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Africa / Days to do are few!
« on: October 24, 2011, 12:06:05 PM »
Hi folks,

Only another week of panic, stress, packing, goodbyes and work, then my little trip starts.

Next thursday, I'll be leaving my girlfriend, house, job and life behind to start a new chapter in my life......

Join me on my trip for the next couple of years through Africa at

Support and positive comments are always welcome ;)


Camping Equipment / Re: Designing a cooking system for camping cyclist
« on: December 03, 2010, 02:07:46 PM »
Hi Jon,

Nice idea but can it make this....

P1000479 by

Luckily most cyclists dont have the weight restrictions of backpackers and therefore don't need to live on oatmeal and coffee. The following answers to your questions are my personal view and do not have to reflect the views of cyclists in general....

1) I prefer a multi fuel stove where I can put any "fluid that burns" into it in any country, and during my 3 months in the US used unleaded petrol. Though I can see advantages to the slow burn of alchol.
2) I need a couple of cups of tea in the morning, plus oatmeal  (if desperate) or self made bread, pancake or omelet . In the evening I need about 500ml of boiling water for paste/tea/soup or all 3 in the same pan:)
3) 1lt-1.3lt is fine.
4) Yes, every extra gram I take with me will be with me up every hill all around the world, but I'd rather it was 10% heavier if its 20% handyer...packing volume is a big issue but you can usally put other crap in the pan so that you dont notice it.
5) Patience is a virtue I dont have:), I'm hungry I want 1500 calories now!!!!
6) Yes, Yes.
7) how do you ask for rubbing/denature alcohol in Chineese, russian, french etc etc, Life is much easier if you walk into any gas staion and point at your fuel bottle:)
8) $70 for a whole cooking system is good news....many multi fuel systems cost the double of that:)

As you can see I'm not the ideal candidate for you product but just maybe I can give you food for thought for your next product. And like I said i dont know if I'm a "typical"cyclist...

Good luck....

While on the Road / Re: How many miles do you ride a day?
« on: August 30, 2010, 01:03:31 PM »
My dream on my next big trip is to have so much time that distance isn't a problem. That way I can hide my speedometer from myself so that I dont push myself to have to cycle x km/h or x km per day.

Just cycle and when I'm tired or find a nice spot, stop....wouldn't that be nice :-[ I hope I can do it  ;D

Getting Ready / Re: "Bike Touring Basics" FREE guide / ebook
« on: August 30, 2010, 12:56:25 PM »
It's a great piece of reading from Friedel and Andrew, with alot of down to earth practical tips.

I love their podcasts too


The problem in the Algerian Sahara is not the desert or the road(its all aspalt now) but al qaida, they are very active in the south, or at least sympathisers are,and they're more than happy to grab a tourist and sell them to the Al qaida.

With a motorbike you can speed on and be gone. On a bike if an idiot see's you they can pick you up 3 days later on the same road.....

Bummer really, My dream was to cycle straight through the sahara thorough Algeria, I'm going to play it safe and go through the western sahara/Morocco.


Africa / Re: visa for Lybia
« on: August 30, 2010, 12:28:32 PM »
I hope so......

Bikes on an Airplane / Re: Air Asia
« on: August 30, 2010, 12:26:28 PM »

Thanks for the tip, I love your work btw, I've been following you for a while, I hope I bump into you somewhere sometime on the road:)


Your Travel Journal / Re: Shane Cycles America
« on: August 30, 2010, 07:15:18 AM »

This was the final chapter(my favourate), the other episodes can be found  HERE

Your Travel Journal / Shane Cycles America
« on: August 30, 2010, 05:33:17 AM »
Hi folks,
The following video give a brief glimpse into my 10 week trip across the USA in 2009. For the full story see

The final chapter


Africa / Re: visa for Lybia
« on: August 30, 2010, 05:13:45 AM »
Hi Peter,

Your right, theres not many stories out there, I just just read the book from Riaan Manser and in managed it in 2004 (i think) but with alot of help from the SA embassy.

In the mean time you could check out the HUBB forum they have alot of motorbike related tips that are also handy for cyclist.

Hi Steve,

I'm currently researching a similar trip. From Tunisia is almost impossible, the visa's for Libya and Algeria are almost impossible to get for a solo cyclist and I get the impression that you dont want to be in south Algeria by yourself (unless you want to get famous on youtube with a black hood on for your beheading :o).

You have to pretty much choose if you want to go down the east or the west of the continent. i.e via Morocco or Egypt. But 6 months is very ambitious, I would recommmend taking more time and enjoying it, or as peter said join in with the Tour de afrique and be done in 100 days.  I plan to take 12-18 months for the same trip.

In the mean time here are some links which may be of help:  Helen Lloyd's solo trip through africa. Peter Gostelow's solo trip through africa. Motorcycle forum for africa which has alot of usefull tips which are also relevant to cyclists. and of course my own website, I'll be cycling in Uganda early next year, then the big trip will start sometime in 2012. I hope before that time to have alot of useful info/links on my site about africa mainly for my own use but also for others....

Good luck and have fun ;D

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