>>946335 This is more /m/ but I guess there's some crossover.
I had a great time climbing this spiral bridge in Chongqing, China. It's kind of scary how high it is and how low the side-wall was. The whole climb I'm turning into the wall due to the turn of the spiral and a bit of fixation on the edge. I had to keep trying not to look at the drop.
>>946818 >New Zealand Go in summer (December - February). NZ is cold and wet most of the time.
The Italy trip sounds glorious though there's a part of me that shudders at living out of panniers. I just can't imagine fitting my current pack load into panniers, let alone shouldering the things to take them into a hostel or something.
I'm thinking about this now - I'm about to take off for a year of backpacking around the world, including the summer in Europe. Any suggestions on routes that would be good for a first-time bike tourer that only speaks english?
I live in Poland and I love to cycle in Kraków-Częstochowa Upland also called Polish Jurassic Highland, it's full of medieval castles, full of forests and consists of a hilly landscape with Jurassic limestone rocks, cliffs, valleys and vast limestone formations, featuring some 220 caves.
>>946875 He's asking for the handle bars, not a bag. The ones in your photo let you lean on them, is that position more comfortable for biking?
Also, has anyone here used bike trailers/carts? Something like pic related would seem a good option for a person with a bit more gear. I know there's some down sides to having one, an extra wheel that could get damaged, extra drag, the cost of one, etc. But it seems like they would be quite helpful.
>>946854 It's more fun in places where they don't speak English. As a bike tourist you will seem very un-thretening and as such people will be very friendly towards you. I'd say go around Eastern Europe on a bike, people will be very open to having you as a guest. On top of that the food will be much cheaper and imo it just seems easier to find a place to camp. Also people will be more likely to give you a bed if you're looking for one along the way.
lol completely thought handlebar bag. The ones on my surly LHT are stock. I do a lot of road cycling so im just used to drop bars, but really, just get w/e is most comfortable for you. Some ppl just keep it flat, other get butterfly handle bars as it gives you the option for a lot of different positions.
Recently I purchased an aerobar, the one that loops around, just so that i can also change positions when riding and when I get really strong head winds, they do help.
As for a trailer, I wouldn't recommend it because that already assumes that all the space on ur bike is used up (front, back and top panniers) meaning that you have some serious weight which going uphill will not be fun.
>>946335 China has some good quality roads for the long-distance routes but you have to jump fences to use them. Someone did an article on it, you take the service road that runs along the highway and a few km down the road, you climb the embankment and hop the barrier, then you're fine for 100KM or so until the checkpoint, you blow through that and are back on local roads until the next checkpoint when you take the local road for a few km, find an embankment and do it again.
>>946961 >>946799 People, I hate to be all velocerati about this but there are rules...bikes are photographed on the drive side at all times. The NDS has nothing that we need to see unless you're showing a pic for diagnostic purposes or something.
Posting my bike here to not derail the Tunisia thread.
>>946335 On my first major trip right now. Started in August near Dresden (Germany), right now I'm in Malta. >Your favorite country or region you have cycled in? Not sure about a definite favorite, but I liked Apulia a lot.
Currently planning my first tour and headed to a travel agent tomorrow to get some info
Hoping to spend 2-3 months riding from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city along the coast of Vietnam, anyone here have any experience of travelling in Vietnam and any recommendations or tips for someone who has little knowledge of the country?
>>947118 I think of Vietnam as a wild-west version of China, everything is just a bit less reliable and organised and a bit more primitive and lawless. It's also smaller in every way including the crowds.
2-3 months is a long time to do Vietnam, you can take your time with it. You should be ok, regulation wise Vietnam is easier to travel in, hotels don't need special permits for foreigners I don't think. If they did then they probably wouldn't care anyway.
English is reasonably common though you could get by without it for the most part. Get used to stocking up on bread rolls and laughing cow cheese to make snacks during the day, buy bottles of water regularly. You're rarely going to be far from a store that sells these things. The coast is well populated and bike shops are around as well as lots of corner bike repair stalls.
Thievery is more of a problem in Vietnam than most places so take extra care and don't leave shit unattended or unlocked. Not sure how you'll secure panniers when you want to do shopping, were you planning on sleeping in hostels/hotels every night? If so then you might want to get in the habit of dropping panniers in hotel rooms and then doing shopping. It'll get rifled through but not as badly as if you left it on the street. Just keep passports and cash on you and electronics in your daypack that doesn't get left in the hotel. Hotel cleaners are not to be trusted as a general rule.
Isn't that famous video of a cat guarding a bike from Vietnam? (pic not related, from my last trip)
I have essentially no knowledge about camping conditions or regulations in Vietnam though I would assume that both are unsophisticated.
>>947123 Oh, Vietnamese roads are pretty shit, even long distance ones, so take repair kits, tubes and invest in marathon pluses and the like. Consider slime etc for the most bullet-proof tire solution you can think of.
Also be aware that long-distance truck drivers are maniacs in Vietnam and you're expected to dodge anything bigger than you regardless though they'll lay on the horn constantly as a courtesy to let you know they're coming. You're going to be riding on the shoulder a lot and half the time it will be littered with broken red bull bottles (and red bull clones).
How the fuck do you people take off for three or four months at a time?
I could conceivably manage an extended tour by saving up for a few months to ensure I had a budget for lodging, camping, and resupply along the way but I'm salaried and pretty sure I couldn't just tell my boss I'm leaving for three months
>>947118 Did Hanoi to HCMC by motorbike last year but met a few cyclists along the way.
Buying a local SIM and using GPS will save you all kinds of trouble. By a decent hat, long sleeve jersey and a buff/bandana to keep the dust kicked up by passing traffic off you. Wear sunscreen. With 2-3 months you should be able to avoid Highway 1 which is great news. Sugar cane juice is sold literally everywhere and is great fuel for cycling. Buying a bike in country is something to consider. Bicycle tour companies will sell you a mountain bike for a sensible price. Would also recommend a square taper bottom bracket.
>>947146 You have regular employment and probably a career, not everyone does.
If the job you're ditching is just washing dishes, then it's easy to walk away. Lots of industries are more about projects or short/medium-term contracts. Some salaried positions would let you ask for and take a few months of unpaid leave. I know people in professional jobs that have done that and I've done it myself for a shorter period.. If you're changing jobs then you might negotiate a late start or just not start looking immediately (if you're confident of getting something easily anyway).
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