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Forum: Touring
09-19-22, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 506
Posted By axolotl

CDG airport is north of Paris. The RER B line (a...

CDG airport is north of Paris. The RER B line (a commuter train) goes from CDG thru the center of Paris and continues to the southern suburbs. Bikes are permitted outside of rush hour. RER lines go...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 506
Posted By axolotl

How's your French? Here's a 1 year old video...

How's your French? Here's a 1 year old video which explains the different rules for each type of French train:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q37OlFGE9XY

1:39, he talks about TER trains. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-17-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By axolotl

Protective pole supplied by BF is too long for Samsonite s'Cure suitcase

I bought a new Bike Friday NWT Lite nearly 4 years ago. (It's a lighter form of NWT for riders under 140 lbs. I think they later stopped making it.) I got the Samsonite S'cure suitcase, which BF...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 12:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 506
Posted By axolotl

It depends entirely on the train. The SNCF...

It depends entirely on the train. The SNCF (French national railroad) website is pretty good and each train indicates with a bicycle symbol if it takes regular bikes, and if it's free or requires...
Forum: Touring
09-12-22, 08:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 503
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
09-12-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 503
Posted By axolotl

Eating street food is one of the joys of travel...

Eating street food is one of the joys of travel throughout SE Asia. I've never gotten sick from street food anywhere in the world, including 3 bike tours in SE Asia. "Night markets" have wonderful...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 503
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
08-31-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 995
Posted By axolotl

I think you are seriously underestimating the...

I think you are seriously underestimating the challenges of such a high altitude since I gather that you, like me, have lived most of your life near sea level. As I previously wrote, I didn't...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 995
Posted By axolotl

I was on the same road as you from Vientiane...

I was on the same road as you from Vientiane north to Pakmong. Excellent road quality that entire stretch, and minimal traffic, especially between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. From Pakmong west to...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 01:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 995
Posted By axolotl

That's bizarre because I was there 2 years prior...

That's bizarre because I was there 2 years prior to you in early 2008 and the roads were excellent everywhere except on a portion of the road from Luang Namtha toward the Mekong river and the Thai...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 995
Posted By axolotl

I want to echo points made by skidder & djb. ...

I want to echo points made by skidder & djb. It's impossible to predict how any individual will react to high altitude. Being in great or lousy shape doesn't seem to be a predictor. A couple of...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 06:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 490
Posted By axolotl

OP, what did you think of the Véloroute des...

OP, what did you think of the Véloroute des Bleuets? I was at the south end of Lac St. Jean many years ago and found that the scenery was less interesting than I had expected.
Forum: Touring
07-20-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By axolotl

I have no idea whether an organization has...

I have no idea whether an organization has published such a route, but it's not difficult to make one on your own. The source of the Rhine is supposedly a little lake near the Oberalp pass in...
Forum: Touring
07-05-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,012
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
06-25-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 618
Posted By axolotl

I biked on Route 4 near Bromont, Quebec (part of...

I biked on Route 4 near Bromont, Quebec (part of La Route Verte) and this bike "path" is nothing more than a shoulder, and usually not a very wide shoulder. I've been on lots of roads elsewhere which...
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By axolotl

Detailed (large scale) paper maps, if they exist...

Detailed (large scale) paper maps, if they exist at all for a country in South America, will vary by country, and I would be surprised if any are available outside of each country.

I toured in...
Forum: Touring
05-20-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,213
Posted By axolotl

The hell I can't!:) While I haven't toured...

The hell I can't!:)

While I haven't toured around the Veloroute des Bleuets, I have been on parts of it next to Lac St. Jean and I thought the scenery was disappointing. Maybe the north side is...
Forum: Touring
05-20-22, 10:11 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
Posted By axolotl

That is a fun article with one minor error, and 2...

That is a fun article with one minor error, and 2 glaring omissions. The minor error is attributing cayenne pepper to Africa. All chile pepper species are endemic to the Americas, though now...
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,213
Posted By axolotl

Here's one for Le P'tit Train du Nord, a...

Here's one for Le P'tit Train du Nord, a wonderful rail-trail which starts just north of Montreal:

https://ptittraindunord.com/en/
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
Posted By axolotl

That 1st photo looks like the biosphere area. ...

That 1st photo looks like the biosphere area. Further north in Puebla state, the landscape was flatter and the desert flora was more diverse.

There's a road from Zacatecas to San Luis Potosi...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
Posted By axolotl

I'm curious if the "biiiiiiiiig open plain areas...

I'm curious if the "biiiiiiiiig open plain areas in central Mexico" were in Puebla state? I recall that there are some pretty desert landscapes south of the city of Puebla on the way to Oaxaca....
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 01:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
Posted By axolotl

I don't recall a photography museum there. I was...

I don't recall a photography museum there. I was there about 6 years ago. The zocalo was mostly closed off due to construction.

Were you touring in Hidalgo? It's pretty mountainous. I wasn't...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
Posted By axolotl

I think that the pasty was a perfect food for...

I think that the pasty was a perfect food for miners to carry with them into the mines for their lunch, since I'm guessing they didn't exit the mine until their shift was over. Pasties are compact,...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
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
05-04-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,506
Posted By axolotl

You sound like an extremely strong cyclist,...

You sound like an extremely strong cyclist, rebayona. I toured in Colombia in early 2019. I flew into Medellin and biked from a small town south of Medellin to Armenia (the town in Colombia, not...
Forum: Touring
05-01-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,631
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
04-29-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 855
Posted By axolotl

Consumer Cellular uses either the AT&T network or...

Consumer Cellular uses either the AT&T network or T-Mobile network. Your SIM card determines which network your phone will use as a CC customer. Consumer Cellular phones will only work outside of the...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,631
Posted By axolotl

The OP asked "which planning system do you...

The OP asked "which planning system do you trust?" in the context of a tour in France. The key word there is "planning", and for me at least, the big picture of a paper map is vastly superior for...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 481
Posted By axolotl

I've only toured on the western part of Hwy 12,...

I've only toured on the western part of Hwy 12, but have driven a car on more of it. It's certainly doable between Panguitch and Boulder. There are services and water available periodically. I...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,631
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
04-25-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,631
Posted By axolotl

What "planning system" do I trust? Detailed paper...

What "planning system" do I trust? Detailed paper maps, which are readily available for all of France including Corsica. My favorites are IGN (Institut Geographique National), but Michelin are...
Forum: Touring
04-12-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,024
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
04-01-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By axolotl

I think it's possible but not simple. There are...

I think it's possible but not simple. There are non-Thalys trains from Lille to Amsterdam. BTW, Lille is a nice town and worth a visit. I think that the Belgian train site may be easier to use in...
Forum: Touring
03-23-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,449
Posted By axolotl

I biked the route (but from south to north)...

I biked the route (but from south to north) suggested by Jamawani across Crow's Nest pass, then Going to the Sun Road, Missoula, and I think the same route you have planned between Yellowstone and...
Forum: Touring
03-19-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,460
Posted By axolotl

I had no idea that CGOAB had forums until...

I had no idea that CGOAB had forums until somebody posted something here about them a year or so ago. I have never posted anything on CGOAB, nor have I ever registered on that site. After reading...
Forum: Touring
03-01-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,006
Posted By axolotl

OP, if you're a warmshowers member, you could try...

OP, if you're a warmshowers member, you could try contacting members in the Pittsburgh area and ask if you could park at their home. I once received a request like that and a group of 4 cyclists left...
Forum: Touring
02-02-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,212
Posted By axolotl

How's your Spanish? Here's a list of some...

How's your Spanish? Here's a list of some recommened biking routes in Spain. You can use google translate or something similar if needed:...
Forum: Touring
01-23-22, 07:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By axolotl

In DC along the Potomac, there's a bike path...

In DC along the Potomac, there's a bike path sidewalk that's a continuation of the Rock Creek bike path going down river after the intersection of Rock Creek Pkwy & Virginia Ave. It goes right along...
Forum: Touring
01-23-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By axolotl

There are a lot of great trails in the DC area....

There are a lot of great trails in the DC area. On the Virginia side of the river, the paved Mount Vernon trail goes all the way to Mount Vernon, passing thru "Old Town" Alexandria. The paved W&OD...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,348
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: 2,770
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: 2,770
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: 2,770
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
12-16-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,614
Posted By axolotl

I toured in Scotland, mostly the west coast, in...

I toured in Scotland, mostly the west coast, in the first half of June many years ago. The narrow one-lane roads with passing pullouts for cars were not a problem because traffic was light and...
Forum: Touring
12-09-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,257
Posted By axolotl

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/2009_0602mexico_spain0053_23ce04a57a16212d4b95c6775d88a87a9fcd07c9.jpg...
Forum: Touring
12-09-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,257
Posted By axolotl

I wasn't camping myself, but I met a couple of...

I wasn't camping myself, but I met a couple of other cyclists who complained that many campgrounds weren't open yet for the season. This was in late May and I met them near the coast, which means it...
Forum: Touring
12-07-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 807
Posted By axolotl

There might be, but I've never seen a bike shop...

There might be, but I've never seen a bike shop there which rented touring bikes. Bike touring is not a popular activity among Mexicans, in my experience. Mexico City does have a shared bike...
Forum: Touring
12-07-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,257
Posted By axolotl

I've toured in northern Spain, though not...

I've toured in northern Spain, though not specifically the Camino, which doesn't interest me. Northern Spain has few flat roads, and that includes coastal areas. Also, northwestern Spain in...
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,323
Posted By axolotl

The OP is not limited to my top gear. A Bike...

The OP is not limited to my top gear. A Bike Friday NWT is custom-built for each rider. A customer can get any gearing or components that he or she wants. I got what I wanted. I made some gearing...
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,839
Posted By axolotl

Here are the current travel restrictions and...

Here are the current travel restrictions and rules for visiting Thailand:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/thailand-travel-covid-19/index.html

Arrival procedures:...
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