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Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 83
Posted By raybo

I'm looking into paying to get voice navigation...

I'm looking into paying to get voice navigation on my tours. I have a trial month Basic subscription to rideWithGPS. The cue sheets it generates are incredibly verbose. It appears you need a Premium...
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By raybo

I've used mapmyride.com for this.It provides an...

I've used mapmyride.com for this.It provides an app that will do this. The interactions are a starting, pausing (if necessary) and ending. It is free for this basic service. There is a for pay...
Forum: Touring
06-27-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 693
Posted By raybo

A few miles north of Big Sur is another...

A few miles north of Big Sur is another campground that might allow you to extend your stay in Big Sur. It is a primitive campground at Andrew Molera State Park...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 04:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,375
Posted By raybo

I have both an S&S coupled touring bike...

I have both an S&S coupled touring bike (Waterford Adventure Cycle) and a Bike Friday New World Tourist folding bike. I have flown dozens of times with the Waterford (I bought it in 2003). It takes...
Forum: Touring
06-17-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 733
Posted By raybo

This page has 5 links to information about bike...

This page has 5 links to information about bike touring in Denmark (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Denmark&state=&place=&id=&subtopic=). While you might not find all 5 of...
Forum: Touring
06-05-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By raybo

I don't know if any of the links on my site will...

I don't know if any of the links on my site will help you but here are 34 links to bike touring in Spain (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Spain&state=&place=&id=&subtopic=).
...
Forum: Touring
05-15-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 763
Posted By raybo

Thanks for the comments. It was a suggestion from...

Thanks for the comments. It was a suggestion from the shop owner where I took the bike to be repaired.

My plan was to keep the Bike Friday in the UK, stored with a relative, and use it for bike...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 763
Posted By raybo

The mechanic was referring exactly to this fact,...

The mechanic was referring exactly to this fact, namely that 1x10 fits on 3x8 hubs. He didn't mention the opposite, but I'll ask. I wonder if anyone makes a 20 inch wheel with 1x10 gearing?
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 763
Posted By raybo

3x8 replaced by 1x10?

My Bike Friday New World Tourist (folding touring bike) has a trashed rear wheel. The bicycle parts shortage is preventing my getting any replacement parts. A bike mechanic suggested that a drive...
Forum: Touring
05-09-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 183
Posted By raybo

Search for a folding recumbent bicycle

For those interested in touring on recumbent bikes, my good friend Matt, a long-time recumbent tourist, wrote an article about his search for a new folding recumbent bicycle...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 774
Posted By raybo

I tour with an older iPad and have done so for...

I tour with an older iPad and have done so for years. It has a flip-top case that is some thin faux-leather material. When I ride, I slide it into a pannier (which one depends on which bike I'm...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,048
Posted By raybo

I've seen anomalies with routes I've created on...

I've seen anomalies with routes I've created on various mapping sites. On one, I saw a very steep spike on a road that looked flat to me. I think it was a steep cliff next to a narrow road.

You...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,048
Posted By raybo

I don't have an answer for you, but I can explain...

I don't have an answer for you, but I can explain the problem. The routes drawn on maps consist of small straight lines. The elevation differences are calculated on the ends of these lines. On curvy...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,936
Posted By raybo

I have tried a number of different coverings for...

I have tried a number of different coverings for shoes and water-proof socks. I didn't like any of them and I really dislike riding with sodden shoes. On a wet ride up a "mountain" in the UK, I got...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,420
Posted By raybo

One charity that I support is called World...

One charity that I support is called World Bicycle Relief (https://worldbicyclerelief.org/). It provides bicycles to people in Africa (healthcare workers, school age girls, farmers, etc) to allow...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,227
Posted By raybo

The idea is that no hiker or biker is ever turned...

The idea is that no hiker or biker is ever turned away from a hiker-biker site. But, at Kirk Creek Campground (near Lucia on the Big Sur coast), the hiker-biker site has a limited number of spots....
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,227
Posted By raybo

The last slide took out an existing bridge.

The last slide took out an existing bridge.
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,227
Posted By raybo

I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA...

I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA (https://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipComments.php?tipID=2130) that might be of interest to you. There are stores in Carmel, Pfeiffer-Big Sur, and Cambria....
Forum: Touring
04-05-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 441
Posted By raybo

The Rhine route is a very popular route. You...

The Rhine route is a very popular route. You should have no problem finding touring companies that will offer whatever services you want from luggage forwarding to reserving hotels to fully planning...
Forum: Touring
03-10-21, 12:34 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 12,699
Posted By raybo

Another thread on the same topic:...

Another thread on the same topic: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/363723-instant-foods-cooking-free.html

I got to my local natural foods store and buy dehydrated foods to pack. My 2 favorites...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 01:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,882
Posted By raybo

Another option would be to do a loop tour so you...

Another option would be to do a loop tour so you can return the bike to the same place. The train system in Europe is good enough that you can get most anywhere fairly quickly with a bike.

On my...
Forum: Touring
02-03-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,093
Posted By raybo

This page has 8 links to information about bike...

This page has 8 links to information about bike touring in Portugal (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Portugal&state=&place=&id=&subtopic=). Not all of them will be of interest...
Forum: Touring
01-20-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,035
Posted By raybo

I wondered about Crazy Guy as well. I wonder if...

I wondered about Crazy Guy as well. I wonder if it is his refusal to let Google and other sites to index his, which would affect his scores.
Forum: Touring
01-20-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,035
Posted By raybo

Top 25 Bike Touring Blogs

for those interested, the Adventure Junkies website has posted a list of 25 Top Bike Touring Blogs (https://www.theadventurejunkies.com/best-bicycle-touring-blogs/). They explain: The total score...
Forum: Touring
12-29-20, 01:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,413
Posted By raybo

Another great resource is...

Another great resource is https://italy-cycling-guide.info/
Forum: Touring
12-26-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,413
Posted By raybo

In April 2015, I did a route of northern Italy...

In April 2015, I did a route of northern Italy including several lakes. I rode a loop route from Milan. I rode east to VIcenza via the southern edge of Lakes Como and Garda. Then, I headed north to...
Forum: Touring
12-05-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,011
Posted By raybo

I have a custom made frame bag that uses velcro...

I have a custom made frame bag that uses velcro for attachment, as most do. It works well. My bag has 7 velcro attachment points.

I'm not sure what you gain with using screws and braze-ons. In...
Forum: Touring
12-02-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,027
Posted By raybo

This page has 34 links to information about food...

This page has 34 links to information about food while traveling (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=&state=&place=&id=Food&subtopic=). Not all of them are about food...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,852
Posted By raybo

The main problem you will have between SF and LA...

The main problem you will have between SF and LA is from Pfeiffer-Big Sur to San Simeon. There are a few expensive motels between the two, but not much else. It is 70 stunning miles of serious up and...
Forum: Touring
09-27-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 700
Posted By raybo

Let me start by saying I don't camp, so I can't...

Let me start by saying I don't camp, so I can't really help there. I do use couchsurfing and warmshowers along with getting rooms.

Do not miss Slovenia, one of my favorite European cycling...
Forum: Touring
09-21-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,573
Posted By raybo

No. I'm an mp3/audiobooks kind of guy.

No. I'm an mp3/audiobooks kind of guy.
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 758
Posted By raybo

This page has 7 links to information about bike...

This page has 7 links to information about bike touring in Norway (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Norway&state=&place=&id=&subtopic=).

Not all of them may be useful to...
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,920
Posted By raybo

I am likely much older than you at 68. I am also...

I am likely much older than you at 68. I am also retired, so time constraints are not tight. I have been touring (and retired) since I was 50. I have developed an approach that works for me.
...
Forum: Touring
08-31-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 497
Posted By raybo

This page has 4 links to information about bike...

This page has 4 links to information about bike touring in Arkansas (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=United%20States&state=Arkansas&place=&id=&subtopic=). Not sure any of them...
Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,095
Posted By raybo

I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA...

I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA (https://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipComments.php?tipID=2130). You might find some useful information there.

It would also help to know what things you...
Forum: Touring
08-08-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,771
Posted By raybo

I've traveled with two "suitcaseable" bikes: an...

I've traveled with two "suitcaseable" bikes: an S&S coupled one and a Bike Friday NWT. The S&S bike is, by far, much harder to get into its hard-sided case and maneuver around. The Bike Friday lives...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,159
Posted By raybo

Do you speak one of the languages of the...

Do you speak one of the languages of the countries you listed? If so, I would give preference to that country.

I've done many tours in Europe but have not done one in Spain. My impression of it is...
Forum: Touring
06-27-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,229
Posted By raybo

I did some searching around and found this link...

I did some searching around and found this link at bikemap.net which appears to be the EV 11 route in Estonia (https://www.bikemap.net/en/o/2766980/#6.19/58.712/25.76). According to the map page, it...
Forum: Touring
06-13-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 635
Posted By raybo

Can you be more specific on what you consider...

Can you be more specific on what you consider "supported?"

Does this mean a commercial tour where someone drives a SAG wagon, carries all your gear, provides the food and a place to stay?

Does...
Forum: Touring
05-28-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,460
Posted By raybo

I don't have a bell, but I can whistle pretty...

I don't have a bell, but I can whistle pretty loud. For some reason, people jump out of the way when they hear my whistle. It is good to keep things clear, but I often feel embarrassed for giving...
Forum: Touring
05-24-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,040
Posted By raybo

I don't know if any of the links provided will be...

I don't know if any of the links provided will be of use to you, but this page has 6 links to sites with information about bike touring in Japan...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,810
Posted By raybo

If you have the time, riding the entire Pacific...

If you have the time, riding the entire Pacific Coast would be great. Each state is a bit different. Washington has lots of trees and tree farms, cranberry bogs, Indian Casinos, and such. Oregon also...
Forum: Touring
04-18-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,409
Posted By raybo

I also have given up sleeping on the ground. I...

I also have given up sleeping on the ground. I don't even carry camping and cooking gear (saves 10 pounds, at least) anymore.

On my first bike tour, from SF to LA, I did 70 mile days. This was too...
Forum: Touring
04-09-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By raybo

This page has 5 link to information about bike...

This page has 5 link to information about bike touring in Iceland (https://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTips.html?country=Iceland&state=&place=&id=&subtopic=). I don't know if any of them address...
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By raybo

I don't know if this information will help you,...

I don't know if this information will help you, but I rode from Vermont (over the Kangamagus pass) to Acadia NP through Conway NH, Augusta and Belfast ME. What I remember most is what another bike...
Forum: Touring
03-17-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Posted By raybo

Have you seen this brochure:...

Have you seen this brochure: http://www.cyclingfromguildford.co.uk/KAcycleguide.pdf

Also, there is a good page of info at the CTC:...
03-08-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 13,803
Posted By raybo

Yes. Had a detailed plan for Rome to Bari to...

Yes. Had a detailed plan for Rome to Bari to Balkans and then back to Rome. Now, I am working on a ride around Ireland, instead. June timeframe.

I’ve put the Rome - Balkans trip on hold for a year.
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By raybo

I have a hard-sided case, so this might not work...

I have a hard-sided case, so this might not work for you, but I use old tubes zip-tied to the metal parts.
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,426
Posted By raybo

I generally book rooms in advance, if it is a...

I generally book rooms in advance, if it is a busy season or there aren't many places to stay where I want to stop for the night. I also check if there are grocery stores and restaurants in the...
Forum: Touring
02-22-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,731
Posted By raybo

There is a website called...

There is a website called conversationexchange.com (http://conversationexchange.com) that lets you contact people who want to speak your language and will help you speak theirs. I have used it...
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