Touring for a beginner(In Iran).

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Touring for a beginner(In Iran).

Postby Paul-Michel » 2 Jun 2009, 5:02pm

Hi Everyone,

I'm travelling to Iran in the summer for 3.5 weeks - I ride a Specialized Singlecross. The max I have ridden in one day is 35 miles and I found that easy. I know how to change a puncture, alter my brakes but that is it maintenance wise. Am I mad to attempt a trip of this kind?

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Re: Touring for a beginner(In Iran).

Postby stephenjubb » 2 Jun 2009, 6:54pm

Do you mean you will be biking in Iran as part of an holiday or doing fully unsupported touring in Iran?

Have you any previous experience of touring?

No one can call you mad until we know more about you/experience/abilities/equipment choice.

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and read every journal on people who have been through Iran, then you can decide for yourself, fully informed to a certain extent, then query other points on here.

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Re: Touring for a beginner(In Iran).

Postby pq » 2 Jun 2009, 7:27pm

I've never ridden in Iran but know a few people who have. They all said that it was one of the best places they'd ever ridden - great scenery, wonderful people, very safe and not much traffic. If you've travelled in non-westernised places before, adding a bike into the mix is no big deal.

Oh and the deserts in the east are ferociously hot in summer, so try to stick to mountainous areas if you can.

It would be good to know a bit more about your bike before you go, but plenty of people tour with very little knowledge. Just make sure it's fully serviced before you set off and take basic spares. You may well find locals who will be able to fix your bike, but they won't have specialist bits, particularly tubes and tyres - you won't find 700c there.

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Re: Touring for a beginner(In Iran).

Postby travelling » 3 Jun 2009, 12:44pm

Am I mad to attempt a trip of this kind?

derrrr just a little bit..if that was the question

you say your travelling to Iran you don't say if it's by bike or if you are airplane there then travelling in Iran

I would suggest however if 35 miles per day has been your limit and this is your first tour you should try other countries before's a huge step for a first tour

As pointed out Iran is judged by those who have been there and many report back it's a beautifull friendly place
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Re: Touring for a beginner(In Iran).

Postby Gotte » 30 Jun 2009, 7:13pm

You may very well be mad, but then again, aren't we all?

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Re: Touring for a beginner(In Iran).

Postby AndrewClark » 3 Jul 2009, 10:15pm

It's a turbulent part of the world, read as much recent history as you can before you go.

It's good to know how to fix your bike. Either find a local maintenance course, or buy a decent book and work through it, systematically stripping & rebuilding you bike before you go.

Look for info at Crazy Guy, I think there is also some at the Trento Bike Pages.

Lonely Planet's "Thorn Tree" forum would be another valuable source of info. They have a cycling section, some hard core tourists are frequent posters.

ISTR reading that cycling was quite a popular sport in Iran and have personally met 2 or 3 Iranian couples on bike tours, so the concept of touring is not unknown over there.

Only book I've read that covered touring in Iran was "Full Tilt" by Dervla Murphy. Written in the (50's/60's?) but essential reading for every cycle tourist.

As for distances covered in a day, I was averaging 50+ miles a day on the hilly US101 carrying full camping gear. I doubt you would be camping in Iran but due to the expected high temps wouldn't expect to be doing much more than that.

The "Adventure Cycle Touring Handbook" does not cover Iran, but is also a recommended read.