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While on the Road / Re: Bicycle Touring and Knee Pain
« on: January 17, 2012, 10:14:55 PM »
Getting hurt on our is in our case "normal".
Last year my wife went over the handlebars in Uzbek, due to the biggest open hole this side of the black hole.
I took my first tumble in remote Tajikistan, and the best was in China. Arm leg hip and black eye. Both from coming off the bike.
 In all cases we left bruised and bleeding and just kept on going.

we had insurance (insure4less) but just got some stuff from the local chemist. Always cheap enough.

Wear a Helmet!!!

The Bicycle / Re: A touring wheel that can carry heavy load
« on: September 02, 2011, 05:27:55 AM »
We use a Velocity Dyad rim (made in Oz) and use Dt swiss spoke Alpine III.

  I rebuilt my own but have had trouble. At one time I had 6 totatally loose spoke and the rim was straight even thoughI weigh in at 82KG and carry about 24KG total.

  The rim is 700mm and rated for tandems and wheelchairs.
No eyelets.
 best to buy out of the states. try Bikeman dot com

While on the Road / Re: Bicycle Touring and Knee Pain
« on: December 16, 2010, 05:05:22 AM »
I too used to suffer from this one till a chiropractor explained it to me and gave a simple stretch.
  Because the thigh muscle get used so much it gets tight and in turn pulls up on the knee.

  With your back straight pull up on the ankle/foot from behind your back. Then gently try to pull the leg/thigh backwards while keeping the back straight.
  You see joggers do this one all the time but most do it incorrectly. They do the stretch and bend forward. If done correctly you'll feel a definite pull on the entire thigh muscle which in turn loosens up the knee.
   Hey it worked for me

The Bicycle / Re: Has anyone heard of a broken frame?
« on: August 01, 2010, 03:02:12 AM »
 I own a hand built frame from a bike builder in perth and he swears by steel frame.
  Its 531 reynolds tubing and is already 15 years old. Its a huge 680mm frame!! I'm 190cm tall. I used to have a steel Clamont  (from sydney) and it too was a good bike.

  My other half uses a Shogun Alpine GT steel built frame and also is 15 years old. Chrome molly
Apparently Avanti also make a good tourer

Where the tubes join its best to have a fancy joiner. This ensures lots of surface area for the brazed join. This is a good indication of frame quality. Welds tend to break.


Getting Ready / Re: How much weight to bring?
« on: July 25, 2010, 06:39:53 PM »
You must have too much stamina if you want folding chairs.
Take as little as possible. Best replace the chairs with snack foods like chocolate as you'll be eating non stop.
Take the cooker, utensils, bed matts, tent. The true essentials.
Because you'll be going in a pretty civilized area you can always buy stuff to get out of trouble.
Its a relatively short ride so won't need any spare parts like tires and fancy tools.
We've done some tours and carried about 10kg each. Makes for fast and easy riding

crazyguyonabike is another good site for the area you're riding


Camping Equipment / Re: requirement tents / amry tents
« on: July 16, 2010, 09:48:57 PM »
Hey Francois

Did you mean march 2011?
Cause we're already into July 2010 unless ur travellin faster than time.
  We too are planning Mar 2011. Fly from Oz to Frankfurt, then to Crete. Should enter Turkey 1st week of March and up to Ankara for the visas. Into Iran late April.
 5-6 weeks there and then the Stans in the heat!!

  Keep in touch if this sounds about the same time frame, except you'll be lazing and fattening up on the islands.
We'll be having another journal on crazyguyonabike.


Camping Equipment / Re: requirement tents / amry tents
« on: July 12, 2010, 02:35:20 AM »
Would love to follow your trip. Where? When?
We'll be doing greece to china, starting in february.

 We use the Tarn3 from MEC. We used to use the Tarn2 but found it a tight squeeze for 2 of us, but it was bulletproof. 
  Great for one person, and under $300. Well under 3kgs easy to put up aerodynamic, and can be put up anywhere.

MEC is a Canadian camping store and can be found online.


The Bicycle / Re: Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« on: July 12, 2010, 02:27:42 AM »
  We've only ever used 700 rims, and no problem. I think they may be a bit faster. Before the last tour I replaced the rear spokes to triple butted Swiss DT's.   I broke a few before, but that was carrying most on the rear over some bad roads. Never broke a front yet.
I'm about 190cmX85kg on a 66cm frame bike.  My wife never had a broken spoke yet as she is a lot easier on the gear and carries less gear. It's only fair.
 I've seen the smaller wheels break spokes. Best to be able to fix your gear enroute. Stuff breaks along the way you can only dream of. Be prepared.
And do take spare spokes along. A good place is to stuff em down the seat stem with the cable ties, gods gift to cyclists.

The trips over the years were all on 700's
The Chile, Peru, and the salar de uyuni in Bolivia,
India (2 times)
Next year the silk road.


While on the Road / Re: Where do you leave your bike while touring?
« on: July 10, 2010, 02:43:22 AM »
First option is to always put the bike in the room, even if you have to drag the thing up numerous flights of stairs. Even in the hallway outside the room is good.
2nd option is only if you get a good "feel" to leave it in their nominated alternate place. This could be a spare room that gets locked. Ground floor rooms are the best option.

  As for shopping we travel as a pair, but often we go into the shop together as long as we can see the bikes.  That goes for eateries too. Thats in SE asia and India, were people are just curious but love to touch. Get a stick and smack em.
 In south america they insisted we take the bikes into the restaurant.


Middle-East / Turkey to Iran?
« on: July 03, 2010, 07:00:15 PM »
Hey Noel

We're planning the same trip for next year for our Greece to China ride.
Have you got a site to watch your trip.
There's a few guys from cgoab that did the section


In asia its really good, cause many hotels provide you with toothbrushes which we collected and used to clean the chain.
Get one of the millions of empty water bottle, cut it in half (or more) and fill it up with water or petrol.
 Lean the bike up somewhere and place the full bottle around the bottom gear of the derailleur. Spin the chain backwards while holding the free toothbrush on the chain in the fluid. Bingo!!
 Another good reason to keep the old style derailleurs as opposed to a Rolhof.


EVERYTHING ELSE! / Re: what to do with the house???
« on: June 03, 2010, 04:40:11 AM »
Thanks Peter

1st time I ever heard of the helpx site but will take a good look at that one.
Sounds similar to woofers


EVERYTHING ELSE! / what to do with the house???
« on: May 15, 2010, 02:15:29 AM »
Will be heading off next year, again, but this time for 8 months instead of the meagre 3-4months. We don't even lock the doors. Ever!! Not even while we go away.

 Usually we just leave the house empty but this time would like soemone in the. Have tried last time for a neighbours kid but they didn't want a funky house to rave in. No bills either as the house has its own power and water.
 We ourselves have done houseitting but never got one into ours.
Grant you its kinda remote, but the privacy is great. 15km from a town of 3000 and 60 away from Albany WA and the sw coaast of Oz. 350km from the airport


Asia / Central Asia / Turkmenistan visa
« on: May 15, 2010, 02:05:38 AM »
csp26 and biciclown

we too will be doing that route, next year and it all sounds a pain.

Wil be going through Iran though.
Can we (australians) just apply for and get the visa in Mahshad.
Or better we just apply for and get the visa in tehran.

How long does it take??

hey csp26. Have you got a site we can follow ur ordeal??

Asia / Central Asia / Re: Cycling from Europe to India 2011
« on: May 11, 2010, 04:36:49 AM »
We're looking at starting in Turkey to get to China and beyond, as early as possible for a 8 month trip.

Maybe March 2011


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