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Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,268
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Is it better and cheaper than the original?

Is it better and cheaper than the original?
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Second half of September?

Second half of September?
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Another option is to land on Okinawa first, and...

Another option is to land on Okinawa first, and then travel northwards till I meet the winter cold. What do you think of that?
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

My question is what should be my first...

My question is what should be my first destination out of Tokyo, keeping in mind what I like? Forget the Length of Japan.
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 05:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

I like what most of you probably like too. Chill...

I like what most of you probably like too. Chill roads, great scenery, history, culture. I don't have exotic or fringe tastes.

What's my next stop or direction after Tokyo? Nagano? Niko?

Oh...
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 01:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

What sections should one avoid?

What sections should one avoid?
05-24-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Folding Bikes channel dissolved

I see the Folding Bikes channel is no longer. Not surprised...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Tour-de-Turkey

Anyone here knowledgeable of Turkey touring and willing to give me a rough itinerary of a six-week circuit starting and ending in Istanbul taking in the historic sites and chill roads with...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

So I take it that there are no longer distance...

So I take it that there are no longer distance (500km) dedicated bike paths in Japan ala ROK? Also, in Taiwan and the ROK my total carry was less than 5kg which meant that I wasn't carrying food,...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

I see... What route would you recommend starting...

I see... What route would you recommend starting in the second half of September? Looking for chill ala South Korea and Taiwan touring. FWIW I'd be doing it on a folding Bike (like I did in the two...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 03:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

I can fly to Japan no earlier than September 15.

I can fly to Japan no earlier than September 15.
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 02:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Hmmm... Doesn't sound every encouraging...

Hmmm... Doesn't sound every encouraging...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Tokyo to Fukuoka

Like the title says. When should I set off from Tokyo so as to get the best climate (not hot, not cold). Thanks.
12-28-18, 03:56 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Were I to tour Oz, I'd go with a 26er or 29er. I...

Were I to tour Oz, I'd go with a 26er or 29er. I am not the dogmatic fanatic you paint me out to be. But I have made it up Kintamani in a folder whereas others (i.e. you) have failed in a 700c bike....
12-28-18, 04:39 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Well, that's exactly it, ain't it? Most people...

Well, that's exactly it, ain't it? Most people here live in a region of the world with extremely limited knowledge, acceptance and availability of folders, yet they lack the self-awareness of that...
12-28-18, 04:36 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Well, yes. When you've got skinny Kojaks with...

Well, yes. When you've got skinny Kojaks with triple digit psi on 349 hoops, yeah.
12-28-18, 04:34 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

There you go again. You are notorious for...

There you go again. You are notorious for changing the conversation when I got you cornered. And predictably, you always change it so the object of discussion is not the issues, but rather my person....
12-27-18, 11:02 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Of course, I've tried, ownned big wheel bikes,...

Of course, I've tried, ownned big wheel bikes, mostly though not exclusively 26" MTB. In fact, one if my builds in progress is a 29er. Here is the wheelset......
12-27-18, 09:57 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

well, people have crossed continents on folders....

well, people have crossed continents on folders. I myself traversed an entire country on a folder, so this "no way" business displays bias, ignorance, or plain physical weakness.
12-26-18, 01:02 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

yeah...the only rub is that Dahon, Brompton or BF...

yeah...the only rub is that Dahon, Brompton or BF make do not make 700c folders. Were I a knowledgeable foldie blogger I would have suggested instead a ChangeBike out of Taiwan.

Enjoy the BF &...
12-26-18, 12:53 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Is that all you got? Lame. What I said is true,...

Is that all you got? Lame. What I said is true, and plainly on evidence, black on white, here before your eyes. I ain't making shish up. Read'em and weep on this very thread.
12-26-18, 12:13 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

And like clockwork...

...the focus, the conversation narrows down to Bike Friday and Brompton, when the world of folders is so more varied and interesting. Cheap Dahons, and over-priced BF and Brompton is all people know....
12-26-18, 03:50 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

I do not commute by bicycle to work. I ride...

I do not commute by bicycle to work. I ride locally, and tour long(ish) distances. No, I do not worry about my folding bikes "won’t ride as good." They ride like what they are. They are agile, and...
12-26-18, 02:32 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,766
Posted By Abu Mahendra

great example of a common phenomenon. Someone...

great example of a common phenomenon. Someone rides a bum folder, has a poor experience, and swears off the whole segment, as if a cheap Dahon is representatiive. Others with existing prejudices get...
Forum: Touring
12-20-18, 03:35 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,149
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Schwalbe Marathon Supreme I've done three...

Schwalbe Marathon Supreme

I've done three tours (Bali, Taiwan, South Korea) on them (42-406 Kevlar), and have not had a single puncture or problem with them at all. Too bad they are now...
Forum: Touring
12-19-18, 04:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,990
Posted By Abu Mahendra

More German bling?

Seeing your predilection for high-priced, Made-in-Germany bling, did you use a Leica camera or Zeiss lens to take that image too?
Forum: Touring
12-17-18, 07:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,990
Posted By Abu Mahendra

It doesn't take a seasoned tourer, or drivetrain...

It doesn't take a seasoned tourer, or drivetrain guru to see that 1.7kg and $1,265 is a bit much, when a triple crank will give you a similar range for less money, weight, complexity and field...
Forum: Touring
12-16-18, 04:48 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,990
Posted By Abu Mahendra

You don't get it, do you?

yes, of course. But the point of Rohloff is bragging rights. Some here pooh-pooh, sneer at the expensive speed 1x12 rat-race yet they are the ones who, with no sense of irony or self-awareness, fell...
Forum: Touring
12-16-18, 04:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,990
Posted By Abu Mahendra

10-speed is the sweet spot

...in terms of range, price, ubiquity, and maturity. Got 1x10 on my CC tourer, and that's all i need.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-18, 03:33 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,920
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Both Korea and Taiwan are going to be more...

Both Korea and Taiwan are going to be more affordable than Japan. Taiwan is less expensive than Korea because food is cheaper. In Korea you are hardly going to find a full meal for less than about...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-18, 12:56 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,920
Posted By Abu Mahendra

I credit-card toured South Korea from one end to...

I credit-card toured South Korea from one end to the other along its renowned Four Rivers national bike path, and also did a similar thing along Taiwan"s scenic east coast. I had a great time,...
Forum: Touring
11-22-18, 04:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

yes, San Miguel Allende has too many gringos, but...

yes, San Miguel Allende has too many gringos, but god, is it a pretty town!

Here's a bicycle image......
Forum: Touring
11-22-18, 03:00 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

I have done a lot more than that. I was born,...

I have done a lot more than that. I was born, grew up till age 11, learned Spanish as my first language, worked, and have family there.
....
Forum: Touring
11-22-18, 02:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Thanks for the heads-up. Vital info for...

Thanks for the heads-up. Vital info for prospective bicycle tourers.
Forum: Touring
11-21-18, 01:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

well, this just shows your bias and level of...

well, this just shows your bias and level of actual knowledge. Why look at each country for what it is when you can entertain facile generalizations and stereotypes, right? Educate yourself.
Forum: Touring
11-20-18, 04:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Japan, Iceland, Costa Rica, Chile, USA, New...

Japan, Iceland, Costa Rica, Chile, USA, New Zealand
Forum: Touring
11-20-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

par for the course, bob. It is the Ring of Fire,...

par for the course, bob. It is the Ring of Fire, after all. You gringos get spooked easily.
Forum: Touring
11-06-18, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By Abu Mahendra

I am/was considering doing that route this month...

I am/was considering doing that route this month that's why i asked, but November seems to be quite rainy.
11-06-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,662
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Nope, TAs knock it out of cobsideration.

Nope, TAs knock it out of cobsideration.
Forum: Touring
11-06-18, 12:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By Abu Mahendra

South & East from Lisbon, and onto Extremadura...

So, who's set off from Lisbon headed south and east towards Evora, and then crossed into Spanish Extremadura?
11-05-18, 06:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,662
Posted By Abu Mahendra

par for the course. People like to portray...

par for the course. People like to portray themselves as savvy shoppers, sensible consumers, value connoiseurs, but they then go on to trumpet the likes of Bike Friday, Rohloff, Rodríguez, etc.
11-05-18, 05:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,662
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Any others?

Any others?
Forum: Touring
11-04-18, 11:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Which pyramid is it?

Which pyramid is it?
Forum: Touring
11-04-18, 09:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Che Guevara's take...

Che Guevara was in Guatemala during the 1954 coup against Arbenz. He wrote that of the Central American countries Guatemala was the only one worth fighting for, worth salvaging.
Forum: Touring
11-04-18, 05:57 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,996
Posted By Abu Mahendra

let me guess. Mexico & Guate were your...

let me guess. Mexico & Guate were your favorites?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-18, 11:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,380
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Psst...

Though Sri Lanka was the site of Mountbatten"s Southeast Asia Command during WWII, and was invited (and declined) to join ASEAN, Sri Lanka is not in or part of Southeast Asia.
11-03-18, 08:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,672
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Mixte Minivelo

I ride a mixte minivelo as my get-around-town café tourer.
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Forum: Touring
10-19-18, 07:11 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,110
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Yes, for touring, it's fine. You want to err on...

Yes, for touring, it's fine. You want to err on the side of lower lows rather than higher highs.
10-01-18, 09:39 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 11,839
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Swing, and a miss. Strike Two!

Swing, and a miss. Strike Two!
10-01-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 11,839
Posted By Abu Mahendra

Nope. Try again. ...

Nope. Try again.
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