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The Bicycle / Re: Converting MTB for touring
« on: April 22, 2010, 02:35:29 AM »
Wow! Superb advice guys thank you very much! I went to a good local bike shop last night (been in the town for years and years) and they have said that they will help me source the most suitable parts for us regardless of whether it is through them or on the internet, then set the bikes up for us so we're ready to rock. You can't beat trusted local trades and shops!
We are now looking at getting a train to Avignon and then cycling via Montpellier onto Perpignon staying fairly close to the coast. Any advice on travelling in that particular area of France would be much appreciated.

Cheers again,

Alex

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The Bicycle / Converting MTB for touring
« on: April 21, 2010, 06:36:54 AM »
Hello all,

This is my first post on this forum; I was directed here by a Lonely Planet form member who said this was the best place for advice! Myself and my girlfriend are doing a 2 week tour of south france in July/August and we have two BIG questions:

1. Is it possible to convert our existing mountain bikes for touring (no more than 20 - 25 miles per day? We both have hardtail, front suspension bikes but are concerned about being able to fit panniers and whether or not the gearing of a MTB is unsuitable for tours of this distance. (Can't really afford to buy new bikes this year!)

2. Can anybody suggest a good route in the south west for a 2 week tour. We'd ideally like a coastal route but some inland jaunts would be cool as well particularly to take in some Chateaux or vinyards!! :o)

Many, many thanks in advance,

Alex

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