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Forum: Touring
09-13-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By gerryl

Other then being really really expensive, one...

Other then being really really expensive, one thing that really sticks out for me are how heavy they are. The Berthoud with its titanium rail comes in at almost half a kilo at 440 grams, while the...
Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,596
Posted By gerryl

Arkel = Lifetime transferable no receipt required...

Arkel = Lifetime transferable no receipt required warranty, i.e. if you buy them used they are still under warranty.
Ortlieb = 5 year non-transferable warranty.
Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By gerryl

I cycled in Israel quite awhile ago on my way to...

I cycled in Israel quite awhile ago on my way to Egypt (crossed into Egypt at Rafah in Gaza, that was interesting.:)) I'll second everything in post #3...
Forum: Touring
09-06-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,596
Posted By gerryl

Have a look at Arkel. I've had mine for years....

Have a look at Arkel. I've had mine for years. They have seen rough service, they've been exposed to road salt, sea salt, blistering +40C days of endless sunshine, -40C winter cold. A couple of...
Forum: Touring
08-19-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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A cool rail to trail conversion in France near Le Puy...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,103
Posted By gerryl

One minor thing that caught my eye are the 700 X...

One minor thing that caught my eye are the 700 X 32 tyres.That sounds extremely narrow for type of touring you're contemplating. I would tell the frame builder that you want clearance for at least...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,897
Posted By gerryl

I've build my own. In my case all I need was a...

I've build my own. In my case all I need was a spoke key and Youtube. I remember being told by a person in a local bike shop that my wheel would "explode" is not done to (their) perfection. I'm...
Forum: Touring
05-29-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

After a leisurely two day crossing of the Black...

After a leisurely two day crossing of the Black Sea from Bulgaria this is one of the first things you see after disembarking in Georgia.:)

...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,796
Posted By gerryl

Yes you can do it, and you should. However as...

Yes you can do it, and you should. However as others have pointed out a single speed bike would be difficult. Proper gearing makes all the difference in the world, it decreases the physical demands...
Forum: Touring
04-12-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

After 5 days of eating dust, ain't nothing like a...

After 5 days of eating dust, ain't nothing like a meal at McDoner's:)

Beyneu, Kazakstan...
Forum: Touring
04-08-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,813
Posted By gerryl

I borrowed one from a friend, a Thermarest model....

I borrowed one from a friend, a Thermarest model.
As a side sleeper I found it to be much too firm, I don't think I had a good night sleep for the week that I used it. I happily returned to my...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,003
Posted By gerryl

Like others above I only take one pair of...

Like others above I only take one pair of footwear. If the tour is long enough and the weather conditions change I simply dump whatever I had and purchase whatever I need.
Weather permitting -...
Forum: Touring
01-18-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,364
Posted By gerryl

Finally a gravel bike I wouldn't be ashamed to be...

Finally a gravel bike I wouldn't be ashamed to be seen on. If they hike up the price a bit I might consider buying it.
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 628
Posted By gerryl

If the reason you don't want to bring your pliers...

If the reason you don't want to bring your pliers for your chain is weight, buy smaller lightweight pliers. I bought a little set of pliers ( about the length of my thumb ) to break/assemble my...
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 631
Posted By gerryl

I know nothing of the Eurovelo route. However I...

I know nothing of the Eurovelo route. However I have cycled from Rijeka to Athens. I would definitely start in Venice. There is much more to see between Venice and Kotor then there is between...
Forum: Touring
12-23-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

I suspect you don't have to go that far to find...

I suspect you don't have to go that far to find one. 😉
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

A Vladimir Putin doormat. Lviv...

A Vladimir Putin doormat.
Lviv Ukraine.https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x600/img_20180727_132513614_01_453ef81c0a835bebdbde6a16f4385fb837ce1748.jpg
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 855
Posted By gerryl

Two apps you can look at that don't require a...

Two apps you can look at that don't require a phone plan.
Osmand
Mapsme
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 855
Posted By gerryl

If all you're interested in is navigation, you...

If all you're interested in is navigation, you don't need a phone plan.
You need off line maps, your phone has a GPS chip.
Forum: Touring
11-27-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

Rajastan is littered with forts, castles and...

Rajastan is littered with forts, castles and palaces etc.
Below is the fort in the town of Amer.
...
Forum: Touring
11-25-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

In this part of India, Rajasthan, forts dwarfed...

In this part of India, Rajasthan, forts dwarfed anything I've ever seen anywhere in Europe.
Forum: Touring
11-25-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

A once in your lifetime bargain. 😉

A once in your lifetime bargain. 😉
Forum: Touring
11-25-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

Love the pic. Nothing better than a quiet...

Love the pic. Nothing better than a quiet country road.
Forum: Touring
11-24-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

Jaisalmer Rajastan India. Sort of hard to get to...

Jaisalmer Rajastan India. Sort of hard to get to but almost worth the effort.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x460/jaisalmer_ca73fc0f856893aea3522dc8e8b03ec784d0e718.jpg

...
Forum: Touring
11-23-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

Never a boring moment on Indian roads. What...

Never a boring moment on Indian roads.

What could possibly go wrong?

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...
Forum: Touring
11-03-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 766
Posted By gerryl

How do you feel about being target practice for...

How do you feel about being target practice for kids with rocks?
Forum: Touring
10-22-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 710
Posted By gerryl

1. Depends where you travel. Last summer while...

1. Depends where you travel. Last summer while touring eastern Europe and central Asia I was hard pressed to spend $50 a day on lodging, food and entertainment.
2. I eat pretty much whatever I want,...
Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/344x193/mombasa_01_a73a9c0d6f6c0637e3dea9253a5d6ba83f2bdf81.jpg

Riding around Mombasa Kenya.
Forum: Touring
09-22-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,146
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: 1,294
Views: 200,620
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: 1,934
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: 2,210
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: 2,058
Posted By gerryl

Excellent! Nice photos too.😀

Excellent! Nice photos too.😀
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,131
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: 1,674
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: 4,697
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: 4,697
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: 4,137
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: 1,294
Views: 200,620
Posted By gerryl

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/964x554/elephant3_40cbdb4cc3bf13936a120861d72ddbe624c71173.jpg

Heavy traffic on Tanzanian roads.
Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,751
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: 1,294
Views: 200,620
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: 5,336
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: 4,299
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: 4,299
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: 505
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: 898
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: 33
Views: 5,248
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: 2,437
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: 855
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: 11
Views: 1,039
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...
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