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by Creamcrackered
18 Feb 2009, 7:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking bikes on planes
Replies: 32
Views: 7203

At £4.49 a CTC poly bag available from the CTC shop is about the most cost effective and least hassle solution. If the airport has one of those industrial shrink wrap machines for suitcases they can do a grand job of wrapping your bike.
by Creamcrackered
28 Jan 2009, 6:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which route between Istanbul and Tibet
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Most people go Turkey-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-China (Kashgar) - then follow the Tibet Highway via Ali and Kailash. Helluva trip - I thinking anout doing it for my 50th birthday.
by Creamcrackered
20 Jan 2009, 7:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Definitive Tour ideas...
Replies: 10
Views: 987

If you don't want to take the plane, taking the ferry to Santander is a good call. North-west Spain around the Picos d'Europa is great cycling.
by Creamcrackered
17 Oct 2008, 6:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Planning first ever touring trip, woefully unprepared
Replies: 21
Views: 2706

If you haven't already found it The Adventure Cycling Guide might answer some of your questions.
PS. 99% of bike shops are pretty hopeless when it comes to advice for big tours, so you are not missing much.
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by Creamcrackered
5 Oct 2008, 11:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Miles per day
Replies: 14
Views: 2089

We did Calais to Istanbul as part of a longer trip. You read about it at The Totally Knackered Tour.
You may also find The Adventure Cycling Guide useful.
by Creamcrackered
9 Jul 2008, 8:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling into Istanbul - help?
Replies: 3
Views: 647

If you are coming from around, Edirne, and you have the time, the best option is to head down to the Galipoli Penisula, cross the Dardenelles at Gelibolu, cycle along the southern shore of Marmara and then take the ferry from Bandirma to Istanbul. It's a pleasant cycle and gets you right into the ce...
by Creamcrackered
23 Jun 2008, 7:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Adventure Touring with 700 Wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 2034

Routes I have done on 700c wheels: 1) KKH 2) Pamir Highway (like the KKH only much rougher) 3) Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. The 26" vs 700c debate is not that big a deal. Choosing good quality rims and getting the wheels built by someone who knows what he/she is doing are a better guarantee of...
by Creamcrackered
20 Jun 2008, 7:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time proper tour
Replies: 5
Views: 764

It depends how fit you are already. 5 x 130km per day is certainly going some for loaded touring. 80-100km per day is more realistic.
by Creamcrackered
9 Jun 2008, 10:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on a shoestring : inspire me please !
Replies: 25
Views: 4185

This guy gets pretty close http://tinyurl.com/5lupkf
by Creamcrackered
23 May 2008, 8:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Whitby to Venice bike heeeeelp!
Replies: 8
Views: 926

Just to give you some hope, this bloke bought a 2nd hand hybrid for £40 and rode it to Thailand, without too much trouble
http://www.kidderminstertothecaspianbybike.blogspot.com/
As well as Ebay and other small ads, it's worth checking out your local police auction.
by Creamcrackered
19 May 2008, 8:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suggestions for a Long Tour
Replies: 4
Views: 1020

The possibilties are endless. Central and Eastern Europe are definitely worth consideration - the Czech Republic and Slovakia would be worh exploring and/or the Tatra mountains. The Balkans - Slovenia, Croatia would also be good. Or, for a really unforgetable trip, try Kyrgyzstan.
by Creamcrackered
14 May 2008, 7:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping in the Picos
Replies: 10
Views: 4732

It's a long time since we were there, but we had no problem just turning up. If you are just two cyclists and a tent they almost always find a space for you. Wild camping isn't too much of a problem either.
by Creamcrackered
27 Mar 2008, 7:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Is 8 gears enough?
Replies: 28
Views: 3428

I wouldn't be too fussed. The only real issue is how low is your lowest gear. The others don't matter too much.
by Creamcrackered
8 Mar 2008, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can you recommend a good expedition book?
Replies: 14
Views: 2099

Travels with Rosinante by Bernard Magnouloux. Excellent.
by Creamcrackered
29 Feb 2008, 8:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I have 3mths, where shall I go?
Replies: 5
Views: 908

In three months you could have a truly outstanding time in South America. I haven't been to New Zealand, but I think you'd get a much greater variety of scenery and experience in SA. You could start at Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and work your way down to Patagonia via North West Argentina, the Chilean...