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Getting Ready / Re: How much weight to bring?
« on: September 17, 2011, 03:00:22 AM »
You know me. My bike weights 75 kgs with all the stuff. I can carry it. I am happy so no problem. But if you cannot is stupid to do it. And some important thing: the road will tell you the real packing list
safe journey alvaro the biciclown heading to 100000 kms

I have been using it for the last 7 years and not for an emergency. Every Friday a Radio programm called me to do an interview and it was useful for that reason. Now the Radio program has been canceled and as I do not need it I do not want to carry it .
Is a Thuraya model SG-2520. It cost almost 1500 euros donated by a sponsor.
So, I want to sell it even with 2 long batteries and software to connect it to internet.
If I get half of this price it will be ok.
I can send it for free to Australia, New Zealand or Spain.
You can email me about it to biciclown AT biciclown DOT com
thanks a lot alvaro the biciclown

South Pacific / Cairns to Sidney and UPDATING MY WORLD TOUR
« on: July 14, 2011, 01:49:33 AM »

Hi there
I am about to leave Japan where I have been cycling since January, and head to Cairns. My 3rd flight in almost 7 years on the road!!!!
Does anybody knows good roads or path or unmissing points I should cycle through on my way to Sidney?
After that, 3 months visa, I will go to N.Zeland and probably come back to Australia, waiting for June 2012 when I will jump to Alaska.
World tour is going so well that I decide it to make it longer. No more 2004-2014 but 2017 or ... I do not know.
Money is not a problem as I learnt how to leave very cheap and writting books on the road (already 3 and a new one coming on September) cover half of my expenses. Donations are also increasing to my account. About 50 euros per month. Many times I even do not know the people.

Any tips about Australia or N.Zeland are welcome. thanks a lot and... if you want, you can be producer of my next documentary The Nomad´s smile (second teaser) . More than 288 clownfunders already, as crowdfunding but CLOWNfunding more fun as is a clown on it. Check it.

Enjoy the life on the road: my house.

The Bicycle / Re: Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« on: July 14, 2011, 01:13:42 AM »
I had moved from 26 to 28. And happy so far. After 3 years on the road with 28 and almost 60000 kms.
Rohloff was also a great change.

The Bicycle / Re: A touring wheel that can carry heavy load
« on: July 14, 2011, 01:00:42 AM »
With Rohloff and 32 spokes I have no problems. And I carry 40 kgs  plus my bike plus me. My bke is 75kgs!!!

Europe / Re: Cycling Spain and Portugal
« on: February 05, 2011, 07:33:53 PM »
hey Peter
Camino De santiago is ok. You can choose many roads. Small, bigs..., and yes you share it with walkers or with cars. I do not recommend to you do it in High season (Between May and September) it will be too touristic. Many people and hard to find accommodation.
Ruta de la Plata cross Spain from South to North. Is better for cycling in terms of less people walking.
North coast, specially my region Asturias, is amazing. Small roads. Look for Picos de Europa, a nice park but hard to be there on a heavy load bike.
good luck from Japan, and any doubt email me

Middle-East / Re: Proving Exit before Entry - Lebanon - One Way Ticket
« on: January 06, 2011, 03:16:27 AM »
Hi Tom Welcome
I have been cycling in that area as part of my world tour (2004-2014)
Lebannon, at least in 2008, where friendly, but thinghs change.
Check it out with the air company.
Lebannon is great for cycling, hilly, but beatifull. I strongly recommend it.
Syria has the most hospitality people of Middle East.
Jordan is expensive, but Petra worths the price and Wadi Rum too.
Israel.., go inside from Aman, the border near Dead Sea. They do not stamp your passport and you can go inside Syria again.
In my web you can read about it.

Asia / Central Asia / Re: Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan in winter?
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:46:01 PM »
Hi there
I had crossed the pass from Kyrgigistan to china, heading to Kashgar in late sept.
It was with snow but not bad. After I went to KKH as late as october, still fine.
The border pass between kyrgigistan and China is in very bad condition very big stones and no supplies after Sary Tash.
good luck
alvaro the biciclown

Hi there.
Since I am on the road (2,001) I have done some books and documentaries. Now I want to do a new one with your support. I just launched a new way to do it: CLOWNFUNDING. The documentary will be out in 2,011 Spring and the name The Nomad's Smile. You can support it and promote your company or just yourself or use it as Christmas gift: have a look to my website
I am sure you will like it as it has been done with all my love and passion.
Be a clownfunder]
Thanks to all of you

Africa / Re: Needing help. Am planning a trip from Scotland to South Africa.
« on: September 16, 2010, 10:58:56 PM »
Probably Peter are right. I said Algeria will be difficult to go in, and because is not taken you to anywhere if you want to ride Africa. But if someone says is like Iran I should affirm: GO FOR IT!!!!!
After more than 6 years touring the world i can affirm that if  some country has bad TV reputation (like Afghanistan or Iraq) people living there are probably the best.

Africa / Re: Needing help. Am planning a trip from Scotland to South Africa.
« on: September 15, 2010, 08:01:50 PM »
I did a 3 years trip around Africa. Down west side and Up east side. Morroco is quite well in Sahara for ride. I will not recomend you Algeria.
West coast is harder (visas, conflicts...) than East side.

The Bicycle / Re: Mudguard?
« on: September 15, 2010, 07:58:50 PM »
It depends where you are plannig to go. In Africa i start using it, but I took it out. In Asia I am not using. When is really mud the wheel doesn´t goes as it gets stuck. But in asphalt in Europe will be good for winter.
Plastics are better but more noisy and less efficient.
Metals are the best

totally agree. It works

Africa / Re: visa for Lybia
« on: June 28, 2010, 09:31:28 PM »
I think it is impossible alone. And with escort maybe a lot of money. Not sure if it worth. What about Bhutan?

If you have Rohloff you will see how easy is it to clean. Now my chain is more clean than never because is easy to do it. How? I just take an old small piece of cloth. I put into the links. One by one. It takes time but petrol damage the chain. Have a look ot my pictures in my website and you will see how clean can be a chain in Tibet

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