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Forum: Touring
02-12-24, 02:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 540
Posted By axolotl

In France , I find that IGN 1/100,000 maps are...

In France , I find that IGN 1/100,000 maps are even better than Michelin maps. But if you're sticking to eurovelo routes, you probably don't need the extra detail.
Forum: Touring
01-31-24, 10:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,129
Posted By axolotl

My suggestion is that you get into the eastern...

My suggestion is that you get into the eastern part of the Douro valley and follow along the river, passing through Paso de Regua. It's a beautiful valley and doesn't have a lot of steep climbs as...
Forum: Touring
01-30-24, 11:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,129
Posted By axolotl

It's a shame that you are bypassing the Douro...

It's a shame that you are bypassing the Douro valley in Portugal.

If those 5 weeks for cycling from Lisbon to Madrid begin around June 23, Andalucia (southern Spain around Seville & Granada) is...
Forum: Touring
01-26-24, 03:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,014
Posted By axolotl

Utter nonsense. Are the Vietnamese people...

Utter nonsense. Are the Vietnamese people shorter, on average, than in most developed countries? Yes. But to say that all Vietnamese are 5 feet tall is ridiculous. You lose all credibility when you...
Forum: Touring
01-08-24, 11:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,085
Posted By axolotl

A friend & I toured in Portugal quite a few years...

A friend & I toured in Portugal quite a few years ago and I don't recall all of the specifics of our route. However, I do recall that by far our favorite area was the Douro valley. The Douro largely...
Forum: Touring
12-24-23, 10:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,581
Posted By axolotl

You can also close the loop by train, rather than...

You can also close the loop by train, rather than by cycling. Most regional trains ("ter" trains) in France have places for bikes. These regional trains usually allow you to roll on your bike for...
Forum: Touring
12-20-23, 01:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,581
Posted By axolotl

If someone doesn't ride a recumbent at home, much...

If someone doesn't ride a recumbent at home, much less a recumbent trike, it seems to me to be an extremely bad idea to suddenly switch to a recumbent for a tour in a foreign country.
Forum: Touring
12-20-23, 07:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,225
Posted By axolotl

I think you're confusing northern Chile/northern...

I think you're confusing northern Chile/northern Argentina with Patagonia, which is in the southern part of both countries. The roads are not particularly high in Patagonia.
Forum: Touring
12-06-23, 02:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,293
Posted By axolotl

The simplest solution may be to fly to Perpignan...

The simplest solution may be to fly to Perpignan near your friends. Leave the case at their place. Then take a train with your bike to your first starting point. Of course, you're going to have to...
Forum: Touring
12-06-23, 05:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 502
Posted By axolotl

Listen to your spouse. Ireland is a cold and wet...

Listen to your spouse. Ireland is a cold and wet place.
Forum: Touring
11-21-23, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 632
Posted By axolotl

A friend & I toured in western Scotland. My...

A friend & I toured in western Scotland. My favorite part was the isle of Mull. Everywhere on that island was gorgeous. We took a ferry from Tobermory to the Ardnamurchan peninsula and continued up...
Forum: Touring
11-17-23, 02:51 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,217
Posted By axolotl

There's a big difference between folders. A...

There's a big difference between folders. A folder like a Bike Friday New World Tourist, which is designed for serious touring, rides very much like a "regular" touring bike including when loaded...
Forum: Touring
11-08-23, 07:46 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,217
Posted By axolotl

I use the same Ortlieb rear panniers and Ortlieb...

I use the same Ortlieb rear panniers and Ortlieb handlebar bag on my Bike Friday New World Tourist, as on my old touring bike with 700c wheels. I've never used front paniers on any bike.

After...
Forum: Touring
10-22-23, 08:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,747
Posted By axolotl

I just returned from touring in Sardinia, Lazio,...

I just returned from touring in Sardinia, Lazio, & Umbria. I found that young Italians generally speak a fair bit of English these days, even in small untouristed towns. In hotels & restaurants, even...
Forum: Touring
10-16-23, 01:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,747
Posted By axolotl

I'm just finishing up 3 weeks of individual...

I'm just finishing up 3 weeks of individual credit card touring in Italy, plus a few days in Rome.. This was intended mainly as a tour of Sardinia, but I expected to have 7-10 days afterwards for...
Forum: Touring
09-11-23, 07:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,102
Posted By axolotl

It's that newfangled craze called Motionless...

It's that newfangled craze called Motionless Touring.
Forum: Touring
09-09-23, 01:09 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,569
Posted By axolotl

I suspect that a "3 hour tour" is longer than...

I suspect that a "3 hour tour" is longer than what will actually happen.
Forum: Touring
09-06-23, 08:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,102
Posted By axolotl

Flippin', did you ever go on that tour of Central...

Flippin', did you ever go on that tour of Central & South America? A few years ago you wrote: "I'm 100% doing this trip, just not sure if I want to do bicycle or scooter."
Forum: Touring
08-20-23, 06:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 715
Posted By axolotl

Very nice photos, raybo.

Very nice photos, raybo.
Forum: Touring
07-14-23, 12:42 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,752
Posted By axolotl

The actual google map which comes up, as opposed...

The actual google map which comes up, as opposed to the sheet, does not show you going through Morgantown, West Virginia, which is a good thing IMO, It shows you taking the GAP Trail to Cumberland,...
Forum: Touring
06-13-23, 10:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 831
Posted By axolotl

I rode up the Maloja Pass in late July. A few...

I rode up the Maloja Pass in late July. A few years later, I rode down the pass in early June. I had great weather both times.
Forum: Touring
04-23-23, 05:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 762
Posted By axolotl

I've got a Bike Friday NWT folder which has 20"...

I've got a Bike Friday NWT folder which has 20" wheels. I've toured on it a lot, but I'm guessing that by "trekking" you mean something more akin to a mountain bike tour. Some of my touring has been...
Forum: Touring
04-12-23, 11:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,307
Posted By axolotl

Here is a link to a relief map of Pennsylvania. ...

Here is a link to a relief map of Pennsylvania. State College is right in the middle of the state. There will be lots of climbing & descending going east-west. Roads in the western US are...
Forum: Touring
04-12-23, 05:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,307
Posted By axolotl

I doubt that Tioga Pass in Yosemite will open...

I doubt that Tioga Pass in Yosemite will open this year before the end of June because of the enormous quantity of snow which has fallen in the Sierra Nevada this winter.

I'm curious why you are...
Forum: Touring
03-09-23, 10:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,420
Posted By axolotl

I have ridden a Brompton. It's well designed and...

I have ridden a Brompton. It's well designed and folds quickly into a neat package. But I can't imagine touring on one. It simply doesn't ride like my Bike Friday or full-size Bridgestone RB-T. I've...
Forum: Touring
03-06-23, 02:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,420
Posted By axolotl

I'm a current, not former Bike Friday owner....

I'm a current, not former Bike Friday owner. They're among the best purchases of any item that I've ever made. I have a NWT I bought new in 2000, and a NWT Lite, which I'm not sure they make anymore....
Forum: Touring
02-20-23, 07:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 308
Posted By axolotl

Much of the Eurovelo 3 route in France does not...

Much of the Eurovelo 3 route in France does not maximize scenery, IMO. The portion between Orleans & Tours is nice, however. I don't know the EV3 route between the Belgian border and Paris. I do know...
Forum: Touring
01-30-23, 09:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,486
Posted By axolotl

I'm amazed that you began a tour in South America...

I'm amazed that you began a tour in South America with tires which already had 5500 km of wear. It never occurred to you to start the tour with new tires?

Folks, it's Colombia, not Columbia.
Forum: Touring
01-30-23, 02:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,683
Posted By axolotl

Since this will be in May, I think the Loire...

Since this will be in May, I think the Loire valley in France would work well. It's much more likely to have decent weather than places further north. It's scenic with lots to see, and the terrain is...
Forum: Touring
12-02-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,823
Posted By axolotl

The incidence of malaria, dengue, chikungunya, &...

The incidence of malaria, dengue, chikungunya, & zika in Mexico is low. Malaria prophylaxis for Mexico is not recommended by any health site that I've seen.

The following has data for dengue,...
Forum: Touring
11-27-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,823
Posted By axolotl

Another thing to keep in mind is that it's...

Another thing to keep in mind is that it's typically extremely easy to take a bike on Mexican buses. 1st class buses have luggage areas underneath the passenger area with lots of space. On 2nd...
Forum: Touring
11-24-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,823
Posted By axolotl

In the past, I was allowed to ride on a toll road...

In the past, I was allowed to ride on a toll road in Mexico. It was free. I was directed to go around the vehicle sensors when I approached the toll booth, I assume so the money accumulated by...
Forum: Touring
11-06-22, 06:16 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,180
Posted By axolotl

I toured in Colombia 4 years ago. I had no...

I toured in Colombia 4 years ago. I had no problems at all. None of the touring cyclists I met reported any issues, either. Beautiful country with friendly people. The cycling was not easy,...
Forum: Touring
10-22-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,074
Posted By axolotl

I'm glad to hear you had a great time. Your...

I'm glad to hear you had a great time. Your post, however, isn't entirely accurate. As I wrote above in post #12, RER lines A, B, C, D, & E all permit bikes except during rush hour, so it's not...
Forum: Touring
09-12-22, 08:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 795
Posted By axolotl

"Hawker's Centres" & "night markets" are not on...

"Hawker's Centres" & "night markets" are not on the street. They are a designated spot where food vendors set up in the evening, or in the case of Singapore, a collection of permanent outdoor food...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 795
Posted By axolotl

I would recommend touring instead in northern...

I would recommend touring instead in northern Thailand anytime from December to February. The north has great riding and interesting places to visit. The north is far enough from the equator that...
Forum: Touring
07-05-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,232
Posted By axolotl

Why did you hate Portugal? If you're going to...

Why did you hate Portugal? If you're going to make a statement like that, you should explain why. I've toured in Portugal and found virtually nothing to hate. The countryside is pretty, people are...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,734
Posted By axolotl

By far, the tastiest pasties I ever had were in...

By far, the tastiest pasties I ever had were in Hidalgo state in Mexico. Miners from Cornwall came to Hidalgo in the 19th century. There are lots of pasty shops in Hidalgo state. (It's spelled...
Forum: Touring
05-01-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,994
Posted By axolotl

I've toured on Corsica and detailed my experience...

I've toured on Corsica and detailed my experience in post #10. Except for the east coast, the coastal roads in Corsica are not flat. Except for the east coast, the traffic levels were light (in...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,994
Posted By axolotl

I'm not convinced there is more info overall on...

I'm not convinced there is more info overall on electronic maps, especially for planning purposes. You can't get the big picture and lay of the land on a phone or even a laptop. Paper maps like...
Forum: Touring
04-12-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,544
Posted By axolotl

I've been a member for many years. I've mostly...

I've been a member for many years. I've mostly hosted, but I've stayed with hosts a handful of times. All of my experiences have been very good, and several have been outstanding. The "feedback"...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,619
Posted By axolotl

I've been riding on Schwalbe Marathons for years...

I've been riding on Schwalbe Marathons for years and have found them to be superior to all other tires I used previously. I haven't noticed any traction issues under wet conditions. FWIW, I'm a...
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,619
Posted By axolotl

To successfully pack a Bike Friday into a...

To successfully pack a Bike Friday into a suitcase so that it both fits and is protected, it has to be packed in a specific way. My 2 NWTs, produced almost 2 decades apart, each pack slightly...
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,619
Posted By axolotl

I have no problems getting my old NWT into the...

I have no problems getting my old NWT into the <62" Carlton suitcase. The very 1st time may have seemed a little bit daunting, but I can do it in my sleep now. I packed it in the suitcase and flew...
Forum: Touring
12-20-21, 04:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,619
Posted By axolotl

Most BF models including the NWT are custom made....

Most BF models including the NWT are custom made.

I have a 22 year old NWT and I ordered it with a 62" suitcase made by Carlton. My frame size is about 51cm/20". I don't have a model name for...
Forum: Touring
11-07-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,675
Posted By axolotl

Northern Thailand is great in January. It's the...

Northern Thailand is great in January. It's the dry season in the north, and northern Thailand is far enough from the equator that it has much more comfortable temperatures from December to February...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 05:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,354
Posted By axolotl

You've made 577 posts, of which a whopping 346...

You've made 577 posts, of which a whopping 346 were new threads you've started. You usually never reply to questions or posts in your threads. You start new discussions about the same things,...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,825
Posted By axolotl

I don't see why you couldn't tour on it. It's...

I don't see why you couldn't tour on it. It's essentially a hybrid with moustache handlebars. Be aware, however, that it only has a double crankset, so you won't have a super-low gear. I've never...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,686
Posted By axolotl

I've never noticed that "hotel water" tastes any...

I've never noticed that "hotel water" tastes any different from tap water anywhere else in a town, or that it tastes "horrible" simply becomes it comes out of a tap in a hotel. The entire premise of...
Forum: Touring
07-14-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,342
Posted By axolotl

Sign at a trailhead in Kenai Fjords National Park...

Sign at a trailhead in Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Note the language after "IF A BEAR ATTACKS"

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