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Camping Equipment / Tired of crappy stakes, any suggestions?
« on: November 18, 2010, 03:25:03 PM »
I tried so many different stakes (or pegs) and I always end up to get them bend or broken, which is really annoying. It would be nice if any of you can recommend some stakes that perform well on hard rocky ground. Also if anyone has a tip for what they use to replace the 5lb hammer beside the big rocks laying around, it would be cool too (I thought maybe someone came up with the idea of some kind of hammer that you fill up with something like sand, water or whatever)

While on the Road / Where do you leave your bike while touring?
« on: July 09, 2010, 01:18:42 PM »
This is a typical newbie's question! But I am wondering what the heck I will be doing with my bike (and all the stuff on it!) when I need to go around town or need to go shopping etc. And what about at night when you stay in a hostel or hotel? Do they usually have a place to leave your bike? I am a bit nervous about that and yet nobody seems to have any issues with it.

The Bicycle / Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« on: June 25, 2010, 10:18:28 PM »
How risky is it to travel with 700 tires in South America? I know it is not really recommended in Asia, but what about south America (Chile, Bolivia, Argentine). Is it possible to find tubes, tires, rims just in case...

I am about to start a trip in western USA and I will land in LA. I will be heading towards Joshua NP first, but I don't feel like biking out of LA. I was hoping to get me and my bike on a bus. What options do I have? I just need to do enough miles to get out of the city chaos.

Europe / Canal du Midi, a beautiful bike path in South-West France
« on: April 21, 2010, 01:50:19 PM »
This is to respond to Alex who was looking for suggestions for a 2-week trip in South-West France. French love ride along the banks of the Canal du Midi. Very popular ride in among European. It is very scenic, very picturesque... very french! You can ride the quiet bike path along the banks all the way from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic cost. If you want vineyard, it is one of the best place in France, the Bordeaux region is right there! The whole region near Carcassone - and Carcassone itself - is absolutely gorgeous. Also, I personally like better the beaches near Setes (compare to the Riviera), less expensive, less showing-off, less touristic, and especially less crowded. Beaches are gigantic, sometimes you have to walk quiet a bit for the water to be deep enough to swim. It is very wild, not as scenic as the Riviera but definitely more natural. Don't get me wrong there are also a bunch of resorts down there, but you can also find huge and quiet beaches.


North America / Recommended Route in North-East USA?
« on: March 18, 2010, 10:57:51 PM »
My buddy will have his first trip on bike in north east US pretty soon. It will be for a few weeks, it doesn't have to be a loop and he would like to avoid area too populated. Does anyone can suggest a scenic route in the state of NY and/or Pensylvania?

Maintenance / Repair / Liners or not liners to prevent punctures?
« on: March 18, 2010, 10:52:30 PM »
I never used liners but i heard some people saying hat they litterally never have punctures when they ride with liners coupled with Schwalbe tires. I use Shwalbe but no liners so far, I don't get much punctures but I still get some ad I lke the idea of havinf almost n flat tires.I don't really mind the extra weight if it wrth it, so can anyone tell me if they are that good? If so, which one is better Slime or Mr Tuffy, or any other brand?

I know it might sound silly to want to hitch-hike with a bicycle but I like to know if it is a possibilityot not. I am planning a trip in Russia and some of the stan counties and I was wondering if anyone know if it is a possibility or not. Russia is huge and thereis some region I would like to skip, being on a low budget I would like to know f I can hve this option. I did it in Turkey nd it was so easy (I even had truckers stopping while I was riding asking me if I needed a ride!). I know it is not in the culture in SE Asia and most of Africa to give free ride o I wanted to know for Russia. Anyone?

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