restaurant in a rural town that wouldn't admit us and some hostels/hotels are for Cubans only. Roadside shops take Cuban pesos but the tourist B&Bs are only interested in the convertible (tourist) Pesos.
If you want to get out to the countryside quickly best take a bus with your bike.
There are good and bad sides to cycle touring in Cuba but it's different and if it wasn't so far from Ireland I might consider going back.

This is a book worth getting.

http://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Cuba.../dp/0881505536
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Old 12-21-14, 09:23 AM
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crazyguyonabike.com, "Bikes For Cuba" donates bikes via tourists out of Canada, Cycletouring in Cuba is challenging , but bikes in Cuba are traffic so I found Cuba muy sympatico para cyclistas viejo . The Cuban ability to fix things has spawned some very creative bikes , todo se resolves ! I'll go back
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family visits:
The Cuban People are my human family.
official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations:
I am a spy for the C.I.A. (since they cannot confirm or deny anything).
journalistic activity:
I am writing a paper or blog on touring in Cuba.
professional research and professional meetings:
I will be wearing a suit and tie to meet a nice Cuban girl or guy (depending on your preferences) and have a mojito and later research their body.
educational activities:
I am educating the Cuban people on bike touring and learning what sort of bike Fidel prefers
religious activities:
I can only pray in Havana and my religion won't let me into their place of rest unless I pray there. Plus during the professional meetings and research I plan on using position first created by the missionaries.
public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions:
Bike touring in itself is athletic and some what of an exhibition
support for the Cuban people:
I will be joining a human pyramid with the Buena Vista Social Club and will be at the bottom (literally supporting them)
humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
I will be spreading the word about Phoenix online university
exportation, importation or transmission of information or information materials:
I will be exporting a large amount of cuban rum and cigars, importing good cheer and spreading the word about Phoenix online.

BOOOOM...I have an excuse for everything, suck it JFK's ghost! Feel free to use this on your next trip to Cuba. Don't take any of this seriously unless you are the government then these are very legitimate reasons for me to go to Cuba.

The funny thing is I have been spending the past hour listening to Buena Vista Social Club and then I happened upon this thread.
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Old 12-25-14, 10:09 AM
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The joke among Canadians is that they had better hurry up and visit Cuba NOW! before it is spoiled by the American tourists...

Actually, I don't think it's a joke.
its not.

im going in Jan with the roadbike...riding there is pretty awesome, super safe.

I fully expect the americans to totally spoil this country, and help turn it into another Dominican republic, where 1-10 people run the country and rest struggle to survive. Cubans now live simple lives. They are not aware what awaits them when they open their doors to cowboy capitalism
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I fully expect the americans to totally spoil this country, and help turn it into another Dominican republic, where 1-10 people run the country and rest struggle to survive. Cubans now live simple lives. They are not aware what awaits them when they open their doors to cowboy capitalism
Next thing you know there will be Tim Horton's all over the island.
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