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What kind of bicycle & Tipps for a new bicycle-traveller

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What kind of bicycle & Tipps for a new bicycle-traveller

Hi there,

I want to start travelling by bicycle and need to buy gear and stuff.

When I buy a bicycle, what's important? What should I look for? What kind of bicycle is good to travel longterm and through several countries?
When I find a second hand bicycle, what to check to know if it's in good condition?

There are many bags to put on/around the bicycle. It's not possible to take all the bags with all your stuff with you when you go into a grocery store. What do you do to secure it? I'm worried it would get stolen :S

What tipps can you give to someone which never travelled by bicycle before?

Thanks for any advises :)

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Too much things to write.

First should be the frame of the bike fit to your body size. For my opinion if you've no idea about bikes you should know anybody or buy in a bike shop.

Don't secure your bags. In doubt it's enough to lock your bike. Nobody is for interest for your dirty underwear.

Ride just a few days/weeks. Than you'll know what's good for you

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All there is to know about bicycle touring is somewhere on here: Sign in, explore, and journal your tour.

As the first responded noted, Fit if First for long hours of pedaling. Ride the bike you buy enough to figure out what you need to do to adjust the fit until it is just right for YOU. Usually, handle bar height/type, and saddle(seat.) Make sure it comes with gearing low enough to get you up expected hills.

Have fun, and don't overthink this. Just do it. Start with an overnight trip of 30-50 miles to check you, the bike, and the gear.

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As others stated, fit is very important. Then Think about where you are riding if you will be where there is limited access to services, keep the bike simple, one you can fix on the road and that is unlikely to break, ie friction shifters, if STI shifter breaks, and you are in the middle of northern mt, or in a third world country you will not be able to get replacements.
pack what you think you need then get rid of half, you really don't need it anyway.
My first tour was 6000 miles, before that, never camped with my bike, you will learn as you go,. Be friendly and people will be to you also.
Remember to have fun, you will get stronger as you go, may ache the first week or so, then you will be fine.
Best wishes

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Hola Sir

Hola Sir

As others have said --- it is the fit of you to the steed.

The least stolen - is any Recumbent Trike. The 2nd place is any Recumbent Bike. The most stole is any Diamond Framed Bike.

The Recumbent 's also offer the least medical problems

If you are not from Europe - you may need some 101 Light Spec user's information.

It may help to Help Yourself - attend a Cycling Rider's Safety Course. This is a $10 cost to learn what you may have never correctly learned or to learn the latest of the latest in Cycling Safety.

The most important fact is not to "give up".

Rodger & Gabby
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Hi And, well let's see…. My

Hi And, well let's see…. My first bike i bought second hand and didin't know anything at all about cycle touring when i bought it. It was too big for me but i took it to India for four months and had a great time, though many mechanical failures. India is quite a good place to go when you have a bike of dubious quality because bike mechanics abound and they are resourceful people.

So i would say it comes down to where are you going and how much can you afford.

You don't need an amazing bike. I've always bought the cheapest thing i could find. My latest bike is quite good i think. Its a giant touring bike which i bought in France after my giant moutain bike was stolen.

The main thing is to put good tyres on it. Schwalbe is the touring cyclists brand of choice and these days we like the marathon plus. slicks. They are not cheap.

Get a comfy seat. I don't know that you need to buy a brookes seat really but it is the one at the top of the heap. I am happy with the seat on my giant at the moment.

As everyone says bike fit is important. the length of the centre rail is the most important thing and that should be in relation to your height. Beyond that you just adjust other things like seat height, and position to get your comfort. So find out what the right size of bike is for your height before you buy anything at all.

If you are going up mountains, you will want a bike that has a good organisation of chainrings and stuff. Even after 7 tours i'm not so good at the vocab on this but it doesn't matter. On your first tour, you will be happy so long as you can keep riding.

You want strong wheels. Its usually recommended that you have wheels that have 36 spokes. Not less because of the weight of your gear. All the spokes should feel taught. But if you are buying a second hand bike, get it serviced properly before you set off and try to learn whatever you can about bike mechanics before you go.

Also buy a pressure gauge and make sure your tubes are properly in place and your tyre pressure is good to reduce the chance of punctures. Don't ride rough. Go carefully over kerb drops. Anything to reduce the bang effect on your bikes wheels.

Get a new set of brake pads put in or take spares with you and a set of Allen keys so you can replace when needed.

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What kind f bicycle and tips for a newbie.

Gd advice frm everyne here! I am so glad that WS is not a site where peple get hung up n the latest technical gear and the multi-thousand dollar bikes.

Just to add to Andrea's comment regarding gears:: I like my bikes to have a very low gear ratio - ene can get quite technical about that, but generally for me it means having 34 teeth on the biggest back cog, and no more, preferably less than that, on the smallest of the three front ones. THis makes it easy ( well... not so difficult) for getting up hills. Some cyclists lok at the ther end, wanting very high gears for speeding down hills and ging faster n the flat bits - not an issue for me as I tend t be timdi ging down anyway and find that using to high a gear n the flat is mre inclined t eventually give me sore knees.

When checking that a bike is the right size, try to do that with the seat yu intend cycling with. It's amazing hw seats can differ and affect comfort. I paid to be wired up to all sorts f cmputerised stuff in Switzerland and was amazed at the amount of pressure I was putting on parts of my seat. After experimenting with varius seats, it was actually the cheapes ne in the shoop, that was the best fit for me.

"THe hardest part of a bicycle tour is just getting on the bike and getting out the gate" ( said some unknown, very wise person.) I once hosted two lovely people who had biked thousands of km through Europe and Asia to get to NZ. Apparently on the 3rd day of their two year journey, they discovered they had no idea on how to inflate the bike tubes. We learn as we go! :-D

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Thank you all so much for your comments :)
I need to google a litte bit, since I do not even know everything you were just talking about, hahaha.
You are all right, I need to find a bicycle which really fits and has a comfortable seat, that I can cycle long term. :)