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South / Central America / Most difficult pass in Peru and Chile
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:54:09 AM »
Can anyone give some routes they did going over difficult passes in Peru and Chile. If so, can you please explain what made that route difficult (altitude, pavement, how steep etc.) and if the beauty of the ride made the climb well worth it. I am collecting data to help a friend of mine who loves climbing and who is planning a 6-month tour in South America and I might join him for a few weeks... thx!

Clothing for Bicycle Touring / Goretex shoe and helmet cover?
« on: October 24, 2010, 08:46:15 PM »
I was wondering if any of you tried the Goretex shoe or helmet cover. A friend of mine swear by the gore bike wear helmet cover and I was also looking at the shoe cover as well as my feet REALLY don't like riding in the winter. Thx

Some people think it is not acceptable to offer money to locals who gave us a roof to sleep or a meal to eat. The idea behind it is that it spoils the local-traveler relationship. I met other bicycle travelers who often do, usually because they have been asked for money and they think this is the least they can do. I was wondering what is the opinion of people on this forum.

China is infamous for its bicycle-thieves. I am planning to bike along some part of the east cost and I will be going through a lot of large towns where there is a high risk to get your bike stolen. I was hoping some of you can recommend a good bike lock. I was even considering a U-lock. Onguard and Kryptonite seems to be the 2 leaders but I have hard time to picture the sizes of the different models, plus nobody gives any weight which is really annoying (Stephane maybe you can provide that on :)). Anyway, I'd like to be able to lock the front wheel, the frame and a post or a sign (I've seen a lot of people who do that with a U-lock in Madrid). So can anyone suggest a model that does not weight 50lb?

Hi everyone, I currently own a light tunnel tent but I was thinking of buying a larger one since I have a longer trip coming up; I read many different opinions on other forums about having a large vestibule, some say it is heavy and useless and some say they would not travel without a large vestibule; I was hoping this subject could be a bit more developped on this more forum with more sepcific examples;

Camping Equipment / What can I use to be able to sit while camping?
« on: April 07, 2010, 06:16:50 PM »
I love sitting on the ground, laying on the grass but I also like comfort! I am looking for a "chair" or a system allowing me to sit and have my back supported (I don't want one of these camping stool). And something not too heavy (it is for bicycle touring of course!). Can anyone suggest a brand and or model? What about the trekker chair from therm-a-rest (see below). Is it comfortable? Can you really lean on it, is your back really supported?

While on the Road / Tired of pasta, any suggestions?
« on: April 01, 2010, 10:03:40 PM »
I did a 2 weeks trip and I already got tired of pasta. Since I am planning a longer trip, i was hoping someone can give me some tips to spice them up (I am far from being a chef) or something else cheap to cook, fast and easy to make. Any suggestions?

Parts, Components & Accessories / Are the blinky lights that good?
« on: April 01, 2010, 10:00:27 PM »
I read a couple times people bragging about how good are these blinky (some kind of "new" super powerful red rear light).

I ask to the 2 guys who posted these comments but I got no response. claim they can be seen 1 mile away

Are they that good? Can anyone recommend a good brand?

Panniers, Bags and Trailers / Patching Ortlieb panniers
« on: April 01, 2010, 09:51:47 PM »
I just got a brand new set of Ortlieb panniers, and they are pretty damn cool!  ;D

People say they are very resistant but as any material they can't be 100% puncture proof - otherwise Ortlieb won't be selling patch kit right?

So does anyone has any experience patching Ortlieb panniers? What is the best method so they stay waterproof and so the patch don't come off after the first rain or sunny day?

Is the Ortlieb patch kit the best way?

Parts, Components & Accessories / GPS or not GPS, that is the question?
« on: February 21, 2010, 01:49:29 AM »
I am debating whether or not I should get a bicycle GPS. I'd like to use it locally, but I am also thinking of using it on longer journey (SE Asia, Australia). Does anyone have any experience using them. I was considering one of the Garmin, but the one giving maps, not the one that do only odometer, altimeter (although they look pretty cool too). Yes I know I am a gadgetcoholic. Price and weight is not really an issue. I was wondering if it is easy to get maps for everywhere, easy to use, handy, reliable etc...

Panniers, Bags and Trailers / Arkel Panniers vs. Ortlieb Panniers?
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:30:37 AM »
Some swear by Ortlieb for the waterproofness, sturdiness and price; others swear by Arkel for the number of pockets, sturdiness, quality of the hooks etc.... What about you?

Middle-East / Is Middle-East a safe place to travel?
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:23:57 AM »
This question might sound dumb. But I always hear two stories. On one side you always hear around you about Muslims and how dangerous traveling in Middle-East is (and I have to say that usually those people either never traveled themselves or it is through the media. And on the other hand, I read a lot of times about people who biked through Middle-East and they absolutely LOVED it, and especially for the people. I was wondering if people here agree with that? I hate the propaganda that TV throws at people but I got to admit that they make me think twice about going to this part of the world, and yet I would really love to. I know Middle-Eats is a vast region, but seriously I heard only good stuff.. Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iran, even Saudi Arabia they all have some good feedbacks from cyclotourist - even from women! If anyone traveled there by bike I'd like to hear what they have to say...

EVERYTHING ELSE! / Can you do this with a loaded bike?
« on: January 18, 2010, 11:33:10 PM »

I really like the folding marathon XR. I used Schwalbe and other brands before and I promised myself I will only use Schwalbe tires. But my XR are getting very old (5 years or so) so I'd like to get a new pair. I will be riding mostly on paved road, and I need a strong tire with good puncture resistance. Should i get the XR again or is there anything new and better? Cost is not really an issue because if they last over 15,000 km like my old one (and i can still use them!) I am willing to spend 40-60 bucks.
Any suggestions?

First I wanted to say thank you to everyone who answered to my last post. It helped a lot! I am still in the process of gathering what I need for my bicycle journey. I will be going thru very hot weather (and humid) to some pretty cold (but not much below freezing... hopefully!). I am not sure what cloth I should bring and what quantity? I am not a big fan of the "typical bicycle rider "costume" plus i will in some area where I think it would not be appropriate (middle-east). I would like o have some advice from people who rode in those conditions. thks

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